Curiosity 05 Mar
This year Samsung once again took the stage ahead of MWC in San Francisco to unveil the Galaxy S10 series. Instead of releasing two flagships this year Samsung unveiled four variants of S10 series to attract different kinds of customers. To attract budget-conscious customers the Galaxy S10e comes with similar design language with few toned down aspects. The Galaxy S10 is the new standard flagship offering from Samsung. For those who are looking for something better, the Galaxy S10 Plus is a pretty good option. Last but not the least the S10 5G is a beast with the best possible hardware, cameras and above all 5G connectivity.
The best thing is despite being a budget-friendly phone the Galaxy S10e comes with the Infinity-O display and the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset. The S10e is the smallest amongst all and also it is budget friendly. So if you don't want to spend a hefty amount the Galaxy S10e is a pretty good option. However, those who don't want to spend hefty amount and can settle on slightly older flagship phone the OnePlus 6T emerge as a solid option. The OnePlus 6T remained as the best budget flagship since its announcement.
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For those who are looking for a new budget-friendly option, the Galaxy S10e certainly emerge as a new and better option. Today we will find out whether the latest Galaxy S10e has enough goodies to dethrone the OnePlus 6T from the best budget-friendly option or not? Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design.
69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9 mm
5.8 inches - 2280x1080 px
74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
In terms of design, both phones are quite stylish. Both have aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side but that's where similarities between the two phones end. The dewdrop notch was in fashion at that time, OnePlus adopted teardrop notch for the 6T. The 6T has thin bezel at the bottom of the display. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10e adopted a new design of punch hole at the top right corner.
Samsung dubbed the new display as Infinity-O panel with small cutout for the selfie snapper. On the front, you will get a full front-facing display without any hindrance. On the rear side, the 6T has dual cameras aligned vertically in the center with LED flashlight below it. The Galaxy S10e also has dual cameras placed horizontally in the center.
The Galaxy S10e has flat display unlike the other models of S10 series. Due to glass rear both the devices prone to scratches and accidental damage. The Galaxy S10e retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the OnePlus 6T lacks the headphone jack. The Galaxy S10e is an IP68 certified phone which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Unfortunately, the 6T lacks any rating against water.
The Galaxy S10e dimensions are 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm and weigh 150g. The 6T is taller, wider and thicker at 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm and also significantly heavier at 185g. In terms of color options the S10e is available in White, Blue, Black, Yellow, and Flamingo Pink whereas the 6T can be grabbed in Midnight Black, Mirror Black, and Thunder Purple. The Galaxy S10e is certainly more stylish and refined than its counterpart.
The 6T features a 6.41-inches AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. OnePlus utilizes Samsung's display panel that's why 6T's display color accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks are pretty awesome. The display pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. The display is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
As mentioned above the Galaxy S10e is significantly smaller with a 5.8-inches Dynamic AMOLED display. The Full HD+ display screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 438 pixels-per-inch and it is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Infinity-O display on the S10e has the slight upper hand due to better sharpness and color accuracy. Samsung flagships are always rated as the best display phones and the S10e is no exception.
The Snapdragon 855 chipset is the latest beast SoC from Qualcomm. The S10e global variant has the Exynos 9820 SoC built on the 7nm process whereas the US-bound variant has the Snapdragon 855 built on the 8nm process. The Snapdragon 855 is certainly way more powerful than its predecessor Snapdragon 845 which is powering the 6T. The new chipset not only have better clocking speed but also it comes with special AI engine to better handle AI tasks.
The Galaxy S10e is available in two configurations, the base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. It supports memory expansion via hybrid MicroSD slot. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T can be grabbed in three variants, the base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top-tier models have 8GB RAM and 10GB RAM with 256GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD.
