KEY POINTS

  • Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite during CES
  • The two handsets are very similar save for a few key model-specific specs and features
  • Pricing and release dates remain unknown at the moment

In a press preview during CES, Korean tech giant Samsung unveiled its newest affordable offerings: the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, two handsets that, although weaker than their more expensive counterparts, offer decent specs at still unknown but expected to be cheap prices.

Both devices feature a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, which makes them huge. The display boasts of 2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolution, and come with an in-display fingerprint sensor for security purposes. Both handsets also feature a rectangular camera module located at the top-left side of the back.

The two “Lite” handsets feature a 32-megapixel front-facing camera for those selfies, a large 4,500 mAh battery which should be enough for most users,and are charged via a USB-C port. Both come with Android 10 out of the box, and offer the convenience of having two active SIM cards with their dual-SIM functionality.

CNet noted that that's where the similarities end, because the two handsets still differ in a lot of ways. Here's a quick look at some of the model specific specs and features for each phone:

Galaxy Note 10 Lite

First, there's an S Pen, Samsung's stylus that allows users to do more with their expensive Note phones. The Note 10 Lite's S Pen makes this coveted but expensive feature more accessible to all. Next, the Note 10 Lite runs on an octa-core Exynos SoC, which is backed by 128GB of storage and 6GB/8GB of RAM.

The Note 10 Lite's camera array is different from the S10 Lite's. It uses a 12MP primary shooter, coupled with a 12MP telephoto and 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor. The cameras are arranged to fill the rectangular module. Lastly, there's the return of the beloved 3.5mm Headphone Jack.

Galaxy S10 Lite

First, there's no S Pen. Second, the phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon chipset, also backed by 128GB storage and 6GB/8GB or RAM.

Third, the S10 Lite's camera setup is comprised of a 48MP main shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor and a 5MP macro lens. All cameras are flushed to the left side of the module, leaving a lot of empty, unnecessary space.

Prices and release dates aren't sure at the moment, but the Note 10 Lite has been previously rumored to sell for about $675 and the Galaxy S10 Lite for about $740.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung's upcoming flagships are rumored to feature fast display refresh rates. Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns(CC BY 2.0)