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Release Date: Feb 2019
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a smartphone that aims to cram as much of the good stuff associated with the original S10 into a lower priced model. There are a few compromises, but it does surprisingly well in bringing people a product that feels top of the range at a lower price, and that's never a bad thing for customers. Like the original S10, the S10e comes with a 5.8-inch screen, impressive all-day battery life and the same two primary cameras.
It's one-hand friendly, meaning you'll have no problem using the phone to its max potential when you're on the go. It's easy to hold, feels comfortable in the hand and performs fast and responsively. It has a smaller form factor, and this feels like a major benefit in a world where phones seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Its 2.75-inch width feels more manageable and compact without sacrificing the benefits we associated with bigger smartphones.
There are six colours in the range overall, offering customers a say in how they want the design of their smartphone to look. In terms of the button layout, there is a very responsive volume rocker that's easy to use and control. The Bixby button is still there, and it will probably still divide opinion but it's very easy to ignore if you don't want to use it.
The AMOLED display is perhaps the most impressive and important feature boasted by the Samsung Galaxy S10e. We've all grown to love the bright colours and amazing details the Galaxy S line of smartphones offer and this model is no exception. It's crisp, clear and the colour balance is great. You can even adjust the colour balance to make it look exactly how you want it to.
The only resolution setting for the S10e is 2280 x 1080 (438 ppi), which will be more than enough for most users, even if it's less than the max offered by the regular S10 and S10 Plus models. The black circle in the top corner is still there though, and it's this that's the source of the Infinity-O display.
The two rear-facing cameras include a dual-aperture f/1.5-2.4 12MP main cameras as well as a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera. OIS is used for smoothing when there's movement during shooting too. One thing that's missing here is the telephoto lens that comes with the other S10 models, but that's just one of the relatively few sacrifices that have been made to keep this smartphone so affordable.
The latest Snapdragon 855 chipset is used here, just as it is in the other S10 models. It's good to see that sacrifices haven't been made to fit this phone with a slower and older processor. It means that the overall performance of the S10e is very impressive. This combined with the S10e's 3,100mAh battery makes it a real joy to use. It takes very little time to charge and it holds the charges well throughout the day.