Samsung has one of the best implementation of a stylus for smartphones – not that there’s a lot competitors – nevertheless it comes at a worth. Beforehand, it was solely out there on Galaxy Word telephones, which on the time have been Samsung’s costliest handsets. Nowadays it’s out there with the Galaxy S Extremely and Z Fold fashions, together with the premium Galaxy Tab S fashions, none of that are low-cost (some Galaxy E-book laptops help it too).
There was one exception in early 2020 – the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite. It was unveiled on the identical day because the S10 Lite which we coated final time and it shared some similarities (past the value), although it had some essential variations too.
We’ll begin with the show. It was a 6.7” panel with 1,080 x 2,400px decision, the identical primary dimensions because the S10 Lite show. Nevertheless, this panel featured the additional digitizer layer that allowed the S Pen stylus to do its factor.
Samsung even used the flamboyant new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, in contrast to the purely passive styluses of older Notes. This made it doable to make use of the S Pen as a distant, e.g. to snap a photograph at a distance or management the music participant. It wasn’t fairly as superior because the one used within the Note10+ and Note10 because it was lacking sure gestures. Nonetheless, it was miles forward of the standard capacitive stylus that you just may get with sure different telephones.
The Bluetooth-enabled S Pen was a distant management that you just all the time had available
The S Pen options quick monitoring of the stylus (sooner than finger detection) and will sense how exhausting you’re urgent down (4,096 ranges) in order that it might alter the model of the digital pen or brush you have been utilizing.
True to its title, the cellphone was all the time prepared so that you can jot down a notice – simply take out the S Pen and begin writing on the lockscreen. Handwriting recognition might robotically flip your notes into digital textual content that you could copy and share simply.
In comparison with the premium Note10 duo from six months earlier, the Galaxy Note10 Lite was bigger than the vanilla mannequin (6.7” show vs. 6.3”) and barely smaller than the Plus mannequin (which had a 6.8” show). Not like each of them, the show was flat so might you draw from edge to edge.
A Galaxy Note10 Lite vs. Note9 is perhaps a extra apt comparability. The older flagship had fallen in worth by the point the Lite hit the scene and the 2 value across the identical. And each featured the identical Exynos 9810 chipset, although in some areas the previous Note9 was out there with the Snapdragon 855 as a substitute. The Note10 Lite was an Exynos-only mannequin.
Older Exynos 9810 paired with as much as 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage (expandable)
As it’s possible you’ll bear in mind from final time, the Galaxy S10 Lite was the other, it was a Snapdragon-only cellphone, which was an fascinating change for areas used to getting Exynos.
The S10 Lite additionally affords an fascinating level of comparability. Each it and the Note10 Lite had the identical display screen dimensions – 6.7”, 1,080 x 2,400px – and the identical battery capability of 4,500mAh. Nevertheless, in our checks the S-phone scored an endurance ranking of 110h in comparison with 92h for the Word. Okay, the show panels aren’t precisely the identical, which can have contributed, however the 10nm Exynos chip was actually displaying its age towards the 7nm Snapdragon 855.
The Word additionally missed out on the sooner 45W charging that was out there on the S10 Lite in addition to the Note10+. It did have a bigger battery than the opposite Notes, although, e.g. the bigger Plus had 4,300mAh in its tank. Nonetheless, with a more recent Exynos 9825 it lasted 107h in our endurance take a look at (the 9825 was a 7nm half, shrunk from the 8nm 9820 that was utilized in some Galaxy S10 fashions).
The Galaxy Note10 Lite featured a triple 12MP digicam on its again, together with a 52mm 2x telephoto lens, which was lacking on the S10 Lite. It even used the identical dimension 1/2.55” sensor (1.4µm pixels) because the premium Note10 fashions, full with Twin Pixel AF and OIS, although sans the twin aperture characteristic. The older chipset wasn’t fairly as succesful by way of video seize, although.
A couple of different issues value mentioning are the microSD slot and the three.5mm headphone jack – the Note10 Lite had them, although the premium Note10 duo grew to become the primary within the household to lose them.
There have been a couple of issues that made the Note10 Lite, nicely, a Lite mannequin. This features a plastic again panel (the entrance was Gorilla Glass 3 and the chassis was steel, although), no IP ranking for mud or water resistance, no USB 3 port and no stereo audio system.
The S Pen outlived the Galaxy Word collection, though the S Extremely mannequin is so totally different from the vanilla and plus telephones that it would as nicely be referred to as a Word. The stylus can also be featured on Samsung’s premium tablets (and a few of its laptops too) and has been tailored to work on foldable shows as nicely.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite was out there in some enjoyable colours
The one phase it’s not featured in – no less than not because the Galaxy Note10 Lite – is extra inexpensive telephones. Extra inexpensive than flagships, anyway, the Note10 Lite was not all that low-cost. It relies upon, truly, in Europe it was solely €50 lower than the small Note10, in India it was half the value of the Note10.
Are there any stylus followers round right here? Would you prefer to see, say, a Galaxy A cellphone with an S Pen?