Samsung Galaxy S10e 

price₹ 50,900 onwards

launchFeb, 2019

87.2

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68.9

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • 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 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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
  • The rear cameras lack the telephoto lens though, so there is no 2x optical zoom that's present in the S10/S10+

Audio

  • 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)

Battery

  • 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)
  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  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. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  19. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  23. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  25. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. t3.com hands-on Read Review »

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Samsung Galaxy S10e Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.8 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • Dynamic AMOLED
  • HDR10
  • Always-on Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.7 GHz, Octa Core, Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G76 MP12
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3100 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight150 gm
Thickness7.9 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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.
Secondary Camera10MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/1.9 Aperture
  • Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Dual Video Call
  • Auto-HDR
  • 4K Video Rec.
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6)
  • Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
  • Qi Fast Wireless charging
  • Bixby
  • Samsung Pay
  • Reverse Wireless charging
  • Dolby Atmos
  • AKG sound
  • ANT+ Support

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