Samsung just announced budget versions of its flagship phones before Apple's expected cheap iPhone

Key Points
  • Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Lite on Friday.
  • They were announced ahead of Apple's expected iPhone SE 2, which should cost about $399 according to one analyst.
  • The phones offer many of the features of 2019 flagships but in more affordable packages.
Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Samsung on Friday announced two new budget-friendly phones, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, which includes Samsung's popular S Pen stylus, and the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Samsung did not announce pricing or release dates for either phone, but they are expected to be cheaper than the flagship versions. It's unclear if they will be available in the U.S.

The phones were announced ahead of CES 2020 and, importantly, ahead of Apple's rumored iPhone SE 2 phone that's expected sometime in the first quarter of this year, according to TF securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a larger 6.7-inch display compared with the 6.3-inch screen on the regular Note 10, and it's smaller and not as sharp as the high-end Galaxy Note 10+, which has a 6.8-inch display. It also has three cameras, including an ultra-wide angle lens for including more people inside a single shot, a regular wide angle and a telephoto zoom lens. It also has a larger battery.

Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 Lite. It joins the Galaxy S10 family, which already includes the regular Galaxy S10, the smaller Galaxy S10e, the larger Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10+ 5G. The S10 Lite has a large 6.7-inch screen and is similar to the Galaxy Note 10, but with different cameras and without support for the S Pen stylus.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple's $399 iPhone SE2, which is supposed to include many of the new features of the latest iPhones but in an iPhone 8 body, is expected to launch during the first quarter of this year. This means Samsung may be working to get budget versions of its flagships on the market before Apple does.

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