The current S10 models are available in three versions: S10, S10 + and the entry-level Samsung Galaxy S10e. We wanted to know in the test how much "beginner" is really in the S10e.
For the first time, Samsung has divided its flagship models of the S-Series into three variants this year: Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 + (review) and Galaxy S10e. Plus and standard version was also in recent years, new is the electric model. The "e" could also stand for "beginners", after all, it is the cheap of the three models. But can you really talk about an entry-level model with an EIA of just under 750 euros?
"Wow, what a small top smartphone!" That was the first thought that went through the test editor's head during the test. The touchscreen measures 5.8 inches, which was reserved for phablets two years ago. But today this is actually small, especially since Samsung wastes almost no space on the Galaxy S10e. Although there is a clearly visible frame around the display, it is also thinner above and below the display than on some other models. This fits the compact dimensions of the smartphone. Because that is with its 142 × 70 × 7.9 millimeters and the just 150 grams of weight compared to the sibling models Galaxy S10 and S10 + although slightly thicker, but much smaller and thus looks downright compact.
In the hand, the S10e is also so good because the frame is nicely rounded. When touching down with your finger, although moderately sharp-edged transitions between the glass on the front and back of the phone can be felt, but overall, the transition is largely fluent. And that, although in contrast to the more expensive S10 models, the S10e does not come with rounded 3D or Edge glass, but with a straight display surface. Whether this is a plus or a negative point is certainly in the eye of the beholder. Schick sees the curved display surface on the edges of the more expensive models namely, but it also creates unsightly reflections.
The processing is basically good, in addition to the aforementioned sharp edge in the transition from glass to metal frame surprised our test device by a shaky fingerprint sensor, which is integrated into the power button. It even rattled when you shook your smartphone slightly – which should not happen with a luxury-class smartphone, but should be a problem of our special test device. Apart from that, there was no reason for criticism in terms of fit, gaps or other quality impression. However, the power button and fingerprint sensor should have been placed a bit more towards the middle of the case so that it can be reached more easily. The volume rocker above the Bixby button on the left side is a matter of habit, with most manufacturers, it is housed on the right. Positive: The IP68 protection of the housing against ingress of water and dust. After all, you do not have to worry about water damage in the rain or when falling into a filled washbasin.
The touch screen of the Samsung Galaxy S10e measures 5.8 inches, provided you ignore the rounded corners of the screen. Although they look fancy, reduce the screen diagonal purely mathematically but to 5.6 inches – in everyday life, the loss of area, of course, far less serious. With a high resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels, the image sharpness with just under 435 pixels per inch (PPI) is pleasantly high, content is played back sharply. Normally one does not miss the higher resolution of the sibling models, only in the direct comparison one sees a slight difference.
Elsewhere, however, the OLED screen surprised us negatively: Although the colors and the black value score with their usual intensity, our review sample showed a surprisingly weak viewing angle stability. While white looked rather yellowish in a direct top view, the color quickly turned to bluish as soon as you looked slightly at the screen from the sides. Otherwise we are not used to Samsung OLEDs. The brightness is neat in automatic mode with measured 410 cd / m² for an OLED panel. The S10e's always-on display is very useful as always.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has the same cameras as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 +; Basically, that's true, but that's only half the story. Because the more expensive sibling models have indeed also the same 12 and 16 megapixel cameras for normal and ultra wide angle and a front camera with 10 megapixels, but also more. So offer S10 and S10 + in addition to a 12-megapixel with telephoto, the Plus model even a second front camera with 8 megapixels.
The S10e offers at the main camera at least in Pro mode a selectable f / 1.5 and f / 2.4 aperture and an optical image stabilizer, the ultra wide-angle camera a f / 2.2 aperture. In good light, one sees above all a difference between the two lenses: On ultra wide-angle shots you can see image noise, not in the normal wide angle. Both have in common a very intense color with good image sharpness and strong drawing of subjects. Thanks to HDR +, this also applies to a cloud-filled sky that is depicted extremely plastically. Typical burning out of bright image areas is almost foreign to the S10e and dark areas are lightened realistically and do not drip off.
