Test Samsung Galaxy S10E: is the price difference with the Galaxy S10 justified?


SMARTPHONES – Is the game of seven errors really worth it? The question arises before the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S10 exposed to 909 euros or its "cheaper" version of the Samsung Galaxy S10E and its price of 759 euros.

A budget that fights L & # 39; HuffPost had already arbitrated between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR, its entry-level version. Consumers are also less and less inclined to match the exorbitant prices published by smartphone manufacturers.

The differences were therefore minimal but the devil hides in the details. This is why we will try to exorcise this infernal dilemma by closely observing what distinguishes the Samsung Galaxy S10E from the bigger and more expensive brother Galaxy S10. Does a letter and some technical differences really justify a price difference of 150 euros?

The opinion of the publishers

Samsung Galaxy S10E

* At the time of publication, the price was 759 euros.

The right choices

  • Its preferential price for good performance
  • A more compact design that changes the linings we are used to
  • A fingerprint sensor on the edge better than below the screen for S10
  • The camera that defends despite a rear sensor less than the Galaxy S10


  • No curved screen
  • Better autonomy than the S10 (but still insufficient)

How was this product tested?

L & # 39; HuffPost was able to take over the three versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 range. We have already done a photographic test for the most luxurious version, the Samsung Galxy S10 Plus, one of the best photophones on the market today.

If the Samsung Galaxy S10E has a lot in common with the S10, if the OneUI interface, the Amoled screen plate and the connectivity (USB-C / mini-jack 3.5 mm), its price lower necessarily implies some concessions both in terms of design, with a smaller screen, and a technological one, with a less photographic sensor, a fingerprint reader that is not below the screen and less autonomy.

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The connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy S10E (above) is identical to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10 (below).

L & # 39; HuffPost So tested both models to see if you really lose the change, also compiling the tests performed by specialized sites, especially for the part dedicated to the battery.

A sublime but smaller screen for a more ergonomic design

Inner beauty is pleasant but the price of high-end smartphones requires a certain superficiality. And the design of the questions, the first thing we notice is obviously the reduced size of the Samsung Galaxy S10E (142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm) compared to S10 (149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm ).

The screen, which is not curved like the S10 and S10 Plus, has a 5.8-inch plate (compared to 6.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S10). If this format is seen as an "XS" version compared to current standards, the Samsung Galaxy S10E should not blush the size of its touch screen which still takes up almost 90% of the facade.

The screen of the S10E is also based on the same Amoled technology as the S10 and offers a very realistic rendering combined with a very impressive brightness. However, we recommend that you remove the integrated screen protector to take full advantage of the quality of the screen that the filter, even very thin, affixed by Samsung tinges a little.

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The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S10E in maximum brightness photographed with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

This small size is also quite refreshing in a world where one would like to get used to wearing large pavers with one hand up to the tendonitis. No need here to have the palms of the pianists to handle the Samsung Galaxy S10E which is very compact.

Even the finish is very beautiful, both to the touch and to the view, with a rounded back on the edges (available in three colors: white, green and black) and the double dorsal photographic sensor that exceeds with difficulty, even if this rounding coupled with the its small size gives it a slightly "plump" appearance.

A more powerful but cumbersome fingerprint reader

If one of the strengths of the Samsung Galaxy S10E is its handiness with one hand compared to the S10, it is slightly hampered by the positioning of its fingerprint sensor. In fact, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus with a biometric reader under the screen, the Samsung Galaxy S10E is positioned on the right side.

The sensor (located under the home button) is also much more efficient than the ultrasonic sensors of his colleagues. These are slowed down and made too casual by the integrated screen protector. Their use would be compromised in the event of a broken screen.

You won't have this kind of problems with the Samsung Galaxy S10E. But his sensor is still positioned a little too high, forcing you to stretch your thumb. Nothing bad when you're right-handed, but things get complicated for left-handed people. We recommend instead encouraging facial recognition (which does not work in the dark unlike the iPhone face ID).

