Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (8GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020) might be a slightly better choice.

Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020)  Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (8GB RAM) 
Apple iPhone SE (2020) Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
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Excellence Score
76.8
72.8
Value for Money Score
67.2
67.4
Price ₹ 39,999 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Retina HD Display, Wide colour display (P3), True Tone display, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, Display Zoom, Reachability Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9810Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 3 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features f/1.8 Aperture, Optical Image stabilisation, 6P Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Backside Illumination Sensor, Hybrid IR Filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with Stabilisation, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Body and Face Detection, Exposure Control, Noise Reduction, Auto HDR for Photos, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, Full HD Video Rec. at 30 fps or 60 fps, Slow-motion Video: 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation, Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP Still Photos while Rec. 4K Video, Playback zoom 12MP: f/1.7 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 12MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 2x Optical zoom, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 7MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside Illumination Sensor, Body and Face Detection, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure Control, Timer mode f/2.2 Aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.3 mmSlim 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 148 gmLight 199 gmHeavy
Width 67.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use 76.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 1821 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos S-Pen Stylus; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Compact design - the iPhone SE (2020) has exactly the same form factor as the iPhone 8 from 2017 - if you like smaller, comfortable phones, you'll like this
  • Extremely light-weight - there's no other phone at this price as light as the iPhone SE (2020)
  • IP67 water and dust resistant
  • The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is very, very good
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones, of course, is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • Breathtaking, lightning-fast performance powered by Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor - this makes it just as fast as the pricier iPhone 11 series and gives the SE access to features such as AI-enabled portrait mode
  • A very good single 12MP camera - iPhone SE (2020) features the same camera found on the iPhone 8
  • The iPhone SE (2020) shoots excellent daylight photos - the photos are very natural-looking, the dynamic range and the contrast are superb, the colours are simply spot-on, and the detail levels are very good
  • Decent low-light photos - the low-light performance has improved since the iPhone 8 by a lot even if the same camera takes the images (though, it's nowhere near the best at this price)
  • Portrait are decent too - the subject separation is far from flawless, but the faux bokeh is quite nice
  • Excellent selfie camera - the iPhone SE (2020)'s 7MP images come out with outstanding detail, contrast, and even dynamic range - overall this is one of the best selfie cameras at this price
  • The iPhone SE (2020) selfie shooter can also do excellent portraits - both subject separation and simulated bokeh are remarkable
  • Video recording one the iPhone SE (2020) is class-leading - plenty of detail, jaw-dropping dynamic range - these are among the best videos a smartphone can do
  • Overall, the single camera on the iPhone SE (2020) gives the multi-sensor camera phones a run for their money (though, the low-light images could have been better)
  • Decent battery life from the 1821 mAh battery - a well-optimised iOS and the new processor together help the SE get through a full day
  • Included wireless charging
  • If you are coming from an older iPhone or just want a compact phone, the iPhone SE (2020) has a lot to offer - it has fantastic build quality, great cameras, and one of the fastest processors currently available
  • Sleek, modern and sophisticated rear design, especially the Samsung's trademark “Aura Glow” variant which reflects all the colours of the rainbow depending on how the light hits the back (though, the red and black version are much more subdued)
  • The front also looks sharp and trendy with minimum bezels and only a punch-hole cutout for the front camera at the top centre
  • High quality build and premium in hand feel with glass on the front, a 'Glastic' polycarbonate back, and an aluminium frame in the middle
  • It wouldn't be wrong to say that the S Pen is the soul of the Galaxy Note range of phones: if you're buying the Note 10 Lite over S10 Lite, it must be because of the S Pen - apart from taking notes & handwriting recognition, the S Pen comes with its usual set of features like Air Command, Air Actions, doodle, remote control functions and snap photos via air gestures (though, some of the highlight features are exclusive to the proper Note10s)
  • The power button has three main actions : Bixby, powering off and launching the camera
  • Huge, vibrant 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a punch-hole cutout - expect rich colours and wide viewing angles, something we expect from a premium Samsung Galaxy smartphone - an ideal device to watch videos and play games on (though, the higher refresh rate is still missing which the OnePlus 7T offers)
  • The display gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use
  • Samsung's OneUI 2 on top of Android 10 is one of the best custom Android skins at present - it's well optimised for single handed use with most controls in the easier to reach bottom part of the screen - it looks clean, and of course has a few useful options on top of stock Android
  • Solid performance powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset, be it running games, switching between apps or loading apps like Chrome or Facebook, the Note 10 Lite is a smooth performer - it can also handle heavy games like Call of Duty with ease
  • Very good triple camera setup - a 12MP primary, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto lens
  • In daylight, the photos from the Note 10 Lite's primary camera are very similar to the ones you'd get from a proper Note 10 - level of detail is similarly good, dynamic range is wide and the HDR icon pops up every time it is needed, colour reproduction is likeable too
  • Ultra-wide camera is good too, it captures very good detail with fairly wide dynamic range - if you know a bit or two about composition, you'll have a great time playing with the ultra-wide mode (though, the quality is not as good as the primary shooter)
  • The telephoto camera takes nice pictures too and gives you a 2X optical zoom to play around with
  • The Note 10 Lite surprises with its low light photo capabilities - low-light images show excellent colour preservation and dynamic range, recorded detail is very good and noise is reasonably well controlled - Night mode further improves the quality, bringing out specifics that weren't there in the regular Photo mode - in fact, and that's more than a little surprising, this Lite version can give the Note 10 a run for its money in main camera Night mode (the low light performance is not as good with the other two cameras though)
