According to Samsung’s own release timeline, Android 11 was supposed to reach older Galaxy flagships only starting this month. But the company gave Galaxy S10 Lite owners an early treat as the One UI 3 build started rolling out a couple of days before Christmas in India. Now the update is reaching even more users, as Samsung appears to be moving towards a broader release.
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It's been a busy week in smartphone-dom with OnePlus and Apple pulling out new releases. Add to this havoc the Galaxy S10 redux that Samsung announced at CES this year and we've got a party going on: the Galaxy S10 Lite finally comes on sale today starting at $650.
Ever since the Galaxy S10 line came out rocking a hole-punch camera, inventive developers have taken it upon themselves to put the unsightly cutout to several clever uses. While some silly wallpapers made you giggle by artistically hiding the hole-punch, others turned out to be functional with some actual use — like Energy Ring, which recently released an app to add a battery indicator around the Galaxy S20’s front camera. The app's developer is now porting the same feature to more Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Z Flip and a couple of Galaxy A models.
The last few years have seen Samsung (and other) flagships inch closer to the $1000 mark, virtually vacating the $600-700 segment where devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro and iPhone XR mushroomed. These flag-bearers of the affordable flagship category soon garnered a rather widespread appeal, naturally leaving Samsung wanting a piece of the pie. Rumors say that the South Korean tech giant could be working on a pair of Lite models — the Galaxy Note10 Lite and the S10 Lite — that will possibly strike the right balance between premium features and affordability.
We might be setting the winter alight with new "Lite" Samsung smartphones: the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite have been circulating in the news, but details about them so far have been scant. Now, through India's 91mobiles and Steve Hemmerstoffer's @OnLeaks, we have gained some key insights on at least one of these phones and perhaps a close analogue of the other.
Rumors are starting to circulate about a possible 'Note 10 Lite,' which is believed to be a cheaper Galaxy Note set for release in Europe. Now it seems at least one more Lite phone is in development, which could be a surprise entry in the ageing Galaxy S10 lineup.