Samsung Galaxy S10e Review

For the past several years, handset manufacturer Samsung has been launching two flagship S series smartphones – one regular and the other plus version. But this year Samsung (Samsung) has also launched the third variant and that is the Galaxy S10e. If you look at the US price of the phone, then the Galaxy S10e directly competes with the iPhone XR. In India, the Galaxy S10e costs Rs 55,900, which is Rs 10,000 less than the standard Galaxy S10. Apart from this, there is no 2019 flagship smartphone that falls in this price segment. Let us now know in detail about Galaxy S10e.

Samsung Galaxy S10e design

The Galaxy S10e is the smallest and lightest phone among the three models of the Galaxy S10-series. This handset of Samsung brand weighs 150 grams. It is 0.1 millimeters thicker than the others. We really liked the size of this phone. The Galaxy S10e fits comfortably in the hand and its curved edges are not rough at all.

The aluminum and glass back panel is a little smoother, so be careful when using the phone with one hand as it can slip through the hand. Fingerprints also fall easily on it. But still it is strong. If the phone falls, the aluminum frame can also be permanently scratched. For example, we were taking a picture of a flower and at the same time we missed the phone from our hands. Nothing happened to the glass, but the scratch fell on the frame.

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The Galaxy S10e has a Bixby button. If you want, you can set a double-press or single-press action to open the app, or take the help of Bixby. The premium handset of the Galaxy S10 model has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, but on the other hand, the Galaxy S10e has a standard capacitive sensor integrated into the power button on the right side of the phone.

It is very sensitive, even on quick touch it unlocks the phone. You can also enable gestures to easily access the notification shade. It works correctly but we found the power button placement slightly up. We had some difficulty in accessing it even though the phone was being held normally.

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Samsung Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch full-HD + dynamic AMOLED display. The resolution is slightly lower than the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 +. Its pixel density is 438 PPI. Samsung has not removed the HDR 10+ certification for the display, which means you can enjoy high dynamic range colors in compatible videos. The default color profile makes the color slightly saturated, but you can switch to the natural color profile if you want.

Talking about the biggest difference in design, the Galaxy S10e does not have a curved display edge on the right and left. The other difference is that the Galaxy S10E has slightly thicker bezels on its side if compared to the other two Galaxy models. The Gorilla Glass 5 is used on the front and back of the Galaxy S10e. At the same time, other big models have used Gorilla Glass 6 in the front and Gorilla Glass 5 in the back.

The Gorilla Glass 5 helps protect the phone from scratches and falls from low altitudes. At the same time, its new version has been given in both other models which better protects the phone. You will already find a screen guard on the phone. When compared to other Galaxy S10 models, we notice that there are some cutbacks in the back of the Galaxy S10E.

On the Galaxy S10e, you will not get a dual-aperture but a telephoto camera. The phone has a 12-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor. Apart from this, another thing you will not find in the phone is the heart-rate sensor. In India, Samsung Galaxy S10e is available in Prism Black and Prism White color. The phone will be provided with AKG-Tune headset, USB-OTG Type-C, Type-A adapter, fast charger, data cable, SIM eject tool and warranty related information. It is worth noting that with the handset you will get a better looking plastic case.

Samsung Galaxy S10e specification and features

Samsung’s flagship model is undoubtedly an affordable smartphone but its specification is not low-end at all. The Galaxy S10e has been introduced in India with an 8 nm octa-core Samsung Exynos 9820 processor. But it has only one variant which comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. Its 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variants are also available in the international market.

Talking about other specifications, it includes Hybrid Dual-SIM slot, Gigabit LTE, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 AX (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, four satellite navigation systems and USB Type-C port.

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The Galaxy S10e features Dolby Atmos with AKG-tuned stereo speakers. The phone has IP68 certification which protects it from dust and water and apart from this, the phone has many sensors. This Samsung brand phone runs on the new One UI 1.1 based on Android 9 Pie. Our handset is running on the February 2019 security patch. We have recently reviewed several Samsung phones that come with One UI.

The phone has several optional gestures and shortcuts. With the help of App Edge, you can add shortcuts to the most frequently used apps in the bar. They can then be accessed using simple swipe gestures on the home screen. You can use gestures instead of the standard Android navigation buttons.

