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Best phone in the US 2021: the top 15 smartphones you can buy right now

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11. Samsung Galaxy S10e

Flagship specs in one-handed size

Release date: March 2019
Weight: 150g
Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm
OS: Android Pie
Screen size: 5.8-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2280
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 3,100mAh
Rear camera: 12MP+16MP
Front camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+Flagship specs at 2016 price+Great wide camera+PowerShare is cool
Reasons to avoid
-Loses out on in-screen fingerprint sensor-Smaller screen worse for media

The Samsung S10e is the littlest (and least pricey) sibling of the S10 line in both size and features. While it loses out on a few of the cutting-edge features like in-screen fingerprint scanner and a telephoto lens, its remaining arsenal of flagship specs, ultrawide camera and good interface make the S10e a standout at a discount. Plus, it's small enough to use one-handed.

Why it's ranked 11th: The S10e is a fantastic little phone, perfect for anyone who wants some of the features of 2019's Samsung devices in a one-handed-friendly package and at a lower price. While it's still more expensive than midrange phones, the S10e has more features and cutting-edge specs to push it beyond the competition at this discounted price.

Screen: The 5.8-inch AMOLED screen is crisp and sharp, with enough bright colors and customization options to tweak to your liking. While it's nice that the budget flagship of the S10 line has an OLED screen (unlike the iPhone XR with its LCD display), it's not as high resolution as its bigger siblings, capping out at 1080 x 2280 pixels to the S10 and S10 Plus' 1440 x 3040 pixel maximum. 

Battery life: A 3,100mAh capacity isn't the biggest battery on the market, but it will see you through the day, and may last longer than you think thanks to the phone's smaller screen. You'll need to stretch it out if you plan to use Wireless PowerShare, the S10 line's new feature that lets you donate battery charge to another Qi-charging device. Don't worry, it won't drain yours to oblivion: the feature shuts down when your phone hits 30% battery.

Camera: Considering the standard Galaxy S9 had a single lens, the S10e is a major upgrade with its two useful cameras. The first is the standard 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4 Dual Aperture lens found in the phone's predecessor (switching between the two in day/night shots), while the second is a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens that manages 123-degree field of view. While the phone misses the 2x telephoto of the other S10 phones, its ultrawide is far more useful.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S10e review