Samsung launched its flagship smartphone offerings, the Galaxy S10 line and the Galaxy Note10 line this year. The phones interestingly came in three and two variants respectively, with the S10e and Note10 being the relatively “affordable” options. However, a new report suggests that the South Korean firm might be working on bringing a ‘Lite’ version of both the flagships which will supposedly be called the S10 Lite and Note10 Lite. These devices might be reminiscent of the “Mini” series that the company used to offer with its flagship offerings.
While the specifications, prices, and exact timeline for the release of the devices are yet unknown, it will be interesting to see where the company positions such a device. The Note10 Lite does make sense in that it could make the S Pen accessible to more users at a lower price point. The near $1000 price for even the smaller Note10 is nowhere close to affordable and hence paves the way for a cheaper option with lower specs.
However, the cheaper S10’s positioning will be interesting. The upper-mid-range A series phones pack in flagship specs themselves, such as the A90 5G that houses a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6/8GB of RAM depending on the market, 128GB internal memory with options to expand storage, a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging, and an array of cameras. While the cameras may not match the prowess of the flagship offerings from the company, the A90 5G beats the S10e, Samsung’s current affordable flagship, in many aspects as far as specs are concerned.
As with all rumors, it is best to take these reports with a grain of salt. Plans often change internally and the said devices may never see the light of the day. If they do, however, it will be worth seeing how the company markets these devices and where they slot them into their current product portfolio.