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Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite: Recommended for bargain hunters

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
At first glance, the Note10 Lite appears to be a normal phablet with support for pen input. However, Samsung has now reduced the price compared to past devices for the first time, which also resulted in the omission of some features for the Lite version. The results below are a summary of the findings from our review.
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Although Chinese manufacturers are continuously working on closing the gap, Samsung is still the biggest player among smartphone manufacturers. The Korean manufacturer is trying to make its products more accessible for larger groups of people, which is why there is now a Lite variant of the high-end stylus smartphone series: The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite.

The ~600 Euros (~$650) Samsung demands for the slightly lower-powered configuration is much less than the starting prices of other Note devices. As a result, the case now consists of plastic, there is no more water or dust protection, a few stylus-specific features are missing and the camera is not quite as high-quality as the one on the Note10 or Note10 Plus, either.

Samsung may have gone too far when it comes to throttling the performance: The two year old SoC barely manages to be competitive with those of other smartphones in this price class. Additionally, it throttles when under prolonged load. Furthermore, there is only a mono speaker that does not exactly sound pleasant at maximum volume, although it is acceptable otherwise.

In some aspects, the Galaxy Note10 Lite even comes out ahead when compared to its more expensive siblings: For example, its battery life is better thanks to the battery's higher capacity. Additionally, the GPS is very precise, the cameras are truly excellent and the device barely produces any heat during prolonged use.

The most convincing argument for a purchase of the Note10 Lite is the outstanding S-pen, through which the device is able to provide a unique input method not often found on most inexpensive smartphones. While Samsung has cut back on some of the features such as gestures, the stylus is still a great tool.

For more information on the Galaxy Note10 Lite, we recommend reading our full review that includes many images, a handling guide video, extensive benchmarks and detailed analysis.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 857 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 266 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-02-18 (Update: 2020-02-15)