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The iQOO 3 256GB is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the iQOO 3 256GB!

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB  iQOO 3 256GB 
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite iQOO 3
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Excellence Score
81.4
86.6
Value for Money Score
70.4
86.3
Price ₹ 42,142 onwards ₹ 39,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 Mar, 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 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera Super AMOLED, HDR10+, 180Hz Touch-sensing, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 650
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 48MP + 12MP + 5MP 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.5 aperture; Telephoto, 13MP: f/2.2 aperture; Ultra-wide, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Super night mode, Super Anti Shake, Portrait mode, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super wide-angle
Secondary Camera 32MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR f/2.5 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Screen Flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 9.2 mmThick
Weight 186 gmMedium 214 gmHeavy
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 74.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4400 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, 45W Fast Charging Yes, 55W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration UFS 3.1 Storage; Pressure-sensitive buttons; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Good-looking smartphone with a punch-hole display and curved glass back - the Volcano Orange variant has a soft matte texture which is unique and also much better to grip
  • At the right side of the phone are touch sensitive “Monster Touch Buttons” which can be used in certain games and makes it easy to use index finger to control some in game actions - the implementation is even better than the ROG Phone, combined with optimised haptics, it makes for a rather pleasurable experience
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock both are quick to unlock and consistent
  • Vibrant, large 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny punch-hole camera on the top-right corner - the screen offers an expansive way to enjoy games or anything else you might throw at it
  • It also supports HDR10+ which adds to the contrast and makes supported content on the screen more enjoyable
  • The phone’s brightness is also great under all lighting conditions
  • Crazy fast performance with the Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset, combined with the latest LPDDR 5 standard RAM, and the UFS 3.1 storage - the phone aces all benchmarks and every game you throw at it will run perfectly
  • The phone doesn't heat up even during long hours of heaving gaming, like playing PUBG Mobile
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 48MP primary shooter + 13MP ultra-wide lens + 13MP telephoto sensor + a 2MP depth sensor
  • The pictures with the primary camera outdoors in natural daylight had ample detailing and adequate sharpness, these shots retain good brightness levels with decent contrast levels and less saturation (though, images shot indoors are a tad on the softer side)
  • Decent ultra-wide lens, encapsulates a lot more in the frame than the primary sensor - the ultra-wide lens also doubles up as the macro lens as well and can let you go as close as 2.5cm to the subject (though, the quality isn't matched with the primary camera)
  • Telephoto lens is decent too with the right amount of sharpness and dynamic range and you can zoom in upto 20X (though, the 20X zoomed photos are distorted)
  • The 16MP front camera takes good selfies and manages to capture true-to-life images with a good amount of detail and even lighting
  • Good audio quality from the single speaker - can deliver high volume levels, retaining the flawless output, and the accuracy is top-notch
  • Included earphones in the box, a rarity among smartphones these days
  • Good battery life with the 4440 mah battery - you can easily manage a day and a half of use from the phone with moderate usage
  • Incredibly fast 55W fast charging with the included charger - the battery can be charged to 50 percent in just 15 minutes
  • The major advantage iQOO 3 has over it's competition are the gaming centric feature and optimisation and if the touch sensitive buttons are must have for you, iQOO 3 is a solid choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Pretty chunky and a tad heavy, at 9.2 mm thick and 215 g weight - long gaming sessions might tire your wrists
  • At this price, most phones support 90Hz or higher refresh rate and seeing only 60Hz on a gaming centric smartphone is a downer
  • The iQOO UI based Android 10 OS is just the retouched Vivo FunTouch OS and a bit disappointing - the software comes across as a weak point as it is cluttered and not very well optimised (though, it is very feature packed)
  • Portrait mode can be hit or miss on the iQOO 3, as the edge-detection algorithm just doesn't do a very good job
  • Low-light performance is just average as images invariably turned out soft and lacking in detail
  • Video recording is average too - stabilisation is only offered till Full HD and videos are noisy
  • However, the Realme X50 Pro brings faster charging, a more versatile array of cameras, and, most importantly, a 90Hz display - in comparison, the iQOO seems to be second in the race it hoped to inaugurate
Expert Reviews
  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. 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 »
  16. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. 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 »
  18. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. There’s nothing wrong with the iQOO 3, performance, cameras, charging, and an enjoyable interface are all spot on... but the Realme X50 Pro also have all of that and some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Packs in some really powerful hardware
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The iQOO3 is the best multimedia and gaming phone you can buy at this price segment right now
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. There is no reason to not consider iQOO 3
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Unless air triggers are somehow a must-have for you, the Realme X50 Pro is also a solid choice
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. iQOO 3's big advantage is the latest Qualcomm processor and more features geared towards gaming
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The iQOO 3 is a great package for anyone who wants to explore beyond the OnePlus and Samsung territory in the flagship killer category
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iQOO 3 is a potent smartphone that delivers power-packed performance and importantly, could be a potential segment disruptor
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Snapdragon 865 and Monster Touch Buttons are reason enough to buy this phone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The iQOO 3 is right up there among the leading options for anyone looking for a very powerful and yet well-crafted smartphone
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iQOO 3 is definitely one of the most capable value-for-money-flagships you can buy right now
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. From its design to performance, the IQOO 3 5G is a very solid phone and one that definitely deserves your attention... but the competition is stiff
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. business-standard.com hands-on Read Review »
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