Samsung is still selling the Galaxy S10e for $, and there are 13 reasons you should buy it instead of the $ Galaxy S10 or $ S10 Plus
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- The Galaxy S10e should make a very strong case for conservative spenders looking at Samsung's Galaxy S10phones as less expensive options to Samsung's new Galaxy S20 phones.
- The Galaxy S10e is almost identical to the Galaxy S10 in several important aspects.
- You could say the extra features in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus are simply extra fluff that not everyone really needs.
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Samsung's latest Galaxy S20 phones are incredibly expensive, starting at $1, for the standard Galaxy S
That's a far cry from last year's lineup, when Samsung offered a cheaper "e" version of its Galaxy S10 phones. It was arguably one the best device of , as it offered 99% of the important features for a reasonable $ price tag that was pretty goo value when it was released in
In , the Galaxy S10e at $ is still great value for what you get, even against the newly discounted full-fat Galaxy S10 phones, and especially against the expensive Galaxy S20 phones.
The Galaxy S10e is the cheapest Galaxy S10 you can buy.
The Galaxy S10e costs $, and the most expensive option with 8GB of RAM and GB of storage is $ more at $
Even with the most expensive option, the Galaxy S10e is $50 less than the base Galaxy S10, which costs $
It's nearly identical in design to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.
The only major design differences are slightly thicker display bezels on the Galaxy S10e, as well as a flat display versus Samsung's signature curved edges display.
It's the best option for those who want a smaller phone and smaller display.
If you're looking for a smartphone with a subinch display, the Galaxy S10e and its inch display is worthy of your consideration.
Its display is actually technically sharper than the $1, Galaxy S10 Plus.
The Galaxy S10e's display has a full HD p resolution, and the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have quad HD p resolution displays.
From personal experience, there's very little difference between p and p resolutions on smartphones, especially on smaller displays like the Galaxy S10e.
Fun little fact: The Galaxy S10e's display is technically sharper than the Galaxy S10 Plus, despite its lower resolution. That's because the Galaxy S10e's display is specced at ppi (pixels per inch) and the Galaxy S10 Plus' display has ppi. Honestly, however, this makes very little difference, if at all.
It comes with the same GB base storage as the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.
All of Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones at their base options come with a generous GB of storage, even the Galaxy S10e.
It runs on the same processor as the $ Galaxy S10 and $ Galaxy S10 Plus.
All of Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones run on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, so there should be very little difference in performance between each phone.
It comes with less RAM than the others, but it should still be plenty for most people.
The Galaxy S10e has 6GB of RAM compared to the 8GB of RAM you get standard on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.
The extra 2GB of RAM you get with the S10 and S10 Plus is nice to have, but 6GB should handle most people's smartphone habits just fine.
And if you want more RAM, the $ 8GB RAM/GB storage option is still cheaper than the Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S10E review: Overlooking Samsung's cheapest phone would be a mistake
The best thing about the Galaxy S10E is that it's a complete and tidy package that shares the same core features as the $1, Galaxy S10 Plus, but for a much lower sum. Starting at $, £ and AU$1,, the Galaxy S10E is a high-value home run with very few flaws. In fact, two Galaxy S10E "trade-offs" might actually solve potential problems you might have with the larger Galaxy S10 Plus. The "E" may stand for "Essential", but it also stands for "Excellence."
To dig a little deeper, the S10E uses the same Android Pie interface with Samsung's One UI on top and best-in-show Snapdragon chipset inside. The screen is great, battery life is very strong, and you can use the phone to wirelessly charge Qi-enabled devices. You can fling as much water and dust on it as any other Galaxy S10 phone.
Read more: Best Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E cases
There are two main differences. First, the screen is flat, not curved. While this gives it a slightly less immersive look, it also means you may have an easier time tapping the cursor at the beginning of a text field. For me, that often falls on the curve, which can be a no-man's land for recognizing taps. Or if you're like my mom, a flat screen and straighter sides may make the S10E easier to hold. Then there are people like my brother: a no-nonsense man who just wants a phone, dammit, and to hell with the frills.
Another "trade-off" that might turn out to be a benefit is that there's no in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader like the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G have. Instead, the fingerprint scanner is a capacitive-style pad that's integrated into the power button. It's actually more accurate than the in-screen reader.
A price war is the Galaxy S10E's biggest threat. It's one that doesn't stem from the iPhone XR, which costs the same and has fewer goodies (like smaller storage capacity). It's the OnePlus 6T that comes in at $, £ (or about AU$) that's the bigger threat -- this was also our top value phone for Google is also rumored to release a cheaper Pixel 3 Lite this spring, which could spell trouble for the S10E if it comes in closer to the 6T's price.
The takeaway here is that the Galaxy S10E is a little-but-mighty powerhouse that's worth the price. If you don't need a inch screen and a telephoto lens, this is the Galaxy S10 to get.
Read on for everything that's different about the Galaxy S10E, including the fingerprint sensor, cameras and battery life. Skip to the end for a buying guide comparison with other phones, and a full specs comparison.
Galaxy S10E versus the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
Don't be tempted to think of the S10E as the runt of the litter. It's the smallest and least adorned, but it's a strong phone in its own right. Major differences come down to the size, the number of cameras, the screen resolution and the battery and storage capacities.
The Galaxy S10E has GB or GB storage options, for example, while the S10 Plus tops out at an astonishing 1TB. Most people on the planet don't really need 1TB of storage. GB with a GB microSD option is a generous starting amount for most. And while the 3,mAh battery sounds smaller than the S10 Plus' 4,mAh battery, it'll still last you all day. It ran 17 hours in our looping video drain test. That's not a lot of corner-cutting.
