8.6/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S10e currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 46 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

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...


ZDNet

It's awesome to see Samsung offering the power of the S10 Plus in a much more compact form factor with very little compromise at a price hundreds less than the flagship. If you want a pocketable Android phone that has all of the latest technology, along with old tech like a 3.5mm headset jack and mi...

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet
Stuff

A fantastic phone that proves Samsung can deliver top-end features for less - but the price difference isn't so huge that you should forget the S10 exists.

- Tom Morgan, Stuff
The Wirecutter

The Galaxy S10e has the most important features of the 10 and 10+ for less, including the best display technology of any phone and a camera that’s almost as good as that of the Pixel 3. But it has too many redundant apps and a worse software update policy.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
The Indian Express

Let’s be honest, I really like the Galaxy S10e, though I wish the battery life could have been better. That said, there’s nothing wrong with the Galaxy S10e. Its AMOLED display is great, performance is sold, the dual cameras are vastly improved but nowhere near Pixel 3’s camera, and OneUI feels surp...

- Anuj Bhatia, The Indian Express
Ubergizmo

It is one of today’s most powerful 5.8” smartphones you can get, whether you’re looking at the technical design, the display and camera quality or battery capacity. It’s just difficult to put so much tech in such a small phone!

- Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S10e on March 8, 2019.


The Galaxy S10e price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S10e prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S10e with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S10e has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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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 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, UK, India
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 Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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
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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2280 pixels
Pixel density 435 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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
More
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  • Barometer
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Critic Reviews


ZDNet

The best compact Android smartphone available today

from ZDNet

It's awesome to see Samsung offering the power of the S10 Plus in a much more compact form factor with very little compromise at a price hundreds less than the flagship. If you want a pocketable Android phone that has all of the latest technology, along with old tech like a 3.5mm headset jack and...More

It's awesome to see Samsung offering the power of the S10 Plus in a much more compact form factor with very little compromise at a price hundreds less than the flagship. If you want a pocketable Android phone that has all of the latest technology, along with old tech like a 3.5mm headset jack and microSD card slot, you can't beat the S10e.

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Stuff

Finally, a flagship phone with a bit of sympathy for your wallet

from Stuff

A fantastic phone that proves Samsung can deliver top-end features for less - but the price difference isn't so huge that you should forget the S10 exists.

Read full review

A fantastic phone that proves Samsung can deliver top-end features for less - but the price difference isn't so huge that you should forget the S10 exists.

Read full review

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The Wirecutter

Feature-packed with a better screen

from The Wirecutter

The Galaxy S10e has the most important features of the 10 and 10+ for less, including the best display technology of any phone and a camera that’s almost as good as that of the Pixel 3. But it has too many redundant apps and a worse software update policy.

Read full review

The Galaxy S10e has the most important features of the 10 and 10+ for less, including the best display technology of any phone and a camera that’s almost as good as that of the Pixel 3. But it has too many redundant apps and a worse software update policy.

Read full review

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The Indian Express

Compact, elegant, and powerful

from The Indian Express

Let’s be honest, I really like the Galaxy S10e, though I wish the battery life could have been better. That said, there’s nothing wrong with the Galaxy S10e. Its AMOLED display is great, performance is sold, the dual cameras are vastly improved but nowhere near Pixel 3’s camera, and OneUI feels surprisingly good.

Read full review

Let’s be honest, I really like the Galaxy S10e, though I wish the battery life could have been better. That said, there’s nothing wrong with the Galaxy S10e. Its AMOLED display is great, performance is sold, the dual cameras are vastly improved but nowhere near Pixel 3’s camera, and OneUI feels surprisingly good.

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Ubergizmo

A very powerful compact smartphone

from Ubergizmo

It is one of today’s most powerful 5.8” smartphones you can get, whether you’re looking at the technical design, the display and camera quality or battery capacity. It’s just difficult to put so much tech in such a small phone!

Read full review

It is one of today’s most powerful 5.8” smartphones you can get, whether you’re looking at the technical design, the display and camera quality or battery capacity. It’s just difficult to put so much tech in such a small phone!

Read full review

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Fone Arena

Compact flagship done right

from Fone Arena

The Galaxy S10e is definitely the best compact flagship from Samsung that doesn’t cut corners with respect to specifications. It is powered by Samsung’s flagship Exynos SoC, has same main and wide-angle cameras as the S10, and the One UI is the best Samsung software yet offering smooth experi...More

The Galaxy S10e is definitely the best compact flagship from Samsung that doesn’t cut corners with respect to specifications. It is powered by Samsung’s flagship Exynos SoC, has same main and wide-angle cameras as the S10, and the One UI is the best Samsung software yet offering smooth experience, however the company takes ages to push Android updates.

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Neowin

It's an all round pocket rocket

from Neowin

We still have a phone that is packed with high end specs, retains the MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, is still IP68 water and dust resistant, has fast wireless charging and might even have faster 25W wired charging with a future update. It is a smaller phone compared to other flagships, but st...More

We still have a phone that is packed with high end specs, retains the MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, is still IP68 water and dust resistant, has fast wireless charging and might even have faster 25W wired charging with a future update. It is a smaller phone compared to other flagships, but still packs a big punch, especially for the money.

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Gadgetbyte

Size matters not!

from Gadgetbyte

Besides the battery, everything on this phone seems stellar, or close! And all I can say about this phone is that size doesn’t matter! All that you want – the latest of hardware, top quality display, stellar cameras are packed in this small but premium and snug body. 

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Besides the battery, everything on this phone seems stellar, or close! And all I can say about this phone is that size doesn’t matter! All that you want – the latest of hardware, top quality display, stellar cameras are packed in this small but premium and snug body. 

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Tom's Guide

Great things come in small packages

from Tom's Guide

With the Galaxy S10e, Samsung has produced a cheaper flagship phone that hits most of the same highs as its costlier siblings. You're still getting the same fantastic display, brisk performance, streamlined software and generous specs that make the S10 and S10 Plus great, only without some bells...More

With the Galaxy S10e, Samsung has produced a cheaper flagship phone that hits most of the same highs as its costlier siblings. You're still getting the same fantastic display, brisk performance, streamlined software and generous specs that make the S10 and S10 Plus great, only without some bells and whistles you don't really need (like the in-display fingerprint sensor).

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Ubergizmo

Best high-end camera for the money

from Ubergizmo

The Samsung Galaxy S10e has the same outstanding camera performance as the Galaxy S10, except when it comes to zooming. However, it is when you take the Galaxy S10e price into account that it becomes really remarkable. From an image quality for the money, it’s a monster.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10e has the same outstanding camera performance as the Galaxy S10, except when it comes to zooming. However, it is when you take the Galaxy S10e price into account that it becomes really remarkable. From an image quality for the money, it’s a monster.

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