Once I first began utilizing the Galaxy S10E ($720 at Amazon) I believed, “Wow, out of all the Galaxy S10 ($1,000 at Amazon) telephones, this may very well be the largest hit.” I really feel that approach nonetheless. It is arduous to discover a critical flaw. 

The Galaxy S10E is the smallest, most cost-effective of Samsung’s 4 new Galaxy telephones, at $750, £669 and AU$1,199. The “E” stands for “Important”, by the way in which. It additionally has the least quantity of cameras and different add-ons, however shares the identical core options because the $1,000 Galaxy S10 Plus, together with all three of its implausible cameras, the wonderful Snapdragon 855 processor and Android Pie with Samsung’s new One UI interface on prime.

Battery life is robust. You should use the cellphone to wirelessly cost Qi-enabled gadgets and it is simply as proof against water and mud as some other Galaxy S10 cellphone. As well as, two Galaxy S10E “trade-offs” may truly resolve potential issues you might need with the bigger Galaxy S10 Plus.

First, the display screen is flat, not curved. Whereas this offers it a barely much less immersive look, it additionally means you’ll have a better time tapping the cursor firstly of a textual content area. For me, that always falls on the curve, which could be a no-man’s land for recognizing faucets. Or in case you’re like my mother, a flat display screen and straighter sides could make the S10E simpler to carry. Then there are folks like my brother: A no-nonsense man who simply desires a cellphone, damnit, and to hell with the frills.

One other “trade-off” that may turn into a profit is that there is not any in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader just like the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G have. As an alternative, the fingerprint scanner is a capacitive-style pad that is built-in into the ability button. It is truly extra correct than the in-screen reader.

A worth battle is the Galaxy S10E’s largest menace. It is one that does not stem from the iPhone XR ($750 at Verizon Wi-fi), which prices the identical and has fewer goodies (like smaller storage capability). It is the OnePlus 6T ($645 at Amazon) that is available in at $550, £499 (or about AU$775) that is the larger menace — this was additionally our prime worth cellphone for 2018. Google can also be rumored to launch a less expensive Pixel Three Lite this spring, which may spell bother for the S10E if it is available in nearer to the 6T’s worth.

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The Galaxy S10E, S10 and S10 Plus.

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The takeaway right here is that the Galaxy S10E is a little-but-mighty powerhouse that is well worth the worth. For those who do not want a 6.Four inch display screen and a telephoto lens, that is the Galaxy S10 to get.

Learn on for every little thing that is completely different concerning the Galaxy S10E, together with the fingerprint sensor, cameras and battery life. Skip to the top for a shopping for information comparability with different telephones, and a full specs comparability.

Galaxy S10E versus the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Do not be tempted to consider the S10E because the runt of the litter. It is the smallest and least adorned, however it’s a robust cellphone in its personal proper. Main variations come right down to the dimensions, the variety of cameras, the display screen decision and the battery and storage capacities.

For instance, the Galaxy S10E has 128GB or 256GB storage choices, whereas the S10 Plus tops out at an astonishing 1TB. Most individuals on the planet do not really want 1TB of storage. 128GB with a 512GB microSD choice is a beneficiant beginning quantity for many. And whereas the three,100-mAh battery sounds smaller than the S10 Plus’ Four,100-mAh battery, it will nonetheless final you all day. It ran 17 hours in our looping video drain take a look at. That is not a number of corner-cutting.

This mini comparability reveals the main variations:

Galaxy S10E, S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10E

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Show dimension, decision

5.Eight-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels

6.1-inch AMOLED; Three,040×1,440 pixels

6.Four-inch AMOLED; Three,040×1,440 pixels

6.7-inch AMOLED


12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 3D depth (HQVGA)

Entrance-facing digicam



10-megapixel, Eight-megapixel

10-megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA)


128GB, 256GB

128GB, 512GB

128GB, 512GB, 1TB



6GB, 8GB


8GB, 12GB







Goldilocks design and dimension are good

You’ve got heard me and possibly others seek advice from the Galaxy S10E as a “small” cellphone, however that is no mini gadget like the three.Three-inch Palm. It is about the identical dimension and dimensions as an iPhone XS ($1,000 at Amazon), however it’s considerably smaller than the Galaxy S10 Plus. I referred to as it adorably petite as compared, however with a 5.Eight-inch display screen, there’s nothing shrunken about it.

