Nimish SawantFeb 19, 2020 10:40:44 IST
February is usually the time when Samsung releases its S-series flagship units at its flagship Galaxy Unpacked occasion. This 12 months although, Samsung determined to combine issues up a bit. In mid-January, it introduced two ‘Lite’ units referred to as the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Word10 Lite. The timing was definitely a shock, on condition that the S20 launch was simply across the nook.
I believe it’s secure to say that that is Samsung responding to the tectonic shifts within the smartphone market area the place its choices are undercut by OnePlus on the larger finish of the section and Xiaomi (Redmi) and Realme on the decrease finish. In 2019, which noticed a 29 % soar in premium smartphone gross sales over final 12 months (a file), and it wasn’t Samsung’s S-series or Word-series that graced the highest of the charts. The chief on this section in India was OnePlus.
Earlier than the brand new Lite fashions, Samsung solely provided the A sequence telephones, which had been, clearly, not able to dethroning OnePlus. Samsung did launch the Galaxy S10e alongside the S10 and S10+ final 12 months, nevertheless it clearly wasn’t sufficient.
Enter the Galaxy S10 Lite, which begins at Rs 39,999 for the eight GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant.
Let’s see if Samsung’s guess will repay with this close-to-flagship providing at a not-so-flagship value, no less than by Samsung requirements.
Construct and Design
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is available in three colors: Prism Black, Prism Blue and Prism White (Thanks Samsung, for these easy names) I’m reviewing the Prism Blue variant, which does look attractive. Due to a thickness of simply eight.1 mm, the telephone manages to look fairly smooth and it weighs simply 187 g, which gives simply the correct amount of heft to the system.
Whereas the entrance face sports activities a 6.7-inch FHD+ Tremendous AMOLED Infinity O show, the again is a fabric that Samsung calls ‘Glastic’ and comes with a 2.5D curve. It’s an amalgamation of glass and plastic and whereas it’s in essence polycarbonate, it might simply be handed off as glass.
There is no such thing as a readability on whether or not the telephone employs Gorilla Glass (GG) in any respect within the building and a fast on-line test reveals that it’s an older model of GG on the show. The rear glastic is a smudge magnet for positive, and because of that barely raised rectangular digicam module, some quantity of mud does have a tendency to gather round its edges, which is tough to get rid off simply.
Because it’s plastic, it’s weak to scratches when you carry keys in the identical pocket as your telephone, so get a clear case for positive.
Frankly, there doesn’t appear to be a purpose to have such an enormous rectangular digicam module, because the three cameras might have simply simply been embedded in a vertical strip module with the flash unit positioned exterior it. It does make the S10 Lite stand out, however doesn’t seem to serve every other objective. Fortunately, an aluminium body is employed, which properly merges with the entrance and the rear of the telephone. The antenna minimize traces are clearly seen.
There is no such thing as a three.5 mm audio jack on the S10 Lite, nevertheless it sports activities a USB Sort-C charging port, a single downward firing speaker, and it’s water-resistant. By way of grip, the curvature of the rear panel helps, and it’s much less slippery than a few of the glossier units I’ve used. One handed use is feasible to an extent because of the One UI 2 software program operating atop Android 10 on the S10 Lite, however you’ll most certainly require two palms to make use of it comfortably.
Show: 6.7-inch Tremendous AMOLED show
Decision: 1,zero80 x 2,400 pixels at 395 PPI
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1x Kryo 485 @2.84 GHz, 3x Kryo 485 @2.42 GHz and 4x Kryo 485 @1.78 GHz)
GPU: Adreno 640
RAM: eight GB
Storage: 128 GB expandable as much as 256 GB
Cameras: 48 MP major (f/2.zero) with Tremendous Regular OIS + 12 MP ultrawide (f/2.2) + 5 MP Macro (f/2.Four)
Entrance digicam: 32 MP f/2.2
Audio Jack: None
Battery: Four,500 mAh
With the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, we get the biggest show on an S10 branded system. The flagship S10+ was 6.Four-inches, the Lite is 6.7.
Whereas the 1,zero80 x 2,400 pixels decision on such a big show will not be that pixel packed, it will get the work carried out. The Tremendous AMOLED show ensures that distinction is nice, brightness is sweet, and there’s no color shift if you see the show from an angle. Daylight legibility is prime notch as effectively. The auto-brightness ensures that the show brightness adjusts seamlessly with altering ambient lighting.
I loved watching HDR10 content material on Netflix and YouTube on the S10 Lite. The picture high quality was very good and regardless of the shiny show, the visibility of darker scenes didn’t flip the show right into a mirror. The Infinity O show doesn’t intervene with viewing video content material as such.
