Hey guys, what is up? So, a while back I wrote a review of the great Samsung Galaxy S10 plus.
The S10 plus is the most premium among the 3 S10’s.
Today, we will be talking about one of the other 3. No, it is not the S10. So, what we have left is the S10E, (now it looks more like Season 10, Episode…unknown, for those wondering what the ‘E’ means).
I don’t think I will be writing a review for the S10, it has a lot of similarities with the S10 plus. Some of the differences between the two include the S10 having a single selfie camera and a smaller screen size.
The screen is not as small as the S10E’s though.
Anyway, so, the S10E is like the smallest of all 3, but as little as it is, it is very powerful.
Some compromises had to be made on this phone. For a lower price, you don’t get some of the features you get on the S10 plus and S10.
This is Shaibu, from Shu’s Techs, and today, I will be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S10E.
With that out of the way, let’s get to it.
- Android 9 (Pie) with One UI
- 5.8 inch 1080 x 2280 Dynamic AMOLED panel
- Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4, 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 and 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU / Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485, 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 and 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) CPU
- Mali-G76 GPU / Adreno 640 GPU
- 6GB / 8GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB Internal Storage
- 10 MP Front Camera
- 12MP + 16MP Rear Camera
- 3100mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
So, S10E has a really simple look. Its design really is just decent. It may not be as stylish as the others, but it does come in really nice colors.
You can get this phone in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Flamingo Pink and Canary Yellow. They are all really good colors for the simple minded.
Now, just because I keep saying “simple” doesn’t actually mean you’d have to be a really simple or gentle phone user to get this phone. Nope, that’s not the case.
On the front of the phone, you get Gorilla Glass 5. With Gorilla Glass, you should feel safe knowing the phone is going to be durable. It will be free from scratches and dust.
At the same time it will also be very responsive when you use the phone.
The best part is, you are safe from short occasional drops, Gorilla Glass will be able to protect the phone’s screen from breaking when it falls from certain heights. Don’t go too high though.
Apart from having Gorilla Glass, the S10E is also fully water and dust resistant.
With dust, most of the time, we can easily just wipe it off our phones with little to no problems involved, but when it gets to water, yeah we all panic once our phones get in contact with water.
The S10E handles water like it was born to take a swim from time to time (it can go as deep as 1.5m for 30 minutes). Simple minded folks don’t take their phones to the pool, it’s too risky.
However, some of us like to live life on the edge (yeah, we’ve had the Samsung S9 Edge too), and the S10E will definitely go on that adventure with you.
It’s like that friend that’s always down for some fun.
On the back of the phone, is also a Gorilla Glass 5 build, you also get all that protection from scratches and dust.
What you will observe here is that the back is curved, this makes the phone feel comfortable when held.
The overall size quite makes the phone comfortable to hold, those of you who have really large hands will take some time to get used to the phone.
Especially if you’re coming from a really large phone.
For those with not so large hands, well, the S10E is one of those phones you won’t have to use both hands for.
So unless you always accidentally drop your phone, using just one hand shouldn’t be a problem while you play around with this phone.
But if you always drop your phone, you should just stick to using both hands.
Well, now that we have covered some of the design aspects, let’s talk about placements.
At the top of the phone, you will find a Microphone, and a SIM and microSD slot.
On the left side is the Volume Rocker and the Bixby button. The right side has a Fingerprint Scanner which also acts as a Power Button when pressed.
The Fingerprint Scanner is a little high up and is somewhat uncomfortable to reach …unless you have really large hands or are just good with reaching stuff.
Maybe it’s this way because of those accidental activations, but really, the S10E is too small to have things that are hard to reach.
At the bottom of the phone, you will find the Speaker Grilles, a USB Type-C port, a Microphone and a 3.5mm Headphone Jack.
Seems like Samsung isn’t taking the Headphone Jack away anytime soon. A lot of manufacturers are getting rid of it and making us “wired Headphones lovers” look old.
Thanks Samsung for making us look cool.
At the back of the phone is the Dual Camera Setup and an LED Flash. The Selfie Camera is placed in the top right corner of the screen.
So, the S10E has a pretty simple design, but at the same time is a beast.
