THE Samsung it launches so many cell phones each year that it can afford to explore – or invent – several categories, such as the “almost top of the line” smartphone. It is the case of Galaxy S10 Lite, model with Snapdragon 855 chip that arrived in Brazil in February 2020 costing R $ 3,999 (at the time of this review, the suggested price was R $ 3,199).
The device also features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 6 GB of RAM, a triple camera at the rear – with the main one boasting a 48 megapixel sensor – and a 4,500 mAh battery with recharge that promises to be very fast.
With this technical sheet, you can imagine that the Galaxy S10 Lite behaves very well in the daily routine. It will be? I tested the model for two weeks to take the test and, of course, find out if this “almost there” proposal is worth it.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite on video
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Design, finish and audio
It is curious that Samsung baptized this device as Galaxy S10 Lite. In design, it does not resemble the other models in the line at all. While the Galaxy S10, S10 + and S10e trio bring rear cameras in a horizontal “traffic light”, the S10 Lite houses the sensors in a left-aligned “Lego piece”, like other current models in the line.
You can notice differences in the finish too. The rear has no glass or metallic surface, but a shiny plastic. Fortunately, the frame is made of metal that can transmit that feeling of robustness that we expect from a cell phone premium.
But it is important that you know one thing: the other S10 models are IP68 certified for protection against water and dust; the Lite version does not. A feather.
The button layout is also different. While the volume controls are on the left side of the other models of the S10 line, in the Lite version, they were positioned on the right, along with the on / off button, following the pattern that we find in the Galaxy A family, for example. Ah, the S10 Lite has no physical button for the Bixby assistant.
I would be happy to find a smartphone with powerful hardware and a headphone connection, but that is not the case here. At the bottom, the Galaxy S10 Lite gathers only the USB-C port and the audio output which, by the way, is just ok: the maximum volume is high and distorts little, but it lacks that clarity that allows people to easily notice each instrument In the song.
At least the device comes with USB-C headphones.
The Galaxy S10 Lite has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED panel that is eye-catching. The screen occupies almost the entire front space – there is only one “chin” down there -, it has a 20: 9 aspect ratio, comes with a discreet centralized Infinity-O notch and is compatible with HDR10 +.
These characteristics make reading, playing videos in full screen and playing games very pleasant tasks on the device. This experience is complemented by the typical attributes of the Super AMOLED panels: vivid colors, great viewing from different angles and intense maximum brightness.
There is only one detail: the screen is full HD + (2400 × 1080 pixels). What’s wrong with that? None. This resolution is great for a 6.7 inch display. But I cannot fail to point out that, in the Galaxys S10 and S10 +, the resolution is much higher: 3040 × 1440 pixels.
One more thing: instead of an ultrasonic sensor, as in the Galaxy s10 +, the Lite version has an optical (conventional) fingerprint reader integrated into the screen. But honestly, it doesn’t make much difference. Most importantly, this component is almost always fast and reads correctly in the vast majority of attempts – if it failed me three times, it was too much.
As expected, the S10 Lite comes with Android 10 and the One UI interface, currently in version 2.1. This combination delivers practically the same experience that we find on other current cell phones in the Galaxy family.
Samsung Pay, Samsung Health and Bixby, for example, are here. The assistant does not have a dedicated physical button, as you already know, but it can be activated if you press the on / off button for a few moments or by voice commands like “hi, Bixby” and “hi, Bixby”. Yes, she speaks Portuguese.
The Screen Edge deserves mention, a discreet handle to the right of the interface that, when expanded with a drag of fingers, gives quick access to favorite applications. It can also display contacts, weather widget, reminders, and more. This feature is not new, but it is good to see that Samsung is expanding its availability.
In general, this is good software. The interface has a look that we are tired of seeing, but that is still beautiful, is well organized and is accompanied by a series of useful resources. Safe Folder, Focus Mode, Always On Display and Dual Messenger are other examples of features that are present here.
But some people may miss a complement that marks the current devices of the Galaxy S family: the S10 Lite does not come with DeX, a feature that “turns” the phone into a PC.
The trio of cameras at the rear is led by a 48 megapixel sensor that doesn’t disappoint, at least when lighting conditions help. Under these circumstances, the photos present a good level of detail, even in areas of shadows, very little noise and saturation control that provides vivid coloring, but without exaggeration.
