This is the Galaxy S10e, Samsung's dual-camera iPhone XR competitor

This is the Galaxy S10e, Samsung's dual-camera iPhone XR competitor
Yesterday was a pretty massive day for Galaxy S10 leaks thanks to two separate reports which revealed official press renders of both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. There was, however, no sign of the cheaper Galaxy S10e. But now, thanks once again to the folks over at WinFuture, the first “official” press renders of the smartphone have been published online.

Samsung is returning to its roots with a flat display


After years of using curved-edge AMOLED panels on its flagship devices, Samsung is returning to its roots with the Galaxy S10e by installing a flat AMOLED alternative. Unlike previous-generation displays which featured large bezels above and below the display, though, this one doesn’t.

In actual fact, much like the larger Galaxy S10 & Galaxy S10+, the Galaxy S10e uses an Infinity-O panel. This means that there is a small cut-out in the top-right corner that is home to the front-facing camera, thus removing the need for any controversial notches. The display also includes uniform top and side bezels along with a reduced chin. The latter is, however, slightly thicker than the other bezels.



Unlike its larger siblings – and presumably due to cost cuts – the Galaxy S10e doesn’t include a next-generation ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. It also doesn’t include an awkwardly-positioned rear one like Samsung’s most recent flagships. Instead, the iPhone XR competitor boasts a side-mounted sensor which has been embedded into the power button that sits on the right side of the aluminum frame.

While on the topic of the frame, it’s worth noting that the smartphone features a volume rocker on the left side and a dedicated Bixby button. The SIM tray and SD card slot will presumably be present on the top along with a microphone, while towards the bottom is a USB Type-C port and a bottom-firing speaker. The budget flagship also includes the popular 3.5mm headphone jack which has begun disappearing from other smartphones.

Two rear cameras, one more than the iPhone XR


Taking a look at the smartphone’s rear design, Samsung has once again opted for a horizontal camera setup, as seen on previous Galaxy Note flagships and the other Galaxy S10 models. Unlike the latter, though, only two rear cameras are present.

The first of these is understood to be a 12-megapixel variable aperture camera. This means impressive low-light photos should be possible.

The second, on the other hand, won’t be the telephoto alternative which Samsung has used in the past. Instead, this particular device is rumored to include a 16-megapixel sensor coupled with a wide-angle sensor, allowing users to capture much more in their photos. This setup is, of course, accompanied by the usual LED flash. 


The announcement, pricing, and release date


Much like its premium siblings, the Galaxy S10e will reportedly come equipped with the Exynos 9820 in Europe and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 in the US.

Corroborating previous rumors, WinFuture claims this will be accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If European consumers wish to get their hands on a device with more RAM or storage, though, it seems they will be out of luck. The only alternative will seemingly be purchasing the regular Galaxy S10 in its 8/512GB configuration which will reportedly cost €1149 ($1316) in most European countries, a whopping €400 ($458) more than the Galaxy S10e which is set to retail at €749 ($857).

As a result of this pricing strategy, the Galaxy S10e with 128GB of storage will significantly undercut both the 64GB and 128GB models of the iPhone XR, which retail at €859 ($984) and €919 ($1052) in most European countries.

Naturally, as indicated by the pricing of the iPhone XR, the cost of smartphones in Europe is typically much higher than in the US. As a result of this, the Galaxy S10e will likely retail for $699, still lower than both the 64GB and 128GB iPhone XR variants which cost $749 and $799 respectively in the US.

Moving on to the topic of release, the Galaxy S10e is expected to go official on February 20th alongside the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. Like these, pre-orders of the model are expected to start the same day ahead of an eventual launch on March 8.

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53 Comments

1. RoryBreaker

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Good to have this option

8. androiduser

Posts: 504; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

If only the s10 would've had ufs 3.0 like the oneplus 7, and also ddr5 ram, it would've been my next phone.

11. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

XR Competitor? Give us a break iPhoneArena. This Samsung device has a SD 855, 6 GB of RAM, a 128 GB of expandable storage (standard), and a super higher resolution QHD+ OLED display that is higher than the XS Max, especially if compared to the low resolution HD+ LCD XR display. The iPhone XR is an overpriced POS in comparison to this device. Only an ignorant fool would compare this Samsung device to the crappy iPhone XR.

29. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Here we go again with this stuff... Comparing it to the iPhone XR isn't a bad thing. It's the device most consumers will compare it too. Nothing negative is said about the device in the article. In fact, it even highlights how the Galaxy S10e with 128GB undercuts the iPhone XR (64GB) by a significant margin. The majority of our readers don't participate in the comments section and lots of these don't have a full understanding of what's good & bad in a phone. It's good to provide reference points/devices. So please, stop with the bias stuff. Just because it's compared doesn't mean we (in this case, me) are saying it's better. I would personally choose this device over the iPhone without a doubt. It's much more value for money

37. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Many wouldn't compare the XR to these Samsung Galaxy devices, period. Especially these new ones. Ask yourself this Joshua, why didn't you compare the XS, or the XS Max instead? But no, you compared it to the worst, which is the iPhone XR. The RAM on this Galaxy device is double the XR 3gb of ram, and the display is AMOLED like the XS and XS Max. This Galaxy even has multiple cameras like the XS devices. Plus the XR has a crappy low resolution LCD display. Joshua 21 upvotes would agree with me, and not you. Next time if you want to make a comparison with other devices try and use similar devices. The only thing that is similar between the XR and this new Galaxy device is their prices, but that is it.

45. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I don't think you're getting the point. Most people compare phones in similar price brackets, just like most of our readers. You seriously can't expect me to describe this $700 phone as a competitor for Apple's $1000 one do you? Even Samsung wouldn't do that, that's what the S10's for. They know this phone will be seen by most as an iPhone XR competitor and will probably run with that. As I stated above, comparing a phone to another isn't a negative thing. It gives our readers a reference and helps them choose what's the best option for them if they're considering either.

38. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You know Joshua I probably wouldn't have posted a thing if you did a comparison between this new Galaxy and the XS, or the XS Max. But since you did a poor comparison between this new Galaxy and the XR. I had to step in.

41. adecvat

Posts: 623; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

S10e has only 5.8 FHD+ screen. Possible 845. Yeah, no one will buy crappy S10e for XR price.

50. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Then I guess no one will buy the crappy XR. Oh wait, didn't the XR and XS and Max all fall short of Apple's sales from last year, by a minimum of 9 million new iPhones last quarter. Also that 5.8" full HD+ resolution AMOLED display beats the XR 6.1" HD+ resolution LCD display by a mile. Especially when the XR can even view a Full HD video. It has to down scale the resolution in order for the XR to view it. It also looks like it will have the SD 855 on board. Not to mention it's physical size will be smaller than the XR. Dual cameras on this S10e. Single camera on the XR. 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of expandable storage on the S10e, compared to the XR's 3 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of non expandable storage. For what? That same price. Only an idiot would buy the XR over this S10e.

22. Rocket

Posts: 626; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

That front camera would look a lot better in the center.

44. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

Oh dont get them all going

2. monkeyb

Posts: 382; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Am I understanding this correct: S10 could be priced at $1000. S10e could be priced at $750. From what I remember S9 started at $720ish. What insane justification might be there for these new prices if any. I seriously hope im understanding this all wrong.

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 633; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm thinking $699, $799, and $899 will be the starting prices for the base versions of the 3 phones, but I don't think we'll know for sure until the announcement.

30. monkeyb

Posts: 382; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I hope you are correct. With phones lasting longer than before, any company will suffer the wrath of people by absurdly increasing prices.

47. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, I also thinking $699 base price. Since S6 till S9, S series launch price is always $699 in may place (and $649 for S5). I don't see why they would increase that base price, especially since they're losing their marketshare lately.. While S10E is their answer for affordable flagships (Oneplus, and Honor View 20)

48. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just look at another market, they make M10 and M20 that's actually worth the it's price for a low-end (their low and low-mid is always junk before). They already feel the heat of competition, and they already learn enough from their decreasing market share.

53. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Buying a low end phone tbh was never worth the price. Their A series phones were always the best bang for buck for a Samsung which provides features a majority of the features from a flagship, be it, without the speed and the same software support.

3. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

With these high prices, it is explained why Chinese smartphones are selling so much. The final result of a flagship and an intermediary will always be almost the same.

4. shield

Posts: 814; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ugly bezeless

16. OneLove123

Posts: 841; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Have you seen the xr?

20. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

iPhones are so damn up in your arse that you don't forget to mention them anywhere.

21. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I guess we can say the same for you, Nathaniel.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well seeing how the xr is mentioned in the article he has every right to mention it. You have Samsung so damn far up your azz that you are here.

33. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1221; Member since: May 01, 2017

We all know how far Samsung dong is down your throat

23. Samfruit

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 11, 2018

Where is the bezels

40. SayMobile

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

XR is a Brick with the ugliest bezzle out there

42. adecvat

Posts: 623; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, dat chin!

6. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

I wish one of these leaks would show the side with the power button, not just the volume side. The front view looks like the fp reader is way at the top, which is a horrible idea. That's as bad as the positioning of the S8 readers. It should be in the middle, like Sony did with the Z5 series.

46. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yeah it does look pretty high... But the phone should be relatively small so it might not be a problem

52. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

And final specs show it's exactly the same size as an S7, so that button isn't too high after all.

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