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Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e

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Samsung Galaxy S10e Review: Smaller, but not lesser

Samsung Galaxy S10e Review: Smaller, but not lesser

Posted   03.12.19
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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ set a high bar for this year’s premium Android phones and, with the S10e, Samsung is trying to make sure more people benefit from its work. That’s new territory for the company, and it paid off. The Galaxy S10e delivers the essentials of the S10 experience -- excellent performance, great cameras and improved software -- in a package that feels more manageable, both physically and financially. That said, it’s not exactly perfect. A smaller phone means a smaller battery, and some people will find it lacking. And the place of its fingerprint sensor can be more annoying than one might expect. Despite that, though, the Galaxy S10e packs enough performance and polish to please almost any high-end smartphone shopper who doesn’t want to spend $1,000.

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Pros
  • Affordable by S10 standards
  • Excellent performance
  • Great trio of cameras
  • Much-improved software
  • Great for one-handed use
Cons
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Questionable fingerprint sensor placement
  • What is the point of Bixby?
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

80
Floyd
My experience: It refuses to accept my right index finger. It only allows 5...read more
70
Nick
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
80
Tom's Guide
The S10e packs everything that makes Samsung's pricier phones great into a compact package small-phone users are sure to love.
 
90
CNET
The Galaxy S10E is a terrific value for a compact, powerhouse phone, although it can't beat the OnePlus 6T's $550 price.
 
80
Digital Trends
The Galaxy S10e has almost all the bells and whistles, at a much better price.
 
90
TechRadar
The 'e' in Samsung Galaxy S10e stands for 'essential', which means it packs almost everything the S10 and S10 Plus have, at a lower price. You get a 5.8-inch screen, the same two primary cameras, and all-day battery life, but you’ll miss out on a third lens, the curved display edges, and the in-screen fingerprint sensor. That's the tempting compromise offered by Samsung's 'budget flagship' and answer to Apple's iPhone XR.
 
90
PC Mag
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has the best overall price, performance, and size for a flagship smartphone today.
 
90
TrustedReviews
Like the iPhone XR, the Galaxy S10e takes most of the headline features from its flashier siblings and offers them in a package that’s easier on the wallet. This isn’t a cheap phone – and it’s not trying to be – but neither is it an investment in the same vein as, say, the S10 Plus.
 
80
T3
Just about the best sub-6-inch smartphone you can buy today, with top-level components, a beautiful-looking AMOLED screen, and a stylish design. You miss out on some of the bigger storage options and a third camera lens around the back, but we think the sacrifice is worth making if you want to save some money (and some room in your pocket).
 
80
Android Central
It offers a near-complete Galaxy S10 experience, and does it for considerably less money and in a size anyone can handle. You lose the stellar battery life and huge screen of the S10+ — but that's a worthwhile trade-off to save considerable money and have a phone that's usable in one hand.
 
80
Tech Advisor
The small battery struggles to deliver consistent battery life and the S10e suffers for it. Everything else is top drawer: performance, build, display and audio are all awesome. The S10e is barely a downgrade on the other two S10 phones, even if it's priced like one.
 
90
The Verge
There’s more to the S10E than just its size. But, for a lot of people, that may be the strongest reason to choose this model over the S10 or S10 Plus. If you’re intent on upgrading to one of the new S10 models, the S10E is the best Galaxy model for most.