Review Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Samsung's "incredible" move - VnReview

Review Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Samsung’s “incredible” move – VnReview

Expanding the “coverage” of the Note series to more users is obviously a good thing but the appearance of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is really a very strange step of Samsung.

Samsung started 2020 with the unexpected appearance of the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite. In particular, the Note 10 Lite attracted a lot of attention of users because this is the first time Samsung launched a Galaxy Note shortened version. The phone does not have a curved screen, something that Note fans have long wanted. Since the Note 5, all smartphones in the Note series have been equipped with edge-to-edge displays.

Samsung created a shortened version of the beloved flagship duo is perfectly reasonable, as the high-end segment is still a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung. The S-Pen stylus is still a “specialty” that iFans haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy on their beloved iPhones, which is one of Samsung’s advantages. But putting the S-Pen – a privilege for “paying” users – into a cheaper product could be a double-edged sword. The Galaxy S10e lesson is still new and Samsung must be especially careful with specific product lines like the Galaxy Note.

With a list price of VND 13.99 million, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is VND 1 million cheaper than the Galaxy A80 when it was launched last year (Galaxy A80 is currently priced at VND 12.49 million). Thus, Samsung oriented Note 10 Lite as a product in the high-end segment, a move to expand the “coverage” of the flagship Galaxy Note series to more users. Distribution in Vietnam is currently only available in two colors, silver and black, the evaluation version of VnReview is black.

Design: A mix of Galaxy A and Galaxy Note

If you want to know the design trends in the near future of Samsung smartphones, look at the Galaxy A. Series Since 2019, Samsung has changed its strategy, bringing new design features to mid-range products first to “visit. probe “user feedback, then upload them to other products. Seeing the Galaxy A51 and A71, the design of the Infinity-O punch screen and the large-sized camera cluster will extend to other products of Samsung segment, including Note 10 Lite.

With genuine price difference of up to 9 million, Galaxy Note 10 Lite has “beauty” not inferior to the Galaxy Note 10 elder even if placed next to each other. Note 10’s curved screen is more “glittering”, but for some users, it brings a lot of annoyance when used daily. Personally, I would prefer a flat-screen Note rather than curved.

After the arrival of the Galaxy A51 and A71, the Infinity-O punched display is no longer “exclusive” of the Galaxy Note 10 | 10+. While not as full as the Galaxy A80 or Chinese smartphones using a retractable camera mechanism, the Infinity-O punching screen is still one of the best solutions available today to maximize screen area. Figure used.

The edges of the Note 10 Lite are very thin, for a clear view. Inside the punched hole is a 32MP selfie camera, f / 2.2 aperture, HDR support, above is the Galaxy A51 speakerphone strip.

The bottom edge, or “chin,” of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a bit thicker than the Galaxy Note 10 elder, but you will only be able to detect it if you put them side by side and compare directly.

The first noticeable cut of the Note 10 Lite is that the device is only equipped with an optical fingerprint sensor under the screen, which is slower and less accurate than the ultrasonic sensor. During my daily experience, I noticed that the opening speed of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite does not seem to be significantly different from that of the Galaxy A51 despite having a much better configuration. This is most likely due to the limitations of the sensor technology and not much depends on the configuration.

The second notable cut of the Note 10 Lite is the material. The chassis is still aluminum, the back is only made from Glasstic 3D imitation plastic like the mid-range Galaxy A machines. The gradient effect and the patterned textures on the black version are quite small and hard to see, not to mention the fingerprints, so the white version will probably be the best choice if You are a person who likes to stand out.

Compared to the Galaxy A51 or A71, the back of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite has only a slight difference: the rear camera cluster has only three cameras and LED flash, the absence of a dedicated macro camera, and is arranged in a rectangular frame almost square instead of leaderboard. The convexity of the camera cluster has been better controlled, but Samsung’s arrangement on the Note 10 Lite makes this cluster occupy a large area and no matter how I look at it, I still feel how to arrange the camera vertically like the Galaxy Note 10 Still more beautiful and refined.

