The Galaxy S10e might not be a better phone on paper than the S10 and S10 plus but I can say now that it is a better deal.
It’s kind of a direct answer to the iPhone 10R. They’re not hiding that in any way, it’s the same price but hardware-wise it’s kind of a step up in every direction that isn’t the battery.
The best way to explain the s10e is to tell you what’s different versus the regular s10. It’s a very similar phone the big three difference are the cameras, the fingerprint reader, the new display, and the price.
The cameras s10e has the same primary camera and the same ultra-wide camera as the s10. It’s just missing the extra telephoto camera.
Zoomed in, photos will now be digital zoom instead of switching to the telephoto camera and keeping the ultra-wide camera is sweet. The new camera for Samsung phones this year. It’s by far the most fun it is still a bit softer and a bit more over-processed in photos than the main camera. Not as crispy but this is something software updates will continue to improve.
So that’s that with the camera other than that same really good camera as we’ve had in the s10.
The fingerprint reader instead of an ultrasonic fingerprint reader, Underneath the glass. This s10e has a good old classic capacitive fingerprint reader on the power button on the right side of the phone.
Fingerprint reader, it kind of became the gold standard before we started moving on from them. We wanted all the screen space so we started putting them on the back of the phone, on the side but these fingerprint readers are fast this one here on the s10e is just about one of the fastest fingerprint readers I’ve ever used.
The power button on the top right-hand side but the power button is still also kind of high up, on the side of this phone. Since the phone is smaller it’s not as big of a deal and with bigger hands, it’s even less of a big deal.
The reader is basically in a natural resting position for people who hold the phone in their right hand. On top of that, there’s even a gesture in the settings that you can turn on where you can now swipe down to pull down the notification shade. So that the fingerprint reader becomes a sort of a gesture pad and it’s super responsive.
The s10e has the smallest display in the new lineup. It’s a 5.8-inch screen, it’s still dynamic AMOLED still a sharp high resolution it’s 2280 by 1080. Still has a hole punch cut out in the top corner that makes for amazing wallpapers. Super bright and color accurate as you’d expect from a Samsung panel the difference is it’s flat so it’s a flat-screen now instead of bleeding over the edges.
Build and Design
You end up with slightly thicker, more noticeable side bezels. The esthetic difference I noticed is the s10e doesn’t let you choose your displays screen resolution like the biggers s10 does.
It looks great so assuming you don’t hate the hole punch. This is still a fantastic display other little things like 6 gigs of ram in the base model instead of 8gb.
The battery is slightly smaller it is 3100 mah instead of the larger ones on the larger phones but it’s also a smaller display as you know that’s the biggest power draw so this is still a pretty great battery life phone.
You might have noticed the s10e has a bit more color than the s10 so there’s the glass on the back. The aluminum rails are colorized a little bit so you have matching sides. It’s more toned down than the back but you can see it from the sides of the phone.
Even in the camera module unlike the s10 they colored that metal in there as well so it’s a small touch black on the s10 color on the s10e.
- Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm (5.60 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
- Weight: 150 g (5.29 oz)
- Display Type: Dynamic AMOLED
- Display Size: 5.8 inches
- Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
- Chipset : Exynos 9820 (8 nm) – EMEA/LATAM or Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)- USA/China
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA/LATAM or Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) – USA/China
- Main camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm
- Front Camera: 10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
Is That a Better Phone?
That’s it for this phone those are the differences for 750 bucks. So again on paper is that a better phone? No, but it is a better deal.
Matter of fact feature for the feature as far as hardware what you get and with a much better display and a headphone jack and all these other things ultra-wide camera I think it’s a better deal than the iPhone 10R.
Now for a lot of people that won’t even matter because they just want another iPhone but if you’re not too tied into the ecosystem yet or if you’re looking to get out of it then why not, buy s10e.