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Galaxy S10e: Samsung's great response to the Pixel 3

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More compact than its brothers, the Galaxy S10e completes the new range of Samsung with a promise that has become too rare: to offer a jewel that can be used with one hand.

Our review


Like every start of the year, Samsung has unveiled its new range of flagships, the Galaxy S10. But unlike previous vintages, the Korean manufacturer decided not to offer two smartphones, but three. So here, in addition to the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 +, the Galaxy S10e (with an "e" for essentials). A phone fairly close to its brothers in the data sheet, except that it is smaller, it has a photo module amputated and it is also cheaper. Launched at € 759, it allows Samsung to occupy an additional price bracket, but also to come and hunt on the land of the Pixel 3, the Mate 20 or even the iPhone XR, the equivalent proposal from Apple.


Ergonomics and design

The Galaxy S10e has nothing to envy its big brothers in terms of design. The Samsung terminal benefits from a very pleasant high-end finish. It offers in addition to that a nice added value by its format. With its dimensions that have become XS for our time (142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm), it turns out to be smaller than the Pixel 3 (145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm) while carrying a larger panel (5.8 inches against 5.5 inches for the Google smartphone). This small feat is made possible thanks to the photo module punched in the upper right corner and with very fine borders. The slab thus reaches 85% occupancy of the facade. A rate high enough to offer the impression of a beautiful screen edge to edge.

Another strong point of this Galaxy S10e, it is easily handled with one hand. Comfort slightly spoiled by awkward button positioning. On its left edge, the volume buttons, very high, overhang a boring Bixby button as the assistant is still limited in Spain. Fortunately, it is possible to redefine the role of the button via the parameters. A single or double press can therefore open any of the installed applications. It is on the right edge that the home button is positioned. It is here doubled with a fingerprint sensor, in the manner of what Sony proposed once. If the sensor is very reactive and allows to register as many fingerprints as desired, it turns out to be too high to be perfectly accessible. And if it is high for a right-hander, things are even more complicated for a left-hander, forced to extend his fingers. We often find ourselves favoring facial recognition, based on the front photo module. It is rather reactive, but does not work in the dark, unlike Apple's Face ID, for example.

High-end Samsung requires, the Galaxy S10e is IP68 certified. It is therefore waterproof and airtight to dust. With 128 or 256 GB of internal memory, the smartphone can accommodate a microSD card on its second nanoSIM port (up to 512 GB).

Ergonomics and design


Like its brothers, the Galaxy S10e comes with a screen protector. It may be interesting to remove it, as we explain in this dedicated news lab. Whichever you choose, it's a high-quality slab that sits underneath. The OLED screen of the Galaxy S10e offers a diagonal of 5.8 inches with a 19: 9 ratio for a display in 1080 x 2280 px and a resolution of 435 ppi. Luckily, the default settings of the smartphone offer a display profile perfectly suited to our rating. We thus discover an average delta E at 1.7, witnessing an almost perfect color reproduction. The color temperature is also close to perfection, with a measurement at 6,593 K, very close to the 6,500 K expected to stick to the video standard. The whole is completed by an infinite contrast ratio delivered by Oled technology.

We started our tests on the Galaxy S10 and made an unfortunate discovery. The screen protection posed by Samsung on its flagship ...

In terms of performance, the screen of the Galaxy S10e is also very satisfactory. It thus proves capable of increasing the brightness to 744 cd / m², enough to remain perfectly readable, even in direct sunlight. Night readers will also be satisfied by the minimum brightness of 1.7 cd / m², far from burning the retina. Note that if the reflectance is around 12% with the screen protector, it drops to 8% once removed.

Finally, the slab of the Galaxy S10e offers zero afterglow, Oled requires, and a tactile delay (74 ms) slightly above the average.



In Europe, the Galaxy S10e is powered by an Exynos 9820 SoC and 6 GB of RAM. Enough equipment to run Android 9 and One UI perfectly smoothly. No problem of fluidity is to report, the whole managing with serenity multitasking and the heaviest applications. Nothing to report either on the heating side, the smartphone rarely exceeding 30 ° C.

On the gaming side, the Galaxy S10e is based on a Mali G72 MP12 chip. It offers very comfortable performance, not suffering from any slowdown or concessions on the graphics side, for a foolproof experience.



With its Galaxy S10, Samsung is one of the last manufacturers to integrate a 3.5 mm mini-jack connection on a high-end smartphone. A presence all the more appreciable as it turns out to be of excellent quality. In addition to a decent output power, it offers a wide dynamic range and contains its distortion and crosstalk at low levels.

The Galaxy S10e's speakers are perfectly fine. The main, located on the lower edge, offers a rather clear sound, although a little weak. It is however supported by the loudspeaker of the headset. What deliver a pretty good stereo sound and quietly accompany the playback of a video or game.



Where its big brothers have a triple photo module on their back, the Galaxy S10e only takes two, abandoning the one dedicated to 2x optical zoom. So here we are with the main module composed of a 12 MP sensor and a stabilized optic with variable aperture (f / 1.5 or f / 2.4). This is accompanied by a 16 MP sensor overhung by a very wide angle lens opening at f / 2.2 for a focal length equivalent to 12 mm. The whole is articulated by the good photo application from Samsung, fluid, complete, which leaves hands on a lot of parameters.

In full light, the pictures taken by the Galaxy S10e are good. The smartphone is positioned as one of the top photophones on the market. The colors are realistic and the details are present on the central part of the scene. Unfortunately, this quality is dissipated at the periphery, with an unfortunate loss of sharpness.

In low light, the result is also quite good. The S10e offers a clear and detailed scene. The rendering is pleasing to the eye, but benefits from a strong accentuation where the Pixel 3 offers a more natural shot.

For its part, the very wide-angle of the Galaxy S10e offers results identical to those of its big brothers, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 +. Good results detailed in a news lab available here.

Before the full tests of the Galaxy S10 and S10 + which should be published next week, we offer you a point on the ultra module ...

At the front, the photo module of the Galaxy S10e offers a 10 MP sensor supported by a lens opening at f / 1.9. It offers detailed selfies, without exaggeration of the smoothing and with its own light management.

Finally, this smartphone offers a certain video quality and a very successful video stabilization mode.



Weak point of previous generations, the autonomy of the Galaxy S10e was expected at the turn. And like every year, Samsung does not shine with its battery. It took only 13 h 37 min for our SmartViser home autonomy test to overcome the 3100 mAh battery that powers the smartphone. In real conditions, this corresponds to approximately one day of use. A score slightly worse than that of Pixel 3, its direct competitor in the featherweight category. And that in itself is a little disappointment for customers of compact smartphones.


Like its brother the S10, this Galaxy S10e had everything to please. Its compact format proves to be very pleasant, its slab is beautiful, its performance is close to the top and the quality of its photos remains more than satisfactory. Unfortunately, he stumbles independently. Enough to prevent it from really competing with its opponents of the day, the Google Pixel 3 in mind.