It’s not easy for anyone – with the current economic situation, smartphone launches, mainly flagships, are getting very expensive. The solution for many looking for performance and good design, then, is to look for flagships from previous years. One of the best manufacturers in this regard is Samsung. Their smartphones have been well supported, up to two years after launch, and the price is much more affordable. So, you asked for a comparison between the S9 Plus and the S10e, and we are bringing it. If you want to know what may be your next purchase between these two phones, follow this comparison here at In design, we have similar and different characteristics. Samsung hasn’t radically changed its devices since the Galaxy S8 so even though they are different years, these two phones will look a little bit similar. The slightly curved rear is made of glass and the rounded and shiny sides are made of metal. The buttons are on the same sides, the power button is different on the S10e this is where the biometric sensor is located, the only one in the line with this feature. In the S9 Plus, the sensor is at the rear, in a lower position and more comfortable to reach than its competitor’s, being more precise. It is next to the dual camera module with nearby heart rate sensors. The S10e also has this set but it is horizontal. This is also a smaller phone, even smaller than many flagships on the market today. 

S10e vs s9plus

Therefore, it is lighter, thinner, and smaller compared to the S9 Plus. Both are protected by IP68 and Gorilla Glass 5, in addition to being dual SIM and both have a hybrid slot in the second cradle with MicroSD. Finally, as it is older, the S9 Plus is from a time when notch was not yet mandatory so it also has that larger top to accommodate cameras and sensors whereas the S10e has a hole in the screen in the upper left corner. Both are well finished and open the score with a draw. If your goal is to have a smaller device, the S10e is arguably one of the best options its 5.8 “Dynamic AMOLED Full HD + screen is a good choice, while for larger screens the S9 Plus features a 6.2 “QHD + Super AMOLED. The aspect changes from 18.5: 9 on the S9 Plus to 19: 9 on the S10e, which even with the notch Comparisionbrings less use of the screen. The curvature can also make a difference, being greater on the S9 Plus, almost borderless, and completely flat on the S10e with some bezels, also making it reflect less light. They bring HDR so you can check out more quality titles on Netflix, YouTube, and there is HDR+ on the S10e. They are bright displays with intense colors, and although they are not the best in their category, look good in the sun with the S10e being more intense. There are several adjustments to make the color to your liking. We have a tie with the definition of the S9 Plus and the most current technology of the S10e. Having two tops of the line, we have stereo sound in both and two headphones maintained by AKG. In the S10e the situation is better because although both have a P2 connection Its headphones have been renewed compared to the previous year and so they have better quality. In external sound, the two bring Dolby Atmos technology and are equally clear and loud. Like any smartphone, they struggle a little in the bass but even at maximum volume, they do not distort. For Bluetooth, both have audio settings for higher quality, so the S10e takes the point for having its headphones upgraded. In the system, we have good news – although the S9 Plus has two years of release and arrived with Android 8 Oreo, it is already updated to Android 10 Just like the S10e, which came with Android 9 Pie. 

It very unlikely that the S9 Plus will still have a third update with Android 11 So the S10e must end up surpassing it in this regard. Overall, the two bring the One UI 2.0 and pretty much the same features limited by either camera features. One UI, Samsung’s Android interface, is full of features and tweaks being good for those who like to personalize the device a lot. In connectivity, we have Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC in both phones, but because it is newer, the Galaxy S10e arrives with Wi-Fi 6 or newer, although the S9 Plus supports the AC standard and both are Dual Band. The S10e does not have the FM radio and the S9 Plus still has the option of biometrics over the iris. But the S10e gets the point because it has more chances of being updated. The Galaxy S9 Plus is for those who are longing for the time when Samsung brought its flagships with Qualcomm chipsets, which here is the Snapdragon 845. In the S10e we already have the presence of Samsung processors and what integrates this cell phone is the Exynos 9820. The two bring 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage plus the space for the MicroSD. In benchmarks like the newest AnTuTu, the Galaxy S10e performs 20% better in total numbers already in the opening tests, remembering that they were made in previous versions of the system of both, the S9 Plus managed to be 8% faster than its online successor. This shows that the two withstand the day-to-day performance well, will hold applications opened and everything else very well, and the approximate one minute in our tests can confirm this. In games, they also do a great job and you will be able to run whatever you want without gagging. Overall, the two perform well, but the Galaxy S10e has more time to last and it takes the point. The S10e is the simplest in its series and the S9 Plus is from an era, again, where Samsung didn’t really care about the battery. So we have the S10e with 3,100 mAh and its rival with 3,500 mAh numbers considered low for today’s standards. And the result is that, having the S9 Plus an older processor and a bigger screen, the two end up doing very similar in our battery tests, reaching almost 14 and a half hours of use low values ​​for what we already have in today’s devices. With both, you will be able to spend a day away from the outlets, but you will have to make a lighter use. And speaking about outlets, because it has a smaller battery, the S10e spends just over 1 hour and 20 minutes plugged in to reach 100%, while the S9 Plus takes approximately 20 minutes more. Both one and the other also recharge wirelessly and the S10e still has the reverse charging feature, to charge other devices with the wireless technology. With the smaller battery that lasts the same, reverse charging and spending less time on the outlet the S10e gets the point here. 