In low light, the difference in the maximum aperture of the main and ultra wide-angle lenses becomes really obvious. While the camera app for the main lens in automatic mode, thanks to artificial intelligence automatically chooses night settings and provides dark, but also quite natural and comparatively sharp results, the ultra wide-angle lens for night shots is hardly to use. They will simply be too dark. The only remedy here is the Pro mode, but for which a tripod and an immovable motif are absolutely necessary. He then offers two advantages: On the one hand, night shots by means of continuous exposure on request lighter than in Auto mode, on the other hand then falls off with the right settings and the slight artifact formation in brightness gradients, which fabricates the automatic mode. Overall, the camera is really good, in bad light Samsung's S10e but overall behind Huawei top models like the P30 Pro (review).
Automatic at night, main camera
If you like to use telephoto lenses, you should opt for the more expensive sister models – they offer an additional lens with at least 2x magnification. From the digital zoom, however, one should leave the finger, it produces at most better pixel slush. Again, Huawei offers more.
The front camera of the S10e makes really good selfies. As long as you do not overdo it with artificial bokeh, pictures look pretty neat. For videos, Samsung also delivers decent work. The image stabilization is very good, especially in full HD, in 4K with 60 frames per second, it still works pretty neat and the image quality is much higher.
Overall, the "entry-S10" delivers very good photo and video results that are in (almost) nothing compared to the more expensive sister models.
Samsung begrudge the cheapest S10 model, the S10e, only a single memory configuration: 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. The Plus model even comes with up to 12 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of internal memory, which is quite a bit. Since all three smartphones but synonymous still memory cards with up to 512 GB, even buyers of the S10e should get no memory problems. When using the memory expansion option, however, the possibility is lost to use a second SIM card. The rest is the same: An Exynos 9820 provides with its eight up to 2.7 GHz fast cores together with a Mali G76 MP12 GPU neat power. In the Antutu benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with a strong 320,000 points
In addition to LTE Cat. 20 with download speeds of theoretically up to 2 Gbit / s is also WLAN 6 with it. It is the successor of WLAN IEEE 802.11 ac with also 2.4 and 5 Ghz. In addition to simplifying the naming process, not only the transmission speed is increased, but above all the stability in high-traffic networks. Overall, the download speed is expected to rise to 11 Gbit / s. For backward compatibility, users of the Galaxy S10e can easily continue using their old Wi-Fi hardware.
The Galaxy S10e's USB-C port provides USB 3.1 speed. NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS with the support of Glonass, Beidou and Galileo are also very topical. The fingerprint sensor in the Powerbutton like the Sony Xperia 1 (review) works reliably and quickly in the test. The adjustable unlocking by face recognition works in direct light also very directly, but carries security risks. We really liked the included AKG headset, which produces very clear sound, and the stereo speakers. Not only are they loud and clear, they also carry a certain amount of bass. The software is also up to date: Android 9 Pie serves as the basis, above that is the new One UI in version 1.1. The Samsung UI is neatly structured and offers useful extensions such as a dark mode for the OLED display. The security patch is from July 2019 and is therefore sufficiently up to date.
The battery capacity is the lowest on the Samsung Galaxy S10e: 3100 mAh is the power donor. This will get you through the day – but not much more. A second day is at best for Wenignutzer in it. In the Battery Life test of PC-Mark, the Samsung model did not last eight hours, for a top model – and nothing else is the Samsung Galaxy S10e – that's a little bit. In about 1.5 hours, the smartphone is fully charged again, wireless it takes just under two hours. Reverse charge, so the ability to wirelessly load other devices, probably should be used only in emergencies because of the not very lush endurance of the battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is available in black, white, green, yellow and blue. Prices are currently starting at around 499 euros – about a third less than the original manufacturer price.
Samsung Galaxy S10E Yellow
Samsung Galaxy S10E Black
Samsung Galaxy S10E White
Samsung Galaxy S10E Green
Samsung Galaxy S10E Yellow
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is anything but an entry-level model. It offers great performance, a high-end camera, ample storage, wireless charging and a sleek design. In addition, hidden highlights such as Wifi 6 and Reverse Charge are included – that's clearly high-end. But the package is not perfect. So the battery should have been stronger and the OLED display surprised in our test negative with little brilliance. Overall, the S10e is its more expensive sister models but in little and is even more handy. If you are looking for a small, high-end smartphone, you will not go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S10 E. The only problem: The similarly good Xiaomi Mi 9 (review) costs with the same memory currently significantly less. Although this also offers chic design, a great camera and a good OLED display, but elsewhere not quite as much as the Samsung Galaxy S10e.