With a 8.7mm “waist” and “weight” of 199g, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is heavier than both the Galaxy Note 10 (7.9mm, 168g) and Galaxy Note 10+ (7.9mm, 196g), so make sure this phone is not the “Lite” clown in terms of dimensions. However, as usual on Samsung devices, the back edges are curved well, so the grip of the Note 10 Lite is still very comfortable, if you are familiar with phones like the Note 10+, you will not see it. What is the problem with Note 10 Lite.

As a shortened version, quite surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack, after Samsung removed this connector on the Note 10 and Note 10+. Besides, the appearance of the S-Pen on a product not in the high-end segment is also new.

Super AMOLED screen is big, beautiful and has HDR

Galaxy Note 10 Lite features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels), a 20: 9 aspect ratio that is longer, tapered slightly compared to 19: 9 of Note 10 | 10+. The screen of the device supports HDR display enhances the contrast, but Samsung did not mention whether it is HDR10 + or not.

The advantage of the Super AMOLED panel is the deep black color, wide viewing angle, high contrast and brightness, combined with HDR to make the entertainment experience of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite very good, completely worth the price. However, placed next to the Dynamic AMOLED panel on Samsung’s flagship products, there is still a significant difference in color saturation and clarity you can clearly see.

Old flagship chip, why not?

Galaxy Note 10 Lite is equipped with an Exynos 9810 chip with 4 Mongoose cores clocked at 2.7 GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. If you find this name “familiar”, that’s because Samsung used this chip on the flagship Galaxy Note 9 launched in 2018. Of course, we cannot expect Samsung to use the Exynos 9825 chip. 7nm process, but remember that the technology giant is still in the hands of Exynos 9820 Galaxy S10 | 10+ generation. Apple does not hesitate to equip the latest processing chips on the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, if Samsung does the same thing, it will surely attract more attention.

Having said that, the Exynos 9810 is not a weak chip, even more than the needs of the majority of ordinary users. Testing with familiar performance benchmark apps, AnTuTu Benchmark and GFXBench Manhattan, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite still scores better than mid-range smartphones using Snapdragon 730G – the most powerful mid-range chip on the market today. Qualcomm. Plus the abundant memory of 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal memory, the performance of Galaxy Note 10 Lite is not something that users need to worry about.

Liên Liên Mobile, with the highest graphics setting, Note 10 Lite plays smoothly at 60fps, 96% frame stability

Dead Trigger 2, highest graphics setting (Ultra High), Note 10 Lite has an average fps of 58, 92% stability

When setting the highest graphics, Note 10 Lite is locked at 40 fps. Smooth playing machine, 98% frame stability

If the graphics are reduced, the device will be unlocked at 60 fps

With the need to play games, Mali-G72 MP18 GPU still “carries well” the current popular games such as PUBG Mobile, Lien Quan Mobile at the highest graphics settings. Measured by the Gamebench tool (, the number of frames per second (FPS) of the tested games fluctuated at a high level of 55-60, high stability (90% or more).

Android 10, One UI 2.0, and S-Pen

From Galaxy A51 onwards, all new Samsung smartphones come with Android 10 pre-installed with the latest One UI 2.0 interface right from the factory.

As I mentioned in the Galaxy A51 review article, the brightest new feature on One UI 2.0 is the full screen gesture navigation feature. This is an important feature for edge-to-edge smartphones, especially those with large screens like the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, when the three virtual navigation keys below the screen or the solution of “half-hearted” gestures on the The previous One UI version makes it difficult for users to use it daily.

With the integration of the S-Pen stylus, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a number of sub-menus in the settings as well as related personal shortcuts, such as creating notes, setting tasks when pressing and holding buttons on the stylus, …

Experience the S-Pen stylus on the Galaxy Note 10 Lite exactly like the previous Samsung flagships. The pen’s latency and response are great, and the stylus integrates many great features like AirGestures that perform hand gestures, take quick notes or take photos with a click, etc.

