Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is ahead.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10  Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
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Excellence Score
87.1
83.9
Value for Money Score
57.4
83.6
Price ₹ 69,999 onwards ₹ 39,999 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
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 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9825Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 48MP + 12MP + 5MP
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 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 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 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 7.9 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 168 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 71.8 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 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, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25W Fast Charger Yes, 25W 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 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
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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 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. 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. One of the highly recommended options in its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy S10 Lite is the best value-driven flagship Samsung has launched to date
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. At its price, the Galaxy S10 Lite is a formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. 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 »
  12. 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 »
  13. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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