This mini comparison shows the major differences:
Galaxy S10E, S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G
|Samsung Galaxy S10E||Samsung Galaxy S10||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S10 5G|
|Display size, resolution||inch AMOLED; 2,x1, pixels||inch AMOLED; 3,x1, pixels||inch AMOLED; 3,x1, pixels||inch AMOLED|
|Camera||megapixel (wide-angle), megapixel (ultra wide-angle)||megapixel (wide-angle), megapixel (ultra wide-angle), megapixel (telephoto)||megapixel (wide-angle), megapixel (ultra wide-angle), megapixel (telephoto)||megapixel (wide-angle), megapixel (ultra wide-angle), megapixel (telephoto) 3D depth (HQVGA)|
|Front-facing camera||megapixel||megapixel||megapixel, 8-megapixel||megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA)|
|Storage||GB, GB||GB, GB||GB, GB, 1TB||GB|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB||8GB||8GB, 12GB||8GB|
Goldilocks design and size are just right
You've heard me and maybe others refer to the Galaxy S10E as a "small" phone, but this is no mini device like the inch Palm. It's about the same size and dimensions as an iPhone XS, but it is significantly smaller than the Galaxy S10 Plus. I called it adorably petite in comparison, but with a inch screen, there's nothing shrunken about it.
I have relatively small hands, so for me the S10E is pretty much perfect. It's a slick, slippery phone and while it has scudded off quite a few tabletops, the straight sides and smaller frame make it feel more secure in my hand than the larger S10 Plus. I'd recommend a case for most people.
Typing: The inch screen is anything but small, though typing will feel more compact than on a larger screen. Coming from the Galaxy S10 Plus' inch display, the S10E's digital keyboard feels "small," but if you're coming from a phone with a similar-size display, you won't notice much difference, if any.
Taking photos one-handed: For my smaller hands especially, the Galaxy S10E was a relief to use when snapping photos. I tend to hold the S10 Plus steady with two hands and then quickly dart in a finger to focus when autofocus isn't reading my mind. Sometimes I have to use the tip of my nose. I don't have to tell you how embarrassing it is to peck your phone screen like a bird, but I know I can't be the only person to do this.
The S10E is small enough to hold steady with one hand and focus with the other, if need be. Samsung's Shot Suggestions software also attempts to make things easier for you by automatically taking a photo when you line up the shot along a suggested guideline.
The flat screen isn't actually a step back
I love the more immersive look of the other Galaxy S10s' curved sides, but so far the flat screen is just fine. And you still get use of the Edge screen tab, which can serve as a speed dial for opening your favorite apps and contacts from any screen. I use this daily to open apps like Google Drive and Google Keep notes.
The screen's resolution and pixel density are the lowest of all the S10 phones ( ppi compared to ppi on the Galaxy S10 and ppi on the S10 Plus), but right out of the box, I was hard-pressed to tell the difference with the phones side by side on max brightness. That's because screen resolution on the S10 Plus is lower by default, a setting that most people don't change right away. I could still read just fine outside.
Comparing the S10E and S10 Plus screens out of the box, I scrolled through websites, watched a downloaded Netflix video and zoomed in on HD photos. If anything, blues are a little brighter on the S10 Plus, and a bit darker on the S10E. Yellows and reds are warmer and more saturated on the S10E. You won't lose appreciable quality by going with the S10E.
Note that the S10E has Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, while the other S10 phones use a slightly tougher Gorilla Glass 6 (they all use Gorilla Glass 5 on the back). If you're concerned about drops, a glass screen protector is a smart play. The Galaxy S10 phones all come with a thicker plastic film adhered to the screen. Samsung says this is a screen protector worth $30, but it wasn't for me, so I took it off.
A fingerprint scanner in the power button proves you don't 'need' ultrasonic
The ultrasonic fingerprint reader in the other Galaxy S10 phones is supposed to be a huge advantage. It's meant to be faster, more secure and work through water and grease. But the Galaxy S10 Plus' in-screen fingerprint scanner hasn't lived up to the promise. Fingerprint recognition is hit or miss, and it takes a beat to unlock the phone. There are definitely limitations for wet and greasy fingers, and that's after two software updates. (Hopefully a future update will fix this.)
All of this is to say that the S10E's capacitive fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button is actually turning out be an advantage. This is actually one of my favorite places for a fingerprint reader because, for right-handed people at least, it falls in a natural place that's easy to reach and requires little guesswork. Samsung gives you the option to unlock the phone with a soft touch, rather than making you press down on the button, which spares some repetitive stress.
My one complaint is that the placement feels unusually high, at least for my grip. I'd be happier if it moved down a quarter of an inch so I don't have to scoot my grip up to unlock.
But unlocking the phone isn't the only thing you use the fingerprint scanner for. I also paid close attention to three more scenarios.
Capturing a screenshot: This felt awkward. The power-and-fingerprint button doesn't stick out like the volume rocker or Bixby button on the other spine. It indents so it's more like a trough, and that means you have to work harder to push in the power button while also pressing the Volume Down key to take a screenshot. It's hard to explain, but the buttons feel different, and so the action feels uneven and uncertain, like maybe you're not doing it right. I did do it right each time, but probably pushed harder on the fingerprint scanner than I needed to, just to make sure.
