Galaxy S10 Lite review: analysis and opinion
“Without complaints for magazine holders, it goes to the practical and convinces us with all its equipment. You will like it if you are willing to do without some features. ”
Slim design and premium look
Upgradeable night mode
No water resistance
No wireless charging
The Lite surname gives the idea of a more affordable device. But that does not necessarily mean that it is a cheap model. Galaxy S10 Lite is an example of this: it reduces some specifications to decrease the price wrapped in a chassis with an elegant and conservative aesthetic. It is a phone with good benefits in general and some deficiencies that you should take into account.
Design and display
Galaxy S10 Lite is one of the lightest mobiles we have analyzed. The 186 grams (6.56 oz) weight and a very slim design (162.5 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm) – without the need to bend the sides – translate into an extremely comfortable device in the hand, despite its 6.7-inch screen.
On the back, it is dressed in blue plastic, something that helps lower the price compared to the Galaxy S20. Even so, its appearance in this tone is premium and, at the same time, discreet. If you are one of those who hate fingerprint marks, in this case they also get stuck, but they are not as noticeable as on other computers. In this rear area, the smartphone is not out of the trend of square or rectangular camera modules, and houses three lenses.
The FHD + screen (2,400 × 1,080p), with 394 dpi, Super AMOLED Plus technology and some minimal bezels, stands out for its brightness and vivid colors (at the cost of saturating them, which helps to beautify everything it shows, and we like it because it is not an excessive change). If you prefer more realistic colors, select Natural mode in Settings / Display / Display mode.
Otherwise, it’s a phone very much in line with others, with the volume settings and power button on the right, the USB-C port on the bottom and the card slot on the left side. It does not have a 3.5 mm jack connector, something that should not be a problem, since instead of a case, the box includes headphones (headphones) with USB-C.
Performance, battery and charge
For the processor, a Snapdragon 855 (the same as that of the Google Pixel 4 XL and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus), the 8GB RAM and the price, this phone falls into the lower high-end range. This chip is not the most advanced in this category anymore, it was replaced by the 865 that includes many of the star phones launched in 2020, such as the Galaxy S20, Motorola Edge Plus, OnePlus 8 and many more. It does not have the most advanced and yet we have been surprised by the fluidity and speed with which it executes all the tasks. The 128 GB of storage give for many contents, and the best thing is that if you need more, you put a memory card and you increase it up to 1 TB more (maximum).
In principle, you should be calm if you need autonomy for a work day with intensive use. In our review, with nearly ten hours of video playback spread over two days, combined with web browsing and photo capture, it has given us just over two full days (without turning it off at night). And that its battery is not one of the largest capacity (4,500 mAh).
In fast charge it also behaves as you expect in a phone with a considerable price. With a 25 W charger, you get half the autonomy in about 25 minutes, a time that is not the best, of course, and that does not take away to make it stand out. It fully charges in an average of 65 minutes, and that’s fine, although you find similar speed on some more affordable mid-range mobiles. Among them, Realme 6 and Redmi Note 9 Pro, both with prices below 300 euros.
The phone’s three lenses photograph with a 48-megapixel wide-angle (and Super Steady stabilizer), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a 5-megapixel macro lens. It is true that, when it comes to megapixels, it does not stand out, and it does not matter. Take very good quality photos. The one of the selfies does aim high in resolution with 32 megapixels (and it also meets what you expect in a mobile with a considerable price).
Perhaps the weakest point of this camera is the night mode. In scenes with some lighting it fills in well and the result is acceptable. Without light, unlike other phones, it doesn’t light up enough to take a decent photo. The macro function, without being one of the best, achieves its objective as long as you respect the recommended distance (between 3 and 5 cm), which determines the size of the details to be captured (at a size not very large).
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When it comes to zoom, Samsung opts for a maximum of 8x, a number of magnifications lower than other cameras but which performs well. So you can apply the least in the most: we say it because it is useless to put 10x or more and then the images are blurred. With the maximum of 8x it gives the size in photos, but when you apply it in the video mode, it does not maintain that quality and it does not focus clearly.
If you like to take creative photos with the bokeh effect, the dynamic focus mode (equivalent to portrait mode on other mobiles) comes with several default blurs and a bar for you to choose the degree of blurring of the background. In selfies, it allows you to select the blur even after taking the photo, and also with the possibility of changing the color to black and white.
Based on Android 10 and One UI 2.1 it is one of the layers that we like the most for its amount of details. Among them, the possibility of creating a small popup window with the call icons to be able to use the screen while you speak; view the contents of the phone on the computer simply by pressing the Connect to Windows button; and the Music Share button to connect to someone’s speaker and share your music just by pressing it. On the camera, the option to switch from photo to video mode by pressing the same button for several seconds and the capture of bursts (or GIF) just by sliding your finger on this button down.
With the same screen as the Galaxy S20 Plus and just as light, the Galaxy S10 Lite will fit you if you are looking for a very handy phone, with a quality large screen, a remarkable camera and good autonomy. If it is what you want from a phone, you will have to spend 659 euros. For this price we expected water resistance, since Samsung is the brand that most bets on this feature outside the high range.
It is a considerable amount, not within the reach of all pockets, and it seems a bit high when compared to other options with better benefits, at least on paper: for example, Realme X3 Superzoom (499 euros) and Realme X50 Pro 5G in its 8 GB and 128 GB version (599 euros). Especially this Chinese manufacturer is setting the bar very high for competitors to conquer users outside the Asian giant, although Samsung has a long way to go and there will be those who prefer what they already know and have become accustomed to using.
Alternatives? For a similar amount, you have the option of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, OPPO Find X2 Neo and Motorola Edge.