The best Galaxy S10 for most people

Replace February 17: Samsung not too long ago introduced the Galaxy S20 collection, together with the S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Extremely. These telephones are an enormous step up from the S10 household when it comes to specs and options. A number of the greatest enhancements embody 120Hz shows, the newest processor, enormous allotments of RAM, huge batteries, versatile cameras, and 5G.

Extra pertinent to this evaluate, Samsung dropped the value of the S10e, S10, and S10 Plus. The cellphone’s now value $150 much less every, which means $599 for the S10e, $749 for the S10, and $849 for the S10 Plus. These change the worth equation, because the telephones are way more inexpensive than the very expensive S20 collection, which value between $999 and $1,599 relying on mannequin and choices. 

What we’re saying is there’s much more worth available right here. 

Samsung Galaxy S10e evaluate notes:

I’ve been utilizing the Samsung Galaxy S10e on T-Cell’s community within the U.S. for roughly eight days. The gadget is working Samsung One UI model 1.1 on Android 9 Pie with construct quantity PPR1.180610.011.G970U1UEU1ASBA on the February 1, 2019 Android safety patch. We’ll chorus from including evaluate scores till we will put the units by way of our full suite of assessments.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e evaluate unit was offered to Android Authority by Samsung. The mannequin on this evaluate is the U.S. variant with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Cell Platform, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

Present Extra

Check out the smartphones we take into account to be flagships. The Galaxy S10 Plus, Huawei Mate 20 Professional, and iPhone XS Max are all nice telephones in their very own proper, however what have they got in frequent? All three of them begin at round $1,000.

In case you’re like me, you simply cringed just a little bit. Fortunately, smartphone firms have seen that not everybody needs to spend a grand on a cellphone, so that they’re launching extra inexpensive variations of their top-tier units.

For Samsung, this 12 months’s inexpensive flagship is the Galaxy S10e — it’s a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone XR, and provides nearly the identical Galaxy S10 expertise with out the eye-watering price ticket.

Learn our full Samsung Galaxy S10e evaluate to search out out why it’s best to in all probability purchase this cellphone. 

Design

Back side of the Samsung Galaxy S10e in yellow color, held in hand.

  • Three.5mm headphone jack
  • Aspect-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • IP68 water resistance
  • 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm, 150g

All telephones within the Galaxy S10 lineup share the same design language, however the Galaxy S10e is essentially the most completely different of the bunch. It’s not as flashy because the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, and I don’t suppose that’s a nasty factor in any respect. In reality, I fairly like that facet of the S10e. Hear me out.

For starters, it doesn’t have a huge show — that is very a lot a one-handed cellphone. It doesn’t sport the normal curved edges across the show both, which makes it approach simpler to carry than its greater brothers.

Front side of the samsung galaxy s10e next to a google pixel 3 with displays turned on running on android pie

Minimal bezels encompass the show on the entrance, whereas the again edges are properly curved to suit into your hand. The glass-and-aluminum design makes the Galaxy S10e really feel fairly substantial as effectively, with out it being too heavy. It feels extra like an iPhone XS than anything. In doing so, it makes my Google Pixel Three really feel like a toy.

In case you purchase the Galaxy S10e, there’s little doubt you’re going to want a case. It’s so slippery. Whereas scripting this part of the evaluate, my S10e nearly slipped off the desk by itself! I’m not the only one with Slippery Galaxy Syndrome both.

Side view of the samsung galaxy s10e focusing on the fingerprint sensor/power button.

Across the left facet, you’ll discover a quantity rocker and devoted Bixby button (extra on that later) straight beneath it. The best facet of the S10e homes the facility button/fingerprint sensor combo.

That’s proper, the Galaxy S10e doesn’t have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor embedded in its display screen just like the S10 and S10 Plus. As I’ve already talked about, it is a good factor — the S10 and S10 Plus’ fingerprint sensors are slower and fewer correct than conventional scanners.

I feel side-mounted fingerprint sensors are underrated. They’re situated in a spot the place your thumb naturally rests. You may even swipe down on the S10e’s sensor to drag down the notification shade.