Launching the camera app: One of my most-used features is double-tapping the power button to launch the camera app for a quick photo. Once again, since the power button inverts, you have to work just a little harder to launch the camera app than when you're mashing down a button that sticks out from the phone's side. So far, though, I haven't missed a shot because of it. Then again, I've mostly been taking photos of inanimate objects and patient people.
Using Samsung Pay and Google Pay: I use mobile payments regularly, particularly Samsung Pay. So this morning I fired it up on the Galaxy S10E to see if the placement of the fingerprint reader helps or hurts. In this case, I prefer tapping the S10 Plus' in-screen fingerprint reader because it's easier to reach. But I wouldn't say I had a problem authenticating my thumbprint on the S10E -- I just had to reach up a bit farther. For me, they both beat the Galaxy S9's capacitive fingerprint reader on the back, which requires you to blindly find the reader in order to make a mobile payment. I find it's easier to miss what you can't see.
Camera quality is just as good as the Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung did a really smart thing in giving the S10E the same main cameras as the S10 and S10 Plus on the back and front. Here's what you get:
- Main megapixel rear camera with OIS, dual-aperture lens (f, f)
- megapixel wide-angle camera
- megapixel front-facing camera
You won't get the megapixel telephoto lens or second 8-megapixel selfie lens on the Galaxy S10 Plus, but you can still switch among two different lens views for each camera, and take Live Focus portrait shots for that bokeh-style depth effect.
Because they share the same cameras, image quality is the same as the Galaxy S10 Plus'. There's no telephoto lens for a quick 2x closeup, and perhaps selfies won't be as nuanced. But the pictures I've taken indoors and outdoors are the same high quality I expect, and the main camera should perform identically in low-light mode.
One note on low-light shots: None of the Galaxy S10 phones has a standalone low-light mode like the Pixel 3 and Huawei Mate While I do think that hurts the S10 Plus, because that's a premium $1, device, it's not a feature I would necessarily expect on a $ handset. Of course, it would be amazing if the S10E did have that, but with the S10 Plus facing stiff high-end competition, not having that exceptional camera mode feels much more immediate.
Battery life is good, speed's great
The Galaxy S10E has a 3,mAh battery, so you'd expect it to last fewer hours than the S10 and S10 Plus, with their 3, and 4,mAh batteries, respectively. No surprises here. The S10E still ran for 17 hours in our looping video-drain battery test (on airplane mode), compared to 21 hours for the larger Galaxy S10 Plus. This is still a strong result. It's not as long-lasting as the iPhone XR (20 hours) but it's about the same as the OnePlus 6T.
Based on my real-world observation, the S10E will take you from morning until night, though you will want to charge it up once a day. As always, you'll see more significant drain when you use the phone to stream music and movies, navigate somewhere and keep the screen on for long periods of time. Batteries also become less efficient over the lifetime of your phone, which is why out-of-the-box battery life is important. As with any phone, it won't get better from here.
I also ran our usual performance tests on the S10E, which includes Geekbench 4 and 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited and Slingshot Unlimited. Since the S10E shares the same Snapdragon processor as my S10 Plus review unit, the benchmark speeds are all within striking distance of each other. Ditto real-world performance so far. Note that S10 phones in some regions use Samsung's Exynos chipset, which might make a slight difference in operational speeds.
Galaxy S10E vs. Galaxy S9, S10, iPhone XR and OnePlus 6T
Here's how the S10E measures up against the competition.
Versus the Galaxy S9
Spec for spec, the S10E is better than the Galaxy S9 in every way, for less than the S9's initial starting price. But there's still not a large enough design and performance boost for me to recommend an upgrade. That said, if you get a great trade-in or resale deal that can bridge some of the difference, you won't be sorry.
Versus the Galaxy S10
Is it worth $ to get a slightly larger screen, battery and additional telephoto camera lens? Meh. The standard Galaxy S10 has the unenviable position of being the monkey in the middle of two other S10s with clearly defined roles. If you prefer a slightly larger screen ( inches versus ) and there's an unbeatable offer from your carrier or a retail store, by all means upgrade to the Galaxy S
Versus the iPhone XR
Once you get past the Android-versus-iOS debate, these two "value" phones duke it out for the upper hand. The XR has a larger, screen and longer battery life (19 hours in our video drain test). The S10E has a sharper screen and doubles your starting storage. There's an expandable storage option too. Both charge wirelessly, but only the S10E can charge another device. You'll have to decide whether you prefer Face ID or a fingerprint scanner for biometrics. Our camera shootout is in the works.
Versus the OnePlus 6T
If you're looking for the cheapest premium phone you can buy, the S10E falls short of the OnePlus 6T's $ starting price. The specs match up pretty well, too, though you have a slightly faster processor on the S10E, more camera flexibility and better low light quality, too. The S10E also gives you more storage through its microSD card slot, and works with more carriers across the world. For example, the OnePlus 6T only sells with T-Mobile in the US, and doesn't sell in Australia.
