CES 2020, News, Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Is Here, but There’s Nothing “Lite” About It

After many leaks and rumours, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is finally introduced. Now, don’t be fooled by its “Lite” moniker: this is actually a pretty capable smartphone that can take on other flagship-tier devices in the current market.

Just like its regular Galaxy S10 siblings – at least, those in the US market – the Galaxy S10 Lite features a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. Granted, this is last year’s flagship chipset, but there’s no denying the high level of performance this SoC offers.

Besides the high-end chipset, the Galaxy S10 Lite also has a new design language taken from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series. That’s right, it has an Infinity-O Display with a hole-punch cutout at the top of the screen right in the middle. In our opinion, we like the position of the cutout: it gives the phone a symmetrical look.

On top of that, Samsung made sure to mention that the Galaxy S10 Lite has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a resolution of 2400 x 1080. According to the Korean company, this Plus panel “creates ergonomic design with thin and light display panel by adopting flexible OLED technology.”

While it seems to suggest that the Galaxy S10 Lite has a flexible, curved OLED panel of sorts, the render images don’t quite show this. If we didn’t know any better, we’d assume it’s just a regular, flat OLED screen.

Anyway, let’s move on to the camera department, and it’s quite an interesting change. Unlike other Galaxy S10 smartphones, the S10 Lite sports a triple camera system on the back arranged in a square module. It’s made up of a 48MP f/2.0 “Super Steady OIS AF” primary shooter, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 5MP f/2.4 macro lens.

That’s right, it doesn’t have a telephoto lens like the Galaxy S10+ and S10 models, opting instead for a macro shooter in its place. It’s a curious change, and we’re excited to see how the triple camera configuration would perform. As for the front-facing camera, it’s a 32MP f/2.2 unit.

Rounding out the specifications of the Galaxy S10 Lite include 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a generous 4,500mAh battery, and Android 10 out of the box.

Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on the price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, though the company did say it will be offered “at an accessible price point.” The new smartphone will be on display at CES 2020 next week, and it’s available in three colour options: Prism Blue, Prism White, and Prism Black.