Samsung remains to be usually thought of king of the hill relating to flagship Android smartphones, and its numerous portfolio of latest price range choices appears to have helped its cell enterprise keep regular development. Whereas the corporate now appears to have a deal with on the price range and high-end segments of the smartphone market, in India, it is nonetheless attempting to determine the mid-range phase.
Right here, OnePlus has been dominating for a number of years now, a lot in order that it managed to guide the premium smartphone market in 2019, based on a latest report. It is a phase of the smartphone market that Samsung hasn’t been paying an excessive amount of consideration to, however that is about to vary with the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Be aware 10 Lite smartphones, each of which launched in India very lately.
In the present day, our focus might be on the Galaxy S10 Lite, and as its title suggests, this can be a watered-down model of the Galaxy S10 collection. In an effort to hit the Rs. 40,000 worth level, Samsung has ditched a bunch of premium options equivalent to an IP ranking for water resistance, wi-fi charging, stereo audio system, its signature dual-aperture digicam, and a glass-and-metal physique. What the corporate has retained is a flagship-grade processor, an Infinity-O show, and an enormous battery.
On paper, the brand new Galaxy S10 Lite seems like a good providing for the value, however does it have the real-world efficiency to match? Extra importantly, does it have what it takes to knock the OnePlus 7T (Evaluate) off its pedestal? Let’s discover out.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite design
Everybody loves an enormous, crisp show, and the Galaxy S10 Lite affords simply that. It is a 6.7-inch Tremendous AMOLED+ panel with a full-HD+ (1080×2400) decision and help for HDR10+. It is protected by Gorilla Glass, though Samsung hasn’t specified which model. The centred hole-punch cutout on the high of the display will not be as small because the one on the Galaxy A51 (Evaluate), however we did not discover it intrusive. Samsung has stored the bezels throughout the display fairly slim, together with the chin beneath, which makes the entrance fairly hanging. Colors are punchy, and brightness is superb.
The Galaxy S10 Lite makes use of one thing known as ‘Glastic’ for the again, which is Samsung’s lingo for a shiny plastic panel that resembles glass. All the physique is constructed from plastic, but it surely feels sturdy and properly put-together. The again does scuff simply, particularly the underside portion, and it is also an enormous fingerprint and smudge magnet. We might advise patrons to make use of the bundled case. The oblong digicam module protrudes barely, but it surely’s not too obtrusive.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite’s show has a hole-punch for the selfie digicam
Button placement feels ergonomic, and on the left, we’ve a hybrid dual-SIM tray that may both take two Nano-SIM playing cards or a single SIM and a microSD card. The Galaxy S10 Lite does not have a headphone socket, which suggests you may should both use the bundled Sort-C headset or go wi-fi. On the backside, we’ve a USB Sort-C port and a single speaker.
Samsung has minimize a number of corners with the development supplies, however regardless of not having used aluminium and glass, the Galaxy S10 Lite nonetheless feels pretty good to carry. It is also fairly slim at 8.1mm and does not weigh an excessive amount of (186g) for a telephone with a big show and battery.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specs and software program
The Galaxy S10 Lite is constructed across the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which remains to be one in all Qualcomm’s flagship chips and remains to be related regardless that it’s now virtually a 12 months outdated. It could have been good to have had the Snapdragon 855+ variant, which different telephones such because the OnePlus 7T and Asus ROG Cellphone 2 (Evaluate) use, however that is nonetheless higher than a 700-series processor.
