After a barrage of unforgiving leaks where nearly everything about the Galaxy S10e was revealed, Samsung has taken to its Unpacked event to reveal the most affordable member of its prized Galaxy S10 flagship series. It will be seen by many as a direct competitor to the iPhone XR as well as a gateway product to help customers gravitate to a premium handset.
While the Galaxy S10e does not sport many features and inherent advantages belonging to the higher-end Galaxy S10 models, it possesses its own repertoire of functionality and caters to those that want to experience a taste of what a 2019 flagship from Samsung looks and works. Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S10e.
Design & Display
Unlike the bigger Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, the Galaxy S10e sports a smaller 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. You should also know that the device does not feature a curved display, but a flat one, which was done to put a lid on the manufacturing costs. One other difference is the Galaxy S10e does not feature an in-screen fingerprint reader, but a side-mounted sensor that’s embedded in the power button. This certainly beats accessing the fingerprint reader at the backside, which made it a rather unorthodox way of unlocking the device.
Powered by either the Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 depending on which region you’re residing in, Samsung has not compromised on the performance when launching the Galaxy S10e. Thanks to the lowered resolution, the device will actually exhibit better overall performance, even though it will miss out on the more premium design attributes and features belonging to the remaining two models. The smartphone sports 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM coupled with 128GB of internal storage, for the base model, while the top-tier version gets 8GB of RAM paired with 256GB of internal storage.
To give customers access to more storage, there’s also microSD card support. The connectivity side of things include Wi-Fi 6, with Bluetooth 5.0 and Cat. 20 LTE support. The Galaxy S10e also supports Qi wireless charging, with the device maintaining the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you want to charge the handset using conventional means, the Galaxy S10e features a Type-C USB port.
Camera & Battery
The Galaxy S10e features three cameras in total; with a dual-optics solution present at the back, and a single shooter present in a tiny circular cutout at the front. The Galaxy S10e misses out on a telephoto lens, with the dual-camera featuring a 12MP + 16MP configuration, and the selfie camera gets a 10-megapixel count. With the dual-camera, you can either shoot wide-angle 77-degree images using the 12MP sensor, or ultra-wide 123-degree ones using the secondary sensor.
Coming to the battery, the Galaxy S10e features a 3100mAh cell, making the capacity bigger than what’s present in the Galaxy S9. Also, thanks to the improved efficiency of the SoC, users should expect improved battery endurance from the handset, but that’s also subjective and will depend on how you use the smartphone at the end of the day.
Pricing, Color Options & Availability
Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10e in the colors, Black, Green, White, Blue, and Yellow, with the possibility of a Red variant releasing in the near future. The base model carries a price of $750, making it just $150 cheaper than the Galaxy S10. You can pre-order the Galaxy S10e on February 21, with shipment of the device commencing on March 8. So what do you guys think? Does the Galaxy S10e pack a lot of features and firepower underneath the hood to make it a worthy iPhone XR competitor or do you think customers will spend the extra money and get the Galaxy S10 instead? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.