June 30, 2019

‘e’ for extraordinary?

Samsung’s S10e is the petite version of the S10 series, but does the ‘e’ mean it’s extraordinary? Let’s find out...

Words: Shourya Jain

Samsung’s entry-level premium flagship variant S10e was launched earlier this year. As we got our hands on it recently, here are the things that amazed us and a few that left us wanting for more. First things first then, the phone is a thing of beauty. Available in two colour variants, Prism White and Prism Black, Samsung has gone with the latest trend of holographic effects. We had the Prism White variant with us, and along with the phone, the box contained a wall charger, USB type-c cable and earphones. Despite the corning gorilla glass 5, there were a few scratches that incurred on the phone while our rough usage. But Samsung does provide a screen protector on the display, which you can keep on. The phone is super slippery but with time, you get the hang of it. And with it’s small size, it’s comfortable to use with one hand (#SayNoToBiggerPhones).

As far as the display is concerned, there are no doubts about the infinity-O display! At 5.8-inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, the phone is of the perfect size, neither too big, nor too small! Yes, the S10 and 10+ have the curved screens, but this one, despite being flat, isn’t bad to work with. Another noteworthy mention is the absence of in-screen fingerprint sensor. The sensor has been placed on the power button on the side which is easily accessible. It works well, but not when your hands are greasy or wet. So basically no texting and eating at the same time, guys! The iris scanner has gone, and has been replaced with the face recognition. Again, the feature is a good addition and starts to work as soon as you bring the locked phone near your face.

Unlike its bigger siblings, S10e has just two cameras, 12MP Wide and 16MP Ultra-Wide, at the back. On the front though, it has the standard 10MP selfie camera with a dual pixel sensor to give clear images even in shaky and low light situations. To make things clearer Ultra-Wide mode is where the phone lets you take in focus a larger area, almost as much as 123 degrees, than a usual camera lets you. In addition to that the f1.5 and f2.4 apertures are fantastic for low light and harsh lights respectively and balances out the pictures to give the right amount of sharpness. While recording videos, what caught our attention was the Super Slow-mo video mode that records up to 960 fps for those really iconic moments of your life.

While continuously using the phone, there are times when it gets a little too hot to handle (quite literally!). Something that Samsung could take a note and rectify it, maybe. As far as the batter is concerned, the 3100 mAh non-removable cell takes you through the day with one full charge and constant usage. And the good part is that the bundle charger shoots up the battery in no time. So, if you are running out of battery and haven’t informed your girl that you’ll be late for the movie, worry not, because the S10e will have you covered.

Despite being the smallest of the S10 lot, the 10e retains most of the good stuff from its brethren. And when you compare it to the iPhone XR and the Pixel 3, this one is your best bet in terms of price and other features. On the other hand, there is the crowd-favourite OnePlus 6T, which lower, has more RAM, and more storage space. But what you will not get is the HD display, handy size, waterproofing and processor. After long term usage, we would just say that you will not regret buying this, at the price of Rs. 50,900.

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