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Each device includes 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O displays with 2,400×1,080 pixel resolution, 32MP front-facing cameras, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage and 4,500mAh batteries. Both phones will also have octa-core processors, but Samsung didn't say if they are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform or its own Exynos silicon.
The phones' main differences comes in the triple rear-cameras. The S10 Lite features a 12MP ultra-wide, a 48MP wide-angle and a 5MP macro lens. The Note 10 Lite includes a 12MP ultra-wide, a 12MP wide-angle and a 12MP telephoto lens.
In terms of color options, S10 Lite will be available in white, black and blue, while the Note 10 Lite will come in black, red and Aura Glow (basically silver with a blue-ish hue).
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Samsung didn't mention prices, release dates or if either device will support 5G. For reference, Samsung currently sells the S10e for $600 without a trade-in, while the Note 10 runs $750. Samsung is also rumored to be announcing the Galaxy S11 as soon as next month, with the new line expected to feature 5G support.
The company will likely release more information about the new Lite phones at CES 2020, which kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas.
First published Jan. 3 at 7:07 a.m. PT. Updated at 10:54 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.
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