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

Samsung Galaxy Note 10  Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (8GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
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Excellence Score
81.6
78.6
Value for Money Score
54.7
67.6
Price ₹ 66,240 onwards ₹ 41,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 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 6.3 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 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 Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9825Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9810Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 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 16MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-1.8-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 27mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.1 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP (Ultrawide): F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording, Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode 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: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps; 720p@960fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 10MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR f/2.2 Aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 256 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 168 gmMedium 199 gmHeavy
Width 71.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use 76.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3500 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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay S-Pen Stylus; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, beautiful, refined design - the “Aura Glow” version where the back reflects surrounding light transforming into all sorts of gradients, shapes and colors, looks especially mesmerizing
  • The front is really sharp looking as well with a nearly bezel free display and a center punch hole front camera
  • High quality build with glass on the front and the back, and an aluminum frame in the middle
  • This is also a phenomenally compact 'phablet' - thanks to its nearly bezel-free Infinity-O screen - in fact the most impressive thing about the Galaxy Note 10 is how it feels in your hand - at 6.3 inches, the Galaxy Note 10 has a slightly smaller screen than the 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9, but it’s remarkably thinner and lighter - the result is a Note that is surprisingly comfortable to use one-handed - if you're especially mindful about owning a phone that slips easily into your pocket, or generally isn't cumbersome to live with, the Note 10 offers the biggest possible display in the smallest possible footprint right now
  • The power button can be programmed for long presses and double presses to launch Bixby (default) or other apps
  • Of course, one of the key highlights of the Note series is the S-Pen: it's one of those things that some people don't use at all, while some swear by - apart from taking notes, handwriting recognition (much improved), it can be used to control music, advance slideshows and snap photos via air gestures
  • Incredibly good looking, 6.3-inch, sharp AMOLED display - it has excellent outdoor legibility, displays beautiful, vibrant colors, has excellent contrast, and excellent viewing angles - it's basically as good as smartphone screens get - and even though it has a lower pixel density than it's big brother the Note 10+, but in real life, the difference is hardly discernible
  • Samsung's OneUI is one of the best custom Android skins at present - it's well optimized for single handed use with more controls in the easier to reach bottom part of the screen, looks stylish, and of course has a few useful options on top of stock Android
  • If you like the idea of using your Note 10 on a bigger screen, Samsung makes it easy with its upgraded 'DeX' functionality - all you need is the provided USB Type-C cable that comes with the phone, as well as the DeX desktop app for your Windows PC or Mac, and you can run Android applications on your computer's display and manage your files through a phone-like interface, only on the big screen
  • Top-end performance with the flagship Exynos 9825 - as expected, it's a performance beast: it flies in benchmarks, receiving top scores, and it performs excellent in games
  • The storage is also of the new UFS 3.0 standard and it is the absolute fastest storage of any phone yet - the real life implications of having such fast storage it is just that everything loads and runs faster, from large games and videos, to smaller files
  • Top-end tripe camera setup on the rear - 12MP standard + 16MP ultra-wide + 12MP telephoto
  • The camera setup continues to be one of the best in mobile - and the inclusion of telephoto and ultra-wide lenses allow for a wide range of different shots, and the hardware coupled with machine learning makes it a lot more difficult to take a bad photo
  • The live focus feature (Portrait mode, essentially) comes to video, with four different filters, including Color Point, which makes everything but the subject black and white
  • Samsung’s also brought a very simple video editor into the mix here, which is nice on the fly - it's also one of the better uses for the S Pen
  • There is also an improved Super Steady offering for videos, which smooths out shaky video, including Hyperlapse mode, where handshakes are a big issue
  • There is clever Zoom-on Mic functionality - while shooting video, pinch-zooming on something will amplify the noise from that area
  • The 10-megapixel camera for selfies is very good as well - and it also supports Live Focus so you can blur the background and it does a very good job, with a good amount of detail and with vibrant colors
  • Overall, as you would expect, this is one of the best, most versatile camera setups on any smartphone - you are going to love photography with your Note 10
  • Excellent stereo loudspeakers - they are capable of blasting music with quite the powerful punch
  • Good battery life, with a 3500mAH battery, and a 1080p display - you will get close to 1.5 days with moderate use, and 1 day with heavy use - similar to its elder brother Note 10+
  • Very fast charging with the included 25W charger (and support for up to 45W chargers) - you will get 61% charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 1 hour - one of the highest recorded charging speeds for any smartphone
  • Support for (fast) wireless charging and wireless power sharing
  • Samsung built the Galaxy Note brand on delivering the best big-screen phones around, but the best thing about the new Galaxy Note 10 is how delightfully compact it is - if you want the biggest screen possible in the most relatively compact size, this is it - Note 10 succeeds as both a productivity device (thanks to additions like DeX and added cross-platform functionality with Windows 10) and an everyday handset - so if you need a new phone, are looking for something big (and still compact) and flashy and are willing to splurge, the Note 10 is an excellent choice
  • 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 ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner is not quite as fast as 2nd gen optical fingerprint readers on the likes of the OnePlus 7
  • Misses out on the fourth 'DepthVision' Camera of its elder brother, the Note 10+, that allows more comprehensive depth information capture - although it's not missed much in practical terms
  • Samsung matches the industry trend here and lets go of the the headphone jack (you do get a nice pair of AKG USB-C headphones in-box)
  • That said, the Note 10 series is no longer the 'best at everything' phones they used to be at one time - you will get a more fluid feeling experience on the OnePlus 7 Pro (thanks to the 90Hz display), an even better all-round camera on the Huawei P30 Pro or the Google Pixel 3, and some powerful 10x zoom on the Oppo Reno 10x - so there are lots of options to look around at now, many of them cheaper too
  • 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 Galaxy Note 10 is an easy to recommend to someone looking for a compact high-end phone with a stylus - there simply isn't any other....and it's an amazing phone even if the S Pen doesn't do anything for you
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best Galaxy phone to buy right now
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The smaller Note 10 is the best Note for most people, but it’s not worth the current price
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It’s an excellent phone with great performance...But the cheaper Galaxy S10 makes the Note 10 a tough sell - unless you want a phone with a pen
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Galaxy Note 10 is Samsung’s easiest to use S Pen-toting phone yet
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Provides almost the same Note experience as the larger version, but in a smaller, more pocketable package....will rightfully appeal to a new kind of Note audience
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Note 10 is a very special phablet - there's never been one this compact and easy to live with, before
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Brings the S Pen to a phone size pretty much anyone can handle...but the high price makes it a tough recommendation
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Embodies the best qualities of Samsung’s power-user phone line while also being a bit easier to handle
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  14. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  15. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  19. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  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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