Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S10e!

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10e
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Excellence Score
74.4
75.2
Value for Money Score
56.4
61.3
Price ₹ 49,990 onwards ₹ 44,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 538 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features AMOLED, DCI-P3, HDR10, FullView Display, 3D Curved Glass Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP 16MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 40MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (wide); 1/1.7" Sensor Size, 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/2.7" Sensor Size, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 80mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 5x Optical Zoom; OIS, PDAF/Laser Autofocus, Leica Optics, Panorama, HDR, Slo-mo Video (720p@960fps) 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 24MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (wide), HDR F/1.9 Aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual Video Call, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.6 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 189 gmMedium 150 gmLight
Width 72.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use 69.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh 3100 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 40W SuperCharge (70% in 30 min) Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 40W Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Qi Wireless Fast Charging; Reverse Wireless Charging; In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; LDAC and HWA Audio 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]
  • Absolutely classy, sleek, eye-catching design - you are going to fall in love with the curving glass and metal approach reminiscent of the Galaxy S9
  • Some very attractive looking colour options
  • Water resistant (IP68)
  • Reasonably manageable size and weight, given what the phone packs - its 6.39-inch display is big, sure, but its odd 18.7:9 aspect ratio makes it long and narrow, and therefore easy to wrap your hand around
  • Good hand feel
  • Uses a solid in-screen fingerprint scanner - a little fingerprint icon lights up when the screen's locked to tell you where to place your finger
  • Also has an excellent face unlock system, which works like a breeze
  • An absolutely gorgeous AMOLED display - it's pin-sharp, thanks to its 3120x1440-pixel resolution, vibrant, has superb brightness, and great sunlight contrast - very simply it's as good as any flagship display gets
  • Huawei's EMUI is a decent Android skin (though it's starting to look a little dated now) but this time, importantly, it has a number of behind-the-scenes optimisations to make it run butter-smooth
  • Breathtaking performance with the most powerful processor on an Android phone yet - the potent Kirin 980 - navigation is immediate, apps open without hesitation, editing photos in Adobe Lightroom is a breeze, and heavy games such as Asphalt 9: Legends are a piece of cake
  • Incredibly versatile set of 3 cameras at the rear - arguably the best all-round setup on a smartphone especially for still images (even beating the likes of the iPhone XS, and Pixel 3 in various conditions)
  • The phone will take some brilliant shots in all sorts of conditions
  • The telephoto mode gives you a 3x zoom, with no loss of detail. Or you can digitally zoom in further to 5x if you want to get even closer on the action
  • Even more useful arguably is the super-wide angle lens, though - it's wide enough to give you some dramatic, creative angle shots
  • The AI scene recognition works well too and adds the software smarts to automatically make your pictures even better
  • Also like the P20, the Mate 20 Pro excels in low light - there's a "Night" mode, which takes multiple images over a period of several seconds, piecing them together into a much brighter, more detailed image than you are likely to find anywhere else
  • The Mate 20 Pro also features nice stereo speakers, but with a surprising, clever implementation: the secondary speaker is actually embedded in the USB-C port, so audio comes at you from the earpiece and the USB-C port (this does mean though that when your phone is plugged in for a charge, audio will sound a bit muffled)
  • Very good battery life - the burly 4200-mAh ticker will easily last a full day of demanding use - and with lighter use, you can even get 2 days - which puts it squarely among the top flagship performers, beating out the Google Pixel 3 and just below the Galaxy Note 9
  • It's also got some truly super fast charging tech - using a new 40-watt charger, you can get up to 70 percent charge in only 30 minutes! - these are pretty much unprecedented charging speeds, and leaves even OnePlus' excellent Dash charging in the water
  • There's also 2-way wireless charging - so you can not only wirelessly charge your phone - but also charge another wireless charging phone, using your phone! - again, this is some truly cutting edge tech
  • All said and done, the Mate 20 Pro is, especially in terms of hardware, the very best Android phone (and possibly even any phone) you can get your hands on, if money is no concern. Full stop.
  • This is the new Android power beast, taking over the baton from a position that's been held by the Samsung Galaxy Note series for a long time
  • If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, look no further
  • If you travel a lot and take a ton of photos, look no further
  • Ultimately, the Mate 20 Pro, sets the new standards of what an ultimate flagship should be like, and the rest of the industry will need to follow suit, or get left behind
  • 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]
  • Video recording quality is the only (minor) weakness in the camera here - it's still very good, mind you - but not up to the flawless, high standards of say the iPhone XS or the Pixel 3
  • 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. The most jam-packed with features smartphone this season...deserves to be on your wishlist
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Right there with the very best Android phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is for you
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best smartphone on the market right now
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A top-tier phone for a top-tier price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. No other phone that’s launched this year has attracted me the way Mate 20 Pro does
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Unless you absolutely need the stylus of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, we suggest that you throw in a few thousand rupees more and get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The most impressive Android phone to come out in 2018
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Every once in a while there comes a phone that you can’t help but fall in love with
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The most feature-packed phone you can currently buy...Android's dark horse champion
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. You’ll wish you could get one
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  14. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. theverge.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
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  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 »
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  24. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
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