The Samsung Galaxy S10E camera does not prevent you from making big eyes

One of the main criteria for buying a smartphone, apart from the price and screen size, remains the quality of its camera. In the run for three, four or even five phones, the Samsung Galaxy S10E returns to a healthier base.

Its dorsal camera is satisfied with two sensors, leaving aside the telephoto lens and its x2 zoom incorporated from the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The main objective of (12 mpx) is here coupled to a second module (16mpx) with an "ultra wide angle" lens as for his colleagues.

As mentioned in our photo test of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the S10E also benefits from the improvements made by Samsung in the processing of its photos. By day, the colors are less saturated than in previous iterations of the Galaxy S range. Even the exposure is less accentuated and the overall rendering is more natural.

But as soon as you enter with a lower light, the photo software resumes its bad habits and pushes even the saturation of colors.

In selfie mode, the Samsung Galaxy S10E has only one front sensor (10 mpx) just like the Galaxy S10. This is one less than the Galaxy S10 Plus which uses this second sensor to handle the depth data needed to get the "Bokeh" effect in "Portrait" mode.

But the photos are very good even if the treatment will tend to smooth the faces, giving a certain "pastel effect". You can also take your ego portraits in wide-angle mode – useful for group selfies – and the "Bokeh" effect has even more or less success.

In low light conditions and at night, the Samsung Galaxy S10E is no better than its colleagues who are far from being champions in this category. The "Super Night" night mode is not dedicated but integrated in the scene optimization function.

It is activated automatically when the brightness is less than 1 lux. In any case, it remains less powerful than the "Night Shift" of Google Pixel 3 or the dedicated Huawei Mate 20 Pro night mode.

A mechanic who holds up despite a weak battery

At the level of pure power, the S10E is equipped like its bigger brothers with an Exynos 9820 processor and 6 GB of RAM. This makes it possible to run all applications, even gourmet games like "PUBG" or "Shadowgun: Legend" fluidly and without undue overheating.

The model we tested shows 128 GB of storage space that can be increased with a microSD port (or double SIM) up to 512 GB. The smartphone also works with the OneUI operating system, the version "Samsung's home of Android 9.0 Pie that visually makes the debate.

But its customization options allow a more intuitive use than in the past, with the possibility of connecting the start of an application to the button on the left side, for example.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10E works with the same OneUI operating system as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

If it is good enough against the cadets of the industry, the Samsung Galaxy S10E begins, like its big brother, to run out of breath in the long run towards autonomy. In fact, the 3100 mAh battery does not take almost a day of normal use without the need to be recharged. A flaw that Samsung smartphones have suffered for a long time.

A discovery shared by the specialized site "Digital" that has surpassed the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S10E 13:37 and regrets that "Samsung does not shine for its battery".

This is less than the almost fifteen hours of Google Pixel 3, its direct competitor in terms of price but better than an now that the Samsung Galaxy S10. An important choice for a compact and cheaper smartphone than its counterpart.

"E" for "Essentials" and not "Ecoplus", the Samsung Galaxy S10E still deserves its nobility by focusing on the essential precisely, all presented in a high-end design / technology set but (a little # 39 ; more) small price.

For a saving of 150 euros compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10E, you will only lose a photographic lens on the back with a x2 zoom, a fingerprint reader below the screen that still does not work and a concession regarding the size of the screen that remains remarkable quality and has nothing to envy to the Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus. And this can also be an advantage for small hands.

The Samsung Galaxy S10E is definitely one of the best compact smartphones currently on the market. Its preferential price, its design and the features it offers could also cast doubt on the positioning of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

If you like luxury and are ready to spend more, go directly to the Galaxy S10 Plus, the S10E offers in all cases a cheaper and more efficient alternative as the Samsung Galaxy S10 however with more reasonable budgets.

If it is more powerful than its competitor Pixel 3, it still lacks at the level of the photo in front of the Google phone and its autonomy does not allow it to realize the complete box that has been well launched.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

* At the time of publication, the price was 1009 euros.

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