Will you look at that? Nothing really new. Just a few expected specs updates and quite a drastic change of front camera design. The S10 Plus, as seen in the photo above has two front cameras and while they seem to manage to bring the immersion a notch up, that punch-hole design looks janky AF. It's like that giant "Cignal" logo on your TV screen that you scream out loud for it to go away but it never will.Â
But still, the displays on both S10 and S10 Plus look great and thus far Samsung has met with expectations. However, I'm less interested in the S10 and S10 Plus. As flagship-py they may be, they're boring.Â
The Galaxy S10e, ah, now that's something to look at. For quite some time Samsung has been conning people whenever they can out of their money with the release of expensive faux-flagship devices such as the Galaxy A8. Though they're catered as high-middle range, they've got specs that fit in other phones that priced ridiculously lower. Now, the S10e.
From that image, the S10e has a few camera features missing from the S10 and S10 Plus. But what they're saying basically, the camera quality is exactly the same. The S10e also uses a Snapdragon 855, or whatever Exynos that the bigger brothers are using. The S10e's screen is Full HD and the punch-hole front camera is a lot smaller. And those are all fine.
Samsung wanted competition for Apple's iPhone Xr. Samsung needs to be lauded for their continued aggression to take over the Cupertino-based company. And on paper the S10e sure looks like a worthy competitor. But it is also competing against itself. I imagine there will be people who will want the S10 and the S10 Plus merely because they are the "superior" versions. But for anyone else who wants a flagship phone, the S10e is the money shot.
The S10e doesn't even look like a mid-range device. It's a flagship through and through. It's made with glass and metal. Not plastic. The fingerprint button has a different location and so what? That's both preferences. The 1080p screen is more than good enough for me and I certainly don't need curved edges.Â
But if there's any concrete thing I can say about the Samsung Galaxy S10 series? It's the Bixby button can finally be re-programmed to instantly launch any app of your choosing. Now that's a feature.
Personally, if I had the income would I buy a Galaxy S10e, since I've been praising it so far? Yes, if I'm excited to upgrade and leave it at that. But if you're interested in a more premium phone then it's always worth waiting for the second half of the year, such as the next Galaxy Note.