Samsung Galaxy S10e Evaluation: Yep, It’s A Higher Worth

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“The Galaxy S10e has virtually all of the bells and whistles, at a a lot better worth.”

Excellent 5.Eight-inch dimension

Nice show

Easy efficiency

Enjoyable digicam

Clear, easy-to-use software program

Battery life might be higher

Digicam high quality may be muddy at evening

You don’t have to spend $1,000 for a great smartphone. The iPhone XR already proved that for iOS, and Android has lengthy had robust telephones like these from OnePlus that provided loads of energy with an inexpensive worth. Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is a bit more costly than final 12 months’s Galaxy S9, but it surely’s the most cost effective of the brand new Galaxy S10 vary, bringing the identical good show, stellar construct high quality, succesful cameras, and speedy efficiency to a worth that’s simpler to abdomen.

When you’re envious of all of the bells and whistles within the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus however aren’t certain in regards to the excessive price ticket, then take into account the S10e, as a result of it gives excess of you’d anticipate.

Desire a larger display? Try our Galaxy S10 overview or Galaxy S10 Plus overview for our in-depth impressions.

An iPhone lookalike

The Galaxy S10e is the right dimension. My palm fully wraps across the 5.Eight-inch display, and all of the buttons are simple to entry — it feels so refreshing in an period of enormous telephones.

Higher but, it’s the one one in all Samsung’s new telephones that doesn’t have a curved edge display (so the edges are flat), which implies I haven’t run into the problem of unintentionally touching elements of the display with my palm whereas utilizing the telephone — in contrast to on the S10 Plus. When you’ve criticized Samsung’s telephones prior to now for the “Edge show,” that is the telephone for you.

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The entrance of the S10e appears engaging (and really very similar to the iPhone 11), with uniform and slim bezels surrounding the 5.Eight-inch display. There’s a hole-punch digicam on the prime proper, which is the identify for the floating selfie digicam that appears like a gap punched in a bit of paper. It’s what helps Samsung obtain these slimmer bezels, which in flip permits for extra display actual property. If the hole-punch digicam bothers you, there’s a approach to disguise it, or you need to use a inventive wallpaper that masks it on your property and lock display.

It’s the again of the S10e that’s a little bit disappointing. The rounded corners look good, however I want Samsung coloured within the digicam module black prefer it did with the S10 and S10 Plus. The telephone appears dated, like an outdated Galaxy S6. The remainder of the again is clear, and I really like the eye-catching Prism Blue shade. You may get the S10e in Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, or Prism White within the U.S. as properly.

The Galaxy S10e is the right dimension.

The aluminum body is thick due to the flat edges, providing a great grip when holding the telephone — necessary as each the back and front are fully glass (Gorilla Glass 5 on either side, particularly). It’s a good suggestion to nab a case.

On the facet of the telephone you’ll discover the capacitive fingerprint sensor. It’s barely indented, and it’s a speedy approach to unlock the telephone. That is one other characteristic that’s completely different from the S10 and S10 Plus, which have an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. That’s the newer, cooler tech, however each can be utilized to entry delicate apps and authenticate funds with Samsung Pay, and I’ve discovered the S10e’s capacitive sensor extra dependable total.

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There’s additionally face recognition in order for you a extra handy approach to unlock the S10e, but it surely’s not as safe, so you’ll be able to solely use it to unlock the telephone. If you wish to pay, you’ll have to make use of your fingerprint.

I’m completely happy to see Samsung embrace headphone jack for these holding on to their three.5mm earbuds and headphones. You’ll be able to even cost the telephone by way of the USB-C port and hearken to music on the identical time!

Implausible show

The S10e has a 5.Eight-inch display and makes use of Samsung’s new “Dynamic AMOLED” show know-how. You get the identical incredible display because the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The one distinction? It doesn’t have WQHD+ display decision. As an alternative, you’ll must accept Full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080). Is that this trigger for concern? Under no circumstances. The display nonetheless appears sharp, and it’s HDR10+ licensed, so that you’ll see unimaginable shade accuracy. It’s a lovely window into the digital world.

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It will get extremely vibrant, so that you received’t have issues trying on the display in daylight. Colours on it don’t appear oversaturated, and blacks are impressively deep, which helps masks the hole-punch digicam with only a wallpaper.