We are only talking about simpler times here, and in those simpler times we didn’t have as many cameras on devices as it is today, even on cheaper devices, so our two competitors have a dual set of cameras. The S9 Plus has a 12 MP wide main sensor with variable aperture from f / 1.5 to f / 2.4 and the PDAF and yet another 12 MP telephoto sensor with 2x optical zoom. The S10e also features this same 12 MP wide sensor with variable aperture from f / 1.5 to f / 2.4 and the PDAF but it comes with a 16″ ultra-wide sensor – two different proposals with the same main sensors. And these latest main cameras benefit from the variable aperture that even today’s devices from Samsung no longer bring. Using the manual mode you can choose the best aperture for more or less light taking the best photo possibilities. With this sensor, excellent quality captures are produced that still compete well with the tops of the line today current – they do well in color difference, focus, cloudy situations, object approach and dusk. The S9 Plus zoom stands out at night, with its telephoto lens and autofocus with optical stabilization, but the S10e’s ultra-wide sensor it also showed little difference in quality compared to the main sensor. Using the same main set we have a lot of similarities, so we have a draw. For video, we have sets that have optical and electronic stabilization besides good capture of stereo audio. They are good for having 4K recording at 60 fps with optical stabilization which is something that helps a lot, but only in videos of 5 minutes maximum in the case of the S9 Plus. And while the S9 Plus can skid a bit in low light situations, the S10e does a lot better in this regard, also bringing better audio capture than the rival. That point then goes to the Galaxy S10e. Coming to selfies, we have an advantage for the S10e, which has a 10 MP sensor with f / 1.9 aperture against an 8 MP sensor and f / 1.7 aperture on the S9 Plus. This one has an extra camera in the front, but it’s more just due to the biometry of the iris and in general, this set ends up bringing better captures to the S10e especially when it comes to processing portraits, where it is less jammed and less noise suppressed with aggressive post-processing, which are two problems with the S9 Plus. And it’s still the only one that shoots in 4K here so that last point from selfies goes to the Galaxy S10e. In their respective launches, these two phones came at very salty prices typical for flagship devices. The S10e came to cost R$ 4,300 while the S9 Plus came to R$ 4,900. Currently, to everyone’s delight, these prices have dropped sharply. Unfortunately, the S9 Plus was affected by the high prices and came to cost R $ 1,900 in specific promotions this year, now it costs R$ 2,900 – already the S10e, it has not had the same problem at this time and costs half as much as when it was launched, just under R$ 2,400. If the S9 Plus was at the lowest price it arrived it would be even a better choice cost-effective here, but currently it is better to get the newest one for a lower price. Still, you can keep an eye out for promotions.

 We then closed our scoreboard with the last point for the Galaxy S10e. We have a very clear score for the Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S9 Plus is not far behind in the points that it lost, but currently, the newest phone is cheaper and has great features The S9 Plus could be recommended for those who cannot spend more than R$ 2,000 but its price went up a lot and only a devastating promotion would make it worth it. Overall, the S10e is a better choice for those who don’t want to lose performance and camera even if you don’t spend too much. For its cost-benefit, the S10e is a better option even than the Galaxy S10 itself which has also had its price dropped. Finally, the S10e is one of the few options available for those who do not want a huge device just not being smaller than the iPhone SE. 

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