I’ve comparatively small arms, so for me the S10E is just about excellent. It is a slick, slippery cellphone and whereas it has scudded off fairly a couple of tabletops, the straight sides and smaller body make it really feel safer in my hand than the bigger S10 Plus. I would suggest a case for most individuals.

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The Galaxy S10E’s fingerprint reader and energy button are one.

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Typing: The 5.Eight-inch display screen is something however small, although typing will really feel extra compact than on a bigger display screen. Coming from the Galaxy S10 Plus’ 6.Four-inch show, the S10E’s digital keyboard feels “small,” however in case you’re coming from a cellphone with a similar-size show, you will not discover a lot distinction, if any.

Taking images one-handed: For my smaller arms particularly, the Galaxy S10E was a aid to make use of when snapping images. I have a tendency to carry the S10 Plus regular with two arms after which rapidly dart in a finger to focus when auto-focus is not studying my thoughts. Typically I’ve to make use of the tip of my nostril. I haven’t got to let you know how embarrassing it’s to peck your cellphone display screen like a chicken, however I do know I am unable to be the one particular person to do that.

The S10E is sufficiently small to carry regular with one hand and focus with the opposite, if want be. Samsung’s Shot Recommendations software program additionally makes an attempt to make issues simpler for you by mechanically taking a photograph while you line up the shot alongside a urged guideline.

The flat display screen is not truly a step again

I like the extra immersive look of the opposite Galaxy S10s’ curved sides, however up to now the flat display screen is simply superb. And you continue to get use of the Edge display screen tab, which might function a pace dial for opening your favourite apps and contacts from any display screen. I exploit this each day to open apps like Google Drive and Google Hold notes.

The display screen’s decision and pixel ($313 at Amazon) density are the bottom of all of the S10 telephones (438ppi in comparison with 550ppi on the Galaxy S10 and 522ppi on the S10 Plus), however I used to be hard-pressed to inform the distinction with the telephones facet by facet on max brightness. I may nonetheless learn superb exterior.

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The Galaxy S10E’s display screen is not technically nearly as good because the S10 Plus’, however your eyes will not care.

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I scrolled via web sites, watched a downloaded Netflix video and zoomed in on HD images. If something, blues are slightly brighter on the S10 Plus, and a bit darker on the S10E. Yellows and reds are hotter and extra saturated on the S10E. You will not lose considerable high quality by going with the S10E.

Word that the S10E has Gorilla Glass 5 on the entrance, whereas the opposite S10 telephones use a barely harder Gorilla Glass 6 (all of them use Gorilla Glass 5 on the again). For those who’re involved about drops, a glass display screen protector is a great play. The Galaxy S10 telephones all include a thicker plastic movie adhered to the display screen. Samsung says it is a display screen protector value $30, however it wasn’t for me, so I took it off.

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Wirelessly charging one other cellphone on the again of the S10E completely works.

A fingerprint scanner within the energy button proves you do not ‘want’ ultrasonic

The ultrasonic fingerprint reader within the different Galaxy S10 telephones is meant to be an enormous benefit. It is meant to be quicker, safer and work via water and grease. However the Galaxy S10 Plus’ in-screen fingerprint scanner hasn’t lived as much as the promise. Fingerprint recognition is hit and miss, and it takes a beat to unlock the cellphone. There are positively limitations for moist and greasy fingers, and that is after two software program updates. (Hopefully a future replace will repair this.)


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