Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy S10 – The big differences

Samsung recently announced several new mid-range smartphones, including the Galaxy S10 Lite.

No recommended pricing or launch window has been announced for this device in South Africa yet, but if prices from elsewhere in the world are any indication, the Galaxy S10 Lite will likely be a few hundred rand more expensive than the Note 10 Lite.

The Note 10 Lite is set to launch in South Africa during the first week of February at a recommended retail price of R12,999.

Both the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite are on the expensive side of the mid-range scale but are also more affordable than the flagship devices they share their names with.

Smartphone makers like Samsung and Huawei have been marketing “mini” and “lite” versions of their flagship devices for as long as they have been making Android smartphones.

These “lite” devices give you the option to buy a cheaper phone, with the promise that you get one that gives a similar experience to the high-end device it gets its name from.

You might expect these devices to be based on the same technology as their flagship counterparts, albeit with some features removed to bring down the price.

However, “lite” phones often use much older technology. Even the Galaxy Note 10 Lite uses the processor that Samsung used in last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

High-end specifications

The Galaxy S10 Lite is a different story, however. Initial indications are that it will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset — the same chip Samsung used for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ in the US and China.

It also comes with a bigger battery than either of its flagship counterparts.

Sammobile suggests that the Galaxy S10 Lite made cuts in several places to bring its price down: it has a single loudspeaker, doesn’t have a headphone jack, and has a macro camera instead of a telephoto camera.

The table below summarises the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Specifications Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10+
Dimensions 162.5 x 75.6 x 8.1mm 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
Weight 186g 157g 175g
Operating system Android 10 Android 9 (upgradeable) Android 9 (upgradeable)
Display 6.7-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,400) 6.1-inch QHD+ (1,440 x 3,040) 6.4-inch QHD+ (1,440 x 3,040)
Rear camera 5MP (macro) + 48MP (wide) + 12MP (ultrawide) 12MP (wide) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 12MP (telephoto) 12MP (wide) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 12MP (telephoto)
Front camera 32MP 10MP 10MP + 8MP RGB depth
Storage, internal 128GB 128GB 128GB
Storage, expandable microSD microSD microSD
Processor * Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: 7nm octa-core (2×2.8GHz + 2×2.4GHz + 4×1.7GHz) Exynos 9820: 8nm octa-core (2×2.7GHz + 2×2.3GHz + 4×1.9GHz) Exynos 9820: 8nm octa-core (2×2.7GHz + 2×2.3GHz + 4×1.9GHz)
Graphics Adreno 640 Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12
Battery 4,500mAh 3,400mAh 4,100mAh
Cellular data LTE-A Cat.20 LTE-A Cat.20 LTE-A Cat.20
Durability IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint (ultrasonic) Fingerprint (ultrasonic) Fingerprint (ultrasonic)

Galaxy S10 Lite

Stock photo of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Galaxy S10

Galaxy S10 front

Galaxy S10+

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