Thinking of upgrading your Samsung Galaxy phone but don’t know which one to get? The company currently has four phones in its latest flagship lineup: the smallest of the bunch is the Galaxy S10e, the middle child and the standard flagship is the Galaxy S10, the most premium offering is the Galaxy S10 Plus, and months late from the delivery room but definitely on the way is the Galaxy S10 Lite. The Lite isn’t commercially available yet but we were able to sneak a peek at it in the recently concluded CES 2020 (check out our hands-on review here). As for the rest, they’re currently available on Amazon at incredible discounted prices. Save up to $200 when you get them today.
– $656, was $850
The first thing we noticed about the Samsung Galaxy S10e is its perfect size. It harks back to an era where you could easily text using only one hand, which is quite refreshing. Furthermore, the edges are flat instead of curved, so you won’t accidentally touch the screen, which was the problem with Samsung’s old “Edge display.” There’s a hole-punch selfie camera floating on top which you can hide with black wallpaper if it bothers you. On the side, you’ll find the slightly indented fingerprint display, which works seamlessly. It lacks the S10 and S10 Plus’ ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, but that’s not really a deal-breaker (you can also choose to lock this phone via face recognition). We’re also glad that Samsung decided to keep the 3.5mm audio jack.
This phone’s 5.8-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” Full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080) display lacks the S10 and S10 Plus’ WQHD+ screen resolution, but we personally don’t care. It still looks sharp with vivid colors and deep blacks, plus it’s HDR10+ certified.
Just because the S10e is smaller and cheaper doesn’t mean Samsung compromised on its performance. This phone runs with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the same chipset that powers its bigger brothers and most recent premium Android phones. Working alongside 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (there’s a Micro SD card slot in case you need more space), this phone handles processor-intensive apps and multitasking without any noticeable performance dip. In fact, it was able to beat the S10 Plus in all our benchmark tests, thanks to its lower-resolution screen. Furthermore, Samsung’s stellar One UI interface is so thoroughly customizable that it has become our favorite new phone interface.
Instead of three lenses at the back, you only get two on the Galaxy S10e. It doesn’t have the S10 and S10 Plus’ telephoto lens, although this does not result in a huge difference and we were still able to take beautiful photos using it. Images were detailed and nicely saturated, although contrast could use a little improvement as some looked a tad washed out. Finally, battery life was a bit disappointing. In our video playback test, with Wi-Fi on and at max brightness, the Galaxy S10e lasted around 9 hours and 26 minutes, a full hour less than the S10 Plus. While not exactly a bad number, we recommend you have a portable battery pack handy.
Despite a few compromises, including battery life and the loss of one rear camera lens, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is still a fantastic phone worth recommending because of its lightning-fast performance, stunning display, and easy-to-use software. Get it for $656 on Amazon today, a huge $194 off its normal retail price of $850. And if you order via the Amazon Rewards Visa Card and get approval, enjoy an additional $50 off, which brings the S10e’s price down to $606.
– $750, was $900
There ‘s nothing particularly notable about the Samsung Galaxy S10 after careful discernment. Sure, it boasts more screen real estate than the S10e but that phone is way easier to hold with one hand and is better value for your money. And bigger brother the S10 Plus is undeniably the best Android smartphone that you can buy right now for just $50 more. Still, it’s a fantastic phone to own especially if it’s a 6.1-inch screen size you want.
As expected, this phone’s screen is gorgeous. It offers a nearly bezel-less experience, with the Galaxy S10 lineup’s trademark hole-punch selfie cam floating on the top right corner. In our opinion, it looks way better than the notch display of the iPhone XS, although a true full-screen experience is ideal. It’s perfect for watching glorious high-definition movies and paired with Dolby Atmos-supported stereo speakers, there’s really nothing to complain about here if you’re after bonafide handheld entertainment.
The S10 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor, just like the rest of the 2019 Galaxy S10 range. Working alongside a whopping 8GB of RAM inside with 128GB of internal storage (there’s a Micro SD card slot in case you require more space), this phone performed admirably in all our standard benchmark tests, although the S10e bested both its big brothers thanks to its smaller, more power-efficient screen.
Just like the S10 Plus, the S10 has three rear camera lenses: A standard 12-megapixel lens with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a f/2.4 aperture, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture. Although this setup isn’t particularly new, it’s worth noting how well it captures photographs, with strong details and colors that aren’t oversaturated. Night mode isn’t as strong, though, to be perfectly honest, losing a certain amount of detail and depth, but it’s not bad.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 hits all the right marks despite lacking distinction, especially compared to the S10e and S10 Plus. Get it for $750 on Amazon, a huge $150 off its normal retail price of $900. What’s more, you can get an additional $50 off instantly upon approval for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card, cutting the price even further to $700.
– $800, was $1,000
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus represents a pinnacle in smartphone engineering. It has everything you’d want in a phone and more, with astonishing attention to detail. There’s the light that circles the selfie camera whenever it tries to scan your face, the happy presence of a headphone jack which has become nearly extinct in premium phones, and slick and polished software that leaves the rest of the competition in the dust. Looking at the S10 Plus, the first words that pop into our heads are clean and elegant. Although it’s not much different from its predecessor, the S9 Plus, it’s still worth noting how the bezels surrounding the screen are now razor-thin, and how you get a nearly full-screen experience thanks to its tiny hole-punch of a front camera called the Infinity-O display.
The 6.4-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” screen is the reason to buy the S10 Plus. It’s the first screen to be HDR10+ certified, which means you’ll see sharper details with incredible color accuracy. It’s perfect for consuming movies and TV shows and aided by Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, you’ve got a powerful entertainment tool in your hands that fits in your pocket.
This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor, the chipset that powers the most recent high-end Android phones. Paired with a massive 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory, you still get a Micro SD card slot in case you need more space. The S10 Plus remains cool even when running processing-intensive tasks like graphically heavy games, thanks to a vapor chamber cooling system. Furthermore, moving through Samsung’s new One UI interface that’s layered over the Android 9 Pie is an absolute delight. It’s fast, fluid, and completely devoid of lag.
The S10 Plus boasts a triple camera system that includes a standard 12-megapixel primary lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. This setup makes the S10 Plus an extremely versatile photographic tool, capable of capturing stunningly realistic photos with a remarkable amount of detail, and vibrant colors. With its solid portrait mode, 2x optical zoom, and A.I. smarts that can optimize scenes and detect flaws, it joins the ranks of the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 4 XL as one of the best camera phones that you can buy.
With its premium looks, gorgeous display, impressive camera, and lightning-fast performance, we couldn’t help but gush over the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Get it for $800 on Amazon today, $200 less than its normal retail price of $1,000. And if you order via the Amazon Rewards Visa Card and get approval, you’re entitled to an additional $50 off instantly, bringing the price even lower to $750.
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