Samsung Galaxy S10e review: less doesn’t mean worse


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This year, Samsung released not 2, but 3 flagships at once, and in addition to the traditional &#8220;smaller&#8221; and &#8220;more&#8221; added

the smallest model Galaxy S10e.The Internet immediately drew parallels with the iPhone Xr. The approach seemed closer to the Sony Xperia Compact line, but without such radical compactness. Recently we were visited by a senior representative of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10+ line, and now it’s time for the &#8220;junior&#8221; Galaxy S10e. But don’t let its position in the lineup confuse you: there are minimal compromises in terms of functionality, and its compact size and more humane price tag will be an advantage for some compared to the Galaxy S10 and S10+. The smartphone is very interesting and has a lot to tell about it.

What is it?

Samsung Galaxy S10e - flagshipAndroid smartphone with &#8220;flat&#8221; Dynamic AMOLED 5.8-inch FullHD+ screen, new flagship Samsung Exynos processor, 6 GB of RAM, dual main camera, in-screen front camera, dust and moisture protection and wireless charging.

What is interesting and what is different from the Galaxy S10 / S10 +?


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Unlike its two older brothers, GalaxyS10e received &#8220;flat&#8221; the screen (without side bends), it is smaller in size: 5.8 inches (versus 6.1 and 6.4 inches for the S10 and S10+). The resolution is lower, FullHD+ (2280x1080), but the display type is the same new Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+ support and a cutout for the camera. Instead of three cameras, there are two on the back: they sacrificed the telephoto module for 2x zoom, but the ultra-wide-angle one remained in place. The main module is exactly the same as the older models: 12 megapixels, interchangeable aperture f/1.5-2.4, 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF and optical stabilization. The camera can also shoot 4K HDR10+ video and Super Slow Motion 960 frames per second. The front camera is similar to the Galaxy S10: 10 MP, f/1.9, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel phase autofocus. Instead of a fingerprint scanner, the screen uses a &#8220;traditional&#8221; option that is combined with the power button. The battery is smaller (which is logical): 3100 mAh. For comparison, the Galaxy S10+ has 4100 mAh, and the Galaxy S10 has 3400 mAh. But all the features remain in place: fast charging via cable and wireless charging, including reverse charging. Performance is not affected: inside there is the same flagship processor Exynos 9820 processor clocked at 2.73 GHz, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory. Plus a hybrid tray, in which you can put a MicroSD instead of a second SIM.

What does the Samsung Galaxy S10e look like?

Perhaps we’ll skip the obvious constructivedifferences from its brothers in the line and let’s focus on how interesting the smartphone is in itself. Nowadays it’s not so easy to find a flagship smartphone that is as compact as possible; users love large diagonals: it’s more comfortable to watch videos and play games. Against this background, the Samsung Galaxy S10e looks extremely interesting. Yes, 5.8 inches is an impressive diagonal, but thanks to minimal frames and &#8220;elongated&#8221; Given the aspect ratio of the display, it turned out to be very small indeed. And convenient because of it.


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The smartphone uses the traditional combinationglass and metal. The frames around the perimeter are very thin (the chin is slightly larger), the camera is located in the hole in the upper right corner of the screen, and above it is only a thin slit of the conversational speaker. Another feature is the flat screen, which is unusual for Samsung’s flagships over the past couple of years. Although earlier the company practiced the release of options for the flagship with a flat and curved screen.


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Metal frame around the perimeter of the bodyis familiar, but the power button is unusual. It is flat, oblong and slightly recessed. It houses a fingerprint scanner. The button itself is placed closer to the top of the case and this position is very popular with users who hold the smartphone with their right hand. The thumb fits comfortably on the power button, which can also be used to call up the curtain:


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Further along the perimeter there are no surprises. On the top edge there is an additional microphone and a tray for SIM/MicroSD:


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Standard hybrid tray with rubber seals, of course:


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On the left are paired volume buttons and a button to call the Bixby assistant:


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At the bottom there is a USB Type-C, an external speaker, a speaking microphone and a 3.5 mm headphone jack:


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The backdrop is glass, with curves around the perimeter.In addition to &#8220;mainstream&#8221; black, white and &#8220;aquamarine&#8221;, they decided to release the smartphone in bright &#8220;canary&#8221; yellow color. A calmer option came to us:


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Main camera module with two lenses and flash (no heart rate sensor):


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Samsung Galaxy S10e turned out to be extremely convenient to useuse due to its successful shape and relatively small dimensions. You can easily handle it with one hand and easily stuff it into your jeans pocket. There is nothing new to say about the materials and assembly: everything is cool. Like older models, the Galaxy S10e is protected from water and dust according to the IP68 standard, in theory - immersion in water to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.


