Accustomed as we are to there being two versions of the smartphone Galaxy S franchise each year, it is no wonder that the Samsung Galaxy S10e has been quite a surprise. After analyzing your generation brothers, today we bring you the complete review of the new Samsung Galaxy S10e, a different model in concept but with high-end arguments at the highest level. And a more than interesting price.
Samsung Galaxy S10e, datasheet
We review below the technical characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy S10e through its technical sheet:
With this data sheet, the key of this Samsung is almost exclusively on the side of the double camera and a lower price, but above all, in its more compact size.
Give an opportunity in the high-end of more level to more contained screen sizes I think it is a good idea that more manufacturers should start to take advantage.
The high-end great design can also be compact
There are not many manufacturers that dare with a compact format for their high-end terminals. If we look at our comparisons between the best smartphones of 2019, in the section of design and screen, practically all of them opt for screens of more than 6.1 inches, and with it a considerable size.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e puts everything on its side so that the result ends up being very compact. From a 5.8-inch screen to non-existent frames or the absence of a notch on the front.
The result is very convincing because the Samsung Galaxy S10e is a lightweight, compact and very handy phone. Also, it just slips.
It is quite a satisfying experience to return to a compact design without giving up a good diagonal, much less to a behavior, finish and aspirations of authentic high-end. After years of enlarging the park of high-end smartphones without stopping, the welcome is a compact smartphone that does not force us to give up too much.
At the design level, this Samsung Galaxy S10e is quite visual note that the screen is not curved at the edges, a differentiating sign of the Galaxy S saga to which we have become accustomed.
Just for being a compact high-end, the Samsung Galaxy S10e already has a lot of livestock in the market
As for the finish, care of details, materials used or protection against dust and water, the Samsung Galaxy S10e meets like all the high range of Samsung. Both front and rear have Gorilla Glass 5 protection, are perfectly set with the metal frame (with a slight curvature in the back) and the somewhat bright finish copes fairly well with the traces and spots. But if necessary we could clean it without a problem thanks to its IP68 resistance to water.
Without the curved screen, the front of the Galaxy S10e has less personality. The most striking thing is the hole that houses the secondary chamber, as there is no notch in this gadget.
The rest of the physical elements are already usual, with the exception of the headphone port, which resists in this new smartphone. There is an internal speaker, a USB-C port for charging and a tray where you can choose between two SIM cards or extend the fixed storage space with a microSD card.
The identification of faces takes center stage
One of the technological changes between the Galaxy S10e and its generation brothers is precisely one of the most interesting novelties of the Samsung Galaxy S10 + : the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the screen. This absence in the small Galaxy of 2019 has caused some other change in the design of the team, of which in most cases we just do not agree.
No technology to put the fingerprint reader under the screen or pretend to antiquate the terminal by placing it on the back (and not to mention retaking it on the front), Samsung pulls down the middle street and places it on the power button/blocking, on the side. That way of proceeding we have seen many years in Sony Xperia with quite good results.
In the Samsung Galaxy S10e, we have no doubts about the operation of this fingerprint reader. It is quick to identify us and once we place our finger on the button, we are immediately inside the system. The problem that we have found in our test is the choice of the place for that button.
With this placement, the usefulness of the fingerprint reader has seemed to me in my case quite minor, being forced the situation. The result is that with the proper functioning of the face identification system, this has been the default identification option, something that we can adjust in the configuration of the equipment.
This identification of the face has a very good performance in both success and speed. In our tests, the identification has been successful in different scenarios, both with little and with lots of light, as well as with accessories such as sports caps.
Returning to the button dedicated to Bixby, the Samsung assistant, in this Galaxy S10e, we can configure it to have another function. In the system settings, once activated, we can decide what happens with the simple press and double this button. In both cases, one of the actions will activate Bixby, but the second one can be configured for both a quick system action and for the opening of an application.
More compact but high-quality screen
If in design and as we will see the performance, the Samsung Galaxy S10e does not make concessions for being small of the high range, it was not going to be an exception the section of the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a screen with an OLED panel, in this generation with the last name Dynamic. Its appearance is 19: 9, it is perforated to be able to offer room for the selfie camera, and the only downside at a technical level is in the resolution, which is “only” FullHD +.
