Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone XR 64GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S10e!

Apple iPhone XR 64GB  Samsung Galaxy S10e 
Apple iPhone XR Samsung Galaxy S10e
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Excellence Score
61.6
67.2
Value for Money Score
49.7
53.7
Price ₹ 51,500 onwards ₹ 47,300 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 12, Upgradeable to 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features LCD, Liquid Retina HD Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, 120Hz touch-sensing Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.49 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A12 BionicRanked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 3 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 16MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, Digital Zoom up to 5x, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Optical Image Stabilisation, 6P lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Sapphire Crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, HDR, Live Photos, Local tone mapping, Red-eye Correction, Exposure control, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, 4K video recording at 24 fps; 30 fps; or 60 fps, Full HD Video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HD Video recording at 30 fps, Slo-mo Video for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video, Continuous Autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom, Video geotagging, Stereo recording 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Auto-HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo Video (2160p@60fps; 1080p@240fps; 720p@960fps), HDR, Dual-video Rec.
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji, Full HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HDR, Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Live Photos, Retina Flash, Backside illumination sensor, Auto image stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode F/1.9 Aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual Video Call, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 194 gmHeavy 150 gmLight
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 69.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2942 mAh 3100 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 25.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time: upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 16 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 65 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins, IP67 Rated; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Fast Wireless charging; Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Continues the gorgeous, premium design language of last year's iPhone X - the only change here from the XS models, is that the frame is 7000-series aluminium and not stainless steel - but the build quality is still absolutely top-notch
  • Ditching the home button and moving to a face-based login was a bold move from Apple last year - and its mostly ended up working (with just a bit of a learning curve for previous iPhone users), and thus allowed modern iPhones to go nearly all-screen - the new iPhones this year continue the trend
  • Comfortable body - the XR isn't iPhone XS size, or XS Max size - it's right in the middle, and that looks likes a sweet spot - it feels much more comfortable to hold than the wider XS Max, and easier to use with one hand
  • Water and dust resistance
  • The XR also comes in a wider array of fun color options - lighter blue, coral, red and bright yellow - all look cheerful and well done - and for many iPhones users, it might be a refreshing break from silver, black and gold, if they want something new (these colors options are not available on the iPhone XS/Max)
  • Face ID is now faster than before
  • The LCD display is fantastic - large, vibrant, and bright - arguably the best LCD display on any phone - though it's a (small) step behind the OLED one on the XS models in terms of contrast (it's also lower resolution on paper, but you are unlikely to notice that in regular use)
  • Uses a durable, scratch-resistant glass (as per Apple's claims, the front display glass is as strong as the XS, while the rear glass is "better than the iPhone X, " but not as strong as what the XS)
  • Larger screen than the iPhone XS
  • The new iOS 12 brings a number of new features like group notifications and most importantly makes deep performance improvements - Apple is known for regularly tuning its software to perform optimally with the hardware - overall, this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones of course is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • The iPhone XR is a performance monster - there is no other way of putting it - it still blows the best Android phones away - and the new A12 Bionic processor sets a new standard for performance, and for chip design - with the same internals, you get the same top-end performance as the XS series
  • The most important gains from the crazy fast A12 Bionic are in AI, AR and graphics - AR apps for instance show better, smoother video and higher-resolution backgrounds (Apple says that's due to a greatly improved Neural Engine chip for machine learning and computer vision)
  • The rear and front cameras will blow you away, and are just a slight step behind the best camera smartphones - the iPhone XS/Max and the Pixel 3
  • The rear camera delivers great photos in both dark and high-contrast environments (Apple calls this "Smart HDR") thanks to a new sensor and the new image processor on the A12 Bionic chip - in practice, this means photos look better whether shot on a nighttime street, in a dark bar or in bright sunlight - focus is faster, too
  • There is also a new adjustable background depth feature in portrait mode, that allows you to tweak the bokeh level, giving you even more power over your photos