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You will also get spammy notifications on the Galaxy S10e. While setting up the phone, uncheck some term and condition which can give you some relief. Despite all these precautions, notifications are received without even opening the Moy Galaxy app. Notification is not much, but I wish we could have disabled them completely. The Galaxy S10e also features the Google Digital Wellbeing feature.

Samsung Galaxy S10e’s performance, camera and battery life

The phone size is very accurate when used with one hand. To reach the notification panel, you have to stretch your hand slightly. There is a punch-hole on the front panel of the phone, in which the selfie camera has got a place. The fingerprint sensor works correctly but is capacitive. It will not work if your fingers are wet or grissy. You do not need to press the power button, only the simple touch will unlock the phone.

In the previous Galaxy S model, the company had given an iris scanner, but this time perhaps due to lack of space in the punch-hole, this feature did not get space in the phone. The phone has face recognition support but it is not as good as Apple Face ID because it identifies authentication or, say, with the help of a selfie camera. It works correctly, with the help of screen brightness on the face in low-light, it makes facial recognition easier.

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Like both other Galaxy S10 models, it also has good general app and UI performance. Despite having 2 GB less RAM than both other models in the phone, we did not see a big difference in the benchmark number. On normal usage, we found that the sides of the phone get slightly warmer. Many times the phone feels a little hot even when downloading apps from the play store. If you put a case on the phone, you will not even know about it.

PUBG Mobile and other games run correctly in the phone. Due to the powerful processor and low-screen resolution, the Galaxy S10e manages the game easily even on high settings. The framerate is smooth and with the help of One UI Game Launcher you can enable Dolby Atmos during gaming.

Amoled display is very good for viewing content. Streaming apps such as Netflix and Prime video automatically set the video to the punch-hole area upon zooming. Stereo speakers also make louder sounds. Like both other models, the Galaxy S10e has similar front and rear cameras. It does not have only telephoto sensor. The performance of the phone is also similar.

In daylight, the phone captures details accurately in landscape and macro mode. Its dynamic range and colors are also good. Scene optimizer automatically identifies objects such as T-shirts etc. and also helps to improve the picture. The detail was captured well in macro mode and the exposure was also handled correctly.

The camera app can be used easily. Several modes are provided for photos and videos. Wide-angle sensor proves to be very useful for capturing more things in the frame. Live Focus works well and edge detection also works well. You can also add background blur effect if you want.

In comparison to the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9-series, the selfie camera of the Galaxy S10e will see bigger improvement. The Samsung Galaxy S10E has a 10-megapixel front camera. The Galaxy S10E does not have an RGB depth sensor but still detects the edge correctly in a selfie.

Video recording has also not been compromised on the Galaxy S10e. Like other expensive models, this phone is also capable of recording 4K videos at 60 frames per second. Apart from this, you will also get a super slow-mo video mode with the help of which you can record videos at 960 frames per second.

Video quality was good in daylight. Stabilization is also well handled and noise control remains in low-light as well. The Galaxy S10e has a 3,100 mAh battery. After using the camera, watching videos, surfing the internet and using chat apps, the phone supported for 17 to 18 hours. The good thing is that the charger that comes with the phone charges the battery faster.

The phone had 5 percent battery when we charged the phone and in an hour the phone was 95 percent charged, which is quite a good thing. The phone also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging with a compatible wireless charger. In our HD video loop test, the Galaxy S10e played for 10 hours and 31 minutes, which may be slightly better.

Our decision

The Galaxy S10e does not have all the features of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 +. But for Rs 55,900, the Galaxy S10E is equipped with many features of both other models, which is a good thing. In India, it is a better deal than the iPhone XR, not only in terms of features but also in terms of price.

The Galaxy S10e also competes with the Google Pixel 3, which is usually available online for Rs 58,000. If you want a stock Android experience then Google Pixel 3 can also prove to be a great option. We should not forget the OnePlus 6T, it has also been a good phone. Its 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variants cost Rs 45,999. Its battery life is also better than the Galaxy S10E. But in this you will not get HDR display, compact size and modern processor.

Battery life is not very good compared to both other models. Apart from this, telephoto camera and in-display fingerprint sensor have also not found place in the phone. Overall, we feel that people in this price segment will be satisfied with the features and performance of the Galaxy S10e.

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