Hardcore gadget fans have undoubtedly read all about the specs for each of Samsung’s models in the new Galaxy S10 line. Most people out there likely haven’t though, and they’re going to be surprised to learn that the Galaxy S10e is just as fast and powerful as the other Galaxy S10 models.
When people see three different versions of a product, they tend to assume that the cheapest model underperforms the other two. Sometimes that is indeed the case, but Apple’s iPhone XR has helped show people that’s not always true with smartphones. Now, Samsung’s Galaxy S10e reinforces that notion.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10e comes with either 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. I have the 6GB/128GB model to test and I can confirm that there isn’t really a discernible difference in performance compared to the Galaxy S10+ I tested with 8GB of RAM. S10 phones with 8GB of RAM might be able to keep more apps cached in the background, and the added RAM might also help in certain other situations. In day-to-day use, however, there is no noticeable difference in speed.
If you want some hard data to support that observation, here are the Geekbench 4 scores I got for each phone:
The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen while the Galaxy S10 sports a 6.1-inch display. That’s a meaningful difference as far as display area is concerned, but the Galaxy S10e itself isn’t much smaller than the S10. Here are the dimensions for each phone:
- Galaxy S10e: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm (150 g)
- Galaxy S10: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (157 g)
How is it possible that the Galaxy S10 is only half a millimeter wider than the Galaxy S10e despite the significant difference in screen size? That takes us to point #3…
The bezels are much thicker than the S10
Samsung’s overhauled Infinity Display design on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ is fantastic, and the bezels are much thinner above and below the screen than they were on last year’s Galaxy S9 series phones. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S10+ has a window-to-body ratio of 93.1%, which is quite impressive. But the Galaxy S10e has much thicker bezels than the other two S10 models, and the difference is quite noticeable.
Here are renders of the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 from Samsung’s website:
The Galaxy S10e has the same front-facing camera as the Galaxy S10. It also features 16-megapixel (Ultra Wide/F2.2) and a Dual Pixel 12-megapixel OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4) cameras on the back, which is also just like the Galaxy S10. The S10 and S10+ add a third telephoto camera on the back that provides 2x optical zoom. So, aside from the lack of optical zoom, the cameras on the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 are identical…
Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10e prices
For a quick recap, without the offer, the Galaxy S10 Plus is available in at Rs 1,17,900 for the 1 TB variant, Rs 91,900 for the 512 GB variant, and Rs 73,900 for the 128 GB model.
The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 84,900 for the 512 GB variant and the 128GB model costs Rs 66,900. The Galaxy S10e comes with only 128 GB storage variant and is priced at Rs 55,900.
The aesthetic cues of Samsung’s last few devices are immediately apparent in the S10, including an all-glass body that, for better or worse, is still a fingerprint, smudge and grease magnet. Despite more gentle curves, the S10 retains the sloped edges of the S8 and S9. As a result, it still frequently and frustratingly registers accidental inputs. Nearly every time I tried to watch a video on YouTube with the phone in landscape, I found I accidentally either paused playback or skipped ahead. The first new thing most people will probably notice about Samsung’s S10 is the phone’s ‘anti-notch’ ‘Infinity-O’ display.
The S10 and S10+ include two of the best smartphone displays I have ever encountered. Colours look bright and vibrant, but as is typical with Samsung’s S series, far from true-to-life. If you were a fan of Samsung’s past displays, you’re going to like the S10’s screen. The S10 comes in at 149.9mm x 70.4mm x 7.8mm and weighs 157g, with the S10+ measuring in at 157.6mm x 74.1mm x 7.8mm and the standard version weighing 175g, while the more expensive ceramic model weighs 198g. The weight difference between the three versions of the device is negligible, and generally, the S10 is a light device. Speaking of the Ceramic S10+, this new, higher-end version of the larger phone comes in at an astounding $1,749 CAD. While I only briefly played with the ceramic version of the S10+, I didn’t find much of a difference between it and the more affordable, standard model.
RAM and Storage
Aside from the display, there are various RAM and storage variants on each of the models.
- Galaxy S10+ – 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/512GB/1TB storage
- Galaxy S10 – 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/512GB storage
- Galaxy S10e – 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage
- Galaxy S10 5G – 8GB RAM, 256GB storage
Of all the Galaxy S10 models listed, the Galaxy S10+ has the most number of variants with the largest having a whopping 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. Even I don’t know what to do to maximize that 12GB but that 1TB is sure is useful if I ever want my smartphone to be a portable hard drive.
One of the main events of the Galaxy S10 series is the camera department. Each model comes with a different set of rear and front cameras which is very interesting. Take a look below:
- Galaxy S10+ – 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 + 16MP ultra-wide angle + 12MP Telephoto (rear), 10MP f/1.9 main + 8MP f/2.2 live focus (front)
- Galaxy S10 – 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 + 16MP ultra-wide angle + 12MP Telephoto (rear), 10MP f/1.9 main (front)
- Galaxy S10e – 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 + 16MP ultra-wide angle (rear) , 10MP f/1.9 main (front)
- Galaxy S10 5G – 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 + 16MP ultra-wide angle + 12MP Telephoto + 3D Depth-Sensing (rear), 10MP f/1.9 main + 8MP f/2.2 live focus (front)
For this, to get the full Galaxy camera experience, you should go with the S10+ and S10 5G since they are equipped with all the cameras that Samsung has to offer in their new smartphones.
If you’ve noticed, the initial leaks and reports show that the Galaxy S10 series will only have three variants but surprise surprise, Samsung released the 4th model called the S10 5G. Based on its name, you’ll already get an idea on what it has to offer. The other phones only have up to 4G LTE connectivity but this one is the company’s first smartphone to be equipped with a fully functional 5G network. We don’t know how fast can it go yet but we’re sure that this will be the start of the 5G smartphone technology for all the brands this year.
It’s important to note that there will be no more physical fingerprint scanners for the S10 series except for one. Three of which, the S10+, S10, and S10 5G, come with an Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanning technology but only the S10e will have a side-mounted scanner just like with the Sony Xperia devices.
Last, but definitely not the least, is each model’s battery capacities. Check them out.
- Galaxy S10 5G – 4,500mAh
- Galaxy S10+ – 4,100mAh
- Galaxy S10 – 3,400mAh
- Galaxy S10e – 3,100mAh
The Galaxy S10 5G has the largest battery capacity among the ones in the series with the S10e getting the smallest mAh. However, expect that they already have an optimized battery performance that leads to having a longer-than-usual life.
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