Samsung has mostly introduced at least three variants of the Galaxy S handset each year, including the Active model. Even though things were different in 2018, this trend is back again in 2019 and while we don’t have an Active variant, we have a new Samsung Galaxy S10e that gets a spot just below the standard S10 in terms of both specs and features as well as pricing.
In essence, the Galaxy S10e is a slightly toned-down version of the S10, but truth be told, you are still getting one of the most powerful handsets of 2019. Flagship processor and specs? Check. High-quality display screen? Check. Wireless charging? Check. Top-of-the-line cameras? Check. But of course, to make it more affordable than the S10 and S10 Plus, Samsung had to cut a few corners here and there, although not at the expense of the overall quality of the product.
Samsung Galaxy S10e specs
- 5.8-inch 19:9 FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 processor
- 6GB or 8GB RAM
- 128GB or 256GB of expandable storage, up to 512GB
- Dual main camera: 12MP (OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 4K video recording, f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture) + 16MP (ultra-wide angle, 123 degrees, f/2.2 aperture)
- 10MP front camera (f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel AF)
- 3000mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with One UI
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, fast wired and wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, AR Emoji, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.
For a minute, we thought premium compact smartphones were no more, but the Galaxy S10e has just proven us wrong. Measuring a hair shorter than the Galaxy S7 and its 5.1-inch screen, the S10e packs an Infinity O Dynamic AMOLED panel that, unlike the S10 and S10 Plus, is flat, thus leaving noticeable bezels on the right and left-hand sides of the screen.
Still, that doesn’t take away anything from what is already an elegantly-built handset. The same premium glass material used on the high-end duo is also used on this model, hence the support for not just fast wireless battery charging, but also reverse wireless charging that lets you bail out your friend by wirelessly charging their supported device, although one wonders who’d want to share juice from a mere 3000mAh brick.
Unlike your typical compact smartphones, the Galaxy S10e keeps just about every other specs and features found in the S10 and S10 Plus. But of course, it misses out on things like a tri-lens camera on the back, a dual-lens shooter on the front, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and perhaps the extra storage from the hefty 512GB ROM – things that help keep the S10e’s price in check.
Samsung Galaxy S10e pricing and availability
Speaking of pricing, the Galaxy S10e is the most affordable in the S10 series, coming in priced at $750 for the base model and $800 for the high-end variant. In the UK and the rest of Europe, the S10e goes for £669 and €749 for the base model, respectively. In India, you can have it for INR 55,900.
The table below also contains the purchase links for the devices in the above countries.
|Region||Price||Where to buy|
|USA||$750 (6/128GB) | $850 (8/256GB)||Samsung store, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Xfinity Mobile, Best Buy|
|UK||£669 (6/128GB)||Samsung UK|
|India||INR 55,900 (6/128GB)||Samsung India|
The S10e is already available for purchase in the U.S., UK, India, and many other parts of the globe. The handset can be had in color options of Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Canary Yellow, but not all markets get the entire list.