Flagships are the benchmarks for excellence in the smartphone market. Samsung as a brand has a tendency to set a benchmark for the flagships itself with its S series of smartphones. In the month of February, Samsung launched their 3 models in the top of the line S series namely S10, S10 Plus and a smaller S10 e.
As the name suggests, the S10 Plus is the largest and most expensive of all, whereas, the S10e is the smallest and the cheapest of them as well. This is a review of the S10e model. The model starts at around $799 and is on the higher end of smartphones.
Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 processor with 1.9 GHz and octa-core powers the smartphone in some markets. In other markets, it is powered by equally powerful Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm. Moreover, it has 16 GBs of RAM and 128 GB of storage. According to many benchmark setting websites, it has been seen to outperform the Nokia 9 Pureview and Google Pixel 3 as well.
The phone scores really well in the screen department. It is one of the best in the market. It sports a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display from Samsung. It is a Full HD+ unlike superior displays in S10 and S10 Plus but due to the smaller screen size, the display is crisp and looks great at 522 ppi.
The superfluous display is protected by a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. Since the phone is IP68 rated water and dust resistant, the back is also covered by a Gorilla Glass 5. However, the drop tests done by many YouTubers seem to show that the phone is fragile. It would certainly need a good casing for protection.
Several studies done across the globe shows that smartphone users look for a good camera performance before considering a smartphone for purchase. This brings us to the camera performance of this flagship grade device. As usual, the camera in the Galaxy S10e punches above its weight. It boasts a 12 megapixels f/1.5 primary shooter and a 16 megapixels f/2.2 shooter. The photos are very realistic and colour reproduction looks very good and not at all washed out. The performance is top class in good lighting conditions but it dips significantly during low light conditions.
Apart from the general features that a smartphone is judged upon, this phone is a bit different from the lot. Samsung’s signature curved screen display is not present in this model and the flat screen makes it a good option for someone looking for a different form factor. However, it has real-life benefits. The phone also sports flat sides that help the users to have a good grip and spares them from accidental touches on the screens.
The fingerprint is on the side of the device that makes it one of the rare models in the market especially in the era of in-display fingerprint scanners. The placement is a bit odd for many but it is not a deal-breaker. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, the device has face recognition for added security.
The only downside one might feel in the phone is its battery backup. It gets its juice from a 3100 mAH battery. Considering the price point, it is a bit less as its competitors come with over 4000 mAH batteries. However, we need to consider the form factor. The chassis is smaller than other phones in this range and thus the smaller batter is justified. The juice runs out only after 9 hours of video playback in maximum brightness with Wi-Fi on.
Overall, the smartphone is a good deal if anyone is willing to spend over $750 and settle with a smaller than most display. The performance is as good as it is expected from the high-end Samsung flagships with the latest Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 processors. The dual camera unit (12mp + 16mp) at the back and the 10mp selfie camera are some of the best in the market.