For those who like slightly stronger colors, the secondary camera, with its 12 megapixels, can please more. Saturation is more intense here. In contrast, the image gets a little darker and the level of detail drops, although it remains at an acceptable level. What matters most is that this is a 123-degree wide-angle camera that, as such, covers a larger area. Note that your lens does not generate very sharp distortion at the edges of the image.
It’s just good not to have high expectations with night shots. In low light, the Galaxy S10 Lite even strives to remove noise without affecting sharpness, but it’s just ok at this job.
We also have a 5 megapixel camera for macro. It is an interesting “bonus”, but here, the noises appear more willingly and it is relatively easy to make blurred records, especially in environments with low light. Get ready to try two or three times until you get a decent macro shot.
Finally, we have the 32 megapixel front camera. I liked her. She is able to make selfies with realistic colors, good noise control and post-processing that does not impair definition, even indoors.
Background blur is a feature, but done entirely by software. One or another failure of focus can happen, consequently, but this is not a serious problem.
Performance and battery
The Snapdragon 855 gave Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line post to the Snapdragon 865, but it remains a very powerful chip. Proof of this is that, accompanied with 6 GB of RAM, it makes the performance of the Galaxy S10 Lite remarkable.
Does it take long to open applications? Choking on multitasking? Unexpected closings? None of this happened during the tests. In games like Breakneck and Asphalt 9: Legends with maximum graphics, if there was a drop in the frame rate, I didn’t notice – the Snapdragon 855 has GPU Adreno 640, just for the record.
The battery, nothing to complain about. It has 4,500 mAh (it is superior to the Galaxy S10 + battery, see) and can be up to two days away from the socket with relative ease.
The autonomy tests were done with two hours of Netflix with maximum brightness on the screen, half an hour of YouTube, one hour of social networks and browser, approximately 40 minutes added to Breakneck and Asphalt 9: Legends, an hour of Spotify via speakerphone and a 10-minute call.
As I always do, I started the tests in the morning and ran them over the course of a day. At around 10 pm, the smartphone still had about 60% charge.
There’s more: recharging with the charger that comes with the device is very quick. The S10 Lite needed only 1h10min to make the load go from 10% to 100%. Good right? It’s just a shame that it doesn’t support wireless charging.
Is the Galaxy S10 Lite worth it?
At the time of publication of this review, the Galaxy S10 Lite cost R $ 3,199 on the Samsung website, but it was possible to find it with prices in the range of R $ 2,500 at retail. If I were looking for a powerful but cost-effective cell phone, I would buy it without fear.
The device does well in performance. The battery is beautiful in autonomy and still has a very fast recharge. The screen does not have the same resolution that we find in the superior S10 models, but maintains the typical quality of Super AMOLED panels. The cameras are not the best I have found on a smartphone, but it is possible to make very good records with them.
For this set of attributes, R $ 2,500 is an interesting price, especially if we consider the current devaluation of the real. But that’s if you can really find the Galaxy s10 Lite in that price range. If you want to pay something close to R $ 3,000, it is better to go for the “normal” Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 +.
At this point, I need to make one thing clear: of Galaxy S10, the S10 Lite only has the name. It is visible that this is a different project. The impression I have is that Samsung needed to launch a smartphone that was above the premium intermediate category, but had nowhere to position it.
Because of the design, maybe it was the case of putting it in the Galaxy S20 family, but that line came later. Therefore, Samsung must have been left with only two options, preferring the first: fitting the model in the S10 family or creating a new line.
So, be aware that when you buy the Galaxy S10 Lite, you will be carrying a great smartphone. Great. But he is not a “real” S10.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
- Battery with great autonomy
- Very fast recharge
- Excellent overall performance
- Wide screen with vivid colors
- Good set of cameras
- Speaker just ok
- Lack of water and dust resistance
- DeX-free and wireless charging
- Screen: Super AMOLED Plus, 6.7 inches, 2400 × 1080 pixels (full HD +), 20: 9, HDR10 +
- Processor: octa-core Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 GPU
- RAM: 6 GB
- Storage: 128 GB, support for microSD up to 1 TB
- Frontal camera: 32 megapixels, f / 2.2
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 48 megapixels, f / 2.0, OIS
- Wide angle: 12 megapixels, 123 degrees, f / 2.2
- Macro: 5 megapixel, f / 2.4
- Drums: 4,500 mAh with fast recharge (Super Fast Charging)
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, USB-C, NFC, dual-SIM (a hybrid slot with microSD)
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness, proximity, compass, optical fingerprint reader on the screen
- Dimensions: 162.5 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm
- Weight: 186 g
- Operational system: Android 10 with One UI