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Unpacked event also introduces Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is also now official. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is also now official. (Source: Samsung)
Today, (20 February 2019) Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+. However, the much-rumored new S10 variant, the S10e, was also counted in at some points. It will start at US$749, and has most of the new premium line's specs and features.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series was finally unveiled today at the 2019 Unpacked Event. Therefore, the S10 and S10+ will be on sale soon, as expected. The long-anticipated extra variants for this year, the S10e and S10 5G, were also confirmed to exist. The S10e was not referenced often during the event; however, we now know that it will be released on March 8 along with its bigger siblings, and that it will cost US$749 at that point.

As alluded to in numerous leaks, the S10e will have a 5.8-inch screen and the Exynos 9820 CPU, which is apparently 29% faster than that of the S9 line. There is no reason to expect that this screen will be made from the same "world's first dynamic AMOLED" described with respect to the other models. This display will apparently reduce blue-light emissions by 42%, have a brightness of 1200 nits and be potentially more color-accurate compared to previous generations.

The S10e's rear panel will not have the triple-camera set-up that will be present in those of the S10 or S10+. However, it will have the new Wide and Ultra Wide modules found in the other variants. The 16MP Ultra Wide camera has a 123-degree field of view which may improve panoramas and wide shots. Samsung also claims to have an improved NPU, which, among other AI-enhanced camera modes, intelligently switches between the two main camera types. The S10e shares the new 'punch-hole' display with its fellows, although it has only one front-facing module rather than two.

The S10 line's colors were not specifically listed during the Unpacked event. However, they are prismatic, as predicted in some leaks. The S10e's new Canary Yellow SKU was also clearly shown during the presentation. This variant should feature WiFi 6, Samsung's Wireless PowerShare and will have a 3100mAh battery. Therefore, despite its status as the new baby of the S line, it should be a solid prospect in its own right.

The S10e in comparison to its bigger siblings. (Source: Samsung)
The S10e in comparison to its bigger siblings. (Source: Samsung)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-02-20 (Update: 2019-02-20)