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Why Galaxy S10 Lite at Rs 39,999 is a better bet than OnePlus 7T and even the 7T Pro

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has been launched in India at a price that makes it a direct threat to the OnePlus 7T and possibly its elder sibling, the 7T Pro. We explain why.

Sushant Talwar   New Delhi     Last Updated: January 24, 2020  | 17:20 IST
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite


  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has been priced at Rs 39,999
  • It brings a 6.7-inch display and a massive 4500mAh battery for the price
  • The price makes it a direct competitor of the OnePlus 7T

2020 is turning out to be a busy year for South Korean tech giant, Samsung. As we near the end of the first month of the year, Samsung has already launched two big-ticket offerings in the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite.

Both have already made their way to India at a similar price point, sporting spec sheets that appear to be very alike at the first glance but differ crucially in certain aspects. Then there's the small matter of the S Pen which is only available on the Note 10 Lite.

But despite this, the lite variant of the S10 manages to establish itself as a better offering between the two as it comes packing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC and an extra 2GB of RAM over the Note 10 Lite's base variant.

However, it's not the Note 10 Lite that Samsung's new mid-segment flagship is meant to fight against in the market. After all, its true rival is the OnePlus 7T that currently remains the market leader in the sub Rs 40,000 segment.

How do the two compare?

On the outside, it's arguably the Galaxy S10 Lite which is better of the two devices. This is because the device sports a bigger Infinity O display which is 6.7-inches in size. This significantly dwarfs the one found on the OnePlus 7T which is 6.55-inch with a water-drop notch. But the OnePlus 7T also supports up to 90Hz refresh rate, something which Samsung's smartphone can't boast of.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 7T sports a slightly more powerful core configuration as it comes packing the Snapdragon 855+ chipset paired to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage on its higher-end variant.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite also boasts of some powerful internals, with the company's smartphone coming with a slightly slower Snapdragon 855 chipset which again is paired to 8GB of RAM, but only maxes out at 256GB of storage.

Samsung also emerges as the better of the two when it comes to battery life as the Galaxy S10 Lite gets a 4500mAh pack that puts the OnePlus 7T to shame as it only packs a 3800mAh battery. Both support fast charging, but the 7T's 30W warp charging tech helps it take the edge over Samsung's 25W super-fast charging tech.

In the camera department, Samsung is touting its new offering to be the segment leader with its 48-megapixel primary lens-based three-camera set-up which also houses a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and a 5-megapixel macro lens.

As far as the spec sheet goes, the OnePlus 7T also brings a similar arrangement, as it brings a rear camera set-up which includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS, EIS, a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-lens with an f/2.2 aperture.

Samsung goes on to win when it comes to clicking selfies as it brings to the table a superior 32-megapixel lens.

Which is the better of the two?

While we still have to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, especially its cameras, it won't be unfair to say that in terms of being an overall package, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is definitely a better deal as it not only gets a bigger display and a beefier battery, but also appears to bring with itself a touch of class that the OnePlus 7T doesn't manage to do so.

In fact, this is arguably what also makes it a better deal than the OnePlus 7T Pro, which despite all its efforts has not managed to establish itself as a truly premium offering.

Something that the Galaxy S10 Lite may not find too difficult as it flaunts Samsung's name at its back.

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