Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) In-Depth Review!

Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) Review – Editor’s Choice!

Samsung Galaxy S10e Security | DeX | Battery | IP68 | Ergonomics | Memory + Storage

Samsung Galaxy S10e Side Fingerprint Sensor

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY) or the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY), the Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) lacks an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Instead, it uses a side touch sensor integrated into the power button – a feature first introduced in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK).

The side fingerprint sensor has the advantage of being accessible even when the Galaxy S10e is attached to a car mount. The higher position of the sensor will also help in preventing accidental activation.

Like the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10, it uses a virtual Home button. However, there is no longer a pressure sensor, so you will need to tap twice on the Home button to activate it.


Iris Scanner + Intelligent Scan Removed

With the introduction of the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung removed the iris scanner. It was also removed to minimise the size of the punch hole in the display.

And with the iris scanner gone, there was no need for Intelligent Scan, which was first introduced in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Intelligent Scan, as you may recall, combines the iris scanner with facial recognition for faster identification in both bright and dark conditions.


Built-In DeX Capability

While not mentioned at all by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) has built-in DeX capability, that was first introduced in the Galaxy Note9.

This mean it does not require a separate DeX Station or DeX Pad accessory. All it requires is a simple USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable! It does not even require a Samsung-branded adaptor (looking at you and your MFi bullshit, Apple!) – ANY USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable will do.

After you use the USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable to connect the Galaxy S10 to a TV or monitor, you just need to link a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use it like a PC. Best of all – you can continue to use your Galaxy S10 Plus while Samsung DeX is running!


Samsung Galaxy S10e Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with a 3,100 mAh battery, which is slightly more than the Galaxy S9. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 fast wired charging and Wireless PowerShare capabilities.

The Wireless PowerShare feature is particularly cool and useful. It allows the Galaxy S10 Plus to function as a wireless charger for any Qi-certified device!

However, its recharging speed is slow, so it’s really only useful to recharge the Galaxy Buds or the Galaxy Watch on a regular basis; and other smartphones in an emergency.

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water!

Officially, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, or reading in the bathtub. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Water may enter and damage the Galaxy Note9 if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it.

You can read more about this in our article – The Samsung IP68 Engineering Explained.


The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) has the same display size as, and a slightly larger battery capacity than, the Galaxy S9, but is significantly smaller, thinner and lighter!

It’s small enough that you can use it with one hand most of the time. And it fits real well in smaller pockets.

Its Dynamic AMOLED display is incredible. To see how much better it is, you need to compare it side-by-side with the already impressive Super AMOLED display used in the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9. In particular, compare them in bright sunlight.

The main display area with its non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio means you will have to live with some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of a movie. The extra wide display will come in handy in games though.


Available Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory. It has roughly more bloat than the Galaxy Note9.

However, it comes with 2 GB more memory, so you still have 3.1 GB (52%) of free memory to use!

The base model also comes with 128 GB of internal flash memory, of which 108 GB is free to use. This is enough space to store about 24,000 photos, or 13 hours of 1080p videos, or 5 hours of 4K videos.

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