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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB!

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Excellence Score
69.4
79.7
Value for Money Score
47.9
67.7
Price ₹ 67,490 onwards ₹ 42,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 538 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features AMOLED, DCI-P3, HDR10, FullView Display, 3D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP 48MP + 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 40MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (wide); 1/1.7" Sensor Size, 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/2.7" Sensor Size, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 80mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 5x Optical Zoom; OIS, PDAF/Laser Autofocus, Leica Optics, Panorama, HDR, Slo-mo Video (720p@960fps) 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; Dedicated Macro Camera, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps; 720p@960fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 24MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (wide), HDR 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 256 GB Yes, up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.6 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 189 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 72.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4200 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, 40W SuperCharge (70% in 30 min) Yes, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 40.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Qi Wireless Fast Charging; Reverse Wireless Charging; In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; LDAC and HWA Audio NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely classy, sleek, eye-catching design - you are going to fall in love with the curving glass and metal approach reminiscent of the Galaxy S9
  • Some very attractive looking colour options
  • Water resistant (IP68)
  • Reasonably manageable size and weight, given what the phone packs - its 6.39-inch display is big, sure, but its odd 18.7:9 aspect ratio makes it long and narrow, and therefore easy to wrap your hand around
  • Good hand feel
  • Uses a solid in-screen fingerprint scanner - a little fingerprint icon lights up when the screen's locked to tell you where to place your finger
  • Also has an excellent face unlock system, which works like a breeze
  • An absolutely gorgeous AMOLED display - it's pin-sharp, thanks to its 3120x1440-pixel resolution, vibrant, has superb brightness, and great sunlight contrast - very simply it's as good as any flagship display gets
  • Huawei's EMUI is a decent Android skin (though it's starting to look a little dated now) but this time, importantly, it has a number of behind-the-scenes optimisations to make it run butter-smooth
  • Breathtaking performance with the most powerful processor on an Android phone yet - the potent Kirin 980 - navigation is immediate, apps open without hesitation, editing photos in Adobe Lightroom is a breeze, and heavy games such as Asphalt 9: Legends are a piece of cake
  • Incredibly versatile set of 3 cameras at the rear - arguably the best all-round setup on a smartphone especially for still images (even beating the likes of the iPhone XS, and Pixel 3 in various conditions)
  • The phone will take some brilliant shots in all sorts of conditions
  • The telephoto mode gives you a 3x zoom, with no loss of detail. Or you can digitally zoom in further to 5x if you want to get even closer on the action
  • Even more useful arguably is the super-wide angle lens, though - it's wide enough to give you some dramatic, creative angle shots
  • The AI scene recognition works well too and adds the software smarts to automatically make your pictures even better
  • Also like the P20, the Mate 20 Pro excels in low light - there's a "Night" mode, which takes multiple images over a period of several seconds, piecing them together into a much brighter, more detailed image than you are likely to find anywhere else
  • The Mate 20 Pro also features nice stereo speakers, but with a surprising, clever implementation: the secondary speaker is actually embedded in the USB-C port, so audio comes at you from the earpiece and the USB-C port (this does mean though that when your phone is plugged in for a charge, audio will sound a bit muffled)
  • Very good battery life - the burly 4200-mAh ticker will easily last a full day of demanding use - and with lighter use, you can even get 2 days - which puts it squarely among the top flagship performers, beating out the Google Pixel 3 and just below the Galaxy Note 9
  • It's also got some truly super fast charging tech - using a new 40-watt charger, you can get up to 70 percent charge in only 30 minutes! - these are pretty much unprecedented charging speeds, and leaves even OnePlus' excellent Dash charging in the water
  • There's also 2-way wireless charging - so you can not only wirelessly charge your phone - but also charge another wireless charging phone, using your phone! - again, this is some truly cutting edge tech
  • All said and done, the Mate 20 Pro is, especially in terms of hardware, the very best Android phone (and possibly even any phone) you can get your hands on, if money is no concern. Full stop.
