Hello to the Samsung Galaxy S10e – the security of Samsung's S10 lineup and possibly the best compact phone period.
We are about to provide a detailed review of the Galaxy S10e at the beginning of next week, but before that we will look at this little gem and share some early impressions.
The first thing to stand out about Samsung Galaxy S10e is its size. Unless you're using an iPhone 8 or a Pixel 3, the Galaxy S10e will beat you so much fun the moment you get your hands on it. Much of it comes from the impressive light 150g weight – while the iPhone XS is uniform, its 177g weight makes it feel much more comprehensive.
The building quality is up to Samsung's usual standards – that is, excellent. We got used to the battle camera in a few days and we can't say we notice that much.
One not so good thing about Galaxy S10e is the fingerprint scanner's location. It's a bit too hit on the right side, and we can't say that left-handed people will enjoy using it.
To keep the price lower than the Galaxy S10 and S10 +, the Galaxy S10e released the fingerprint scanner in the display and instead uses the above side mounted one, has a smaller non-curved 5.8 inch display with 1080p resolution and lacks a third camera on the back.
But the capacitive scanner is faster than the ones shown, the screen is still a dynamic AMOLED with over 400ppi sharpness, and while there's no telephoto on the Galaxy S10e, it has the new ultra-wide unit of S10 and S10 +.
You'll still get Samsung's Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 powerhouse, a 128GB boot and 6GB RAM, stereo speakers, wireless charging (including the reverse), a 4K compatible selfie camera.
This year, Samsung directly replied Apple's three-phone approach with its Galaxy S10 lineup. Galaxy S10e is the direct competitor of Apple's iPhone XR, and we think it is in most respects at all. Initially, the Galaxy S10e costs $ 750 / € 750, while the iPhone XR is $ 750 / € 850, making it € 100 more expensive in Europe – and it's got worse when you have the fact that a € 750 Galaxy The S10e has an expandable 128 GB storage space while a € 850 iPhone XR has a fixed 64GB.
The Galaxy S10e has a better selfie camera and the ultra wide second camera on the back, an AMOLED instead of an LCD and a much higher resolution, a hollow camera instead of a large notch and slightly superior IP68 to the iPhone XR IP67.
The other logical rival to the Galaxy S10e is Google's Pixel 3. Here it will be a harder choice. Both have a very different approach – a blow hole vs no notch, a single selfie camera vs. double, a double camera vs. A single, highly customized Android vs. stock Android – it really depends on your priorities, which is better.
The Galaxy S10 rivals are good, but none of them are fully consistent with what it represents – a compromise compact flagship. Galaxy S10e is a true powerhouse and one that easily fits in even the closest jean pocket.
Samsung's One UI is also an underrated feature of the Galaxy S10e. It's much more fluid compared to Samsung's old software and is worlds of design. And the new night mode is perfect for the AMOLED equipped Galaxy S10 lineup.
Now, all that's left to address is battery life, camera quality, loudspeaker performance and display testing. This and more will be examined in detail in our full review, which comes early next week!