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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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Average user Score
 
80
Floyd
05.29.19
My experience: It refuses to accept my right index finger. It only allows 5 scans. It is SUPER slippery (I'm waiting for a case I ordered). And, if you had a 6 inch phone (I really miss my LG V30, which also has a far better camera), then going to the S10e 5.8 in phone is like getting a small hot dog in a bun after eating foot longs. Nonetheless, for $750, minus $350 credit for my LG V30, the final price of $400 makes the S10e OK.
 
70
Nick
04.14.19
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget