Samsung Galaxy S10e
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About the Phone
The Samsung Galaxy S10e comes as a cheaper model of the S10 series. It has a few pros and cons:
- The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a light model and is reasonably ergonomic.
- It is water and dust resistant.
- The S10e comes with AMOLED Full HD+ display which gives amazing contrast and punchy colours.
- The Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with a blazing-fast processor that is capable of quick app switching and high-graphics gaming.
- The Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with a capable set of cameras, along with the ability to record Slo-mo videos.
- The Samsung Galaxy S10e is prone to scuffs and fingerprint smudges.
- The battery fitted with Galaxy S10e is quite small and does not keep the phone active for an entire day.
- The camera does not have a telephoto lens.
Despite a few cons, the Samsung Galaxy S10e remains an S-series phone. If you are looking for the S10 premium models at a lower price, then Samsung Galaxy S10e can be a great find.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e tries to set itself apart as a trimmed down model of the S10 series with a lower price tag. Priced at Rs. 55,900, the Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with most of the S10 benefits, but with some downgrading of the hardware.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has a future-proof design along with blazing-fast performance. Plus, it carries Samsung Galaxy’s amazing AMOLED display. It is a great phone for anyone looking to go for premium models.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has been designed as the lightest of the S10 models, coming at a 150g weight. The rounded edges of the phone are beautiful and make it quite a comfortable phone to hold on to.
The glass and aluminum back make it slippery and it also slippery. It is an oversight, since, though the phone feels sturdy the back does take up permanent scuffs if it falls and is also a fingerprint magnet. It comes with a reprogrammable Bixby button, so you have the independence to programme it to do either launch any app or turn on Bixby.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e does not arrive with an in-display fingerprint sensor like Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, but it is fitted with a power button and works immensely fast. However, the button does not have an ergonomic advantage as it is a bit higher up and uncomfortable to reach.
The hole-punched display for the front camera is not too distracting either, making it a good-looking phone with minimal oversights. Plus, it has the IP68 water and dust resistance so, it can survive accidents also.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with 5.8-inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. While the resolution is a bit lower than S10 and S10 Plus, it still packs 498 pixels per inch, which is quite sharp.
It comes with the HDR 10+ certification, which means the user can enjoy dynamic color range with compatible videos. The difference between Galaxy S10e and other S10 phones is that it does not have a curved display, making it look quite flat. Also, it has thicker bezels on the sides lowering the screen space for use.
However, the AMOLED screen remains brilliant with fantastic contrast. The hole-punch camera on display should not bother you as streaming apps like Prime Video and Netflix adjust the screen to avoid the hole-punch camera, but if you want the complete screen and not bother about the hole-punch, then you can go full screen from the Display Settings.
The default color profile on the phone can appear a bit saturated so, you can easily go for ‘Natural’ color profile.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e arrives with 8nm Exynos 9820 octa-core chipset paired with either 6 or 8GB RAM. The chipset is a fast and powerful one, and there isn’t much difference in the performance when compared to the other S10 phones.
You can run multiple apps on this phone without facing any lag, and app switching is easy and fast. Even high-end games like PUBG can run fast on this phone due to the potent chipset and the low screen resolution, which gives the game enough room to play at the highest settings.
However, the phone does get a bit warm at times, not only while playing games but also while running apps, but this is not a consistent issue.
The significant difference of Samsung Galaxy S10e from the other S10 series is that it does not come with the telephoto lens. It arrives with two cameras at the back, the 12MP camera and a 16MP ultra-wide camera.
Since the other aspects of the camera are the same as the S10 models, there are no significant differences in the performance. The landscapes and macros captured in daylight turn out to be beautiful, with dynamic color range.
The AI can also recognize different objects like t-shirts and sneakers, and then enhance the shot for the right exposure. Sometimes, however, the colors might appear exaggerated.
The wide-angle camera works well too, but there can be a bit of barrel distortion. The phone does not suffer much in low-light as it can capture good photos even when the lights go dim.
The phone comes with a 10MP selfie camera. The S10e does not arrive with the RGB depth sensing like the S10+, but it does a great job in detecting the edges when you are clicking selfies. There are only a few occasions when it can get blurry, but they are scarce and not a significant issue.
Video recording can be up to 4K, and it can be shot at 60fps which is a great one. Plus, the phone also can shoot Super Slo-mo video at 960 fps. The stabilization works wonderfully, and there is little grain present in the videos making the videos come out sharp and beautiful. The videos have plenty of details and are satisfying.
The Galaxy S10e sports a 3100mAh battery which is the smallest among the S10 series and the effect shows. It is possible to get about 17 to 18 hours from the battery with moderate use, like gaming and video.
While impressive, the Samsung Galaxy S10e cannot last for an entire day. During an HD video loop test, the battery ran for 10 hours 31 minutes which is satisfying but not enough. However, the phone comes with fast charging band can get to 95% from 5% within an hour.
Plus, the phone also supports wireless charging and reverse charging, making it quite future-proof.
The Galaxy S10e may not have the high-end features that S10 and S10 Plus comes with, but that’s just a loss due to the price drop. Other than that, the phone is quite impressive. It is lightweight and yet sturdy and has a great processor under its hood.
It loses out on a good battery, but the phone does not falter when it comes to the camera, despite losing the telephoto lens. All in all, the Galaxy S10e is an accomplished phone which is near-premium and can only be beaten by the higher variations of S10 series.