  • The iPhone XR' video recording quality might benefit even more from the phone's camera improvements than still photos - the added HDR (better auto contrast, as with the still photos) and extra stabilization will make even your more casual videos look more vibrant, even at 1080p and 30fps - and the microphones now record in stereo, too
  • As with the iPhone XS series, the iPhone XR pumps out some solid stereo sound in landscape mode - it sounds crisp and loud - movies and games sound great, almost like listening on an iPad Pro
  • Good battery life - in fact the best battery life of this year's iPhones - it will last you the full day even with heavy use
  • Better wireless charging than before - Apple says the phone's wireless charging coil has improved so there'll be fewer misses when you place it on a charge pad
  • Finally, the iPhones this year also add dual SIM support - this is done with a physical nano-SIM + eSIM combination (eSIMs are currently supported in India only on Airtel and Jio)
  • All said and done, the iPhone XR most of iPhone XS/Max features and advantages, and does it at a much lower price - it's in fact, arguably, the best iPhone value in years - for most people this is going to the iPhone to get this year
  • Absolutely gorgeous, slick design, which is truly all-screen, and minimal bezels - with a punch hole for the front camera
  • Top quality build
  • Feels great in the hand thanks to curved sides on the front and back
  • Most compact and easiest to handle among the Galaxy S10 troika, and actually one of the few compact high-end phones available today
  • Has a traditional fingerprint sensor on its right side, which works quite well (though lefties and people with small hands may find the fingerprint reader placement a tad inconvenient)
  • There is also lightning fast face unlock
  • Very good display - the AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10e is pretty immersive, with its all-screen design, and minimal bezels
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping delivers enhanced brightness and a wider color range and Samsung has worked to reduce blue light emission, which can be harmful for your eyes
  • The Galaxy S10e's panel also gets plenty bright at 625 nits of peak brightness
  • The OneUI software on the Galaxy S10 is slick and streamlined as promised, and fairly easy to use - it's one of the better Android UIs you will come across - in fact, it is arguably the best custom Android skin after Oxygen OS, and that’s a huge deal for the Samsung brand
  • With the power beast Exynos 9820 chip inside, the Galaxy S10e is simply the fastest Android phone yet - and only a shade behind Apple's iPhone XR/XS - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it - and gameplay in even the most complex games is smooth like butter
  • There is also a new set of features Samsung calls “Intelligent Performance” - using artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 lineup can automatically and continuously optimize battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on what you’re doing with the phone at any given time - Intelligent Performance also learns when you use certain apps over time, and it can pre-load them in the background based on time and location - this way, your most frequently used apps are lightning-fast to launch
  • Continuing Samsung's tradition of including some excellent cameras on its flagships, the 3 cameras on the S10e (2 rear + 1 front) pack quite some punch
  • The two cameras in the rear include a 12-MP dual-pixel main shooter with a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4), and an ultra-wide 16-MP camera (f/2.2) that gives you a 123-degree view
  • The ultra-wide angle lens on the S10e can produce dramatic-looking photos, giving you a more captivating view of almost any scene
  • If you like portraits, you’ll like the Live Focus effects Samsung has added to the mix - you can choose from Blur, Spin, Zoom and Color point (which puts the main subject in color and the background in black and white) - you can also apply these effects to portraits or selfies after you shoot
  • Low light photography is pretty strong too, though not quite to the level of the Pixel 3
  • The front camera is pretty good too (though portraits aren't as good as on the S10+)
  • Video recording is top-notch too, especially with the new 'Super Steady' mode - that produces the kind of smooth tracking shots you’d see in a movie
  • Includes a headphone jack, something that's not that easy to find among flagships today
  • Has pretty powerful speakers (though they are not up to the level of the the stereo sound from the iPhone XS Max which delivers more robust bass and richer audio overall)
  • Decent battery life with a 3100mAh battery, an optimized processor, and AI based 'Adaptive Battery' chops, and a relatively lower screen resolution
  • The handy PowerShare feature lets you use the back of the S10e to wirelessly charge other phones and gadgets that use the Qi standard (including the iPhones XS, and Galaxy Buds)
  • The Galaxy S10e will be a great value pick among this year's S10s - it still has the same super fast processor, and is in fact the easiest to hold/handle - and the only compromises over the S10 in terms of a having a Full HD+ non-curving display, traditional fingerprint sensor, and no telephoto camera on the rear - might not matter much to most people
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No HDR support (which is there on the XS series) - which means very high-contrast videos won't look quite as good as on the XS - but this is of course nit picking - you will only really know the difference if you keep the phones side-by-side
  • No 3D touch support, that's present on the XS series - though if you are like most iPhone users, you are unlikely to miss this little-used feature
