SMARTPHONES – Is the game of seven mistakes really worth the effort? The question arises before the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S10 displayed at 909 euros or its more "affordable" version, the Samsung Galaxy S10E and its price of 759 euros.
A budget fight that The 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 posted by smartphone manufacturers.
The differences were then minimal but the devil is hiding in the details. That's why we're going to try to exorcise this infernal dilemma by looking closely at what sets the Samsung Galaxy S10E apart from its bigger and dearer brother Galaxy S10. A letter and some technical differences really justify a price difference of 150 euros?
The opinion of the editors
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 liners we are used to
- A fingerprint sensor on the edge better than under the screen for the S10
- The camera that defends despite a back sensor less than the Galaxy S10
- No curved screen
- Better autonomy than the S10 (but still insufficient)
How was this product tested?
The HuffPost was able to take in hand the three versions of the range Samsung Galaxy S10. We have already done a photo 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, whether the interface OneUI, the slab of the Amoled screen and connectivity (USB-C / mini-jack 3.5 mm ), its lower price necessarily implies some concessions both in terms of design, with a smaller screen, that technological, with a photo sensor less, a fingerprint reader that is not under the screen and a lower autonomy .
The 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 devoted to the battery.
A sublime but smaller screen for a more ergonomic design
The inner beauty is nice but the price of high-end smartphones requires a certain superficiality. And question design, 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 the S10 (149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm).
The screen, which is not curved like the S10 and the S10 Plus, has a slab of 5.8 inches (against 6.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S10). If this format is seen as an "XS" version compared to current standards, the Samsung Galaxy S10E does not have to blush the size of its touch screen that still occupies nearly 90% of the facade.
The S10E's screen is also based on the same Amoled technology as the S10 and provides a very realistic rendering combined with a very impressive brightness. However, we advise you to remove the integrated screen protector to take full advantage of the quality of the screen that the filter, even very thin, affixed by Samsung taints a little.
This small size is also rather refreshing in a world where one would like to get used to wearing large pavers with one hand until tendinitis. No need here to have pianist palms to handle the Samsung Galaxy S10E which is very compact.
The finish is also very nice, as much to the touch as to the sight, with a rounded back on the edges (available in three colors: white, green and black) and its double dorsal photo sensor which exceeds hardly, even if this rounding coupled with its small size gives it a slightly "chubby" look.
A more powerful but bulky fingerprint reader
If one of the strong points of the Samsung Galaxy S10E is its easier handling with one hand than the S10, it is slightly hampered by the positioning of its fingerprint sensor. Indeed, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus equipped with a biometric reader under the screen, that of the Samsung Galaxy S10E is placed on its right edge.
The sensor (placed under the home button) is also much more efficient than the ultrasonic sensors of his colleagues. These are slowed down and made too random by the built-in screen protector. Their use would be compromised in case of cracking the screen.
You will not have this kind of problems with the Samsung Galaxy S10E. But its sensor is still placed a little too high, forcing you to stretch your thumb. Nothing really bad when you're right-handed but things get complicated for left-handed people. You are advised instead to favor facial recognition (which does not work in the dark unlike the face ID of iPhones).
The Samsung Galaxy S10E's camera does not stop it from making big eyes
One of the main criteria for buying a smartphone, apart from the price and the size of the screen, remains the quality of its camera. In the race for three, four or even five phones, the Samsung Galaxy S10E returns to a healthier foundation.
His dorsal camera is satisfied with two sensors, leaving aside the telephoto lens and its x2 zoom embedded by the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The main objective of (12 mpx) is here coupled to a second module (16mpx) with an optical "ultra wide angle" as for his colleagues.
As we mentioned in our photo test of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the S10E also benefits from Samsung's improvements in the processing of his photos. By day, the colors are less saturated than on the previous iterations of the Galaxy S range. The exposure is also less accentuated and the overall rendering is more natural.
But as soon as you go inside with a lower light, the photo software takes again its bad habits and pushes a little too the saturation of the 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 for the Galaxy S10 Plus that uses this second sensor to manage the depth data needed to achieve the effect "Bokeh" mode "Portrait."
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 is still more or less successful.
In low light and at night, the Samsung Galaxy S10E is no better than its colleagues who are themselves far from being champions in this category. The night mode "Super Night" is not dedicated but integrated into the scene optimizer 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 the Google Pixel 3 or night mode dedicated Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
A mechanic that holds up despite a weak battery
At the level of raw power, the S10E is equipped like its big 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 overheating unduly.
The model we tested shows 128 GB of storage that can be increased with a microSD port (or dual SIM) up to 512 GB. The smartphone also runs under the OneUI operating system, the version " Samsung's home of Android 9.0 Pie that makes debate visually.
But its customization options allow a more intuitive use than in the past, with the ability to link the launch of an application to the button on the left edge for example.
If it is pretty good against the cadors of the sector, the Samsung Galaxy S10E begins, like his big brother, to run out of breath in the long run to autonomy. Indeed, the battery of 3100 mAh does not take almost a day of normal use without needing to be recharged. A defect that Samsung smartphones have suffered for a long time.
A finding shared by the specialized site "Digital" that has overcome the Samsung Galaxy S10E battery 13:37 and regrets that "Samsung does not shine by its battery."
That's less than the nearly fifteen hours of Google's Pixel 3, its direct competitor in terms of price but better than an hour that the Samsung Galaxy S10. A significant choice for a compact smartphone and cheaper than its counterpart.
"E" for "Essentials" and not "Ecoplus", the Samsung Galaxy S10E still deserves its nobility by concentrating on the essential precisely, all presented in a set design / high-end technology but to (a little more) small price.
For 150 euros savings compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10E, you will only lose a photo lens on the back with a zoom x2, a fingerprint reader under the screen anyway not performing and a concession as to the size of the screen that still remains of remarkable quality and has nothing to envy the Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus. And that can even 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 even call into question the positioning of the Samsung Galaxy S10.
If you like luxury and you're ready to spend more, go straight to the Galaxy S10 Plus, the S10E offering in all cases a cheaper alternative and as efficient as the Samsung Galaxy S10 anyway for more reasonable budgets.
If he is more powerful than his competitor the Pixel 3, he still sins at the level of the photo in front of the Google phone and his autonomy does not allow him to make the full box that was well launched.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
* At the time of publication, the price was 1009 euros.
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