Galaxy S10E versus Galaxy S10, iPhone XR, OnePlus 6T
|Samsung Galaxy S10E||Samsung Galaxy S10||iPhone XR||OnePlus 6T|
|Display size, resolution||inch AMOLED; 2,x1,pixels||inch AMOLED; 3,x1,pixels||inch LCD Retina Display; 1,x pixels||inch AMOLED; 2,x1, pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||xx inches||xx inches||x3x inches||xx inches|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||x70x mm||xx mm||xx mm||xx mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||oz; g||oz.; g||oz; g||oz; g|
|Mobile software||Android with Samsung One UI||Android with Samsung One UI||iOS 12||Android 9 Pie|
|Camera||megapixel (wide-angle), megapixel (ultra wide-angle)||megapixel (wide-angle), megapixel (ultra wide-angle), megapixel (telephoto)||Single megapixel||megapixel standard, megapixel telephoto|
|Front-facing camera||megapixel||megapixel||7-megapixel with Face ID||megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon||Qualcomm Snapdragon||Apple A12 Bionic||Qualcomm Snapdragon|
|Storage||GB, GB||GB, GB||64GB, GB, GB||GB, GB|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB||8GB||Not disclosed||6GB, 8GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to GB||Up to GB||None||None|
|Battery||3,mAh||3,mAh||Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone 8 Plus||3,mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||Power button||In-screen||None (Face ID)||In-display|
|Special features||Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging||Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging||Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji||In-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM, Dash Charging, notifications toggle|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$||$||$ (64GB), $ (GB), $ (GB)||$ (6GB RAM/GB), $ (8GB RAM/GB), $ (8GB RAM/GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£||£||£ (64GB), £ (GB), £ (GB)||£ (6GB RAM/GB), £ (8GB RAM/GB), £ (8GB RAM/GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,||AU$1,||AU$1, (64GB), AU$1, (GB), AU$1, (GB)||Converted: AU$ (6GB RAM/GB), AU$ (8GB RAM/GB), AU$ (8GB RAM/GB)|
Originally published March 19,
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The Samsung Galaxy S10e was the company's flagship phone with specs and features at prices, giving consumers the opportunity to nab top features form the Galaxy S10 at a solid discount.
The handset is no longer one of Samsung's newest smartphones, as it has been succeeded by two generations of flagship phones. While the newest Galaxy S21 lineup doesn't include an affordable 'Lite' phone equivalent, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition released later in fills that role for an update on the S10e. We'll leave our reviews for the main S21 phones here to compare specs.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has also been released, but if you want the absolute top-tier stylus handset, you'll want to go with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We didn't receive another budget flagship in the Note 20 line, so the S10e's biggest competition is the aforementioned S20 Fan Edition – though its larger sizes mean the S10e remains the affordable pick in a smaller form factor.
In such a way, the S10e (‘e’ for ‘essential’) has plenty in common with the Apple iPhone 12 mini, and it’s easy to see it as the Samsung budget flagship for its line: both pack the standout perks of their generation while shaving off a few extras present in their costlier siblings. While Apple's new compact flagship has better specs and 5G connectivity, the S10e is still a cheaper option.
But you probably won't be picking between either less-expensive device - you'll be eyeballing those handsets compared to their costlier siblings. We found the S10e to a robust phone that's worth forgoing the extra perks in the S10 (which is $/£/AU$ more) or the S10 Plus ($/£/AU$ more). As a bonus, the S10e’s smaller dimensions will certainly appeal to folks who don't appreciate the increasing size of flagship phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e may pale in comparison to the company's later flagships, but if you're looking for a useful smartphone that's still better than its contemporary Galaxy A phones, you're in luck.
Naturally, there are compromises for that lower cost. The S10e doesn’t get some of some of the neat features packed in its pricier siblings, like an in-screen fingerprint sensor, curved screen sides or a telephoto lens. These perks have indeed appeared in more handsets in , like the Huawei P30 and OnePlus 7 Pro, so it’ll be curious to see if their exclusion gives you flagship phone envy.
But we doubt you’ll be too jealous. The Galaxy S10e is a one-hand-friendly phone with outstanding specs to match - a combo that will endear the handset to you. Its inch all-screen display is easy to hold and its chipset is fast enough that it’ll compete with other flagships for years to come, even if its compromises in display resolution and camera fall short of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S10e price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy S10e came out on March 8, in the US, Canada, Europe, India, China, and other select countries. It’ll roll out to a total of markets by the end of March, though the company hasn’t specified exactly which countries it’ll be available in by then.
Now that the S20 line has launched, the Galaxy S10e has a discounted pricetag of $ / £ / AU$1, / AED 2, for the 6GB of RAM and GB of storage version, and that price goes even lower during deals seasons.
If you want the slightly more powerful 8GB of RAM and GB of storage, at this point, it seems like it’s only available on the US Samsung online store, and you’ll pay $ (prices aren’t available outside the US) for it. It’s unclear if this means the higher-priced model isn’t available in other regions.
Samsung Galaxy S10e specs
Dimensions: x x mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: inch
CPU: Octa-core chipset
Rear camera: 16MP + 12MP
Front camera: 10MP
As previously stated, one of the Galaxy S10e’s more attractive features might, ironically, be its smaller size. As main flagships get ever-larger, a contingent of consumers have steadily gone for smaller phones – just look at the popularity of the iPhone SE (RIP) - and the S10e is as manageable as top-tier phones get with a width of inches. (Curiously, the iPhone XS is the smallest of its generation, and the S10e is smaller than that phone by a hair.)
The S10e otherwise looks like a shrunken version of its pricier siblings, with a few exceptions. Samsung didn’t include the Galaxy line’s Infinity Edge tapered display in this less expensive model, so you’ll have to accept a flat front screen with more noticeable bezels. As it’s the smallest of the S10 line, the S10e is also the lightest, coming in at g - which is another feather in its cap when compared to the g iPhone XR.