You possibly can set the show to look pure or when you like punchy colors, set it to vivid. Pure mode was what I caught with. There’s an All the time-on show possibility as effectively, and you’ll set the scale of the app grid on the house display (between 4×4, 4×5, 5×5 and so forth).
Contemplating the variety of telephones that launched final 12 months with a 90-Hz, and extra lately, 120-Hz show, the 60 Hz one on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite feels prefer it’s somewhat behind the occasions. Not that there’s something unsuitable with that, however Samsung’s ceding floor to its rival, specifically OnePlus 7T. To be honest, the slower refresh charge gained’t trouble you when you’ve by no means used a 120 Hz display, however if in case you have, as I did very lately, the distinction is important, particularly in sure apps.
Efficiency and Software program
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset powering the telephone and eight GB of RAM beneath the hood, there isn’t something that slows the telephone down. A few of you might carry up the Snapdragon 855+ on the OnePlus 7T, however the actual life distinction is barely noticeable. Sure, there’s a slight drop in Geekbench 5, AnTuTu, 3D Mark and different benchmark scores. However as we’ve all the time mentioned at tech2, benchmark numbers ought to simply be taken for reference functions. For a tool that has ‘Lite’ in its nomenclature, the efficiency is something however lite.
Animations are clean, app switching is fast and the system simply feels quick total. Name high quality is prime notch and even the mono speaker is loads loud in case you are in a room. The one factor that’s noticeably on the slower facet is unlocking the system particularly when utilizing face unlock and the optical fingerprint scanner. It’s prison to have a delay when unlocking the telephone with such specs, particularly seeing that lock icon unlock! It’s downright sluggish. An replace to repair this ought to be launched pronto.
In terms of gaming, PUBG Cellular, Mortal Kombat 11 and Asphalt 9 performed fabulously. There weren’t any noticeable body drops. However the telephone’s rear facet does heat up, and the steel edges, particularly across the energy button, do warmth up, however not uncomfortably so. At no level did any app crash mid-way due to heating up. Temperature management is nice in case you are not gaming.
The telephone runs on Android 10 with a One UI 2 pores and skin atop it. One UI clearly has introduced in a variety of enhancements over the previous Samsung Expertise and TouchWiz UI. It actually helps quite a bit with one-handed operations because the menus are a lot simpler to succeed in within the decrease half of the show. It’s definitely a way more refined model of the interface and the response is nice. Barring telephone unlocking utilizing biometric that’s.
Nandini had carried out an in depth evaluate of One UI, so I gained’t delve an excessive amount of into it. However a few of the main new updates that One UI 2 brings to the desk embody: – A brand new interface for the display recorder which additionally allows you to annotate and embody your video utilizing the entrance digicam together with a floating management panel which isn’t included within the last recorded video. – System-wide darkish mode. – Slight change to the digicam consumer interface which now has extra options beneath the Extra tab. – App permissions dialog opens up on the backside of the show, so that you simply don’t must readjust the best way you maintain the telephone simply to reply to this pop up. – All the time On show has extra choices for displaying watch faces.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite sports activities a triple rear digicam setup with a 48 MP major digicam with f/2.zero with SuperSteady OIS; a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture with 123 diploma discipline of view, and a 5 MP macro lens with an f/2.Four aperture. On the entrance, there’s a 32 MP digicam for selfies, which is slotted within the Infinity O show.
Each the first digicam and selfie digicam make use of pixel binning. If you need full 32 MP (on the entrance) and 48 MP (on the again), then you’ll have to choose the choice which says three:Four with H, which suggests the best decision. By default the Photograph mode will shoot eight MP pictures on the entrance and 12 MP pictures on the rear digicam.
On the video entrance, each the entrance and rear cameras help 4K 30/60 fps. With the rear digicam you’re going to get the SuperSteady OIS mode with decision locked to 1080p. It’s also possible to shoot Tremendous Slo Mo at 960 fps at 720p decision.
Daylight images come out effectively with nice dynamic vary. When seen on the telephone’s show issues look tack sharp, however in your monitor’s show if you pixel peep, particularly within the non-centre parts, you do have a tendency to note aggressive noise reductions algorithms at work. This reduces the pure texture on on a regular basis objects.
The sharpness drop off within the backside proper hand nook when viewing the picture at full decision was fairly noticeable. Centre-sharpness is sweet in most daylight conditions. Turning off the scene optimiser did sharpen issues up a contact. However on the telephone’s show or for sharing on Instagram or Twitter, the daylight picture high quality is nice.
