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Along with the new $899 Samsung Galaxy S10 and $999 Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung is introducing a slightly more budget-friendly phone: the Galaxy S10E. While not the most surprising thing ever, following the release of Apple’s popular iPhone XR in late 2018, it’s encouraging that Samsung isn’t entirely pushing high-end smartphones out of reach.

Both the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR start at $749, which is probably no coincidence on Samsung’s part. (That’s actually a higher starting price than the $720 Galaxy S9 last year, which had a higher-res curved screen.) But whether you’re focused on the design, or the specs inside, both of these phones have most of the selling points of their more expensive counterparts. Of course, there are plenty of compromises made to achieve a lower price in both cases, but they might not matter to you — even as a phone enthusiast.

We haven’t reviewed the Galaxy S10E quite yet, but if you’ve got $749 burning a hole in your pocket today and are stuck between Samsung and Apple, here’s what we can tell you today: on specs alone, the Galaxy S10E looks like a contender. But as always, your choice of operating system will probably trump specs.

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