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.
The ‘e’ in Samsung Galaxy S10e stands for ‘essential’, which means it packs almost everything the S10 and S10 Plus have, at a lower price.
The 5.8-inch S10e costs $150 less than the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10. The phone includes dual rear cameras instead of the triple-lens arrangement found on the pricier models, and lacks an in-display fingerprint sensor as well.
I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S10e for roughly seven days. The device is running Samsung One UI version 1.1 on Android 9 Pie. The model in this review is the variant with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the smallest among the new flagship line, but it’s by no means the least impressive. With its relatively compact size, terrific specs and powerful performance, it could be a hit which no one anticipated. However, it’s not without its flaws. Let’s see how it fairs in our full review.
Extremely fast fingerprint sensor
Blazing fast performance
One UI is clean and packed with features
Capable cameras in most lighting conditions
Galaxy S10e Specs
|Display (Resolution)||5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2160 x 1080)|
|Rear Camera(s)||16-MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 12-MP dual-pixel wide (ƒ/1.5, ƒ/2.4)|
|Front Camera(s)||10-MP dual-pixel (ƒ/1.9)|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855; Exynos 9820|
|microSD||Yes, up to 512GB|
|Colors||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Green|
|Size||5.6 x 2.75 x 0.3 inches|
|Others||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Poor low-light camera performance
Disappointing battery life
Preinstalled Facebook app
Fingerprint sensor not great for lefties
Samsung’s software update track record is not good