For as quick because the fingerprint sensor is (it’s really fast), there are some downsides:

  • The fingerprint sensor is situated on the correct facet of the cellphone, so left-handers will in all probability have bother reaching it with their index fingers.
  • It’s situated a bit too excessive for my liking — I’ve needed to regulate the best way I choose up my cellphone so I can guarantee I’m capable of attain it each time.
  • Due to its location, I’ve discovered myself taking a ton of unintended screenshots when turning the amount down. It’s very straightforward to hit the facility and quantity down button on the similar time.
  • Lastly, you should ensure that to cowl your complete sensor together with your fingerprint, not only a portion of it. It’s tougher to get used to than you’d suppose.

I wouldn’t name any of these items dealbreakers, and I feel the sheer speediness and reliability of the sensor overshadows any of the opposite points.

Show

Front side photo of the samsung galaxy s10e standing upright with the display turned on running on android pie.

  • 5.Eight-inch Dynamic AMOLED show
  • 2,280 x 1,080 decision, 435ppi
  • 19:9 facet ratio

Samsung makes one of the best shows within the smartphone enterprise, and the Galaxy S10e’s 5.Eight-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel is fantastic. It will get lots vibrant and dim, and I’ve had no issues with out of doors visibility. It is a Full HD+ show, so it’s not as pixel dense as the opposite Galaxy S10 fashions. However except you completely must have a Quad HD+ show in your cellphone, the S10e’s display screen will do exactly tremendous.

Front upper side of the samsung galaxy s10e focusing on the display hole punch camera.

To trim down as many bezels because it may, Samsung determined to put the front-facing digicam inside the show. Personally, I favor this to a giant ol’ notch within the center. It will get out of the best way more often than not, and albeit I ended noticing it after about an hour with the gadget. All of Samsung’s wallpapers attempt to cover it as a lot as potential, and it’s barely noticeable should 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 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable storage up to 512GB
  • 3,100mAh 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 855 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 9820 SoC. If you have the option to choose one over the other, go with the Snapdragon 855 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 845-powered OnePlus 6T and Galaxy S9.

In Geekbench, the Galaxy S10e scored a single-core score of 3,525 and a multi-core score of 11,189. The OnePlus 6T scored 2,368 and 8,843, respectively. Our Galaxy S9 scored a single-core score of 2,144 and a multi-core score of 8,116.

The Galaxy S10e scored 357,983 in AnTuTu, while the OnePlus 6T scored 292,266, and the Galaxy S9 scored 266,559.

Finally, the S10e scored 5,639 in 3DMark, compared to the OnePlus 6T’s 4,697 score, and the Galaxy S9’s 4,672 score.

Our Galaxy S10e review unit has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but you can opt for a beefier model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB 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 512GB of extra storage with a microSD card.

A couple of different tidbits: All Galaxy S10 fashions include a headphone jack, in addition to an IP68 score for mud and water resistance.

They’re additionally suitable with Qi and PMA wi-fi charging requirements, in addition to Samsung’s new Wi-fi PowerShare function. You may cost different wi-fi charging-compatible units by putting them on the again of the gadget. Nonetheless, it’s gradual, and possibly shouldn’t be relied upon except you’re charging one thing with a smaller battery just like the Galaxy Watch Energetic 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 3,100mAh 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.

Cameras

Back side photo of the samsung galaxy s10e in white color, focusing on the dual cameras.

  • Rear cameras:
    • 12MP wide-angle sensor, Tremendous Pace Twin Pixel autofocus, OIS, 1.4μm pixels, 77-degree field-of-view, twin aperture ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.four apertures
    • 16MP ultra-wide sensor, 1.0μm pixels, 123-degree field-of-view, ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Entrance digicam:
    • 10MP sensor, Twin Pixel autofocus, 1.22μm pixels, 80-degree field-of-view, ƒ/1.9 aperture

Right here’s the place issues begin to differ much more with the Galaxy S10 line. With the Galaxy S10e, you get a dual-camera setup on the rear, full with a 12MP wide-angle sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. The S10 and S10 Plus each have an additional 12MP telephoto lens round again. Remember to take a look at our Galaxy S10 Plus evaluate for particulars on that.

