Welcome to your first look at the Samsung Galaxy S10E. We don’t know what E stands for yet, so, we are just going to go with economy. This S10E is a new addition to the lineup coming in at a bit of a lower price kind of just like what Apple did in September with their iPhones.
Some people thought Apple is getting a little loose releasing a third phone alongside the other two that maybe get a little confusing but then again, Samsung already makes like 7,000 phones so, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by this duplication of strategy.
If the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are perfect matches alongside the iPhone 10S and 10S Max which they kind of are, then this Galaxy S10E is a perfect parallel to the iPhone 10R and that’s starting with the price. It is 750 dollars just like the 10R which is definitely not budget by any means but it’s lower than the other flagship phones that’s launching with.
With that in mind, where are you saving your money? The form factor.
The design of the Galaxy S10E is quite similar to the regular Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus but it cuts some corners to save price and that starts with the display which is a bit smaller. This phone sports a 5.8-inch flat AMOLED display instead of curved.
The Infinity display on the other higher end phones sort of melts gloriously over the sides. The S10E has a flat screen meaning it goes mostly edge to edge but it’s a little less dramatic.
As a matter of fact, it’s similar to the iPhone 10R in that the bezels all the way around are just a little bit thicker just a slightly taller chin. Slightly cut inside bezels, it’s not problematic at all. In fact I think most people would hardly notice but it’s just people like me who are pixel peeping that are going to see that, but it’s still an over 90% screen to body ratio and also just so I don’t forget to say it the display on this S10E while it’s slightly lesser than the two higher-end brothers it’s still way better than the display Apple put in the iPhone 10R. This was an LCD, this was a much lower resolution.
The display on the S10E is still a 500 plus pixels per inch AMOLED display. It has got the same characteristics, the same hole punch but it’s just slightly lesser than the other brothers.
Another one of the big new features of the S10 and S10 Plus is of course the ultrasonic fingerprint reader underneath the display glass. That’s pretty high-end expensive technology. Unfortunately, S10E doesn’t have that instead it uses a traditional fingerprint reader and it’s in power button on the right-hand side. This is probably the best backup location.
Most people usually prefer on the back of the phones just because that’s where our finger naturally rests but the power button is also great because you are often pressing that button.
The last major trade off of the Galaxy S10E is just like the iPhone 10R, removing one of the cameras. The bigger brothers have an extra camera. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus got triple cameras whereas the Galaxy S10E has dual cameras.
The camera module shares the same high-end dual aperture primary camera and it also keeps the ultra-wide lens, but it doesn’t have the telephoto camera anymore which I think is great because most people rarely intentionally use the telephoto camera anyway.