While the S10e doesn’t have its pricier siblings’ fancy in-screen fingerprint scanner, Samsung didn’t leave a biometric fingerprint pad on the back, opting instead to put a small capacitive sensor within an enlarged power button on the top-right side. It’s surprisingly responsive, though it works far better with thumbs. Why? Because you have to cover the whole sensor with your digit, and mashing your fingertip flat enough to envelop the button is tough from any angle. Just use a thumb.
Otherwise, the phone looks flagship, with a chromed aluminum case sandwiched by attractive glass and the elegant rounded corners we’ve come to love in the Galaxy S line. The rear has a narrower camera bump than its pricier siblings due to the lack of a third camera and the absence of a heartbeat sensor (which might be an admission that folks weren’t using it much anyway).
This device is no longer widely available. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is now unavailable to buy from most retailers. If you are looking for an alternative device, check out our list of the best Android phones you can buy and the best Samsung phones.
Take a look at the smartphones we consider to be flagships. The Galaxy S10 Plus, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and iPhone XS Max are all great phones in their own right, but what do they have in common? All three of them start at around $1,
If you’re like me, you just cringed a little bit. Luckily, smartphone companies have noticed that not everyone wants to spend a grand on a phone, so they’re launching more affordable versions of their top-tier devices.
For Samsung, this year’s affordable flagship is the Galaxy S10e — it’s a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone XR, and offers just about the same Galaxy S10 experience without the eye-watering price tag.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10e review to find out why you should probably buy this phone.
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- mm headphone jack
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- IP68 water resistance
- x x mm, g
All phones in the Galaxy S10 lineup share a similar design language, but the Galaxy S10e is the most different of the bunch. It’s not as flashy as the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. In fact, I quite like that aspect of the S10e. Hear me out.
For starters, it doesn’t have a gigantic display — this is very much a one-handed phone. It doesn’t sport the traditional curved edges around the display either, which makes it way easier to hold than its bigger brothers.
Minimal bezels surround the display on the front, while the back edges are nicely curved to fit into your hand. The glass-and-aluminum design makes the Galaxy S10e feel quite substantial as well, without it being too heavy. It feels more like an iPhone XS than anything else. In doing so, it makes my Google Pixel 3 feel like a toy.
If you buy the Galaxy S10e, there’s no doubt you’re going to need a case. It’s so slippery. While writing this section of the review, my S10e almost slipped off the table on its own! I’m not the only one with Slippery Galaxy Syndrome either.
Around the left side, you’ll find a volume rocker and dedicated Bixby button (more on that later) directly below it. The right side of the S10e houses the power button/fingerprint sensor combo.
That’s right, the Galaxy S10e doesn’t have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor embedded in its screen like the S10 and S10 Plus. As I’ve already mentioned, this is a good thing — the S10 and S10 Plus’ fingerprint sensors are slower and less accurate than traditional scanners.
I think side-mounted fingerprint sensors are underrated. They’re located in a spot where your thumb naturally rests. You can even swipe down on the S10e’s sensor to pull down the notification shade.
For as fast as the fingerprint sensor is (it’s really fast), there are some downsides:
- The fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the phone, so left-handers will probably have trouble reaching it with their index fingers.
- It’s located a bit too high for my liking — I’ve had to adjust the way I pick up my phone so I can ensure I’m able to reach it every time.
- Because of its location, I’ve found myself taking a ton of accidental screenshots when turning the volume down. It’s very easy to hit the power and volume down button at the same time.
- Finally, you need to make sure to cover the entire sensor with your fingerprint, not just a portion of it. It’s harder to get used to than you’d think.
I wouldn’t call any of these things dealbreakers, and I think the sheer speediness and reliability of the sensor overshadows any of the other issues.
- inch Dynamic AMOLED display
- 2, x 1, resolution, ppi
- aspect ratio
Samsung makes the best displays in the smartphone business, and the Galaxy S10e’s inch Dynamic AMOLED panel is wonderful. It gets plenty bright and dim, and I’ve had no problems with outdoor visibility. This is a Full HD+ display, so it’s not as pixel dense as the other Galaxy S10 models. But unless you absolutely have to have a Quad HD+ display on your phone, the S10e’s screen will do just fine.
Samsung Galaxy S10 wallpapers can be downloaded here
To trim down as many bezels as it could, Samsung decided to place the front-facing camera inside the display. Personally, I prefer this to a big ol’ notch in the middle. It gets out of the way most of the time, and frankly I stopped noticing it after about an hour with the device. All of Samsung’s wallpapers try to hide it as much as possible, and it’s barely noticeable if you use a black wallpaper. Plus, there’s an entire subreddit for Galaxy S10 wallpapers if you’d like to make it blend in even more.
Hardware & performance
- 8nm octa-core Exynos / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon
- 6/8GB of RAM
- /GB of storage, expandable storage up to GB
- 3,mAh battery
- Headphone jack
- Qi and PMA wireless charging with Wireless PowerShare
- IP68 water and dust resistance
The Galaxy S10 lineup is one of the first to market powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform. It’s fast. I haven’t noticed a single stutter or hint of lag throughout my time testing the device.
Global variants of the S10e are powered by Samsung’s new Exynos SoC. If you have the option to choose one over the other, go with the Snapdragon model. The video below will explain why.
In case you’re a fan of benchmarks, we’ve run the Samsung Galaxy S10e through Geekbench 4, AnTuTu, and 3DMark. Performance seems to be a pretty nice step up compared to the Snapdragon powered OnePlus 6T and Galaxy S9.