  • Very good portrait or Live Focus mode - let's you shoot with both telephoto and main camera and images come out nice with good subject separation
  • Decent 32MP front-facing camera - it gets you Instagram-worthy shots with colours on point and nice and wide dynamic range
  • Decent Portrait selfie mode - subject recognition is fairly decent
  • Video quality out of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is very good overall, the phone captures plenty of detail, colours are rendered nicely and are true-to-life with excellent stabilisation, thanks to the Super Steady mode
  • Overall, very good versatile cameras, if not up to flagship standard - cameras hold on its own and give the competition a run for their money
  • With a 4500 mAh capacity, the Note 10 Lite is one of the most long-lasting smartphones in the premium mid-range segment - the phone can run for two days on a single charge of moderate use
  • Very Fast charging with the included 25W charger - it can top the phone from 0% to 100% in 82 minutes
  • The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is well worth considering if you're looking for a stylus inside a great all-round phone, but you would rather not pay the heavy price of the Note 10 - the Galaxy Note 10 Lite gives you the S Pen, latest software, and some of the best image quality from a non-flagship device
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The front design is polarising - the chunky bezels above and below feels like it belongs to the past
  • Though the 4.7-inch LCD display on the iPhone SE (2020) is very good, it certainly doesn’t match the incredible contrast levels of modern OLED displays
  • Because of the low maximum brightness, it is fairly difficult to see the screen on a bright sunny day
  • The new Night Mode is missing from the iPhone SE (2020)
  • Though, the iPhone SE (2020) supports 18W fast charging, the fast charger isn't included in the box and you only get a 5W brick, which is even slower than the 10W charger you get from the basic Android phone at Rs 7000
  • However, if you want the latest and the greatest for the price, the iPhone SE (2020) isn't for you - if you want an iPhone at a similar price, the last year's iPhone XR is still a great phone with better display, even better camera and battery life - and the Android world has a lot of options too, the new OnePlus 8 offers a great display, multiple cameras and great battery life
  • Slow and laggy in-display fingerprint sensor, nowhere near a good, nearly-instant optical sensor found in, say, a OnePlus 7T
  • It can still prove to be an uneasy phone to hold for those who prefer smaller and compact phones
  • At 199g, it feels hefty too
  • No certified IP Rating for water and dust resistance
  • Having said that, it's a two year old chip seen in Note 9 and not as snappy as the other top performers like the ROG Phone or the OnePlus 7T
  • There's no stereo speaker action on the Note 10 Lite
  • For anyone who wants better performance and doesn't consider the S Pen to be of much use can look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite or OnePlus 7T
Expert Reviews
  1. The second SE is a small and powerful phone, water-resistant and beautiful, with a capable camera and great iOS support
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The iPhone SE (2020) is a compact phone with the same chip and performance that you get on flagship phones and one of the best cameras in this price range
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. iPhone SE (2020) looks like an iPhone 8 but works like Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone 11 Pro
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. This cheap iPhone is as practical as it is powerful
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A brand-new iPhone, with Apple’s fastest smartphone chip
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good deal
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Fast, capable, reliable, and familiar
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 2020 iPhone SE is lightweight, and future-proofed
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Not for gadget geeks, but the mainstream user
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The iPhone SE (2020) features Apple's latest processor, an excellent camera, Touch ID, plus all-day battery life... but it's not for everyone
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iPhone SE offers the power of Apple's latest and greatest, at cheaper
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Everything you need at lightning speed
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The best value iPhone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. The iPhone SE 2020 is an outstanding phone, delivering fast performance and very good cameras in a compact design
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. An iPhone for people who don’t like new iPhones
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The 2020 iPhone SE packs in a top-spec processor and flagship features at a bargain price, but dated design and bad battery hold it back
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. Great power with a limited battery
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  18. The 2020 Apple iPhone SE is a petite powerhouse with no-compromise performance for thousands of rupees less than other recent iPhones
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Incredibly appealing to all those iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7S, and iPhone 8 users who want to upgrade
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. The new SE is a great phone with only a few drawbacks
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The new iPhone SE nails the important stuff and gives you the build quality of an iPhone Pro for lesser price
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. This Is the iPhone to Buy Right Now
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is well worth considering if you're looking for a stylus inside a great all-round phone
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Note 10 Lite has something else on offer, the core Samsung experience at a fraction of a flagship's cost
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the most exciting offering by Samsung for people to try out the stylus life
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite will appeal to someone who wants the Note experience without paying full price for it
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Excellent S-Pen experience at 30% lesser price!
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you plan to use S Pen everyday, only then get Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite tries to create a perfect balance between super-premium and affordability
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is doing a brilliant balancing act of the price and user experience
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Only for those wanting s pen on a budget, others look elsewhere
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite emerges as an option with its good display, increased productivity on offer and a niche user experience... but the performance is not that good for price
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung couldn’t have priced this device any better and at this rate, it’s an absolute steal
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The killer feature of the Note 10 Lite is the S pen which brings in features not found elsewhere, while still being about as powerful as the 7T and a somewhat better camera set
    thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The perfect phone if you want to look important without spending a bomb
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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