Samsung Galaxy S10e review
Infinity-O Display, Bixby, and dual camera
Our Samsung Galaxy S10e review introduces you to the most affordable phone in the S10 range. Side-by-side, there aren’t too many differences between the S10 and S10e, so we expect the S10e to be incredibly popular.
Infinity-O Display – say bye-bye to the camera notch
The Samsung Galaxy S10e looks superb as we finally say bye-bye to the camera notch. Instead, we get to enjoy a 5.8” Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display. As the Infinity-O moniker suggests, there is a small O-shaped dot within the screen, which the camera lens sits within.
The Full HD+ resolution is very detailed at 2,280x 1,080 pixels (438 pixels per inch). The + indicates that there are more rows of pixels, so you can see more of a webpage, game, or movie.
The display of the Galaxy S10e is HDR10+ certified, so you can stream more vivid content from sources such as Amazon Video. You will also have the convenience of an Always On Display (AOD) and a special Night Mode that dynamically limits harmful blue light by 42%, to save eye strain before bedtime.
Prism or Canary - take your pick of five colours
The Samsung Galaxy S10e can be purchased in one of five colours. These colours include Prism Black, Prism White, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, and Prism Green. The front and back of the phone are made from glass and these are affixed to a polished metal frame. The S10e is pretty slim at 7.9mm and very lightweight at 150g, making it a real pocket-pleaser.
Okay, so it rains a lot in the UK, so water ingress can be an issue. This Samsung phone tackles this with IP68 water resistance. IP68 indicates that the phone can be submerged into fresh water and survive the dunk.
True processing power – with an intuitive edge
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has a processor that clocks speeds of up to 2.73GHz. The processor has eight cores and 6GB RAM, giving up to 37% faster graphics and 29% faster processing.
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Gaming performance is helped along by a heat-pipe cooling system. Your general day-to-day activities are managed by an Intelligent Performance Enhancer. This learns your routines and then preloads frequently used apps before you need them. Instant app launch has finally become a reality.
Phone Set Up
Biometric security – unlock with a touch or a glance
The Samsung Galaxy S10e gives you the best of both worlds with face recognition and a side-positioned fingerprint sensor. As with most smartphones, you have a Secure Folder protected by your choice of security authentication.
Smart Switch – get you content from Android or Apple
The Smart Switch app brings your content over from your old phone with ease. This Samsung mobile phone has either a 128GB or 256GB memory for your content. If you are an extreme user, then a microSD card slot (up to 512GB) lets you upgrade the memory.
One UI – Android Pie refined
Samsung’s One UI is a new user interface and it has been created to bring the things you want to do and see into easier reach. It includes the Bixby AI assistant, activated by a voice command or by pressing the special Bixby Key.
Bixby can handle many tasks and with Bixby Routines, several tasks can be grouped together and be activated at times such as before you go to bed, when you go to bed, or when you get into your car. Actions include:
- Turn on the blue light filter
- Mute sounds
- Turn on Night Mode
- Turn off the Always On Display
- Turn off mobile data
- Turn on voice wake-up
- Start playing music through Samsung Music
Bixby Vision encompasses a number of apps and actions. You can venture into augmented reality and place new furniture in your home (Home Decor app) or see how makeup and different hair colours will look on you (Makeup & Hair Dyeing app).
In Lens Mode, Bixby will let you shop online for items that you see when you are out and about. It can translate text or give you info on wine, food, or books.
Sound by AKG – louder, deeper, and sharper
AKG has used its extensive expertise in sound purification to enhance the clarity and bass of the stereo speakers. There is an AKG-tuned headset in the box and surround sound is given by Dolby Atmos, along with ultra high-quality audio playback.
Edge Panels – Drag in your next action
Edge Panels let you drag in different toolbars from the side of the screen. On the Samsung Galaxy S10e, these panels include Apps Edge, Live Message, Clipboard Edge, Reminder, Samsung Internet, Tasks Edge, Weather, People Edge, Quick Tools, and Music.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e also comes with malware and virus protection from McAfee.
Camera & Video
Live Focus – background blur for your selfies
The S10e has a 10MP selfie camera and with Live Focus, you can blur the background to give your portrait photos a pro-look. You can also capture your portrait and change into an AR Emoji.
Ultra-wide lens – capture a truer panorama
The dual camera on the Samsung Galaxy S10e consists of a 16MP ultra wide lens (123 degrees) and a 12MP wide angle lens with a dual aperture. The dual aperture works like a human eye and contracts in bright light and expands when it is dark, to let in more light.
A Scene Optimiser recognises 30 scenes and adjusts the settings on your behalf, to capture the best results. AI adds a Flaw Detection action and will only snap a group shot when everyone is smiling.
Further camera tools include 10x digital zoom, Live Focus with Bokeh Effect, Motion Photos, Super Slo-mo video recording (960fps), 4K video recording, Playback Zoom, Hyperlapse, and Super Steady Video Digital Image Stabilisation.
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Intelligent Battery – getting you through every day
The battery in the S10e has a 3,100mAh capacity and 24-hour Intelligent Battery software adjusts the performance on the phone. It can for example shut down unused apps, to ensure you get through the whole day.
If you wish to buy a wireless charger for the S10e, then you will get Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. You can also help your friends out with Wireless PowerShare, where your phone can charge another, although only certain phones are compatible with this.
Written by: Michael Brown