Although the diagonal is 5.8 inches, here Samsung reduces the density and miss the opportunity to take advantage of the usual high resolution of this range. Despite this, the density of 428 dpi is more than enough to have a level of reading and use experience.
Actually, the biggest difference between the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S10e and the best high-end of the market, including the Galaxy S10 and S10 +, we have not found so much in that loss of sharpness by a lower pixel density as by the level of brightness of the screen.
In this compact model, we do not exceed 450 nits, an interesting figure that makes, especially outdoors, not offer the same comfort or viewing experience as the best on the market with brightness figures substantially above even 700 nits.
As a good Samsung OLED panel, the contrast and blacks are outstanding, and there is a correct coverage also of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces. To personalize the color reproduction the user has two modes: normal, the most precise but somewhat warm, as well as a vivid one, which is more spectacular but some users may find them too saturated.
The Always Display mode of which Samsung is still a reference is not missing in this gadget. As in other terminals this year of the Korean manufacturer, if we choose this active mode, we can choose whether we want it to be always present, activated by touch or always present.
As for viewing angles, no problem in our tests these days. Nor have we found any problems with automatic brightness control, one of the fastest on the market, as well as precise, adjusting values comfortably both outdoors and indoors.
Headphone port and WiFi 6
We started the section dedicated to sound and connectivity with bad news: there is no FM radio. That said, the rest of the connectivity section of the Samsung Galaxy S10e meets outstanding on average.
To begin with and thinking above all of those who use the terminal both to consume streaming content and upload videos or material to the Internet, this Samsung Galaxy S10e supports the new WiFi 6 networks, making it an interesting option for the future or even present if you already have equipment that supports this standard.
We also have Bluetooth 5.0 to take advantage of the use of wireless headphones if we wish. The good news is that it is not mandatory or dependent on adapters since the Samsung Galaxy S10e keeps the headphone port in its slim body less than 8mm thick. And in the box, all a success include a very good AKG headphone.
With it we can take advantage of good sound reproduction, configurable from the system thanks to the contribution of Dolby Atmos, as it happens with the sound we get from the speakers.
The main one is located in the lower frame, while the secondary one (there is stereo sound) is integrated into the upper frame. The whole has been at a very high level. It stands out especially in the reproduction of the medium frequencies, even at high volume, but also with highs and lows, the set deserves recognition on our part. It is not the best sound of the market in the high range but we will not feel at all disappointed if it is a feature that we especially appreciate in a smartphone.
High-end performance level
S10e has the eight-core processor and 8 nm Samsung Exynos 9820, well protected by 6 GB of RAM and an internal memory of 128 GB, which we could also expand using microSD cards of up to 512 GB.
With that combination of the Exynos 9820 and 6 GB of RAM, the day-to-day with the Samsung Galaxy S10e has no doubt. Everything runs without delays or unexpected hangups, whatever the task. Multimedia playback, demanding games or applications of photo editing, or the multitasking itself, move, open and manage very smoothly in this high-end terminal.
If we look at the figures provided by the tests we submit to these smartphones, it is clear that it has nothing to envy at the performance level with the rest of the high-end market, including its big brother with an extra RAM.
Perhaps because of the more compact size of the equipment, the Samsung Galaxy S10e has seemed to me that it suffers from a greater warm-up when we submit it to very intense photography or game sessions. The heat is appreciated soon and in some cases (especially long sessions), it can even bother the hand.
One UI to power
As the new batch of Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S10e reaches the market already updated to Android 9 and with the top layer One UI at the controls of the interface.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with the usual One UI bloatware, which includes the Microsoft apps as well as the package of services and own and bent Android applications that Samsung puts. Among them is the Edge screen, quite personal in what refers to get performance.
For the rest, it is easy to find what we are looking for among the settings, the layer supports just personalization (including a somewhat particular gesture control) and among the additions, again the best is on the side of simple but effective information tools and optimization, as well as those of Digital Health.