Be aware: All digicam samples hooked up beneath have been resized to 1080p. Be at liberty to take a look at the full-sized digicam samples here.

samsung galaxy s10e camera samples rear camera

In good-to-moderate lighting situations, the 2 rear cameras can pull off some nice photographs. Particulars are distinguished, there’s loads of dynamic vary, and colours are saturated. Now, colours aren’t as saturated as they’ve been on earlier Galaxy telephones, so most photographs look way more pure than they used to. I prefer it.

General, most important digicam efficiency is a slight step up from the Galaxy S9’s digicam efficiency. Sadly although, it’s not in the identical ballpark because the Pixel Three or iPhone XS.

Associated: Google Digicam on the Galaxy S10: How a lot better are the images?

The wide-angle 12MP lens must be extensive sufficient for on a regular basis use, however you may also make the most of the ultra-wide 16MP sensor if you should match much more into the body. 

I’ve had blended outcomes with the ultra-wide lens. Whereas it lets you match a lot into the body, photos can change into distorted should you’re too near your topic. Simply be sure to’re utilizing the ultra-wide lens on the correct distance, in any other case your images might come out wanting a bit pretend. 

Issues begin to go downhill in low-light situations. The place 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.

samsung galaxy s10e camera samples rear camera

It doesn’t appear to be it, however my palms have been completely nonetheless when taking this photograph.

The digicam interface itself is straightforward to make use of and clear. It’s not cluttered, and I like that you may swipe left or proper on the interface to swap between modes.

samsung galaxy s10e camera interface screenshot

Talking of digicam modes, the brand new Instagram mode on the Galaxy S10e is fairly cool. Simply swipe over to the Instagram tab within the digicam app, snap a photograph or video, and it’ll mechanically import to your Instagram Story. I don’t know if that is a lot simpler than opening Instagram and snapping a photograph from the app, however hey — it’s there if you wish to use it!

The Galaxy S10e has a single front-facing 10MP lens. It under no circumstances provides Pixel Three-level width, so that you’ll must stretch your arm out a bit extra if you wish to match a number of folks into the body.

I share David’s sentiments relating to the entrance digicam. Photos come out too smooth for my liking, making it appear to be there’s some form of magnificence mode enabled (there’s not).

Try a pattern beneath in comparison with the Pixel Three.

I got here away from the Galaxy S10e’s cameras a bit blended. Whereas I did get some very nice photographs, I additionally acquired loads of unhealthy ones. Smartphone images is at a unique stage now, and it appears Samsung hasn’t made that bounce but.

Software program

samsung galaxy s10e software display android pie quick settings

  • Android 9 Pie
  • Samsung One UI model 1.1

It’s been a very long time coming, however Samsung’s software program is lastly good. The brand new One UI interface cleans up the divisive Samsung Expertise software program whereas making every thing simpler to succeed in together with your thumbs. If you need an in depth overview of One UI, take a look at our evaluate proper right here.

I favor the look of One UI over most different Android skins, save for possibly vanilla Android on the Pixel. I really like that there’s a system-wide darkish theme that may be turned on on a regular basis or solely at night time. I additionally benefit from the look of the settings menus and notifications, though not everyone shares my emotions on that.

A couple of issues within the software program are questionable. Bixby continues to be right here, and it’s solely barely higher than the model that launched on the Galaxy S9. It’ll nonetheless present you ads for video games that you simply gained’t wish to play, or advocate themes on your cellphone that you must pay for. It’s simply not one thing I need on my residence display screen. Fortunately it’s straightforward sufficient to disable should you don’t wish to use it in any respect.

One current addition that’s really been helpful is Bixby Routines, which is form of like Samsung’s tackle IFTTT. It helps you to set off issues throughout sure conditions, like should you’re driving or working low on battery. It is a genuinely helpful function that each one telephones ought to have.

