Samsung s10e vs s10: series is generating a lot of buzz, but the costs are also making some squirm.
The new Galaxy S10e is by far the cheapest alternative, but is it a better update than the Galaxy S10 or a false economy? You might be shocked at how different they are…
Size Does Matter When It Comes to Displays
• Galaxy S10 – 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED+, 19:9 aspect ratio, 1440 x 3040 pixels (550 ppi), 1200 nits brightness, Gorilla Glass 6 (front screen), Gorilla Glass 5 (back screen), Gorilla Glass 6 (front screen) (rear)
• Samsung Galaxy S10e – 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2280 pixels (438 ppi), 1200 nits brightness, and Gorilla Glass 5. (front and back)
Yes, the Galaxy S10e has a smaller display and is flat, but curved edges divide opinion, and smartphone displays have become so enormous that some people will prefer the affordable choice.
Especially because they both have bezel-trimming ‘punch-hole’ displays.
The Galaxy S10 is distinguished by its higher-resolution screen and Gorilla Glass 6 front panel.
But not right now. By default, these phones use lesser resolutions, and the human eye can’t tell the difference above 300ppi anyhow. Most people put their phones in a protective case to protect the glass.
Because of its thinner bezels, the Galaxy S10 has a higher screen-to-body ratio (88.3 percent vs 83.3 percent), but it’s a little difference that I think most people can live with.
(Note: Samsung claims 91 percent and 93 percent ratios, respectively, but does not include the punch-hole).
As a result, the Galaxy S10’s in-display Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is the true winner.
It creates a 3D model of your fingerprint using acoustic vibrations, and it’s more faster and more secure than any prior scanner.
It’s undoubtedly cool, too. Owners of the Galaxy S10e will have to make do with a reader embedded into the power button.
Premium Stablemates Design
• Galaxy S10 – 157 g, 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31-inch), 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31-inch) (5.54 oz)
• Galaxy S10e – 150 g, 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm (5.60 x 2.75 x 0.31 in), 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm (5.60 x 2.75 x 0.31 in) (5.29 oz)
Because of its smaller display, the Galaxy S10e is smaller and lighter, but it is also more compact than the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 (147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g), making it an extremely portable phone by today’s standards.
Both new versions retain the best features of their predecessors, including IP68 water resistance, stereo speakers (bottom grill + amplified earpiece), USB-C, microSD, and the headphone port.
Both phones also get the ability to use their microSD card as a second sim, making them suitable for having several phone numbers, such as home/work or personal/travel.
Finally, the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 are available in the following colours: Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, and Flamingo Pink, with Canary Yellow on the S10e.
Note that the 1TB variant of the Galaxy S10 Plus comes in black or white ceramic finishes.
Three vs. one camera
• Rear of Galaxy S10e: 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55 “Secondary – 16MP, f/2.2, 12mm (123-degree ultrawide) lens, 1.4m, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS;
• Samsung Galaxy S10 Rear – same as above, plus Tertiary – 12MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6” “2x optical zoom, 1.0m, AF, OIS
So the Galaxy S10e doesn’t have the same 2x optical zoom as the Galaxy S10, but I don’t believe that’s a big deal.
While the ultrawide lens is great for panoramas and photography indoors, you can usually compensate for the lack of optical zoom by simply getting closer to your subject.
Meanwhile, both phones have the same drawbacks: their hardware does not appear to have improved since the Galaxy S9.
While image processing has become the most important aspect in smartphone photo quality, the Pixel 3 retains its point-and-shoot camera crown.
On the front, there hasn’t been much change in terms of hardware.
• Front: 10MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e
• 8MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, Galaxy S9 Front
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e share the same hardware as the Galaxy S9, although the Galaxy S10e has a little higher resolution than the Galaxy S9.
They do, however, feature a smaller aperture (f/1.9) than the Galaxy S9 (f/1.7), which is an odd choice.
Samsung has taken a step forward by introducing HDR video recording.
This, like its camera counterpart, mixes different exposures to keep detail in low and bright light at the same time, and the results are fantastic.
Even better, both model models are aware of this.
The Galaxy S10 Plus includes two front-facing cameras, which is a useful feature.
Memory Games – Performance
• Exynos 9820 Octa (8 nm) for EMEA, CPU: Octa-core (2×2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55), GPU: Mali-G76
• Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm), CPU: Octa-core (1×2.8 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.4 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 485), GPU: Adreno 640, both models: US, China
While the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e are identical, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e benefit from upgraded hardware.
Samsung claims that the CPU and GPU have been improved by 29% and 37% over the Galaxy S9, respectively, and that they operate cooler as a result of the die decrease.
There is a distinction in RAM. The Galaxy S10 features a generous 8GB of RAM, independent of which storage option you choose (128/512GB), however the Galaxy S10e’s storage dictates what you get: There is no 512GB model.
128GB offers you 6GB, 256GB gives you 8GB, and there is no 512GB variant.
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e do, however, match up in terms of connection.
While Apple’s iPhone XR has a lower-quality 4G, Samsung’s latest models have upgraded 4G for better reception and performance (up to a theoretical 2Gbps) as well as the all-new WiFi 6 standard, which has improved speed and range.
Wireless PowerShare is also available on both models. This is a nice new function that allows you to charge Qi-compatible gadgets by placing your phone against their back.
To work, your phone must have at least 30% battery life remaining.
In terms of software, both versions include Samsung’s ‘One UI,’ which is simpler and more straightforward.
But be warned: Android updates aren’t likely to arrive any sooner than they are now.
Upgrade to a Larger Battery Life
• 3400 mAh Galaxy S10
• 3100 mAh Galaxy S10e
Despite the fact that the Galaxy S10’s battery is nearly 10% larger than the Galaxy S10e’s, the real-world changes are modest due to the Galaxy S10’s larger screen and greater quality.
Both are upgrades over the Galaxy S9 (3000 mAh), with Samsung claiming nearly 24-hours of battery life on a single charge.
Both versions support 18W wired charging and 15W wireless charging. This is fine, though rivals have begun to provide faster wired charging (notably OnePlus).
Samsung will release a 5G Galaxy S10 with 25W wired charging later this year, rubbing this in for Galaxy S10 and S10e buyers.
Tip: The Galaxy S10 Plus has by far the best battery life in the lineup.
Mix and match in terms of price and storage.
• Galaxy S10 ($899 for 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM), $999 for 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM)
• Galaxy S10e ($749 for 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM), $849 for 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM)
The 128GB Galaxy S10e is the best value option in my opinion, thanks to its capability for microSD, but microSD also means the 128GB Galaxy S10 is worth the $50 premium over the 256GB Galaxy S10e.
There’s a lot more in common between these phones than you might think.
The 128GB Galaxy S10e is the phone to get if you’re on a budget.
6GB of RAM is more than adequate, and it keeps practically all of the Galaxy S10’s top features while matching performance.
However, if you want to go higher in the range, you’re better off getting a 128GB Galaxy S10 for $50 more than a 256GB Galaxy S10e (due to its microSD slot).
You’ll get the device’s excellent Ultrasonic fingerprint reader, thinner bezels, and 2x optical zoom lens.
My criticisms are that both phones’ cameras aren’t as good as I’d like them to be, and their punch-hole designs will divide opinion. Regardless, they certainly live up to their tenth-anniversary billing.