New smartphone garners attention for all the right reasons

Samsung just unveiled its Galaxy S20 flagship series on February 11. These devices should arrive in India over the next few weeks.
New smartphone garners attention for all the right reasons


But, there’s another smartphone that has been grabbing all the attention in India and for a good reason. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite marks a new chapter for Samsung — it’s the first time the brand is bringing the versatile S-Pen (its trademark stylus) to a flagship killer smartphone priced under Rs 40,000.

The Note 10 Lite comes in three colour variants (all with the Aura prefix). Our review unit was the Aura Glow version that takes design cues from the Aura Glow version on the Note 10+, but it doesn’t possess the same ‘glow’. Part of the reason is that the Note 10 Lite features a faux glass finish that almost passes off for real glass. The lack of a glass back also means that there’s no wireless charging. The device feels quite good in your hand despite its large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2400 pixels) and 199 gm heft. This is a vibrant display with great colours and a very tiny cut-out (for the selfie cam). It’s great to see a 3.5mm headphone jack that Samsung omitted in the Note 10+.

At the heart of the Note 10 Lite is an Exynos 9810 processor; you can choose from two hardware variants — 6GB128GB and 8GB/128GB (that we tested). There’s also room for a Micro SD card (up to 1TB) courtesy a dual SIM hybrid slot. One of our favourite features of this device is its rear cam that blends three 12MP lenses including an ultra-wide lens. The 32MP selfie cam produces good lowlight images while the 4500 mAh battery won’t let you down. But, ultimately this device is about its S-Pen that can perform almost all the same tricks as the S-Pen in the top-of-the-line Note 10, including doodling and air gestures that allow you to control the cam.(Rs 38,999 onwards)
Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive Go : Western Digital’s newest storage device is the perfect solution if you need to move data from conventional laptops to smartphones, tabs and MacBooks that come with a USB Type-C drive. This 2-in-1 flash drive — with a user-friendly swivel design offers data transfers at lightning speeds — 150 MB/s. The Ultra Dual Drive comes in a choice of four storage options that go all the way to 256GB. (Rs 1,050 onwards)
Amazon Echo Show 8: This is the newest member of the ever-expanding Echo Show family. It underlines the trend that smart displays are gradually making their way into our homes as a popular binge-watching screen with a host of ‘smart home’ capabilities. This Echo Show  features an 8-inch HD screen, stereo sound and a camera with a built-in shutter. This might be all you need as a second screen in your bedroom or study for your favourite shows and to play catch up with news updates and sports highlights, aside from your music playlists. (Rs 12,999)

(Ashwin Rajagopalan is a lifestyle writer and consumer technology expert. Catch the latest digital and tech updates in this weekly column.)

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