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 55 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...


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
The Guardian

It’s full of good, but not quite the best features. The screen is great, the camera is good but has no optical zoom, the fingerprint scanner is fast but awkward for left-handers and while performance is great, battery life is a bit weak. The Galaxy S10e is a good phone, which will be even better whe...

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian


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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.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S10e user manual here.


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
Networks
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 Storage 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, 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
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
Additional comments

Additional sensors:

  • Barometer
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Critic Reviews


3G.co.uk

Very impressive phone

from 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.

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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.

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Pickr

One of the smaller high-end phones you can find today

from 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 definit...More

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 interesting phones. If those are must haves and you love the Samsung style, though, the Galaxy S10e is an interesting choice made for folks who love themselves a smaller phone.

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Daily Express

A phone you'll love if you're prepared to compromise

from 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 fails to be the Android for most people.

Read full review

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 fails to be the Android for most people.

Read full review

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Hothardware

Every bit a flagship for less

from 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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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The Guardian

The cheaper one

from The Guardian

It’s full of good, but not quite the best features. The screen is great, the camera is good but has no optical zoom, the fingerprint scanner is fast but awkward for left-handers and while performance is great, battery life is a bit weak. The Galaxy S10e is a good phone, which will be even bette...More

It’s full of good, but not quite the best features. The screen is great, the camera is good but has no optical zoom, the fingerprint scanner is fast but awkward for left-handers and while performance is great, battery life is a bit weak. The Galaxy S10e is a good phone, which will be even better when bought on a deal. If you hate curved screens but want a top-end Samsung, then this is the phone for you.

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The Inquirer

A suite of flagship features in a small perfectly-formed package

from The Inquirer

The Galaxy S10e offers a suite of proper flagship features - the HDR10+ display, the cameras, performance, IP68 rating, wireless charging - in a beautifully made small phone form. The iPhone XR is really the only rival here, and if you're not an Apple advocate then you won't give a damn about that.

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The Galaxy S10e offers a suite of proper flagship features - the HDR10+ display, the cameras, performance, IP68 rating, wireless charging - in a beautifully made small phone form. The iPhone XR is really the only rival here, and if you're not an Apple advocate then you won't give a damn about that.

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TechRadar

Samsung flagship tech at a discount

from 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...More

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-screen fingerprint sensor. That's the tempting compromise offered by Samsung's 'budget flagship' and answer to Apple's iPhone XR.

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T3

Impresses in almost every way

from T3

The best sub-6-inch smartphone you can buy today, with top-level components, a beautiful-looking AMOLED screen, and a stylish design. You miss out on some of the bigger storage options and a third camera lens around the back, but we think the sacrifice is worth making if you want to save some money (and some room in your pocket).

Read full review

The best sub-6-inch smartphone you can buy today, with top-level components, a beautiful-looking AMOLED screen, and a stylish design. You miss out on some of the bigger storage options and a third camera lens around the back, but we think the sacrifice is worth making if you want to save some money (and some room in your pocket).

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Android Headlines

Good things do come in small packages

from Android Headlines

If you want all the best bits of the Galaxy S10, brought together in a very reliable package, then go for the Galaxy S10e. That’s without even taking into consideration the fact this is the cheapest model - what many assumed to be the only selling point and only a selling point if you disregard...More

If you want all the best bits of the Galaxy S10, brought together in a very reliable package, then go for the Galaxy S10e. That’s without even taking into consideration the fact this is the cheapest model - what many assumed to be the only selling point and only a selling point if you disregard you are technically getting less for less money. The truth is, the lower price point with the Galaxy S10e is a bonus, not the purpose. A big bonus, but a bonus nonetheless as this really is the best Galaxy S10 model for everyone. It just works.

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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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