By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 23, Feb 2019, 22:01 pm IST | UPDATED: 23, Feb 2019, 22:01 pm IST
Delhi: It has been a while since 2019 began and Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S10. Since the leaks started coming, we had a fair idea that Samsung would follow Apple and introduce three models under the S10 moniker. The standard S10 and S10+ go up against the Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XS with comparable prices. In fact, Samsung is playing the price card and has offered the Galaxy S10 at lower prices than what the competition offers, despite packing next-generation hardware. However, there's a third model this year under the S10 moniker that aims to do what Apple intended with the iPhone XR - offer the flagship features in a slightly watered-down package.
The Galaxy S10e is to Samsung what the iPhone XR is to Apple. The S10e offers most of the "standard" S10's thrills but at a lower price point. And similar to the iPhone XR, Samsung has cut corners where it feels it can to bring down the price while still justifying it as a flagship series smartphone. The Galaxy S10e has a flat screen display instead of the curved edges on the Galaxy S10. Samsung also dropped the third telephoto camera from the rear and offers instead a dual camera system. There's a smaller battery as well as an overall compact form factor.
However, Samsung always has the price factor to its advantage when compared to Apple and Google. In India, Samsung has priced the entry-level variant of the Galaxy S10e at Rs 55,990. This is the lowest that Samsung has priced its flagship newest flagship in a while. The S10e is only available in one variant in India with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage (the 8GB/256GB variant isn't coming to India now). Samsung is currently offering the Prism Black and Prism White colours for now. In contrast, the iPhone XR comes in all five colours and three storage variants.
Since OnePlus bumps up the prices for its smartphone with every generation, it is expected that the next generation OnePlus 7 will be touching the Rs 50,000 mark. Rumours and leaks have so far led us to believe that OnePlus 7 will have a fullscreen sliding display and the latest Snapdragon 855 with support for 5G connectivity. It may get the 30W Warp Charge from the McLaren Edition as well.
With the Galaxy S10e, Samsung has a worthy offering to give the OnePlus crowd an option to own a true flagship-grade smartphone. The Galaxy S10e offers Samsung's newest Infinity-O display with uniform bezels all around - and it does that without adopting any slider. The Exynos 9820 is comparable to the Snapdragon 855, if not better in some cases, in terms of raw performance.
Samsung's new OneUI based on Android 9 Pie has proven to be extremely smooth on Galaxy Note 9 so far, which means it should fare even better on the newer Exynos 9820 chipset. And so far, the Galaxy S10 has nabbed the title for the best camera smartphone, which means the S10e even with its dual camera should be able to take really good photos. And there's always the superior brand value which Samsung enjoys over anyone else in the Android universe.