Long-lasting battery life

Accepting a significantly thicker body, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite features a 4,500 mAh battery, the highest of the three brothers (Note 10 3,500 mAh, Note 10+ 4,300 mAh). This is a reasonable trade-off, as many users are even calling on manufacturers to stop racing to make the device light and thin, resulting in a shortened battery life.

Watch movies copied to your device, 70% screen volume and brightness, from full battery charge to 10% remaining

Surf the web on the Wi-Fi network at 70% screen brightness, also from full charge to 10%

Continuous gaming time over Wi-Fi, 70% screen brightness, from full battery charge to 10% remaining

In terms of charging time, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite supports up to 25W, which is the same as the Galaxy Note 10 but losing to Note 10+ (45W). Time to fully charge the device from 10% battery is 1 hour 14 minutes, after 30 minutes the device is charged 55%. Overall, the battery life of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is very comfortable, a factor to consider if you’re wondering which version of Note to choose.

Camera: The combination of … Note 8 and Note 9

Not only the processor chip, the camera cluster is also where the Galaxy Note 10 Lite “borrows” from its seniors. Specifically, the 12MP main camera is Samsung “concrete” from the Note 8 up so there is no dual aperture f / 1.5 – f / 2.4, and 12MP telephoto camera with f / 2.4 aperture 2x optical zoom, OIS is taken from Note 9 The 12MP ultra-wide angle camera with f / 2.2 aperture is all too familiar on recent Samsung products. Notably, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite doesn’t have a dedicated macro camera like the S10 Lite, while the S10 Lite doesn’t have a super wide-angle camera like the Note 10 Lite, perhaps Samsung wants to “save” the feature?

The photography interface on One UI 2.0 has made some changes, when the “auxiliary” shooting modes such as panorama, night shooting, slow motion, … are placed separately in a menu, next to the three main menus is shooting. Photo, video recording and dynamic focus (font removal). Of course, since there is no dedicated macro camera, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite also does not have a close-up mode.

– Main camera photo, bright enough

– Photo of main camera, indoor lighting

– Main camera, underexposed outdoors

Normal photo (top) and night mode photo (bottom)

Normal photo (top) and night mode photo (bottom)

With the camera configuration of the flagship (though old), Galaxy Note 10 Lite for good photo quality in most shooting conditions. Machine with fast shutter speed and focus, vivid colors, fresh, rich in detail. Even, Note 10 Lite also has a big advantage compared to Note 8 is integrated night mode (Night Mode), so in low light conditions are very poor, the machine is still rich in detailed photos.

The Note 10 Lite’s ultra wide-angle camera gives creative shooting angles but tends to push the color gamut up, higher than the main camera, in some cases that can make images look unnatural.

Selfie camera of Galaxy Note 10 Lite, although there are no good features of Note 10, Note 10+ such as Dual-phase PDAF Dual Pixel or Auto-HDR but is “offset” 32MP resolution. The selfie camera specs of the device are similar to that of the Galaxy A51 or 71, with an aperture of f / 2.2, a pixel size of 0.8µm, so it’s not surprising that the quality of photos taken is similar.

Photo delete fonts of Note 10 Lite

Photos removed fonts both front and back cameras of Galaxy Note 10 Lite are very “shimmering”, with many background effects so you can “live virtual” immediately, but the device still automatically smooths the skin of the subject immediately even when the beauty mode is not on, sometimes it makes the photo look unnatural.

Summary: Fill the void that Note 10 | 10+ left

Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a “strange” move of Samsung: Suddenly making a cheap Note, flat screen, taking the risk of losing the “premium” brand of Note series to reach many people more customers. Better battery life, performance and camera are still strong compared to 2020 standards, undeniable Samsung has “scratched the right itch” of users with Note 10 Lite.

If you have to mention a minus point, not to mention the optical fingerprint sensor or the plastic back surface though the machine is in the high-end segment because it is the limit of money, it is only a late appearance membrane of this phone only. If Samsung were to launch a phone like this as soon as the iPhone XR came out, even before that, the game in this segment would be much more exciting.

Hoan Dang

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