  • This is the new Android power beast, taking over the baton from a position that's been held by the Samsung Galaxy Note series for a long time
  • If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, look no further
  • If you travel a lot and take a ton of photos, look no further
  • Ultimately, the Mate 20 Pro, sets the new standards of what an ultimate flagship should be like, and the rest of the industry will need to follow suit, or get left behind
  • Clean and simple design - manages to look and feel like a high-end device (though, it uses a 'Glastic' polycarbonate back)
  • The front looks striking and modern, thanks to the single punch-hole 'Infinity-O' panel with very narrow bezels and a thin chin at the bottom
  • Relatively light-weight at 186g for a phone this big
  • Both the in-display fingerprint sensor & face recognition are quick at unlocking the phone
  • Excellent, crisp and bright 'Super AMOLED+' display with Full HD+ resolution - it excels at producing punchy colors and has good viewing angles
  • The panel also supports HDR 10+ and Widewine L1, which makes the S10 Lite an absolute delight to stream HD movies and shows on popular OTT platforms such as Hotstar and Netflix
  • Samsung's second generation of its One UI based on Android 10 is one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for large modern displays (like this one)
  • Apart from facilitating fluid animations and gesture controls, the UI also brings support for Samsung’s ecosystem of apps and services, including Bixby (Vision, Lens Mode, Routines), the full version of Samsung Pay and Samsung Health - there’s also support for the defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox
  • Blazingly fast, power packed performance with the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855 - the device is arguably even more powerful than the company’s current flagship Note 10 and S10 series - opening apps or loading a game, the phone feels snappy, and even heavy-duty games such as PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty run at the highest graphic settings on the device
  • Very good triple camera setup - at the heart of its above par optics performance is a 48MP primary lens + a 12MP ultra-wide lens + a 5MP macro lens
  • For all intents and purposes, the primary lens is the star of the show here - it is capable of clicking some stunning shots during day time - the shots produce impressive levels of detail and dynamic range, under well-lit situations, putting this camera at least on par with the flagship devices from Samsung
  • Low light performance is equally capable of surprising the user - shots come out looking crisp and with a good amount of detail and colour accuracy, this might be because of the Super Steady OIS which helps save low light shots which would have otherwise been ruined by a slight movement of the hand
  • There is also a wide-angle and a macro-lens - both perform quite well during situations where the lenses are fed with enough light, the images look vivid and capture accurate colours and details - the two cameras provide the user with extra framing options which are high in quality
  • Portrait mode or Live Focus works well, with good edge detection, detail and colours - you can change the background bokeh effect for some interesting results
  • The 32MP front camera captures 8MP oversampled photos, which look good, with punchy colours and good amounts of detail - Live Focus is available here too, so you can play around with different bokeh effects - the front camera is pretty capable under artificial light too
  • Video quality is also good and the Super Steady mode help in recording very smooth videos
  • Overall, the Galaxy S10 Lite offers very capable cameras and the image quality on par with other phones in this price segment
  • Brilliant battery life, thanks to the optimised OneUI and the flagship Snapdragon 855 - on moderate use, the S10 Lite will easily give a day and a half’s worth of use
  • Very Fast Charging with the impressive 25W Charger (and support for an insane 45W Fast Charging), it tops up the phone’s battery to the brim in about 70 minutes
  • The Galaxy S10 Lite represents great value for money, something that you won’t generally get to hear about Samsung’s devices too often - from the cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Video recording quality is the only (minor) weakness in the camera here - it's still very good, mind you - but not up to the flawless, high standards of say the iPhone XS or the Pixel 3
  • The back panel is quite glossy and hence a fingerprint and smudge magnet
  • The display remains at 60 Hz refresh rate while the competition has moved to more futuristic 90 or 120 Hz displays like the ones in the OnePlus 7T and the ROG Phone 2
  • It is slightly more expensive than its closest competitor, the OnePlus 7T, which offers high refresh-rate display, a more premium glass and metal body, stereo speakers, a telephoto camera, and a more current processor - also, the base variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is also available at similar price, and offers much better gaming features
Expert Reviews
  1. The most jam-packed with features smartphone this season...deserves to be on your wishlist
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Right there with the very best Android phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is for you
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best smartphone on the market right now
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A top-tier phone for a top-tier price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. No other phone that’s launched this year has attracted me the way Mate 20 Pro does
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Unless you absolutely need the stylus of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, we suggest that you throw in a few thousand rupees more and get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The most impressive Android phone to come out in 2018
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Every once in a while there comes a phone that you can’t help but fall in love with
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The most feature-packed phone you can currently buy...Android's dark horse champion
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. You’ll wish you could get one
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  18. theverge.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
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  23. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
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  1. It's a great phone... but not particularly competitive at its launch price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s nothing "lite" about the S10 Lite, it has the hardware of a 2019 flagship and it certainly holds its own as an upper-tier phone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's nice to have a good option from Samsung in this segment after a long time... but the price is on the higher side
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy S10 Lite is every bit a premium flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The price is just right for the S10 Lite
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. One of the highly recommended options in its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The S10 Lite is fast, good looking, has a wonderful screen and takes great pictures
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S10 Lite is the best value-driven flagship Samsung has launched to date
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S10 Lite at its price is just terrific value
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. While the Galaxy S10 Lite may not be the best Galaxy S10 model, it does have the most stamina. This makes the lack of a few features easy to overlook
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  13. At its price, the Galaxy S10 Lite is a formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. If you are a Samsung loyalist and don't want to spend Rs 50,000 on other S10 series devices, the S10 Lite emerges as a satisfactory option
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The S10 Lite is definitely among the best value-driven flagships from the Samsung stable to have launched in the country
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. From its cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
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