NEW DELHI : The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is the first in what we expect to be a line of new devices in the premium segment this year. With growth rates increasing in this segment, manufacturers, such as Samsung, are pushing more and more phones here.

The S10 Lite tries to take advantage of the premium Galaxy S brand name. However, there’s a stark difference in design. It doesn’t have the S series’ trademark curved screen, settling for a regular Full HD (high definition) panel instead.

Curves aside, the active matrix light emitting diode (AMOLED) panel here is no slouch in terms of colour, touch latency and brightness. It’s oversaturated, which many do enjoy, and unless you’re used to colour neutral displays, which almost none of us are, it does impress.

The really important specs though are the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Together, they make for a phone that is fast for the most part, capable of retaining that speed over an extended period and won’t run out of storage easily.

But the Galaxy S10 Lite is still not the fastest phone you can buy in its price range. There are noticeable lags even in menu animations on games. While they’re noticeable, they aren’t deal-breaking.

The phone has three cameras on the back. In general, the camera is what we’ve come to expect from Samsung. It loses sharpness in fluorescent (like indoors) and very low lights, while it does really well in daylight or well lit cafes. If social media sharing is what you do, this doesn’t disappoint.

The macro camera is a nifty addition, but not perfect. In sum, the Galaxy S10 Lite has the right specs, it’s good to look at and doesn’t ask for too many compromises. The OnePlus 7 is definitely faster and smoother.

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