In terms of raw power, the Galaxy S10e has an upper hand as it comes with the latest chipset and also supports memory expansion.
|Specs||Galaxy S10e||OnePlus 6T|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2280 pixels||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820||Snapdragon 845|
|RAM||6,8GB||6GB, 8GB, 10GB|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD||128GB, 256GB Non-Expandable|
|Rear cameras||12MP with variable aperture + 16MP Ultra-wide sensor||16MP+20MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||No|
|OS||Android Pie with One UI skin||Android Pie with ColorOS|
On moderate usage, both the devices have enough battery juice to last more than one day on single charge. However, on hefty usage, you may need to recharge the device before the end of the day. The S10e packed with a 3,100mAh battery cell. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 for fast charging and Qi wireless charging.
On the other hand, the 6T is packed with slightly larger 3,700mAh battery cell. It supports Warp fast charging but lacks the wireless charging support. Its quite surprising OnePlus didn't adopt wireless charging feature despite having glass rear.
Another prominent aspect of S10e is Wireless PowerShare which means it can reversely recharge other phones with wireless charging. Although the 6T has an advantage of fast charging and larger battery cell but the S10e support for wireless and reverse wireless charging is worth appreciating.
In the cameras section both the phones have dual snappers on the rear side. The primary rear snapper is a 16MP module with OIS whereas the secondary sensor is a 20MP sensor. Both are the normal sensors with f/1.7 aperture. Up front, the selfie snapper is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture.
The cameras on the 6T capture great shots in stable lighting conditions whereas in low-light conditions the results are not worth appreciating. Unfortunately, the setup of the camera on the 6T is certainly the weakest point of the device.
The S10e cameras look quite promising at least on paper. The primary rear snapper is a 12MP module with OIS. Like last year S9's camera it has a variable aperture, in low-light conditions the camera automatically adjust to f/1.5 whereas in stable lighting conditions the aperture is f/2.4. The secondary sensor is a wide-angle 16MP module with an f/2.2 aperture.
The secondary sensor field of view is 123 degrees. The front-facing selfie snapper is 10MP with f/1.9 aperture. The S10e cameras are backed with AI scene recognition to optimize the cameras result. Although its too early to claim but still the S10e's cameras setup looks more promising.
As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box, however, the custom UI skin is different on both phones. The 6T comes with Oxygen OS skin which is quite close to the stock version of Android OS. The bloatware level is quite low as the company relies on Google services. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10e comes with One UI skin which comes with heavy bloatware. Samsung specially optimizes the One UI for using large display phones single handidly.
So if you are looking for something close to stock version of Android OS, the 6T is a better option whereas the S10e has a number of bloatware apps and heavy customized UI. If you prefer Samsung's customized UI you will have to wait longer for the software updates whereas the 6T owners usually receive new updates at a rapid speed. Samsung flagships are amongst the last to receive the new software updates. Fortunately, both the phones will be receiving new major updates at least till Android R.
As both the phones are running on the Android OS, so you will be getting goodies like Google Lens and Google Assistant on both the devices. The S10e has Bixby AI assistant as well which can be accessed by pressing the dedicated button on the left edge.
The 6T has under-glass fingerprint scanner whereas the S10e fingerprint scanner is on the right edge. The S10e is the only variant of S10 series which lacks the under-glass scanner. For an optimized gaming experience, the 6T comes with gaming mode. The Galaxy S10e extra goodies are AR Emojis, VR support, and Dex desktop. In terms of extra goodies, the S10e certainly has an upper hand.
The OnePlus 6T is currently up for sale at a discounted price tag of $549 for the base model via Amazon and T-Mobile in the US. The unlocked model can be used on the Verizon network as well. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10e is currently up for pre-orders in the US. The base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs $750. It will hit shelves from March 8th and will support all major carriers across the globe.
The Galaxy S10e has an upper hand in almost all scenarios except battery and software. One of the main deciding aspects between the two phones will be certainly the price tag. The S10e is $200 costlier than the 6T but it brings a number of extra goodies. The build quality of S10e is also superior to the 6T. Being the Samsung flagships the S10e is packed with a number of extra features which puts it ahead of OnePlus 6T.
If you spend $200 more you will be getting a better display, latest hardware, stylish design, and powerful cameras. On the other hand, if you don't want to spend $200 more the 6T is offering stylish design, full front-facing display, last year hardware, average cameras, and latest software straight out of the box. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the S10e vs OnePlus 6T in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.