The dynamic vary in daylight photographs is sort of good. The ultra-wide lens reveals excessive bending across the edges, so when you’re taking a gaggle picture, please guarantee everyone seems to be within the centre of the body.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite does a great job with low light photos. This has been a trademark of flagship Samsung units and the S10 Lite continues that pattern. It’s solely if you pixel peep that you simply discover that particulars are softened. The noise decreasing algorithms do proceed to be in overdrive mode. There’s a nightscape mode as effectively, which lights up a darkish scene fairly effectively, however guarantee your palms are regular. It nonetheless doesn’t beat the gold commonplace in low gentle pictures within the sub 50ok value section — the Pixel 3a/3a XL. The ultra-wide digicam within the evening mode delivers pictures with noticeable noise and that are barely much less brighter than the first digicam.
Selfies in daylight come out effectively with degree of element. However there’s a noticeable pores and skin smoothening if you zoom in a bit, which isn’t fascinating. The digicam does have a tendency to show for the face, thereby washing out the background in some situations. Low gentle selfies are usable however comparatively noisy.
Portrait mode shots do job and also you get many choices to mess around with the background and alter the best way it seems to be. Edge detection is a little bit of a success and a miss.
The onboard 5 MP macro digicam does a good job of shooting detailed images. You simply want to make sure there may be sufficient gentle round. I even shot some macros with ambient avenue gentle and so they turned out fairly effectively. The decision of 5 MP is a lot better than 2 MP that’s current on most telephones providing a macro lens.
Video high quality is sort of good throughout daylight. You possibly can shoot at as much as 4K 60 fps because of the presence of the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Particulars are quite good during daytime and it will get progressively dangerous as gentle ranges drop. I didn’t discover a lot distortion when panning throughout daytime. When capturing after sundown, video will get softer, with noise clearly seen. Reside focus (portrait mode) is current on the S10 Lite, which is an efficient factor to have.
Samsung S10 Lite supports SuperSteady OIS which forces the video decision to 1080p when you’re sitting in 4k. Whereas the video is steadier as in comparison with common video capturing modes, I observed a sure degree of softness to the general video high quality even throughout daytime. At night and evening time, the video turns into a loud mess, making it ineffective regardless of having the ability to supply good stabilisation.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite sports activities a whopping Four,500 mAh battery, making it the S-series telephone with the biggest battery. Regardless of the massive battery, the telephone doesn’t weigh a tonne. With two e mail accounts on sync; continually buzzing Slack, Telegram and WhatsApp, a few hours of listening to podcasts, an hour of video streaming, hours of net browsing, 30 minutes of gaming, and clicking round 30–40 images/movies per day, I might simply get round a day and a half of use. On weekends, when my utilization is lighter, I might get round two days simply. The typical display in time I received was above Four–5 hours.
The S10 Lite comes bundled with a 25 W charger with energy supply help. It takes beneath 75 minutes to cost the S10 Lite. I had a OnePlus quick charger mendacity round, however after I tried charging with it, the charging time confirmed 7–eight hours to go, and different ridiculous figures. With the Google Pixel charger, quick charging is supported.
Phrase of recommendation: don’t misplace the bundled charger.
Verdict and Value in India
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is an excellent telephone… that ought to’ve come out a lot earlier.
It might’ve been the most effective response to the OnePlus 7/7T sequence when these had launched final 12 months. At Rs 40ok, the S10 Lite could also be inexpensive by Samsung’s requirements, nevertheless it’s nonetheless Rs 5k over the OnePlus 7T (Evaluation) which provides a 90-Hz show, barely sooner processor, glass again, and is an total nice system in itself. OnePlus has a stranglehold on this section, which is tough to beat. Not like the Rs 50ok plus section the place Rs 5k right here or there doesn’t matter a lot, the sub 40ok area remains to be what I’d name value aware.
Contemplating it’s Samsung, give it a couple of months and the Samsung S10 Lite ought to come across the Rs 35ok value level. When you weren’t born beneath the best stars and constellations, and don’t have the proper of debit/bank card, it gained’t be simple shaving a couple of thousand bucks off the value of the system.
The S10 Lite provides an incredible battery, fantastic show, nice digicam, usable consumer interface, and ticks off just about each packing containers you’d search for. Sure, there was value reducing to some extent within the type of going for a plastic again (Samsung might name it glastic, nevertheless it’s nonetheless plastic) nevertheless it’s not a deal breaker. If you need a flagship telephone and might dwell with a technology previous chipset (frankly, it doesn’t matter in actual life utilization), the Galaxy S10 Lite comes extremely really helpful.
It’s nice to see Samsung get off its excessive horse and supply a real flagship response to the OnePlus. The Samsung A-series isn’t any match for this section, which is now additionally seeing some good merchandise from gamers akin to Realme and Redmi, and Samsung is lastly aggressive right here.
Construct and Design: eight/10
Software program: eight/10
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