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Galaxy S10 Lite to release in USA tomorrow, April 17

Samsung going to release the Galaxy S10 Lite in the USA tomorrow, April 17. The smartphone will be available for purchase from Samsung’s e-shop, Best Buy, and Amazon. It will go on sale for $650, which is the expected price tag given that the phone debuted for €650 in Europe roughly three months ago.

Even so, the handset might be a tough sell since Samsung is offering the Galaxy S10+ for $699 in the USA at the time of writing. Then again, the Galaxy S10 Lite is not a slouch either, despite the moniker.

48MP main and 32MP selfie cameras are part of the package

The Galaxy S10 Lite features a Snapdragon 855 chipset (same as the regular S10 models), 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and should ship with 8GB of RAM in the USA. But these similarities aside, the Galaxy S10 Lite departs itself from the rest of the 2019 flagship series with a new camera setup comprising a 48MP main sensor with super steady OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro shooter, the latter of which does have limited use. Learn more in our Galaxy S10 Lite review.

Selfie enthusiasts will work with a 32MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and other characteristics include a 4,500mAh battery which delivers fantastic autonomy on a single charge. It also benefits from 45W fast charging – a considerable step-up from the 15W limit of the 2019 models.

The Galaxy S10 Lite will have better software support than the 2019 lineup

The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and a USB-C connector, but lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. Prospective buyers should also consider that the phone ships with Android 10 out of the box, meaning that it’s eligible for two major OS updates while the rest of the S10 lineup has only one left. In Europe, the phone already got the One UI 2.1 update, but it will presumably ship with One UI 2.0 in the USA and receive the newer version over-the-air later down the line.

Samsung is reportedly planning to offer discounts of up to $250 on the $650 price tag with trade-in. Are you planning to buy the Galaxy S10 Lite, with or without the trade-in deal? Let us know in the comments.