Design of the Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Galaxy S10e is the smallest and lightest of the three models in the Galaxy S10 series. The weight of this Samsung brand terminal is 150 grams. It is 0.1mm thick compared to the others. We really liked the size of this phone. The Galaxy S10e sits comfortably in the hand, and its curved edges aren’t rough at all.
The aluminum and glass back panel is a bit slippery, so be careful when using the phone with one hand as it could slip out of your hand. Fingerprints also easily fall on it. But despite this he is strong. If the phone is dropped, the aluminum frame can also be permanently scratched. For example, we were taking a photo of a flower and in the meantime we lost our phone. Nothing happened to the glass, but the frame was scratched when it fell.
The Bixby button has been given on the Galaxy S10e. If you want, you can set up a double-tap or single-tap action to open the app, or take the help of Bixby. The premium phone of the Galaxy S10 model has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, but on the other hand, the company has provided a standard capacitive sensor on the Galaxy S10e that is integrated into the power button on the right side of the phone.
It is very responsive, it unlocks the phone even after a quick touch. You can also enable gestures to easily access the notification shade. It works well, but we found the power button placement a bit high. Even after holding the phone normally, we had some difficulty accessing it.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e features a 5.8-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. The resolution is slightly lower than the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. Its pixel density is 438 PPI. Samsung hasn’t removed the HDR 10+ certification for the display, which means you can enjoy high dynamic range colors in compatible videos. The default color profile makes the color slightly saturated, but you can switch to the natural color profile if you want.
Talking about the biggest difference in design, the Galaxy S10e does not have curved screen edges on the left and right sides. Another difference is that the Galaxy S10e has slightly thicker bezels on the sides compared to the other two Galaxy models. Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the front and back of the Galaxy S10e. At the same time, Gorilla Glass 6 has been used on the front of its other large model and Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear.
Gorilla Glass 5 helps protect your phone from scratches and low-level drops. At the same time, its new version has been given to the other two models, which better protects the phone. You will already have a screen saver installed on your phone. Compared to other Galaxy S10 models, we noticed that the Galaxy S10e has some cutouts on the back.
On the Galaxy S10e, you won’t get a telephoto camera but a dual-aperture one. The phone has a 12-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. Apart from this, one more thing that you will not find on the phone is the heart rate sensor. Samsung Galaxy S10e is available in Prism Black and Prism White color variants in India. AKG-Tune headset, USB-OTG type C to type A adapter, fast charger, data cable, SIM eject tool and warranty information will be available with the phone. The thing to keep in mind is that with the phone you will get a better looking plastic case.
Specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy S10e
Sure, this is an affordable smartphone in Samsung’s flagship model, but its specs are by no means low-end. The Galaxy S10e was brought to India with an 8nm octa-core Samsung Exynos 9820 processor. But it only has one variant that comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Its 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variants are also available in the international market.
Speaking of other specifications, it includes a hybrid dual-SIM slot, Gigabit LTE, dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, four-satellite navigation system, and USB Type-C port.
The Galaxy S10e features stereo speakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos. The phone is IP68 certified which protects it from dust and water and also the phone has many sensors. This Samsung brand phone works with the new One UI 1.1 based on Android 9 Pie. This phone of ours is running on the February 2019 security patch. We recently reviewed many Samsung phones that come with One UI.
Your phone has many gestures and optional shortcuts. With the help of App Edge, you can add shortcuts to the most used apps on the bar. These can then be accessed with a simple swipe gesture on the home screen. You can use gestures instead of the standard Android navigation buttons.
You will also receive spam notifications on Galaxy S10e. Uncheck some terms and conditions while setting up the phone, which may bring you some relief. Despite all these precautions, notifications are received even without opening the My Galaxy app. Notifications aren’t much, but I wish we could turn them off entirely. Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature has also been included in the Galaxy S10e.