Just battery for the day
Despite its fairly contained weight, the Samsung Galaxy S10e has a battery of 3100 mAh, a considerable amount for its size and weight. If we join the good work of the processor and the contained screen resolution, there is room for maneuver to achieve a good autonomy that adds to the global of this smartphone.
That appreciation has not fully correspond. With a mixed but intense use, pulling more Wi-Fi connectivity at home, the average autonomy of the Samsung Galaxy S10e has been 15 hours of use, always depending on the actual use made by each user of the gadget.
In that average of hours of use, we managed to reach on average about five hours of the screen so that a good part of the intensive users of this terminal could end up over the working day. Of course, I would not risk starting the next day without leaving with a recharge of that battery.
That charge can be done wirelessly, although the charging times are still far from what we can get using the serial charger that comes in the box accompanying the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
With this 15 W charger, fully charging the 3100 mAh battery takes just over 100 minutes, reaching the first half hour a considerable 55% battery.
If we want to improve the autonomy, Samsung makes available to the user some controls such as reduced screen resolution or energy saving modes. As it happens in other terminals, reducing the screen resolution does not suppose a notable change for autonomy. As for the saving modes, they are fine for delicate situations in which, due to circumstances, we cannot recharge the terminal, but the terminal is in frank inferiority as a smartphone.
Double camera to secure the photos
One of the big differences between the small of the Galaxy S10 and its media and more expensive brothers is the photographic one. But do not think that the entire photographic system changes from the mid-range to the high-end models. Here the Samsung Galaxy S10e includes two of the three cameras of the Galaxy S10 + .
Indeed, both the main camera with a 12-megapixel sensor (dual aperture f1.5 / 2.4) and the second sensor 16 megapixels (wide angle and f2.2), are the same as in the higher models. The only assumption is that of the third sensor for zoomed photos.
As for the secondary camera, it is a single sensor with 10 MP resolution, aperture f1.9 and ** finally autofocus ** which has given us very good results.
Being in Android 9 and with One UI, the interface does not present notable novelties. We can reorder or hide the camera modes as we wish, and at the personalization level, there are many options available, among them some as the composition assistant, which places a guide superimposed on the photograph with a suggestion of composition according to the scene. Neither is missing a very complete manual mode as well as the automatic HDR that Samsung, hiding it in the menus and preventing deactivating it from the main screen, invites us to always leave it in automatic.
If we already analyze the results of our test and assess the quality of the image, we have a certain return to the past due to the results. Having reached Samsung a very good level in automatic mode for your photos, the advances of the last two years have focused almost exclusively on adding more games and possibilities by means of more cameras.
With the main one, when there is good light or we take close pictures, the Samsung Galaxy S10e camera keeps good results in terms of color, white balance and even exposure, although there is sometimes a tendency to overexpose some areas. But it is enough to approach the details to check that there is something of lack of clarity.
That same main chamber begins to suffer more than it should at this time when light is scarce, especially because of the noise introduced. On many occasions, and if we can afford it, it’s better to throw in manual mode and try it out.
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With both light and night scenes especially, the overall quality at the level of detail and noise drops slightly when we use the camera with a wide angle. But it gives a lot of play.
On the side of artificial intelligence applied to photography, again more of the same: excellent identification of the scenes, but little contribution beyond reinforcing the contrast, as we see in the following scene.
A novelty in the interface is in portrait mode, here called Dynamic Focus. Among the options to regulate the effect we also find three extra modes to apply different effects. Depending on the scene, in particular, we can get interesting shots.
Although with faces the results are acceptable, with complex objects and scenarios, the system does not see clearly where to keep the focus and where to cut the depth of field.
The dynamic focus mode is also available with the secondary camera. It is one, with 10 MP resolution and aperture f1.9. But as indicated above, what we liked the most is the ease of getting shots always focused and with good color reproduction.
With the selfie camera, we can also simulate something of a wide angle with the option of group selfie.
If we turn to video, the options are quite numerous, from slow motion to 4K and 1080p modes, both with options of 60 and 30p. Here we highlight the stabilization and good overall quality, dynamic range and focus speed when there is good light. In night scenes, that approach is already more chaotic and complex to control.