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8.6/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy S10e currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 57 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

With their 2019 lineup, Samsung has added a smaller budget-oriented model to their fan-favorite Galaxy S-series. It features a few compromised from its larger siblings to hit a lower price point. But do the compromises ruin the experience?

Looking at the specs, you can see it shares several similarities with the S10 and S10 Plus.

While the screen is a little smaller at 5.8-inches and only offers 1080p instead of 1440p, it’s still the rich, punchy Dynamic AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support found in the bigger models. And with the reduced screen size, the drop in resolution barely impacts sharpness and clarity.

But the phone lacks the curved edges of the larger options. So don’t expect it to feel quite as high-end.

The S10e also does not include the fingerprint scanner built into the display. However, many reviewers found the fingerprint sensor built into the power button of the S10e more responsive than the shiny new tech in the screens of its larger siblings.

The processor is also the same -- although there’s now a more affordable 6GB of RAM option for added savings. And you’ll find the same 128GB and 512GB storage options.

Cameras are the biggest difference. Instead of the triple rear cameras on the S10 and S10 Plus, the S10e includes a 12MP standard lens and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens. So you won’t be able to take zoomed images.

The front camera also does not include the 8MP depth-sensing camera of the S10 Plus.

While the phone includes a smaller 3,100mAh battery, the smaller display and reduced resolution help to offset some of the loss. Still, some reviewers found the phone struggled to make it through a day of heavy gaming or video streaming. If you’re a light-to-moderate phone user, you’ll have no worries.

Overall, reviewers found the S10e an excellent value, and many loved the compact size.

TechRadar says, “It’s hard not to recommend the S10e to anyone who prefers a smaller phone.

PC Magazine loved the phone, saying, “The Samsung Galaxy S10e has the best overall price, performance, and size for a flagship smartphone today.

Everything else is identical to the pricier S10. For more on what to expect -- including camera quality, performance, audio options, and build quality -- check out our Samsung Galaxy S10 review summary.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.8"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The 'e' in Samsung Galaxy S10e stands for 'essential', which means it packs almost everything the S10 and S10 Plus have, at a lower price. You get a 5.8-inch screen, the same two primary cameras, and all-day battery life, but you’ll miss out on a third lens, the curved display edges, and the in-scre...

- David Lumb, John McCann, TechRadar
3G.co.uk

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is very close to a flagship despite costing a lot less than the rest of the range. There are some compromises, but for the most part they're small.

- James Rogerson, 3G.co.uk
Pickr

That’s not to say it’s a bad phone — it’s definitely not that — but it could be better, and if you’re looking for a small phone, we’d weigh this one up against some of the mid-range devices out there. If you can look past the water resistance and wireless charging, there are definitely more interest...

- Leigh :) Stark, Pickr
Daily Express

Samsung's hardware delivers in a number of areas; its camera is great in most conditions, it offers one of the best displays on a smartphone and boasts a premium build. However, the handset is not one we can recommend for those that need great battery life - meaning Samsung's cheapest S10 ultimately...

- Joseph Carey, Daily Express
Hothardware

For some, it may simply come down to size preference. If you prefer a smaller handset (less than 6 inches), the Galaxy S10e is an excellent option, with a high-end feature-set and strong all-around performance befitting a flagship phone.

- Paul Lilly, Hothardware


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Screen Size
5.8"

The Samsung Galaxy S10e's screen size is 5.8 inches with 1440 x 2280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1140 minutes, 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S10e Specs

Overview
Release date March 8, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.36 W/kg
Body: 0.92 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 780 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Cardinal red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.22 x 6.99 x 0.79 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2280 pixels
Pixel density 435 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, F2.2), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, HDR, Aperture F1.9
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

Additional sensors:

  • Barometer
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