Samsung’s newest flagship phones go up for pre-order on February 21st, and they’ll be available in stores on March 8th.

But if the $900 starting price for a Samsung Galaxy S10 (and $1000 for a Galaxy S10+) seems a little too high for you, there is a cheaper option.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor as its bigger siblings, as well as plenty of RAM and storage. But it has a smaller, lower-resolution display and lacks the curved glass edges. With a starting price of $750, it’s a bit easier on the wallet though.

That’s still a lot of money to spend on a smartphone at a time when companies like Xiaomi and Nubia are cranking out phones with flagship-level specs for $400 to $450. But at least it’s a sign that Samsung knows not everyone wants to spend $1000 on a smartphone these days.

Meanwhile, the company is still hoping some people will pay twice that for the new Samsung Galaxy Fold, so there is that.

Anyway, here’s a run-down of the specs for the Galaxy S10e, Samsung’s answer to the similarly-priced iPhone XR:

  • 5.8 inch, FHD+ AMOLED display (19:9 aspect ratio, 438 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB/8GB RAM options
  • 128GB/256GB storage options + microSD card reader
  • 12MP + 16MP rear cameras
  • 10MP front camera
  • 3,100 mAh battery
  • 802.11ax WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • Android 9 Pie

Like other S10 series phones, the Galaxy S10e supports wireless power share, which means you can charge a smartwatch, wireless earbuds or other devices (including phones) by placing them on the back of the phone.

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5 replies on “Samsung Galaxy S10e is a (slightly) cheaper, smaller Galaxy S10”

  1. The prices are a bit too high. I think Samsing had a real chance to make a uppercut at Apple if the S103 were $650, S10 were $800 and the S10+ were $900. I think the last year has shown smartphones priced at $1000 are a poor market choice.

    I think One Plus, Huawei and Xiaomi are going to start eating Samsings breakfast soon. The hot space for smartphones is now $500. Samsung does not have a new phone for that space – not even close-; worse the Samsung J7 is long in the tooth for the low end.You cna buy a $99 smartphone that woudl kill the $250 J7.

    Samsung trying to beat Apple is foolish. Apple is doing a good enough just killing itself with is poor business sense – Samsung’s strategic move was to put a nail in Apple’s coffin.

  2. This one definitely looks like the better phone. Samsung should have designed the entire S10 lineup with this design language and aesthetic. The bezel is perfect, the camera cutout is minimal, and it still looks like a phone from 2019.

    1. Do this. Get some black construction paper. Cut out a circle. Size wise? Compare to this phone black hole size. Then paste it onto the top area of your television and enjoy. If you like it, you have problems. If you think it’s not justified in having it on your television? Ask yourself why the phone couldn’t be longer. Point here? A black hole in a display is stupid shit regardless of the justification. It’s not the ONLY solution.

  3. I really hate the way those of us who want a small phone always have a feature missing. In this case a camera.

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