If you find yourself complaining about today’s phones being too big, well, the S10E should be able to have a special place in your hands, pockets, bags etc. Yeah and also in your heart, it won’t take up much space there either.
The display on this phone is quite impressive, you really won’t be able to tell the difference between it and the other S10’s.
Except the fact that it’s smaller and it is not curved but flat.
Now, curved screens are fancy, but sometimes, you might activate something on the screen by accident.
Also, sometimes, when the videos you’re watching fill the whole screen, you may lose some details because the video will be on the curved part of the screen, which you won’t always see.
On the S10E, having a flat panel eliminates that problem.
What you’re having on this phone is a Dynamic AMOLED panel. It is 5.8 inches and it has a 1080 x 2280 Screen Resolution.
What you’re not having here, compared to the other S10’s is an in-display Fingerprint Scanner.
The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 5 (as earlier stated).
Content looks great on the screen, it’s crisp, detailed and colors are vibrant.
You will notice that the phone almost has no bezels, and that’s great, it has an 83% Screen to Body ratio to give you that awesome display experience.
Being an AMOLED, you also get the Always On Display mode here, with it, you will be able to see your Notifications, Time, Date and Battery while the phone sleeps.
It doesn’t necessarily consume your battery, but if you’re really worried about battery life, it’s best not to use the Always On Display Feature.
Using the phone outdoors under direct sunlight isn’t going to leave you looking for some shady area just to see what’s on the screen.
You get a phone that is really visible outdoors, it gets as bright as 800 nits.
Not going to start getting too technical, just trying to let you guys know that outdoor usage is very impressive.
The screen gets super bright to ensure you see what’s on it when you’re using it out in the sun.
Now, yes, you’re not having a “Notch” per se. Like its siblings, what the S10E also brings is a Hole-Punch cutout.
This is where the selfie camera stays. It can get a little hard to get used to at first, but eventually, you will hardly even bother about it.
Also, there are wallpapers out there that help mask the hole. You can find one that suits your taste.
So, to sum it up, the screen is really good, content comes out great and detailed. It is quite small in size at 5.8 inches, but this is good for preserving battery life.
You won’t be getting a triple camera setup here, but don’t worry too much, what the S10E brings will impress you.
You camera lovers won’t have to worry so much about shooting videos or taking pictures.
On the back of the phone is the Dual Camera Setup and what you are having here is a 12 Megapixel Main Camera and a 16 Megapixel Ultrawide Lens.
The main camera will give you pictures that are as nice as what you typically have on the other S10’s.
In good light, pictures come out really good, sharp and detailed.
You get little to no noise but really good dynamic range. Colors are vibrant and accurate.
Portrait shots are taken with the main camera as well, the outcomes are awesome, subject separation is great and the blur is really nice.
Portrait shots taken with the main camera also have really nice natural colors and good dynamic range.
Shots taken in low light with the Main Lens are nice, there’s really impressive detail and really good dynamic range.
You won’t get noise all over your pictures here as well.
With the Ultrawide lens, pictures also come out really nice, though not as nice as the main camera.
You do get a lot of detail, really nice colors and really good dynamic range.
What you will mostly be really impressed by is how barrel distortion is handled here. You don’t get pictures with bent edges whatsoever.
The Ultrawide lens can also be used for taking pictures in low light.
It is quite good and it preserves some detail on every shot. Don’t expect it to be as great as the main lens though. Overall, you won’t be disappointed on how good this camera handles low light pictures.
For those of you that love shooting videos, you will be pleased to know that the S10E offers a whole lot of shooting modes.
Both lenses will let you shoot up to 4K videos at 30 frames per second. However, the main camera lets you shoot 4K videos in 60 frames and it also shoots slow motion videos in 720p at 960 frames per second.
In whatever mode you shoot, be ensured that your videos will come out great, with good colors and really nice detail.
There’s Image Stabilization in 4K videos as well, but you will only find that when you shoot in 30 frames.
If you go a little lower, you can shoot 1080p videos with the Super Steady Mode. You can only shoot videos this way with the Ultrawide lens but the outcome is super smooth.