Samsung Galaxy S10e performance, camera and battery life
The size of the phone is perfect for one-handed use. You have to stretch your hand a bit to access the notification panel. There is a hole punched in the front panel of the phone in which the selfie camera has a place. The fingerprint sensor works correctly but it is capacitive. This won’t work if your fingers are wet or greasy. You don’t need to press the power button, just a simple touch will unlock the phone.
In the previous Galaxy S model, the company had included an iris scanner, but this time, perhaps due to a lack of space in the perforation, this feature didn’t find a place on the phone. The phone does support facial recognition, but it’s not as good as Apple Face ID as it authenticates or says identification with the help of a selfie camera. It works well, with the help of screen brightness falling on the face in low light, it easily recognizes the face.
Like the other two Galaxy S10 models, overall app performance and UI is decent. Despite the phone having 2GB less RAM than the other two models, we didn’t see a huge difference in the benchmark numbers. In normal use, we found the sides of the phone to get a bit warm. Sometimes the phone feels a bit hot even while downloading apps from play store. If you keep the case on the phone, you won’t even know about it.
PUBG Mobile and other games run smoothly on the phone. Due to the powerful processor and low screen resolution, the Galaxy S10e handles the game smoothly even at high settings. The frame rate is smooth and the One UI game launcher allows you to enable Dolby Atmos while gaming.
The AMOLED screen is excellent for viewing content. Streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video automatically set the video according to the punched area when zoomed. The sound is louder than stereo speakers. Like the other two models, the Galaxy S10e has the same front and rear cameras. It only lacks a telephoto sensor. Phone performance is also a thing.
In daylight, the phone captures details correctly in landscape and macro modes. Its dynamic range and colors are also good. The scene optimizer automatically detects objects such as T-shirts, etc. easily and also helps to improve the image. Details were captured well in macro mode, and exposure was handled well too.
The camera app can be easily used. Several modes have been given for photos and videos. The wide-angle sensor proves extremely useful for capturing more things in the frame. Live focus works well and edge detection works well on this too. You can also add a background blur effect if you want.
Compared to the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series, the selfie camera of the Galaxy S10e will see major improvements. The Samsung Galaxy S10e has a 10-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy S10e lacks an RGB depth sensor, but it still manages to detect edges correctly in selfies.
Video recording hasn’t been compromised on the Galaxy S10e either. Like other more expensive models, this phone is also capable of shooting up to 4K video at 60 frames per second. Apart from this, you will also get Super Slo-mo video mode with the help of which you can record videos even at 960 frames per second.
Video quality was good in daylight. Stabilization is also handled well, and noise remains in check even in low light. Galaxy S10e has a 3,100 mAh battery. After using the camera, watching videos, browsing the Internet, and using chat apps, the phone supported me for 17-18 hours. The good thing is that the charger that comes with the phone charges the battery fast.
The phone had 5 percent battery when we charged it and within an hour the phone was 95 percent charged, which is pretty good. The phone also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging with a compatible wireless charger. In our HD video loop test, the Galaxy S10e managed 10 hours and 31 minutes, which could be slightly better.
Galaxy S10e does not have all the features of Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. But for Rs 55,900, the Galaxy S10e is packed with many features of the other two models, which is a great thing. In India, it is a better deal than the iPhone XR, not only in terms of features but also in terms of price.
The Galaxy S10e also competes with the Google Pixel 3, which is usually available online for Rs 58,000. If you want a stock Android experience, the Google Pixel 3 can also be a great option. Let’s not forget the OnePlus 6T, which has also been a great phone. Its 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variant costs Rs 45,999. Battery life is also better than the Galaxy S10e. But in this you will not get an HDR screen, a compact size and a modern processor.
Battery life isn’t particularly good compared to the other two models. Other than this, the telephoto camera and in-display fingerprint sensor have no place on the phone either. In general, we believe that people in this price segment will be satisfied with the features and performance of the Galaxy S10e.