Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S10e from the Galaxy S8?
If you like your Galaxy S8, you’ll love the S10e
Samsung does a fantastic job of improving on its flagship phones year after year while keeping most of the core experience intact to make the transition to a new model as seamless as possible. Even though the move from a Galaxy S8 to an S10e is a two-year upgrade, the basics of the phone haven’t changed a ton — but that’s a feature, not an issue. You can put down an S8 and pick up an S10e and feel right at home — from the very similar overall dimensions down to the individual features and feeling of how it operates.
The Galaxy S10e is effectively a perfect two year evolution of the S8.
Even though the S10e has the latest Android 9 Pie software with One UI (which the S8 will have soon enough), it simply feels like an upgraded version of Samsung software rather than something entirely new. The hardware design and feel have been refreshed, but not completely redesigned. The mainstays like a headphone jack, microSD card slot, wireless charging and water resistance are all the same.
Then you get a whole host of marginal improvements. The S10e’s display is roughly the same size as the S8, and is actually lower resolution, but is an improved panel with even better brightness and colors; Samsung still makes the best displays in the business. A new processor (Snapdragon 855), more RAM (6 or 8GB) and more storage (128 or 256GB) offer you better daily performance both today and for the next two years. The 3100mAh battery, paired with that new processor, offer a little bit better battery life. The new Android 9 Pie software is great now, and unlike the S8 there’s a future of software updates ahead.
There are few things that are entirely new on the S10e, but again they come without any loss to what’s already on the S8. The mono speaker on the bottom of the S8 is paired with another speaker at the top of the phone for a stereo experience. The main camera has improved slightly with a variable aperture and new software, plus it has a great wide-angle camera next to it that’s incredibly fun to shoot with and adds Live Focus portrait mode effects. The front camera has also been improved, with a new sensor. Wireless charging speeds have improved as well, so long as you have the latest generation Samsung accessories. Small improvements on their own, but improvements you’ll be able to appreciate every day nonetheless.