Turning over to the front is the Selfie Camera. It is a 10 Megapixel Camera, but at default, it shoots pictures in 6 Megapixels.
With it, selfies come out great, with really good detail and accurate colors.
To fit more people in your selfies, you can toggle the field of view. This shoots pictures in 10 Megapixels.
The Portrait Mode with the Selfie camera is also quite nice, the subject separation isn’t that perfect sometimes, but overall, you will get a nice blurred background while you stay in focus.
For videos, you get an impressive 4K video recording capability. The Selfie camera shoots 4K videos at 30 frames per second, that’s something you don’t get on most phones.
The best part is it also comes with Image Stabilization.
What you also get with the S10E’s Selfie camera is Face Recognition, it is fast and all that, but being that it doesn’t have all that 3D mapping feature, it will be best to stick to the Fingerprint Scanner.
In other words, it isn’t that secure.
So overall, the S10E is one of those compact phones that has some of the best cameras. If you require more features like a Telephoto lens, it’ll be best to check out the other S10’s.
But for this phone’s size, the cameras it comes with are quite impressive.
Features and Performance
Another really impressive aspect of the S10E is in performance. Like I earlier said, the phone looks simple but what it has under the hood will blow you away.
Depending on the market, the phone either comes with an Exynos 9820 Chipset or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipset.
On the Exynos 9829 Chipset, you will find an Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4, 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 and 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU, for graphics, you get a Mali-G76 GPU.
If you go for the Snapdragon Model, what it has is an Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485, 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 and 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) CPU, this one comes with an Adreno 640 GPU.
If you’re unsure what those numbers and terms mean, well, it just means that the phone has some of the latest technologies. At least for now.
Handling tasks is buttery smooth, you will not experience lags on this device.
As far as gaming goes, it’s just great, the phone handles really demanding games that require a lot of power to run smoothly.
For graphics, the Adreno 640 model is definitely more capable of giving you the best performance compared to the Mali G76 GPU.
But don’t think the Mali GPU isn’t going to perform well because it is very impressive as well.
The S10E can be seen as a gaming device, but that screen might be a little too small if you want the best gaming display.
However, if you’re not really concerned about gaming on large screens, then by all means, go ahead, this phone will handle all your gaming requirements really well.
For those of you that don’t really bother about gaming but spend more time on social media. This phone is also excellent for it.
You won’t get any lags or stutter as you use all your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram apps etc.
Browsing with any browser will also work smooth as smooth.
What I am really saying is, when it comes to speed, yeah the S10E is one of the phones out there that can give you that feature today.
The S10E comes with an Android 9 (Pie) Operating System with Samsung’s One UI.
Android 9 gives you most of the security patches you get and a lot of support for most apps and games you may find yourself downloading from the Play Store or wherever you download them from.
With Samsung’s One UI, you get a lot of nice features to help you navigate the phone more easily with some gestures.
No, I’m not currently talking about Gesture Navigation. Actually, I’m going to start with that.
With One UI, the way you navigate the phone using the Gesture navigation is quite simple, you get three horizontal bars at the bottom of the screen.
Swipe up on the left bar to go “Back”, swipe up on the middle bar to go “Home” and finally, swipe up on the right bar to show your “Recent Apps”.
I for one really find this format a bit like just using the normal buttons, but I guess it’s just Samsung’s way of using Gesture Navigation because there are other gestures you can use.
Like if you swipe up or down on the home screen, you will see your app drawer.
There’s also Edge Panel, swiping from the right edge of the screen will open it up and show you a list of apps.
You can customize it to show the apps you want and always easily access them from there.
The Fingerprint Scanner also has its gestures, swipe down to show your notification panel and swipe up on it to dismiss.
There are a whole lot of gestures you can perform on the S10E to help you customize the phone to make it easy to launch apps and other things.
The Bixby button is also able to be remapped to open up other apps. You can either do this by a single tap or a double tap.
Whichever you go for will work great, but just keep it in mind that Samsung still wants you to use Bixby so one of those taps will be assigned to activate Bixby, depending on how you set it.
Some other nice features you get on the phone is the stereo setup. The earpiece at the top acts as a secondary speaker.
