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samsung galaxy s10e

created  2019/03/08
modified 2023/10/18
category hardware

in 2019, samsung released peak phone with the s10 series, specifically the s10e which is the smallest variant of them. theoretically there could be a better phone, but none are available for purchase at this price

my s10e faltered and stopped being able to charge, and even with direct voltage applied to the battery protection circuit itself with the battery itself removed, would refuse to power on any more. so i bought the a52s 5g - the only samsung phone with a lineage distribution and higher specs
samsung galaxy a52s

samsung galaxy s5
lineage os
gsm arena


on average you can find one unlocked second hand for ~200€, 4 times the price of a second hand s5

down from 300€ since last year!


authorized repair replacements;
battery: 62€
*screen + battery: 216€
*screen + battery + back glass: 251€
back glass: 76€
rear camera: 112€
audio: 75€
charging port: 58€

most repairs have gone up by 10€ since last year :(

spec breakdown


louis rossman recommended 👍
5.8" hdr amoled 19:9 always-on display, tiny bezel
has deprecated features: headphone jack, fingerprint, microsd slot
sidemounted capacitive fingerprint sensor (really fast!!)
usb c 3.1 with displayport output
won't be too slow or out of spec in a few or even lot of years
4.5W reverse wireless charging + 15W wireless charging
128gb ufs 2.1 6gb ram


easy enough to install a custom rom onto
gyro and gestures
nfc, bluetooth 5.0
60hz display
15W fast charging
decent cameras, has ultrawide
dust/water resistance (IP68)


3100mah battery
VoLTE won't work with custom rom
won't record slow motion on custom rom
warning message for unlocked bootloader on every power up
impossible to repair easily