  • The only (small) difference from the iPhone XS/Max cameras is that there is no second tele-photo lens on the rear - which means no optical zoom shots, and slightly less amazing bokeh shots - also the bokeh shots only work on people - but not on pets, for instance
  • Headphone jack dongles are now no longer included in the retail package - which means you will have to rely on Apple's included lightning port earphones (or purchase wireless earphones)
  • No fast charger included in the retail box - Apple only includes a 5-watt basic Lightning iPhone charger in-box - a fast charger will need to be purchased separately
  • The edges are not curved here like the S10/S10+, so the screen is not quite as stunning
  • The punch hole for the front camera can be a bit distracting at times - especially when you’re using an app with a white background like Gmail - whether you prefer this approach to a 'full screen' device or the water-drop notch approach may be down to personal preference - while notches are usually larger, they still maintain the symmetry of the phone - so it's a bit of a toss-up - though, just like a notch, this is something you quickly get used to, and ultimately stop even noticing
  • The rear cameras lack the telephoto lens though, so there is no 2x optical zoom that's present in the S10/S10+
  • While fast charging is of course supported, the charging speeds over the Adaptive Fast Charging protocol aren't all that impressive for a 2019 flagship - it will take you 30 minutes to charge the phone to about 36% with the included 15W charger in the box - it's a decent speed but the fast charging standards of the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are significantly better
  • There is still strong competition though - while the S10e is a great, powerful all-rounder, if you are looking for the best camera, you should consider the Pixel 3, and if you are looking for even more powerful performance, or prefer the iOS ecosystem, you can look at the iPhone XR
Expert Reviews
  1. For most people, this is the iPhone to consider this year as you're getting pretty much everything the more expensive phones offer at a much lower price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Just too good to ignore
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The best iPhone value in years
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It's a great iPhone, period, and, for that matter, it's the iPhone most people should buy
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. XR could end up being more disruptive to competitions portfolios than any iPhone since the 6/6 Plus launch
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If one thing is clear about the iPhone XR, it’s that Apple is going to sell tons of these
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Finally, an iPhone with a decent battery
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iPhone XR isn't exactly a bargain, but it's better value for money than the iPhone XS
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The iPhone XR sports Apple's fastest processor yet, and comes with a near-bezel-less design...however minor things like the lack of an HD display, no dual camera and a terribly limited portrait mode makes the smartphone feel like an unnecessarily overpric
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The right iPhone for just about anyone who wants a new iPhone
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. nytimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  1. Do we recommend the Galaxy S10e? In a heartbeat.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Finally, a no-compromise compact Android phone...an easy recommendation on our part
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A dream come true for value shoppers who love small phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Delivers the essentials of the S10 experience in a package that feels more manageable, both physically and financially
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung's big 2019 flagship Android phones deliver in more ways than you'd think
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. You’re getting nearly the full S10 experience without spending as much money and in a size that’s a lot more appealing across demographics
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Very good value...you get most of the guts of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ in a body that's a lot more compact and manageable
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Compact flagship done right
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The compact flagship to beat in 2019
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Costs less and has virtually every feature the S10 and S10+ have, including one they don't: a physical fingerprint reader that works really well
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If you want a premium compact smartphone, then the Galaxy S10e is the best phone to buy
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Pretty great if you like small, powerful phones
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A tempting proposition
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy it
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A (nearly) complete Galaxy S10 experience in a smaller, less expensive package
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Definitely one of the most enjoyable phones I've held...a really mature execution of a not-so-expensive phone
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. In terms of pure value, the S10e is not only the best deal out of the new Galaxy S10 trio, it also puts other “affordable” flagships to shame
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  21. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  27. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
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