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That's essentially the pitch behind this late entry to the Note 10 series, which already includes the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. There's no Samsung Galaxy S10e equivalent within the Note lineup, so this phone sort of acts as the Note 10e, if you will. When we tried out the Note 10 Lite at CES 2020 it didn't actually feel light in the hand. It has a sizable 6.7-inch screen (flat instead of curved), three rear cameras, and a hefty 4,500mAh battery capacity, which should provide for all-day power.
There are some obvious compromises to reach a low (but as-yet unannounced) price point. The display is Full HD+ instead of QHD, some of the extra S Pen gestures (like zooming in and out on the camera remotely) have been axed, and there's no off-screen memo support, but those won't be deal-breakers for many people.
That said, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite's specs could mean the handset offers great value – it all depends on that elusive price. It has the Note 9-era 10nm Samsung Exynos 9810 chipset, 6GB, and 128GB of internal storage. That should mean it performs well enough for a majority of tasks.
The real mystery before we get the Note 10 Lite in for our full review is the camera array. The triple-lens rear camera looks different to the Galaxy Note 10's, and closer to what some rumors have suggested we'll see on the upcoming Galaxy S11. The main wide lens is 12MP, as on the Note 10, but with an f/2.2 aperture, missing out on the Note 10's dual aperture that transitions from f/1.5 to f/2.4 depending on the lighting situation. The 12MP telephoto camera is the same resolution as on the Note 10, but the ultra-wide camera here is also 12MP, rather than 16MP as on the Note 10.
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