In Geekbench, the Galaxy S10e scored a single-core score of 3, and a multi-core score of 11, The OnePlus 6T scored 2, and 8,, respectively. Our Galaxy S9 scored a single-core score of 2, and a multi-core score of 8,
The Galaxy S10e scored , in AnTuTu, while the OnePlus 6T scored ,, and the Galaxy S9 scored ,
Finally, the S10e scored 5, in 3DMark, compared to the OnePlus 6T’s 4, score, and the Galaxy S9’s 4, score.
Our Galaxy S10e review unit has 6GB of RAM and GB of storage, but you can opt for a beefier model with 8GB of RAM and GB of storage. We’d suggest only buying the more expensive model if you need more storage — that 2GB of RAM difference probably won’t do much for you in real-world use. All Galaxy S10e models come with expandable storage as well, with support for up to GB of extra storage with a microSD card.
A few other hardware tidbits: All Galaxy S10 models come with a headphone jack, as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
They’re also compatible with Qi and PMA wireless charging standards, as well as Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare feature. You can charge other wireless charging-compatible devices by placing them on the back of the device. However, it’s slow, and probably shouldn’t be relied upon unless you’re charging something with a smaller battery like the Galaxy Watch Active or the Galaxy Buds.
One of the downsides to buying a smaller phone is that you have less room for a battery. The S10e comes with a 3,mAh cell, which is decent compared to other phones of this size. Unfortunately battery life is just so-so — I’ve achieved an average of roughly four hours of screen-on time throughout my usage. Your mileage will vary, but I don’t think you should expect the phone to last an entire day unless you actively change your usage habits.
Note: The screenshot below shows just three hours of screen-on time, though I streamed podcasts for a few hours that day.
- Rear cameras:
- 12MP wide-angle sensor, Super Speed Dual Pixel autofocus, OIS, μm pixels, degree field-of-view, dual aperture ƒ/ and ƒ/ apertures
- 16MP ultra-wide sensor, μm pixels, degree field-of-view, ƒ/ aperture
- Front camera:
- 10MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, μm pixels, degree field-of-view, ƒ/ aperture
Here’s where things start to differ even more with the Galaxy S10 line. With the Galaxy S10e, you get a dual-camera setup on the rear, complete with a 12MP wide-angle sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. The S10 and S10 Plus both have an extra 12MP telephoto lens around back. Be sure to check out our Galaxy S10 Plus review for details on that.
Note: All camera samples attached below have been resized to p. Feel free to check out the full-sized camera samples here.
In good-to-moderate lighting conditions, the two rear cameras can pull off some great shots. Details are prominent, there’s plenty of dynamic range, and colors are saturated. Now, colors aren’t as saturated as they have been on previous Galaxy phones, so most shots look much more natural than they used to. I like it.
The wide-angle 12MP lens should be wide enough for everyday use, but you can also utilize the ultra-wide 16MP sensor if you need to fit even more into the frame.
I’ve had mixed results with the ultra-wide lens. While it allows you to fit so much into the frame, images can become distorted if you’re too close to your subject. Just make sure you’re using the ultra-wide lens at the proper distance, otherwise your photos may come out looking a bit fake.
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Things start to go downhill in low-light conditions. Where Google and Huawei have recently made big strides in low-light photography, Samsung is still lagging behind. Low-light shots are muddy and lack detail.
It’s just harder to get a good low-light shot from the S10e than it is with the Pixel 3. You can’t just point, shoot, and wait for the Night Sight software to do its thing — you may have to do some editing after the fact.
The camera interface itself is easy to use and clean. It’s not cluttered, and I like that you can swipe left or right on the interface to swap between modes.
Speaking of camera modes, the new Instagram mode on the Galaxy S10e is pretty cool. Just swipe over to the Instagram tab in the camera app, snap a photo or video, and it’ll automatically import to your Instagram Story. I don’t know if this is much easier than opening Instagram and snapping a photo from the app, but hey — it’s there if you want to use it!
The Galaxy S10e has a single front-facing 10MP lens. It by no means offers Pixel 3-level width, so you’ll have to stretch your arm out a bit more if you want to fit multiple people into the frame.
I share David’s sentiments regarding the front camera. Images come out too soft for my liking, making it look like there’s some sort of beauty mode enabled (there’s not).
Check out a sample below compared to the Pixel 3.
I came away from the Galaxy S10e’s cameras a bit mixed. While I did get some really nice shots, I also got plenty of bad ones. Smartphone photography is at a different level now, and it seems Samsung hasn’t made that jump yet.
- Android 9 Pie
- Samsung One UI version
It’s been a long time coming, but Samsung’s software is finally good. The new One UI interface cleans up the divisive Samsung Experience software while making everything easier to reach with your thumbs. If you want a detailed overview of One UI, check out our review right here.
I prefer the look of One UI over most other Android skins, save for maybe vanilla Android on the Pixel. I love that there’s a system-wide dark theme that can be turned on all the time or only at night. I also enjoy the look of the settings menus and notifications, although not everyone shares my feelings on that.
A few things in the software are questionable. Bixby is still here, and it’s only slightly better than the version that launched on the Galaxy S9. It’ll still show you advertisements for games that you won’t want to play, or recommend themes for your phone that you have to pay for. It’s just not something I want on my home screen. Luckily it’s easy enough to disable if you don’t want to use it at all.
One recent addition that’s actually been useful is Bixby Routines, which is sort of like Samsung’s take on IFTTT. It lets you trigger things during certain situations, like if you’re driving or running low on battery. This is a genuinely useful feature that all phones should have.
