The Galaxy S10e was Samsung’s last flagship for 2019. The unique point with this model was that it had all the latest features, but the price point was incredibly affordable. Naturally, the other S10 models are better with more eye-catching features, but the smaller size is a great appeal to some. While we are still talking about the S10e, Samsung has already launched another flagship – the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. In addition to the S Pen stylus, it also comes with a time-of-flight sensor and features a triple-camera setup. The one thing that the S10e has on its side is the price appeal.
For that price, you will, of course, have to sacrifice some comforts. Users will not have curved screen sides, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, or a telephoto lens. On the other hand, it has a 5.8-inch all-screen display, excellent performance that is fast and smooth, and a stunning camera.
The Galaxy S10e has a ton of features. Although it might fall short when compared to the likes of S10 Plus, it still packs some serious power. One thing we have noted is that as the main flagships steadily get larger, there is a group of users who have steadily stuck to the smaller phones, perhaps since it could be handled more easily. It is the lightest of all the S10 models. As mentioned before, the S10e does not have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Instead, the company decided to go ahead with a biometric fingerprint pad at the rear. This is located within an enlarged power button on the top-right side. One would not have thought this setup could be responsive, but Samsung has surprised us.
Aesthetically, the phone looks a flagship in every sense. It comes with a chromed aluminium case having elegantly rounded corners that we usually see in the Galaxy S models. There is no third camera, so you might find the rear having a narrower camera casing. There is no heartbeat sensor here either. The S10e is available in six colours – Prism Black, The pearlescent Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Prism Green and Canary Yellow. The last two options are not available in the US and are reserved for other regions. The left side of the phone houses the volume rocker below which sits the Bixby button. You can now set it to activate other apps as well. At the bottom, you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone port, USB-C port, and speaker grille.
The 5.8-inch AMOLED display of the Galaxy S series is present here as well. The crisp details, rich colours, and vibrant display all make it a great experience. If you don’t appreciate the default colour balance, you can easily change it using the Vivid Mode. If you compare it with the iPhone XS Max, the display of these two models are almost on the same level, except that the XS Max does better with dark scenes. The S10e features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back. You will notice that the front has a punch-hole in the top-right corner for Infinity-O’ display. While it is noticeable, it does not stick out very much.
Performance and Battery
The Samsung S10 phones are among the first to showcase the new Snapdragon 855 chipset. The phone has a 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage, which is more than enough in most cases. You can multi-task, swap apps, and do so much yet hardly notice any lag. If you do need more space, you can always use a MicroSD card. The phone can keep up with all your gaming requirements, even if you play heavy-duty ones, such as Fortnite and more. One thing you might hear is that playing such games could lead to battery loss and even heat up the phone.
Coming to the battery, the S10e supports a 3,100mAh battery which is large enough to last you through the day. With regular use, such as browsing, chatting, and some music, this should last you quite some time. You can use the 15W fast charging to recharge. Although it is not the fastest-wattage charging out there, it does its job. In the latest news, the S10e can now charge other wireless devices itself thanks to a new feature called Wireless PowerShare.
The idea behind this is that you can use your Galaxy S10e to wirelessly charge other devices that have Qi-enabled charging. All you need to do is to place the second device near the rear of the S10e. While it does work, the charging speed is quite low. This means you cannot use the phone as you transfer charge.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e features two rear-facing main cameras. One of them is the dual-aperture f/1.5-2.4 12MP main camera while the other is a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide shooter. The former comes with OIS for smoothing out shaky footages. Unfortunately, users will have to accept the lack of telephoto lens. However, thankfully, it still retails the wide and ultrawide sensors. Regardless, the S10e still is a step ahead of Samsung Galaxy S9 which was released with a single dual-aperture shooter. The main camera has a 77-degree field-of-view while the ultrawide has 123-degree FOV allowing you to take in a lot more.
In the bright sunlight, you will notice that the photos come out stunning. In fact, it is even better than the ones taken with iPhone XS Max and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. On the other hand, the interior images don’t do nearly as well. Night photography is currently ruled by Google Pixel 3 and the S10e needs to come a long way before it can compete in this space. The ultrawide lens can be used for panoramas, allowing you to capture more context.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a perfect-sized phone that users would be able to use with one hand. The fact that Samsung’s interface works even better in a smaller frame is an additional advantage. With Android 9 Pie out of the box with One UI, you can be sure that the phone is an excellent option to consider.