You don’t get an unbalanced output here, just some really nice, loud and accurate sounds as the audio fires out from both the speaker at the bottom and the earpiece at the top.
Using a pair of headphones is also quite great, the sound is accurate and clear, and the loudness is also good enough.
When it comes to performance and all the extra features you get, this phone really is impressive and it comes with a lot of great and easy ways to access a whole lot of stuff.
You also get a great gaming performance. For the non-gamers, yeah you will also have a great time using it on what you like doing best without the phone slowing down or wasting your time.
RAM and Internal Storage
Let me start by giving a really short explanation of how RAM helps your phone (this is for those that will be reading about it for the first time). I normally do this from time to time.
With RAM, a phone will be able to run a lot of apps without slowing down or stopping some of the apps running in the background just to keep other apps active.
Here, the more RAM a phone has, the better it is for the phone to multitask (handle a lot of apps running at once).
You could be using all your social media apps and browsing with chrome, gaming or watching a movie without the phone lagging or shutting some of the apps down.
However, if you don’t have a lot of RAM, some apps will get terminated, this is done by the phone to keep the most important apps running.
If you don’t use certain apps for a while, the phone is going to terminate it so it can have room for the most important app you’re using on the RAM.
You can find out more about a phone’s RAM by doing some more research but, I think you get the picture.
Now, back to the S10E, for RAM, you get 2 options, a 6GB of RAM option and an 8GB of RAM option, like I said, the bigger the better.
But both options will currently give you a great multitasking experience and a lot of apps won’t get terminated by the phone as they work in the background.
Currently, I usually recommend going for a phone with at least 4GB of RAM, so you can be able to use quite a lot of apps without the phone terminating them.
But 6GB and 8GB are really good enough in today’s world where a lot of apps seem to demand for a lot of memory.
For internal storage options, you also get two.
128GB of internal storage (for the S10E with 6GB of RAM) and 256GB of internal storage (for the 8GB of RAM).
Both versions will give you enough room to keep all those pictures and videos you will be shooting.
You also get a lot of room to install all the games and apps you want, music, movies and all kinds of files.
If you want more storage space, you can expand with a microSD card of up to 512GB, however, you will have to use your SIM 2 slot.
Really, the S10E is quite small, so don’t expect a really huge battery, but just because you don’t get really big battery doesn’t mean the phone has a bad one.
It comes with a 3,100mAh battery. Not as big as the ones on the other S10’s here. However, in reality, the S10E has been seen to do better than the S10 (not the S10 plus) when it comes to battery life.
It may be because it has a smaller screen, smaller screens do not require as much power as say a 6.5 inch screen.
Anyway, for heavy users, you can do all your browsing and gaming and expect to go to bed with some battery life left.
You may find yourself charging at night before bed though.
Light users should be able to use the phone for more than a day without needing to charge it.
The only downfall here is the charging speed, although the S10E supports fast charging, the speed isn’t that great.
Charging for 30 minutes will get to you to around 30%.
The phone also supports wireless charging, it is not as fast as charging through the Type-C USB port though.
You can also use the phone as a wireless charger to charge other devices if you want to.
Overall, you get good battery life, not very fast charging and reverse wireless charging.
For internet, you get 4G, 3G, 2G and WiFi.
There are rumors of a 5G model being made, I don’t have a lot of information about that though. Just be assured that when it’s out, we’ll get to it.
You also get NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, an FM Radio and the USB 3.1 Type-C port.
The S10E costs around $750.
*As usual, please note that price varies from time to time.
It’s really nice having a small phone with a lot of great features in a world where screens are getting larger and phones are getting taller.
The S10E offers a lot of great features, from its really protective design, beautiful AMOLED display, great performance and really good cameras.
There aren’t a lot of “bad things” about the phone besides the fact that it doesn’t charge fast, and a lot of people still don’t like a Hole-Punch display.
Overall, I think the phone is awesome, Samsung always gives us some top of the line Flagships when they do, and the results have always blown us away (sometimes, literally. *cough* Note 7).
Okay guys, thanks for taking the time to read this review, it will be great if you like and share it.
Until next time, stay awesome.