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.



51. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

The hole punch is stupid if there's still a bezel at the bottom..??

43. obedchuni

Posts: 341; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

The price is very high, instead I will buy one plus 7, Samsung might loose the pricing war as it has always with the iPhones, rather than comparing with apples pls try to match the price with Chinese companies.

36. sebstin

Posts: 195; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

SO this is neither compact nor

39. sebstin

Posts: 195; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

SO this is neither compact nor less than $300 phone. Very much disappointed.

35. Ichimoku

Posts: 196; Member since: Nov 18, 2018


25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Looks great. Sucks having to wait so long for my king of all phones, note 10

15. notfair

Posts: 785; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

XR is trash and can't compare nor relate with the S10E... stop spreading lies.

34. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Quit being such a dong... Price wise the 10e will be compared to the XR

14. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1127; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I wonder if the success of the S10e will lead to a Note 10e

18. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Samsung needs to start making two Note series to compete with the competition that releases phones by year end

19. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Reminiscent of the note 3 neo few years back

10. Joosty

Posts: 497; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I'd consider this over the premium if the price is right. Samsung taking a page out of Apple's book and I like it!

13. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1127; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

How is this out of Apple's book? Samsung has had budget options for their Flagships for several years.

17. Joosty

Posts: 497; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Name a budget "option" that Samsung released alongside its flagship that did not compromise in SoC. Samsung has many budget options And yes, that is a a successful play by Apple regarding the numbers of XR outselling both XS and XS Max. The S10E may follow if they do not compromise in features.

49. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

S7 mini had the same soc as the full s7

9. torr310

Posts: 1736; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It looks fine... a flat screen+cutout is better than curved screen+no cutout. The XR has the same CPU as the XS. Let's see if this has the same CPU as the S10.

27. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

They already said it will have in some markets the Exynos or SD 855 SoCs. So basically the same as the other S10 models.

7. Cat97

Posts: 2064; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Close to perfect in my book. If it didn't have the chin it would have been incredible. Looks to be 6-8mm shorter than the S9 (if indeed it has the same 5.8" diagonal and ratio as the S9), which qualifies it for the "compact flagship" status. The curved edges are actually a useless nuisance most of the time, so the flat screen is actually a good thing. If the main camera and lens is the same as the S10, I can't see any reason for it not to be a huge hit. I actually hope that the screen resolution is lower than QHD, in order to increase battery life. I suppose a notification LED is out of question but who knows, maybe there is one in the chin.

12. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

It looks great, reminds me of the A9 obviously with smaller bezels. If you compare the bezels around the phone with the chin, it's not big, very minimal.

26. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's an OLED display. So a notification LED is the actual always on display. Clearly you never used a Samsung smartphone before. The main camera is really two rear cameras on this device. The display being QHD can also be stepped down to full HD or even HD. At least this will have that option, because iPhone XR users don't even get that option, period.. This device has no curved screen, but if you want a curved screen, then get the S10, or 10+ instead.

31. Cat97

Posts: 2064; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Clearly you only have the usual superficial knowledge about how displays work. Every display has a display driver circuit which takes up a lot of power when on. And if a single pixel is lit, the display driver must be turned on AND part of the graphics chip must be turned on. If the display is blank, the display driver is off and the graphic chip is off. That's why the difference between LCD and OLED power consumption is much smaller than most think. So a notification LED is much better than anything else regarding power consumption.

28. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

The LED will be around the camera itself

32. Cat97

Posts: 2064; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I read this rumor...hopefully it's true !

6. middlehead

Posts: 486; 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: 773; 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: 486; 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.

4. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ugly bezeless

16. OneLove123

Posts: 1326; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Have you seen the xr?

20. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; 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: 658; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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

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