The Dynamic AMOLED display does look a little bit heat, one thing I solely observed when evaluating it to some different telephones, just like the iPhone XS Max. I swapped from the Pure shade profile to Vivid, and oddly it seemed a little bit extra pure.

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The display additionally natively reduces blue-light publicity by 42 p.c, a characteristic licensed by TÜV Rheinland, an unbiased product testing firm. Blue gentle may be dangerous to your well being as it could possibly have an effect on sleep, so it’s good to see this baked in.

The notification bar is greater now, due to the hole-punch digicam, however most apps look good on the thin-bezel display in portrait orientation. Swap to panorama, and the display appears a little bit funky. Third-party apps don’t wrap across the hole-punch digicam however use a black bar that ruins the symmetry of the bezels. You find yourself with a thicker bezel on the facet with the selfie digicam than the opposite. It’s not a deal breaker, and it received’t occur usually in the event you don’t put your telephone in panorama mode an excessive amount of, but it surely’s one thing you’ll discover.

It’d be good if full-screen apps adapt to utilize the display area.

It’d be good if full-screen apps adapt to utilize the display area. YouTube, for instance, allows you to watch a full-screen video that goes edge-to-edge on the S10 Plus — which appears extra immersive — however Netflix has but so as to add this help. This additionally is dependent upon the side ratio the video was filmed in, as there are some YouTube movies that look awkward with the hole-punch digicam as properly.

Speedy efficiency, One UI software program

Simply because the Galaxy S10e is cheaper doesn’t imply you’re compromising on efficiency. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the flagship chipset that powers most high-end Android telephones this 12 months. The place the S10e differs is it comes with 6GB of RAM within the base mannequin as a substitute of 8GB RAM present in its larger brothers. You get the identical 128GB of inside storage, and a MicroSD card slot is current in the event you want more room.

Does having much less RAM trigger an issue? Nope. I haven’t seen a single efficiency dip in my time utilizing the telephone as my day by day driver. It runs video games like Breakneck and Alto’s Odyssey with out a hitch, and multitasking in break up display mode hasn’t precipitated any points in any respect. When you’re apprehensive, you’ll be able to at all times spend extra money to purchase the 8GB RAM choice at $850, however at that time you could as properly go for the 6.1-inch S10.

AnTuTu 3DBench: 350,964
Geekbench four CPU: three,455 single-core; 10,355 multi-core
3DMark Sling Shot Excessive: four,770 (Vulkan)

The benchmark scores all beat out the Galaxy S10 Plus, which is sensible because the S10e is powering a smaller, lower-resolution display and has much less tech inside. In truth, the AnTuTu rating now places the Galaxy S10e as second greatest in our benchmark rankings, second to the Xiaomi Mi 9, which additionally makes use of the identical Snapdragon 855 processor.

Complimenting this stellar efficiency is Samsung’s new One UI interface layered over Android 9 Pie, the most recent model of Android. It appears good and is extra intuitive because it locations essential interface components towards the underside of the display for straightforward entry — although that doesn’t really feel as crucial on the small-screen Galaxy S10e. I’m a fan of the darker themes to assist defend my eyes when utilizing the telephone at evening.

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There are some neat touches, like how a lightweight circles the hole-punch digicam if you swap to selfie mode, or when the digicam is looking for your face to unlock the telephone. The software program is deeply customizable — you’ll be able to fully eliminate the standard Android navigation bar in order for you. The software program is an enormous enchancment; barring the Google Pixel three and the OnePlus 6T, it’s my favourite interface on a telephone.

Whereas it’s good to see the most recent model of Android right here, updates are among the many largest points with Samsung smartphones. The unlocked model of the Galaxy S9 obtained Android 9 Pie six months after Google launched it, which is disappointing. You received’t see this delay on Google’s Pixel telephones or the iPhone. Hopefully Samsung will choose up the tempo this 12 months when Android Q rolls out.

One factor to remember is the S10e, just like the S10 and S10 Plus, can’t hook up with 5G networks because it doesn’t have the required Qualcomm X50 modem inside. It’s an opt-in characteristic, and Samsung has determined to make a special-edition Galaxy S10 5G as a substitute. U.S. carriers are nonetheless deploying 5G, so don’t anticipate to see nationwide service quickly.