Now is also a good time to talk about the physical Bixby button on the left side of the phone. By default, it opens Bixby whenever it’s pressed, which happens all too often on accident. Luckily, you can remap the Bixby button to any app of your choosing, as long as that app isn’t another voice assistant. There does seem to be a workaround if you want to put in a few extra minutes of your time. Personally, I remapped the Bixby button to open the Google app.
Underneath the fancy new interface is Android 9 Pie. You can read up on all the features in Pie right here, and I’d suggest you do so — it’s going to be awhile until the Galaxy S10 line gets Android Q, the next major version of Android. Samsung is one of the worst offenders when rolling out major software updates. It took days for the company to roll out Oreo to last year’s smartphone line, and days to roll out Android Pie — an improvement, but still not great.
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Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a compact yet highly capable phone powered by the same Snapdragon chip found in the S10 and S10+. It also features the same 12MP dual-aperture main camera, as well as the super wide-angle cam that fits even more in the frame. The inch screen stretches from one corner to the other but is of lower resolution – by pixels. Instead of an in-display fingerprint scanner, a traditional fingerprint reader is found on the side of the phone, embedded in the power button.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10e is most commonly compared with these phones:
|Resolution:||x pixels, ratio, PPI|
|Features:||HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor|
|System chip:||Qualcomm Snapdragon|
|Processor:||Octa-core, MHz, Kryo , bit, 7 nm|
|Storage expansion:||microSDXC up to GB|
|OS:||Android (11, 10, Pie), Samsung One UI Screenshots|
|Type:||Li - Ion, Not user replaceable|
|Battery life test results:||link|
|Charging:||Qualcomm Quick Charge , USB Power Delivery, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging, Qi and Powermat wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging|
|Rear:||Dual camera Camera samples|
|Main camera:||12 MP (OIS, PDAF)|
|Specifications:||Aperture size: F/F; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/"; Pixel size: μm|
|Second camera:||16 MP (Ultra-wide)|
|Specifications:||Aperture size: F; Focal Length: 12 mm; Sensor size: 1/"; Pixel size: 1 μm|
|Video recording:||x (4K UHD) (60 fps), x (Full HD) ( fps), x (HD) ( fps)|
|Features:||HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing|
|Front:||10 MP (Autofocus, HDR)|
|Video capture:||x (4K UHD)|
|Dimensions:||x x inches ( x x mm)|
|Weight:||oz ( g)|
|Materials:||Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum|
|Resistance:||Water, Dust; IP68|
|Biometrics:||2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)|
|Keys:||Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key|
|Colors:||Prism blue, Prism black, Prism white, Prism green, Canary yellow, Flamingo pink, Prism silver|
|LTE (FDD):||Bands 1(), 2(), 3(), 4(AWS-1), 5(), 7(), 8(), 12( a), 13( c), 14( PS), 17( b), 18( Lower), 19( Upper), 20( DD), 25(+), 26(+), 28( APT), 29( d), 30( WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71()|
|LTE (TDD):||Bands 38(), 39(+), 40(), 41(+), 46|
|UMTS:||Bands 1(), 2(), 4(/), 5(), 8()|
|Data Speed:||LTE-A Pro Cat 20 (/ Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) Mbit/s, HSUPA Mbit/s|
|SIM type:||Nano SIM|
|Speakers:||Earpiece, Multiple speakers|
|Features:||Bit DAC, Dolby Atmos, aptX-HD|
|Screen mirroring:||Wireless screen share|
|Additional microphone(s):||for Noise cancellation|
Connectivity & Features
|Wi-Fi:||a, b, g, n, ac, ax, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB:||Type-C (reversible), USB|
|Features:||Charging, OTG, Video out|
|Location:||GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning|
|Sensors:||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall (for flip covers), Barometer|
|Hearing aid compatible:||M3, T4|
|Date approved:||Feb 01,|
|FCC ID value:||A3LSMGU|
|User Manual:||This is the official Samsung Galaxy S10e User Guide in English provided from the manufacturer.|
|In The Box:||Data cable, Travel adapter, Ejection Pin, USB Connector (OTG), Earphones by AKG, Quick Start Guide, Protective film|
|Officially announced:||Feb 20,|
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Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Galaxy S10e is the smallest and lightest of the three new Galaxy S10 models at g. It feels incredibly comfortable to hold and the rounded edges aren't abrasive on the skin. The aluminium and glass back is a bit slippery when used with one hand, and this phone does attract fingerprints easily.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has a inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, with HDR 10+ certification. At the back of the phone, we noticed some more cutbacks compared to other Galaxy S10 models. It ditches the telephoto camera so you only get the main dual-aperture, megapixel sensor and the megapixel ultra-wide angle one.
It has the Exynos octa-core SoC, alogn with 6GB of RAM and GB of storage. The Galaxy S10e also features AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and a whole bunch of sensors.
General app and UI performance is great. Games ran very well, even high-end ones such as PUBG Mobile. Thanks to the powerful SoC and lower screen resolution, the Galaxy S10e easily managed to drive them at the highest settings. The Galaxy S10e has a mAh battery, which is the smallest of the series, and that has a noticeable effect in everyday use. We typically managed to get roughly 17 to 18 hours of actual battery life.
The phone captures detailed landscapes and macros in daylight, with good dynamic range and colours. The camera app is easy to use and has a novice-friendly layout. Live focus works well, with good edge detection. You can even add background blur effects.
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Samsung Galaxy S10e review: the cheaper one
The Galaxy S10e is Samsung’s attempt to offer a flagship smartphone experience in a smaller body and at a lower cost, which mostly works.
