Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (8GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M51 (8GB RAM) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy M51 (8GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (8GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy M51 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
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Excellence Score
69.6
73.5
Value for Money Score
84.8
68.1
Price ₹ 24,999 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2020 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 385 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9810Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 8 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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72"; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree ultra-wide lens, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor 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 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, 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 512 GB Yes, up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.5 mmThick 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 213 gmHeavy 199 gmHeavy
Width N/A 76.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 7000 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, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; NFC; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos S-Pen Stylus; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sleek, classy design - the Galaxy M51 seems identical to the Galaxy A51, with a glossy polycarbonate back design - giving it a premium look
  • The front gets a new trendy look with a hole-punch display, similar to the Galaxy M31s
  • The phone feels solid in the hand - the 'glasstic back' offers better grip, and it is not as slippery as other phones with a glass back
  • The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the device
  • Punchy, vivid and massive 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display - the display is one of the best in class panels with great colour reproduction and viewing angles
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Dark mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this one
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black and looks great on the M51's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Very good performance from the Snapdragon 730G - the chipset and Samsung’s OneUI optimization could take anything that you throw at it, switching across apps, moving across the UI, multitasking, and opening multiple Chrome tabs, social media is a breeze - heavy games like Call of Duty run smoothly without any lag
  • Samsung has fixed the only major drawback it had in other M-series phones with average performance, and this time the Galaxy M51 has no issue taking on the competition in performance
  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor + 12MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor + a 5MP macro camera - the Galaxy M51 carries the same camera setup as seen on the Galaxy M31s
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase the good dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any mid-range phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Photos taken in low-light looks good - switching to Night mode helps reduce grain in the output and further improves image quality
  • Live Focus shots are quite impeccable and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M31 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The macro camera takes decent shots outdoors (though, the quality dips when indoors and the output is restricted to 5MP in resolution)
  • The single take is a nice addition from the more expensive S20 series, it lets you capture multiple formats at once
  • The 32MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M51s are good for the price bracket, even though they are not the best
  • Mammoth, out of this world 7000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of heavy usage easily, making the Galaxy M51 the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 25W fast charging - the phone takes around 2 hours to charge the battery completely, which is decent
  • The Galaxy M51 brings very good value as its big battery, powerful cameras, and expansive display all help make a solid argument in the device's favour - the phone's Snapdragon 730G SoC also ensures that M51 offers enough in terms of raw power to help it tackle most things you throw at it
  • 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 Galaxy M51 feels hefty at 9.5mm thickness and 213g weight - it is difficult to use for a longer duration for calls, streaming, or even gaming
  • The back of the Galaxy M51 is a fingerprint magnet - it can also get scratched easily since it is plastic
  • The display lags with a 60 Hz display, where competing phones like OnePlus Nord offer higher 90 Hz refresh rate
  • There's still great competition at this price and the OnePlus Nord has a lot up its sleeve with a newer processor, higher refresh rate display, and a best in class software
  • 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 Samsung Galaxy M51 packs in a massive battery, Super AMOLED panel and Snapdragon chipset, although the stand out feature here is the battery, it won't disappoint you in any aspect
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy M51 has grabbed a lot of attention because of its big 7,000mAh battery, and it really does deliver very good battery life
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A satisfying phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The massive battery on the Galaxy M51 is a sure-shot advantage and other great features include a beautiful display, modern design, reliable cameras and decent performance
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Its got all the battery you need
    indiatoday.in 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 »
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