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How good is the screen?

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The smartphone has 5 installed.8-inch Infitity-O Dynamic AMOLED screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 2280x1080, pixel density - 438 ppi. Like older models, it supports HDR10+. Visually, there are no complaints about the screen: the picture is juicy, viewing angles are excellent. In the settings, everything is approximately the same: brightness, scale, font size, night mode, and so on:


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Always On Display is available:


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There are different display options, the choice of color, the ability to install images:


 


 


 

 

There are two display modes: natural and rich with the possibility of manual adjustment by RGB components:


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Hardware measurements showed that the screen is completelyslightly inferior to the older Galaxy S10+. In &#8220;Natural&#8221; mode, the maximum brightness was 344.569 cd/m2. The color gamut is close to sRGB, the bias towards cold shades is minimal:


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In &#8220;saturated&#8221; mode, the maximum brightness was 366.764 cd/m2, the color gamut is noticeably wider than sRGB, but the picture goes more noticeably into the &#8220;blue&#8221;:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
The brightness of the black field,
cd / m2
Contrast

Samsung Galaxy S10e
366.764
0
 

Samsung Galaxy S10 +
397.816
0

Huawei Mate 20 Pro
424.663
0

Sony Xperia XZ3
408.047
0

Huawei P20 Pro
415.876
0

Meizu 16th
432.107
0

What about performance?

Performance is in no way inferior to its brotherslineup: Samsung installed the same flagship Exynos 9820 in the S10e, which includes two customized powerful Mongoose M4 cores with a maximum clock frequency of 2.73 GHz, two ARM Cortex-A75 up to 2.31 GHz and four energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 at 1.95 GHz, graphics & #8211; ARM Mali-G76 MP12. In general, there were no problems with heavy games. Only in PUBG Mobile at maximum graphics settings were occasional drops in FPS observed. Perhaps this is due to the fresh SoC and will be further optimized. There were no problems with applications or shell. Everything works very quickly:


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Samsung's traditional Game Tools application is also in S10e:


 


 


 

 

In the benchmark smartphone shows similarand sometimes slightly higher results than we saw in S10 +, which is quite logical. In general, Samsung Galaxy S10e is in the top of most synthetic tests at the moment:


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Overheating during prolonged peak loads is present, the throttlit system is up to 80% and the body is slightly heated. But I couldn’t load my smartphone with everyday tasks or games:


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RAM in the smartphone is 6 GB, built-in -128 GB, plus there is a slot for MicroSD. There is also an 8 and 256 GB version. Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, ANT+, NFC, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1. Supports global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo.

The fingerprint scanner is technologically standard, butlocated in the power button. It is very good in itself: accurate and lightning fast. But its location will be convenient only for those who use the smartphone with their right hand. I use my left hand and constantly had the need to reach with my finger, in the usual, &#8220;natural&#8221; the position of the hand, the index finger simply cannot reach. Facial recognition is purely formal. It exists, but it cannot be called safe. Samsung itself warns about this.


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The sound is as good as the Galaxy S10 +: the stereo sound of the main and conversational speakers, a very impressive margin of volume and sound quality. In the headphones is similar.

The capacity of the built-in battery is 3100mAh, which is quite normal with such a display. In practice, the autonomy is quite average: the Samsung Galaxy S10e lives from morning until late evening with very active use, with Wi-Fi, 4G always on, synchronization of a bunch of accounts, calls, instant messengers, photos and games. Supports 15W fast charging and wireless charging (including reverse charging for accessories).

What about the interface?