The formula is simple: take the same processor, reduce the memory a little and squeeze it into a smaller, less complicated body.
The AMOLED screen is only in on the diagonal, only FHD+ and only flat, not curved at the edges. Whether any of those are downsides depends on your view of curved screens. The display isn’t visibly worse than the S10, and it still has the hole-punch notch through which the selfie camera pokes.
The display is covered in last year’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5, not 6 as fitted to the regular S10, so it might be a little less scratch resistant or prone to smashing on impact.
With rounded metal sides and glass front and back, it looks fairly simple in design terms. Get it in prism white or canary yellow and it’ll stand out from the crowd. The S10e is easy to hold onto at only mm wide and mm tall, which makes it one of the smallest flagship phones on the market alongside Google’s Pixel 3.
In reality it doesn’t feel all that smaller than the S10 because it’s only mm narrower and 7g lighter.
There’s the lesser-spotted headphone socket in the bottom, next to the USB-C port, and the phone is water resistant to IP68 standards: m depths of up to 30 minutes.
Screen: in FHD+ AMOLED (ppi)
Processor: Samsung Exynos or Qualcomm Snapdragon
RAM: 6GB of RAM
Operating system: One UI based on Android 9 Pie
Camera: rear dual camera, front 10MP selfie-camera
Connectivity: dual sim, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5, wireless charging and GPS
Dimensions: x x mm
The Galaxy S10e has the same processor – the Samsung Exynos in the EU or the Qualcomm Snapdragon in the US – as the larger, more expensive Galaxy S10 and S10+.
The cheaper phone has only 6GB of memory compared with 8GB, but most will likely not notice, as performance was pretty much the same. Only on occasion would an app have to reload when brought back from the recently used apps list.
That means the S10e is as fast and fluid as most of the competition, even if it doesn’t quite manage OnePlus 7 Pro-levels of speed.
Battery life on the S10e was a disappointing 25 hours between charges, the same as the regular S With the always-on display (AOD) setting off, the phone would last from 7am on day one until 9am on day two, which might be enough to get you into work.
That was while browsing and using apps for five hours with plenty of push messages and emails, watching 60 minutes of offline video, shooting about five photos a day and listening to about five hours of Spotify using Bluetooth headphones.
You will likely have to charge it before a night out so it’ll get you home the other side. Charging is pretty slow too, taking 95 minutes to fully charge via cable and similar via 15W wireless charging. Wireless powershare works well, but is fairly slow – fine for charging a set of headphones.
Samsung One UI
The Galaxy S10e runs the same new One UI version of Android 9 Pie as the rest of the S10 line, and is a big improvement on previous versions of Samsung’s customised Android experience.
Most of the changes have been made to make using a large phone easier, but given the smaller size of the S10e, they’re less of an improvement. Still, everything looks good and works well. The only area where Samsung is clearly behind the curve is the gesture navigation. Its swipe pads work fine but are harder to reach and less fluid than the competition. I ended up sticking to the traditional navigation buttons.
You’ll get about three years of software support from Samsung, but Android version updates will be slower than some of the competition, meaning Android Q will likely only arrive in excess of six months after its release.
Fingerprint scanner in the power button
Unlike the rest of the S10 line the Galaxy S10e has a traditional capacitive fingerprint scanner built into the power button. It’s fast, accurate and lines up with roughly where your right thumb rests on the side of the phone where you would normally push the power button.
But it’s harder to use in your left hand. I found that it was placed too high up on the right side to comfortably hit it with my left index finger in a natural position taking several attempts to unlock the phone.
If you’re left handed and want to use a fingerprint scanner, think twice about the S10e.
One of the areas where the S10e is inferior to its more expensive siblings is in the camera. There is only two cameras on the back, not three. Still, the main megapixel camera is joined by the megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, leaving zoom to pure digital, which is noticeably worse than the S10 or S10+.
That means the S10e is capable of capturing some really good standard and wide-angle shots, with good detail and colour range. It certainly isn’t the best camera on the market, but it keeps up with most of the competition short of the zoom.
The selfie camera is excellent; so is video capture. And there are plenty of modes, including manual “Pro” mode and a dedicated Instagram camera, to play with.
The S10e is really nice to just fiddle with in the hand, more so than the larger S10
The phone comes with a screen protector pre-installed
The stereo speakers are pretty good
There’s a Bixby key on the left side which can safely be ignored
The Samsung Galaxy S10e costs £ in white, black, green or yellow.
For comparison, the in Galaxy S10 costs £, the in Galaxy S10+ costs £, the in Google Pixel 3 costs £, the in Apple iPhone XR costs £ and the OnePlus 7 costs £
With the Galaxy S10e Samsung has mostly managed to condense what is good about its flagship S10 line into something smaller and cheaper.
It’s full of good, but not quite the best features. The screen is great, the camera is good but has no optical zoom, the fingerprint scanner is fast but awkward for left-handers and while performance is great, battery life is a bit weak.
The S10e’s £ RRP isn’t that cheap either, when companies such as OnePlus offer better specifications in similarly built phones for £ less. With the regular S10 already available for similar money, but with a better camera and in-display fingerprint, the S10e becomes less palatable.
But the Galaxy S10e is a good phone, which will be even better when bought on a deal. If you hate curved screens but want a top-end Samsung, then this is the phone for you.
Pros: great screen, hole-punch notch, wireless charging and powershare, good camera, good performance, good software, good haptics, headphone socket, microSD card slot, dual-sim option
Cons: battery life could be better, relatively slow charging, low-light performance not as good as rivals