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The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S10e!

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Excellence Score
80.1
65.1
Value for Money Score
64.4
59.2
Price ₹ 47,900 onwards ₹ 37,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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. 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 10MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual Video Call, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec. F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 400 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 7.9 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 150 gm 189 gm
Width 69.9 mm 73.8 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh 3500 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 Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 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 Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the Galaxy S9, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9+ is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9+ will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
Expert Reviews
  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. A (nearly) complete Galaxy S10 experience in a smaller, less expensive package
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. 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 »
  16. 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 »
  17. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  21. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  24. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  25. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Samsung flagship ever
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best Android smartphone available right now
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. telegraph.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  25. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  32. pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  34. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  35. recombu.com in-depth Read Review »
  36. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  37. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  38. thenextweb.com in-depth Read Review »
  39. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  40. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  41. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  42. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  43. wired.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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