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Like Samsung Galaxy S10 +, S10e works on OSAndroid 9 Pie with the new shell One UI version 1.1. We have already analyzed it in detail in the S10 + review. In short, the interface has changed significantly visually, it has a common night mode, in which all menus and system applications use a black background. In addition to the visual difference, I think that the night mode slightly affects the autonomy (considering AMOLED, in which the black pixels are not lit). In many menus, items are shifted to the middle of the display for easy one-handed operation. The basic shell logic has not changed: desktops and application menus, plus options available only with desktops and a simplified mode with large icons:


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Application Manager &#8211; slightly expandedIn terms of functionality, it’s a variant of Android 9 Pie with a horizontal carousel of cards, where they added the ability to open applications in a smaller window, make them transparent, or minimize them to a small icon (in addition to the two-window mode):


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Edge panels are available, even despite the flat screen:


 


 


 


 

 

And a set of branded applications:


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It all works well, quickly, conveniently. There were no critical bugs encountered during use.

How good are the cameras?

The youngest Samsung Galaxy S10e decided to donatethe third camera, namely &#8211; telephoto module for zoom, but not critical (as it seems to me). The rear camera includes a 12-megapixel main module with a variable aperture of f/1.5-2.4, a viewing angle of 77°, a pixel size of 1.4 microns and optical stabilization, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module with a viewing angle of 123°, f/2.2. The second module lacks stabilization and autofocus. The camera can blur the background and take ultra-wide-angle photos. There is video recording in 4K 60 fps, HDR10+ and Super Slow Motion 960 frames per second in a resolution of 1280x720. The front camera is 10 megapixels, f/1.9 with autofocus, variable angle (for yourself and company) and portrait mode.

Application similar to older models:everything you need is on the main screen, modes can be switched by swiping left and right, there is auto-recognition of scenarios in the frame, auto-adjustment, tips for improving photos. The only difference &#8211; The camera switch is not three-position, but two-position due to the lack of a zoom function:


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In the afternoon, the main module copes with itsThe tasks are great, which is not surprising. In the evening and at night, everything is not bad, but noises and smears are present, the detailing drops noticeably. It’s not that bad, but there are several competitors who do better at night shooting:


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The wide-angle camera is very good and useful with enough light. In the evening, the lack of a stabilizer affects and making a clear photo is quite difficult:


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When blurring the background, the camera sometimes “misses”, but this only applies to not the easiest scenes:


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4K HDR video:

 

Super Slow Motion:

 

In the dry residue

Samsung Galaxy S10e &#8211; smallest flagship inline in size and price, but not in capabilities. And for a number of users, the compact size and very convenient shape will be more of a plus than a minus. &#8220;Junior&#8221; The flagship was not cut down in the most important aspects and this is very nice. The smartphone has an excellent screen, top-end hardware like its older brothers, an excellent metal and glass body with protection from dust and water, excellent sound and a very decent main camera, albeit a little less functional. True, in addition to the advantages, some disadvantages have also migrated from the older brothers: yes, the smartphone is significantly cheaper than the older brothers, but25 000 UAH&#8211; This is still a very impressive amount and for it you can find a couple of models that are a little stronger in night photography. Although they won’t be able to boast such a convenient compact body.

6 reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10e:

  • very comfortable compact body and stylish design;
  • great display;
  • top performance;
  • good main camera;
  • high-quality sound in the speakers and headphones;
  • dust and moisture protection of the case.

2 reasons not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10e:

  • high price;
  • The main camera does not always cope well with night shooting.

Samsung Galaxy S10e

"Flat" flagships are back

A smartphone for those who still haven’t understood the fashion for curved screens. And although the Galaxy S10e does not look “like from the future,” its hardware is almost identical to the older models.

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Specifications Samsung Galaxy S10e

Display
Dynamic AMOLED, 5.8 inches, 3040×1440 (19:9 aspect ratio), 522 ppi, Gorilla Glass 6

Housing
dimensions: 142.2&#215;69.9&#215;7.9 mm, weight: 150 g

CPU
64-bit Samsung Exynos 9820, 2xExynos M4, 2.73 GHz, 2xARM Cortex-A75 2.31 GHz, 4xARM Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz, Neural Processing Unit (NPU), ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics

RAM
6 GB

Flash memory
128 GB, MicroSD

Camera
triple: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26 mm EGF, 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), ultra-wide-angle 16 MP, f/2.2, flash, video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, front camera: 10 MP f/1.9 with autofocus

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band, 2.4 and 5 GHz, Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, ANT+

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
3100 mAh, non-removable, fast and wireless charging

operating system
Android 9 Pie + One UI 1.1

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

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