The Bixby Button nonetheless exists, sadly. It prompts Samsung’s digital assistant, which I haven’t discovered a lot of a purpose to make use of, although it has carried out properly the occasions I’ve requested it to set reminders or requested it queries. I’ve grown used to utilizing Google Assistant — which can also be accessible on the telephone — and it usually offers me higher outcomes.

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Fortunately you’ll be able to remap the Bixby button, although it’s a bit restricted. You’ll be able to set the button to open one other app, for instance, however a double press will nonetheless open Bixby (and vice versa). There’s no official approach to set it to open Google Assistant, however XDA Builders have discovered a way in the event you’re keen to put in a third-party app.

New for the S10e is a characteristic known as Bixby Routines, and it’s genuinely helpful, although Bixby’s “synthetic intelligence” doesn’t have a lot to do with it. It really works like IFTTT, which helps you to arrange completely different profiles on your telephone primarily based on sure triggers. For instance, I’ve set a routine to place my telephone on mute after I arrive at work (Bixby has my work tackle), and my telephone will activate the sound after I go residence. It’s a robust characteristic, and there’s loads to mess around with if you wish to dive deep into it.

Double the cameras

The Galaxy S10e is smaller than the S10 Plus or S10, which implies a smaller display with fewer pixels. However the largest distinction is arguably the digicam. The S10 Plus and S10 reign supreme with three cameras on the again, however solely the S10 Plus has two on the entrance. The S10e solely has two cameras on the again, and one on the entrance.

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The principle digicam is similar on all three telephones. It’s a regular 12-megapixel lens with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.four aperture (which Samsung first debuted final 12 months). Whereas the S10 and S10 Plus have an additional telephoto lens paired with an extremely wide-angle lens, the S10e solely will get the latter. It’s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture. Personally, I’m pleased with the wide-angle lens as I can get extra distinctive photographs, particularly of tight areas.

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Vast Angle

In any other case, anticipate the identical picture high quality on all three telephones. The S10e’s photographs provide glorious HDR, by no means under-or over-exposing a photograph. In daylight, images are detailed, saturated, and the digicam shutter reacts shortly. Distinction is missing, nevertheless, so photographs can look a little bit washed.

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Low gentle nonetheless appears to pose an issue for Samsung. Photos get muddy shortly — particularly from the wide-angle lens — although there’s good noise discount. This telephone received’t produce the most effective photographs at evening. The Google Pixel three with Night time Sight remains to be the champion.

New within the digicam software program is an enlargement to scenes acknowledged by Scene Optimizer. There are actually  30 in whole (that’s 10 new scenes, starting from canine, cat, sneakers, and child). Scene Optimizer makes use of synthetic intelligence to mechanically detect scenes like sunsets or individuals and makes an attempt to regulate your photograph to what it thinks appears greatest. I left it on for many of our testing, and it did assist photographs pop, however can even result in oversaturation at occasions.

My favourite characteristic is Shot Options, which may counsel  higher compositions. All you could do is level the digicam on the advisable “Finest Shot” space and the telephone will mechanically take the photograph. It eliminates the necessity to faucet the shutter button fully. The compositions it suggests are normally stable, although a couple of poor selections slip in.

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Shade Level
Dwell Focus

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Samsung’s Portrait Mode is named Dwell Focus, which is the place a blur impact is added behind a topic. Dwell Focus photographs aren’t fairly pretty much as good as what we’ve seen from the Google Pixel three or the Nokia 9 PureView — particulars aren’t as robust in low gentle and the blur impact can look a little bit messy generally. However I do like the brand new Dwell Focus mode known as Shade Level, which retains the topic in shade whereas making all the pieces else black and white. It does an honest job of sustaining shade on a topic, although it does have disasters generally.

What’s extra spectacular is the digicam’s functionality to file HDR movies in 4K. Movies have a cinematic look to them and so they’re fairly colourful. There’s additionally a “Tremendous Regular” mode for if you’re transferring and need to seize steady footage. It’s spectacular how properly it really works, however there are stipulations on how these modes can be utilized.  You’ll be able to’t shoot 4K HDR at 60 frames per second, for instance, simply at 30FPS. You’ll be able to’t use Regular Shot in the event you’re capturing in HDR, so that you’ll want to show it off, and it solely works with the primary lens. These settings ought to mechanically change if you faucet on completely different capturing modes to make it simpler on the individual utilizing the telephone.

