Early Galaxy Note 10 Lite renders corroborate square camera, S Pen support
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite retains the S Pen and adds a headphone jack
These new renders, which corroborate a bunch of recently leaked information, showcase an all-new square camera module on the phone's rear panel. It's positioned in the top-left corner and resembles the Google Pixel 4's implementation more so than that of the premium Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. Only the primary sensor can be seen inside due to the digital lighting conditions, but reports suggest the final setup will consist of three cameras and an LED flash.
Exact camera specifications are yet to leak but rumors have mentioned the possibility of a 32-megapixel selfie camera, which, as shown by the images, will sit above the Infinity-O display inside a small, centered punch hole. The screen itself should measure in at around 6.7-inches and arrive paired with slim bezels, therefore resulting in dimensions of 163.9 x 76 x 8.6mm. For reference, the premium Galaxy Note 10+ measures in at 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm.
This phones physical package will be completed by a frame, presumably made out of aluminum, that's home to a USB-C port on the bottom. Additionally, a volume rocker and power button can be found on the right, a speaker is present on the bottom, and even the much-loved 3.5mm headphone jack has been included. Lastly, like any other Galaxy Note-branded phone, support for Samsung's S Pen stylus looks likely.
Despite the name, it'll be a Galaxy Note 9 on the inside
If reports are to be believed, Samsung is planning to reuse many of the Galaxy Note 9's internals inside the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy A81 as part of their mid-range positioning. The Exynos 9810 chipset will lead the list of components and be followed by a decent 6GB of RAM and 128GB of potentially expandable internal storage.
A battery in the region of 4,300mAh is currently expected to keep the lights on while the efficiency of Android 10 and One UI 2.0 straight out of the box should help extend the autonomy a little further. Because the Exynos 9810 doesn't support 5G networks, only 4G LTE compatibility will be on offer upon release.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy A81 announcement
Both variants of this smartphone should go official in the early months of 2020, potentially at MWC 2020 in late February. The Galaxy Note-branded version should be available to purchase in markets such as Europe and possibly the United States, while India and other markets will probably know the device as the Galaxy A81 due to the popularity of Samsung's mid-range series in the region.
Nothing about pricing has been confirmed yet but Samsung will likely price this device somewhere around €549 across Europe. The Galaxy A80 that it succeeds was originally launched at €669 but it included a costly rotating camera system that's been removed from the new model. Filling in the gap that'll be left behind by this model once discontinued will probably be the upcoming Galaxy A91/Galaxy S10 Lite. Specs-wise, it's essentially a non-5G version of the €749 Galaxy A90 5G, meaning a price point of around €649 makes sense for it.