So yeah, the S10e shares a powerful foundation with the rest of the lineup. Look more closely, though, and the differences become much more apparent. Consider the display: This year, Samsung embraced a new kind of Dynamic AMOLED panel for its flagship phones, which means these screens are HDR10+ certified and feature improved brightness and color accuracy. That goes for the S10e, too, but at 5.8 inches, this 19:9 screen is the most compact of them all. It also runs at the lowest resolution of the three, but that's not much to get worked up over since it still runs at Full HD+. And beyond that, Samsung ditched the curved glass it tends to drape over its premium screens in favor of a flat plate, probably to keep costs down.
Taken individually, these factors all sound pretty minor. Together, though, they make for a screen that, while great to look at, doesn't feel particularly premium. I can't say I'm surprised though: High-spec screens are often the first thing to get the axe when a phone maker builds a budget device.
Even with all that said, this is far from your average smartphone screen. You can't not look at the phone's hole-punch display, which leaves a small space in the top-right corner to accommodate a 10-megapixel, front-facing camera. This isn't the first time we've seen one of these in real life -- we spent some time with the Honor View 20 not long ago -- and I'm happy to report that after a few minutes of playtime, your eyes will naturally start to gloss over the hole entirely.