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Galaxy S10e
Galaxy S10 Plus

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The S10e’s selfie digicam is solo, identical to the S10. Meaning you don’t get the additional depth digicam that’s accessible on the S10 Plus. It’s only a 10-megapixel lens with a f/1.9 aperture, which may additionally seize 4K UHD video. Selfies look good, and the distinction in Dwell Focus selfies between the S10 Plus and the S10e isn’t huge, however noticeable. There’s a stronger blur impact on the S10 Plus, and colours are a little bit extra pure, with higher distinction. AR Emojis look janky on the S10e, and it nonetheless will get my pores and skin shade mistaken.

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Battery life: The weak hyperlink

The three,100mAh battery will get you thru a day, however barely. You received’t have to stress in the event you arrive residence from work round 6 or 7 p.m. as I regularly had round 25 p.c left with medium use. But when I had plans to increase my evening out, I’d want to hold my transportable battery pack.

In our video playback check, with the telephone on Wi-Fi and at max brightness, the Galaxy S10e lasted round 9 hours and 26 minutes, which is rather less than the 10 hours and 12 minutes from the Galaxy S10 Plus. That will sound shut — however keep in mind that this exams fixed use. Most individuals use a telephone in spurts all through the day, in order that additional 40 minutes would possibly imply a number of hours of added real-world use.

You received’t depend on Wi-fi PowerShare fully, however there are moments it could possibly assist.

Wired charging will not be quick, sadly, as Samsung’s nonetheless utilizing the Qualcomm’s Fast Cost quick charging commonplace, when different telephones are utilizing Fast Cost three or larger, permitting them to cost quicker. There may be Quick Wi-fi Charging although, and meaning wi-fi charging is as quick as wired charging.

The Galaxy S10e does retain a characteristic from the S10 and S10 Plus — Wi-fi PowerShare. Toggle it on within the settings and you may wirelessly cost different Qi-enabled merchandise. It’s helpful in particular moments when a good friend’s telephone is dying, otherwise you need to cost up your Galaxy Buds, or a Qi-enabled smartwatch just like the Galaxy Watch Energetic.

Value, availability, guarantee data

The Samsung Galaxy S10e prices $750 and is out there for buy now at carriers and retailers globally. Try our purchasing information for extra in-depth pricing particulars.

Samsung gives a restricted one-year guarantee that covers the telephone from producer defects, and never far more.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is what most individuals trying to improve their telephone can purchase. It doesn’t have the strongest battery life or the most effective cameras, but it surely gives good worth in the event you’re on the lookout for a flagship expertise with out having to shell out $900 or $1,000. You’re nonetheless getting the most effective display on a smartphone, nice construct high quality, robust efficiency, good software program, and succesful cameras.

Is there a greater various?

The Galaxy S10e’s closest Android competitor is the Google Pixel three, which prices $800, although you will discover it for much less now. It doesn’t beat the Galaxy S10e in efficiency, show, or construct high quality, however battery life is considerably comparable. The Pixel three does win out for having a stronger digicam with a greater software program interface and longer help. In case your smartphone expertise closely hinges on having the most effective digicam ever, and also you need quick Android updates, you’re higher off with the Pixel three.

Try the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus as properly. They’ve larger and curved screens, an additional digicam on the rear (the S10 Plus has an additional entrance digicam too), in addition to beefier batteries.

When you’re open to utilizing iOS, then the $700 iPhone 11 needs to be thought-about. It has glorious battery life, a great digicam, and robust efficiency. It beats the Samsung in digicam efficiency, however the display is much less spectacular.

If $750 remains to be an excessive amount of, assume on the OnePlus 6T. You get speedy efficiency, customizable software program, and a recent design. Digicam high quality isn’t the most effective, however the telephone solely prices $550, so compromises should be made. You could possibly additionally wait a couple of months if there’s no rush, because the OnePlus 7 is anticipated to launch comparatively quickly.

How lengthy will it final?

The Galaxy S10e is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front, however that doesn’t imply you shouldn’t use a case to guard it. The telephone is IP68 water-resistant, so it could possibly survive underwater as much as 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

I anticipate it to final three to 4 years earlier than the battery begins to degrade.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. Efficiency is nice, construct high quality is excellent, there’s a incredible, trendy show, and you continue to get a digicam system that’s extra versatile than final 12 months’s similarly-priced Galaxy S9.

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