In India, Samsung has solely launched the Galaxy S10 Lite in a single configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Different specs embody dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, help for 4 satellite tv for pc navigation programs, FM radio, and NFC. The latter allows you to use your telephone for contactless funds via Samsung Pay. All of the sensors you’d usually count on are current, and the telephone has Widevine L1 DRM certification too. The Galaxy S10 Lite additionally has a 4,500mAh battery, which Samsung says ought to final for round two days of utilization.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has just one speaker and lacks a headphone socket
The Galaxy S10 Lite runs on One UI 2.0, which is predicated on Android 10. It even has the January 2020 safety patch. The newest model of Samsung’s pores and skin seems extra refined and polished, and we lately noticed it working on the Galaxy A51 too. The ‘Hyperlink to Home windows’ characteristic allows you to see your messages and notifications on a Home windows 10 pc, just like what we noticed within the Galaxy Be aware 10+ (Evaluate). You additionally get extra options equivalent to an in-built display recorder, a number of movement gestures, a one-handed mode, and Recreation Launcher for organising all of your video games in a single place.
One factor we seen is that the Galaxy S10 Lite does not have the India-specific options that we noticed on the Galaxy A51, equivalent to card-style sorting within the Messages app and multilingual predictions for the keyboard. Samsung advised Devices 360 that these might be unique to the Galaxy A51, for now.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite efficiency and battery life
The Snapdragon 855 has confirmed to be a really environment friendly and succesful processor, so it is no shock that the Galaxy S10 Lite does an excellent job with day-to-day duties. Multitasking works easily, and regardless of not having the us3.Zero number of flash storage, we did not discover any slow-downs or lag when working heavy apps or video games.
The Galaxy S10 Lite did get pretty heat after about 20 minutes of PUBG Cell, however by no means too sizzling. We discovered the framerate to be stable in PUBG Cell, and even in different taxing third-person shooters equivalent to LifeAfter. The telephone is usually a bit awkward becasue of its measurement although, each within the hand and in your pocket.
You get an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is fast at unlocking the telephone. The only digicam within the hole-punch cutout can be utilized for face recognition too. This technique works properly, even in low mild, however the raise-to-wake gesture was a little bit sluggish to work.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite options three rear cameras, one in all which is optically stabilised
The underside-firing speaker does not get very loud however you may allow Dolby Atmos enhancement in the event you’re utilizing wired headphones. Sadly, there is not any software-based audio enhance for the speaker. The bundled headset sounds first rate and gives good passive isolation from outdoors noise. Movies look superb on the show. The default ‘Pure’ color profile makes every little thing look a bit muted, however switching to ‘Vivid’ provides some much-needed depth to colors. HDR movies in streaming apps equivalent to Netflix and YouTube additionally look good.
We discovered battery life to be fairly stable. With heavy utilization, the Galaxy S10 Lite nonetheless managed to final a couple of day and half, and with extra frugal use, we may stretch this to round two days earlier than having to cost the telephone. The bundled energy adapter is kind of chunky but it surely does help a most output of 25W.
With it, we had been in a position to cost the Galaxy S10 Lite as much as 98 p.c in an hour, which is spectacular. Remember the fact that the adapter has a Sort-C connector, so you may want the included Sort-C to Sort-C cable with a view to use it. Lastly, coming to our HD video battery loop check, the Galaxy S10 Lite ran for 18 hours and 55 minutes, which is superb.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite cameras
The Galaxy S10 Lite sports activities three rear cameras and a single entrance digicam. On the again, we’ve a main 48-megapixel sensor with an f/2.Zero aperture and optical picture stabilisation (OIS); a 12-megapixel wide-angle digicam with an f/2.2 aperture; and a 5-megapixel macro digicam with an f/2.Four aperture. The selfie digicam includes a 32-megapixel sensor and an f/2.2 aperture.
The digicam app affords a wide variety of capturing modes equivalent to Stay Focus Video, Tremendous Gradual-Mo, and Professional. The scene optimiser robotically adjusts parameters based mostly on obtainable mild and the form of objects or surroundings being shot. Movies could be shot at as much as 4K 30fps, however surprisingly there is not any 60fps choice, regardless that this processor can deal with it. You’ll be able to allow options equivalent to palm detection and voice management for capturing pictures.