Samsung Galaxy S10e punch hole display

Now can also be a great time to speak concerning the bodily Bixby button on the left facet of the cellphone. By default, it opens Bixby every time it’s pressed, which occurs all too usually on accident. Fortunately, you may remap the Bixby button to any app of your selecting, so long as that app isn’t one other voice assistant. There does appear to be a workaround if you wish to put in just a few further 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 207 days for the company to roll out Oreo to last year’s smartphone line, and 140 days to roll out Android Pie — an improvement, but still not great.

Specs

  Samsung Galaxy S10e Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Display 5.8-inch AMOLED panel
2,280 x 1,080 resolution
435ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6.1-inch AMOLED panel
3,040 x 1,440 resolution
551ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6.4-inch AMOLED panel
3,040 x 1,440 resolution
525ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855
RAM 6/8GB 8GB 8/12GB
Storage 128/256GB 128/512GB 128/512GB / 1TB
MicroSD Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB
Cameras Rear:
16MP f/2.2 ultrawide +
12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual pixel with OIS

Front:
10MP f/1.9 dual pixel

Rear:
16MP f/2.2 ultrawide +
12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual pixel with OIS +
12MP OIS telephoto f/2.4

Front:
10MP f/1.9 dual pixel

Rear:
16MP f/2.2 ultrawide +
12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual pixel with OIS +
12MP OIS telephoto f/2.4

Front:
10MP f/1.9 dual pixel +
8MP depth sensor f/2.2

Battery 3,100mAh
Non-removable
3,400mAh
Non-removable
4,100mAh
Non-removable
Wireless charging Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68
Security Capacitive fingerprint scanner. 2D face unlock. Embedded Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. 2D face unlock. Embedded Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. 2D face unlock.
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Cat20 LTE, 7CA, 4×4 MIMO
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Cat20 LTE, 7CA, 4×4 MIMO
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Cat20 LTE, 7CA, 4×4 MIMO
SIM Nano SIM Nano SIM Nano SIM
Software Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Dimensions and weight 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm
150g
149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm
157g
157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
175g
Colors blue, yellow, black, white, pink blue, green, black, white, pink blue, green, black, white, pink, black (ceramic), white (ceramic)

Galaxy S10e price and availability

Samsung Galaxy S10e retail box

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e: $749.99 (128GB), $849.99 (256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10: $899.99 (128GB), $1,149.99 (512GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: $999.99 (128GB), $1,249.99 (512GB), $1,599.99 (1TB)

If you need, you may spend as little as $750 on the Galaxy S10e so long as you go for the model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The gadget prices $100 extra should you go for the mannequin with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

The Galaxy S10e is obtainable now from Samsung.com, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and different retailers. You may see the complete checklist proper right here. Relying on the place you buy the gadget, you’ll be capable to choose it up in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Inexperienced, Flamingo Pink, or Canary Yellow shade choices.


Replace, July 11: For the reason that Galaxy S10e debuted in March, dozens of latest telephones have entered the market. Essentially the most direct competitor to the S10e is the OnePlus 7, a commendable replace to the corporate’s 6T and an Editor’s Selection recipient. It’s a discount. One other high contender is the Asus Zenfone 6, a $500 marvel.

Furthermore, Amazon now sells the Galaxy S10e for $650. That’s fairly a deal, and makes an important worth even higher.

Samsung Galaxy S10e evaluate: The decision

Samsung Galaxy S10e in hand front

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is one of the best worth Galaxy S mannequin this 12 months. It’s the one most individuals should purchase. I’d don’t have any downside recommending this cellphone to my mother and father, pals, or mainly anybody who wants a very good Android cellphone that doesn’t value $1,000.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the mannequin most individuals should purchase.

Regardless of what some folks would possibly say, you don’t want a huge show or three cameras in your smartphone. You may want them, however they’re not a necessity. We reside in a world of extra, and the highest two Galaxy S10 fashions ship in spades. The Galaxy S10e is essentially the most regular cellphone of the bunch, providing an important total expertise with out making any detrimental sacrifices.

You’ll be hard-pressed to discover a higher cellphone at this value level. Samsung’s improved software program coupled with its extraordinary makes for an total nice smartphone, and one I’m not going to place down for a very long time.

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