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SAMSUNG GALAXY S10e REVIEW

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is still one of best affordable flagship smartphone you can have. The “e” in S10e stands for “essential” which means it has all the essentials of S10 and S10 Plus at a lower price. You’ll have 5.8 inch display with the same all-day battery, dual lens camera instead of three lens, no curved display edges and absence of the in-screen fingerprint scanner. This is the compromise for the price drop and an answer to it’s rival Apple Iphone XR

SPECIFICATIONS:

It has the same chipset as of Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 (depends on where you live) with 6GB and 8GB of RAM variant. The storage option is either 128GB or 256GB, also you have SD Card support. AMOLED display of 5.8 inches with FHD+ resolutions. It has dual lens camera with 12MP regular lens and 16MP ultra wide lens.

The battery is bumped up to 3,100mAh which easily gives one day backup.

DISPLAY:

As compared to it’s bigger versions Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus it has resolution option of only FHD+ but it’s 5.8 inch AMOLED display is what you expect from Samsung display have bright and crisp details with 438ppi.

Galaxy S10e comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back whereas it’s older siblings have Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It has same “Infinity-O” display which is having a punch-hole for a camera rather than full notch. It also looks more attractive than huge notch you can see most of the phones.

DESIGN:

In a world filled with larger flagship smartphones Galaxy S10e gives you smaller display size of 5.8 inches for the peoples who want smaller phones but with flagship performance as these are rare to find these days. Galaxy S10e mostly looks like its older siblings with few exceptions. It does not have Galaxy line’s Infinity Edge display, so you’ll have to adjust for flat front display with some noticeable bezels. As it is smaller, it is lighter with 150g. It doesn’t have in-display fingerprint scanner or on its back this time Samsung put fingerprint scanner in power button. It is quite responsive but it is best to use your thumb for that as it covers full power button.

Even with being budget flagship it looks and feels quite premium with chromed aluminum case sandwiched by attractive glass and elegant rounded corners. It has narrow camera bump at the bump as t has no heartbeat sensor.

Galaxy S10e comes in six different colors but colors depend on which region you buy it from. Colors are Prism Black, Pearlescent Prism White, Shimmering Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Prism Green and Canary Yellow.

On left side you have volume rocker and below Bixby dedicated key but good news you can use it to activate other apps.

On bottom you’ll find USB-C port, microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack.

CAMERA:

The S10e comes with two rear-facing main cameras: a dual-aperture f/1.5-2.4 12MP main camera with OIS for smoothing out your shaky footage and a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide shooter. Even packing two cameras makes the S10e an upgrade over last year’s Samsung Galaxy S9, which had a single dual-aperture shooter. So…how do the photos look? In our casual (i.e. automatic settings) shots, Samsung’s nailed photos in bright sunlight. It doesn’t do dark shots as well, though, and its night photography doesn’t hold a candle to the current king, the Google Pixel 3.

The other upgrade from the S9 line is the software, which has received some new tricks and other invisible additions.

Video gets an upgrade, too, with the front-facing camera now capable of shooting in UHD/2160p at 30fps (the rear camera has the same capabilities as the Galaxy S9, maxing out at 2160p at 60fps). There’s better footage stabilization too, but the big leap forward is the capability to shoot in HDR10+, which is Samsung’s custom format to improve on HDR10. Switching it on and off is a bit tedious, and you won’t even be able to see the difference on the phone, since you’ll need a higher-quality display.

While the S10e only has a single 10MP front-facing lens, there’s a simulated ‘ultra wide’ mode that zooms out a bit. You’ll feel the lack of a depth sensor when going in for Live focus (the depth-adding ‘Portrait’ mode).

CAMERA SAMPLES:

PERFORMANCE:

Galaxy S10e packs powerful Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 depending on your region. The S10e managed a blistering 10,523 average score on Geekbench 4, if you wanted its performance put to numbers. The base model comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage option which will be more than enough for most of the people as we were getting smooth performance without any hiccups but if you want more storage and RAM then there is option for 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, also there is support for SD Card.

Gaming performance was excellent while handling Asphalt and Fortnite at highest specifications, though high specs drains battery faster and phone heats up a bit too. 

BATTERY LIFE:

Galaxy S10e comes with battery of 3,100mAh which was enough to last a full day with regular use. Charging was quick with 15W fast charging. Galaxy S10e has Wireless PowerShare feature. Essentially, you can use your S10e to wirelessly charge other devices that have Qi-enabled charging. In theory, the Wireless PowerShare feature is simple: turn it on, place the second device on the rear cover of the S10e, and wait. Sadly, wireless charging speeds are still slow

PROS:

No compromise on performance
Superb camera for its price
Wireless PowerShare Feature 

CONS:

Dual camera lens
In-display scanner absent
Wireless PowerShare Thicker than S10

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