The first digicam makes use of the Sony IMX586 sensor, which shoots 12-megapixel oversampled pictures by default. We have seen this sensor in numerous telephones now, and the efficiency is greater than enough for informal use. Taking pictures landscapes in daylight, the sensor captures good particulars, colors have ample saturation, and HDR works properly. Shut-ups are sharp however colors do look a little bit boosted at instances.
The wide-angle digicam captures good pictures however we would not suggest counting on these photos as particulars aren’t as sharp or distinct as these taken with the first digicam. We additionally tried the macro digicam, which captures pretty good particulars when specializing in smaller objects.
Portrait mode or Stay Focus works properly, with good edge detection, element and hues. You’ll be able to change the background bokeh impact for some attention-grabbing outcomes. The extent of background blur could be adjusted too.
In low mild, the Galaxy S10 Lite manages to carry its personal, capturing good particulars and hues. The scene optimiser does job right here as properly, as a consequence of which picture seize pace could cut back a bit, relying on the obtainable mild. You too can allow Evening mode, which brightens up pictures, however barely impacts textures and particulars in a local manner. The wide-angle digicam captures a lot darker photos at night time, as a consequence of its narrower aperture, however Evening mode may help a bit.
The 32-megapixel entrance digicam additionally captures oversampled pictures, which look good. The selfies we shot had punchy colors and good quantities of element. Stay Focus is offered right here too, so you may mess around with totally different bokeh results. The entrance digicam is fairly succesful beneath synthetic mild too however struggles in very low mild. For the latter case, the display flash helps.
Video high quality at 4K decision is sweet when shot in daylight. There’s slight wobble while you’re strolling about, however the footage is not too shaky. You’ll be able to change to the wide-angle digicam whereas recording, which is good, however the video high quality dips. For stabilisation, it is best to make use of the Tremendous Regular toggle, which makes use of the wide-angle digicam to report video. In very low mild, footage is a little bit grainy and particulars are softer, however we did not discover a lot chroma noise. The wide-angle digicam captures very darkish footage, making it just about unusable at night time.
The Galaxy S10 Lite is an efficient bundle, however at almost Rs. 40,000, we predict the value is a bit on the upper aspect. We are saying this particularly since you would as an alternative purchase the top-end variant of the OnePlus 7T (Evaluate) for much less, and that telephone affords further options equivalent to a excessive refresh-rate show, a extra premium glass and steel physique, stereo audio system, a telephoto digicam, and a extra present processor. The bottom variant of the Asus ROG Cellphone 2 (Evaluate) can be obtainable for beneath Rs. 40,000, and affords significantly better gaming options. Then there’s the Oppo Reno 2 (Evaluate) as properly, which has an excellent hybrid zoom digicam system.
Earlier than the Galaxy S10 Lite got here alongside, Samsung had solely the Galaxy A80 on this phase, which remains to be a really attention-grabbing telephone with its rotating triple- digicam module. Sadly, it hasn’t gotten a lot press because it launched final 12 months, and has simply flown beneath the radar. Samsung additionally has the brand new Galaxy Be aware 10 Lite which sells for across the similar worth, and we’ll be reviewing very quickly. On paper, it affords higher rear cameras and the S Pen stylus, but it surely additionally has a processor from 2018, which is a wierd selection. We’ll quickly see how these two fashions stack up towards one another.
We expect that if Samsung shaved round Rs. 5,000 off the Galaxy S10 Lite’s present worth, it could be a greater deal. This might occur comparatively quickly, with the Galaxy S20 collection simply across the nook. Samsung’s new flagships may push the S10 collection additional down in worth, which may have a trickle-down impact on the Galaxy S10 Lite’s pricing.
The Galaxy S10 Lite’s positioning looks as if an try and seize a few of OnePlus’ market share, and whereas we’re not completely satisfied that it will likely be in a position to take action that at its present worth, it is good to have choice from Samsung on this phase after a very long time.