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I hope the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10’s battery endurance doesn’t disappoint

This year, Samsung’s going to spoil us for choice with its tenth anniversary Galaxy S flagship by launching three different models. Well, maybe spoil isn’t the right term, since it will pretty much be the Galaxy S10+ that one will have to choose if they want the best of everything. From screen size through battery capacity to dual front cameras, the S10+, like all previous Plus models of Galaxy S flagships, will be the most feature-packed option.

But it’s probably the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 that will sell more because of a price that sits somewhere above the entry-level Galaxy S10e but is more palatable S10+ (some might even ignore the S10+ just because of that wider screen cutout). And if that turns out to be the case, I really hope it doesn’t disappoint with its battery life.

One model with a big battery, two without?

While it’s great that Samsung is going to offer different variants, including one with a flat screen, adding a third model means there are now going to be two variants of the newest Galaxy S flagship that don’t get a big battery. Based on certifications, we currently know that the Galaxy S10e is going to have a 3,000 mAh battery, the Galaxy S10 is going to have a 3,300 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S10+ will get a 4,000 mAh battery like the Galaxy Note 9. And it’s the battery capacity of the Galaxy S10 that is a cause for concern.

It was initially expected that the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 would have a 3,500 mAh battery like the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S9+. But it seems Samsung has decided to go for the same battery capacity as the Galaxy Note 8. As usual, the company will tell us the new processors inside the Galaxy S10 are more efficient, as they will be built on an 8/7nm process instead of a 10nm process like the 2018 Exynos and Snapdragon chips.

However, these efficiency improvements rarely factor into real-world battery performance unless the device is sitting idle with the screen off. I can’t help but feel that Samsung is once again trying to push smaller batteries on us and will probably use having three Galaxy S10 models for consumers to choose from as the excuse.

Fingers crossed 6.1-inch Galaxy S10’s battery life is respectable

And you might say that the Galaxy Note 8 did well enough with a 3,300 mAh capacity battery so the S10 might as well, and I won’t dispute that. I’m not really saying the battery life on the Galaxy S10 will be poor or below respectable levels, because we can’t exactly come to a conclusion before we can test the phone out for ourselves.

But I’m surely going to keep my fingers crossed that it does end up surprising us on the endurance front. Or, you know, have a bigger battery than what the leaks and certifications currently tells us so we don’t have any reason to worry.

What do you think?

  • Model: SM-G973F
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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rambo6
rambo6

Samsung’s big advantage over phones was the replaceable batteries. Instead of chasingApple, why not make just one high end model with an exchanable battery? I have the Note 9 and like it except for the curved screen and the sealed battery. Samsung, please make just one model with the a flat screen and exchangeable battery. You don’t need to have a metal frame and glass, plastic will do.

Cicerone
Cicerone

My problem with replaceable batteries is when I tried to buy a new one I found thousand of suppliers that said “Samsung original”. After that I found a sub-mediocre battery. So I go to the Samsung store and bought an original one but with the Samsung price. When I replaced the sealed battery inside S7edge I found that the price of replacing on Samsung service it is not so high. At the end an original battery replaced on Samsung service it is what we need at every 2 to 3 years.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I’m not worried about the battery size. The new 8nm chip may make up for a slightly smaller capacity. We’ll see I suppose.

RHBH
RHBH

In the dummy models leak, they said S10 is similar with S9+ size, if S9+ have 3500mAh why can’t S10 have at least 3500mAh?

Please don’t tell us it is because reverse wireless charging, 99% of people don’t want that.

I’m pretty sure this was an intentional downgrade as S9+ users (6.2 inches screen) that are comfortable with that device size would naturally go for the S10 (6.1 inches) so they made a small step-down in S10 compared to S9+, to boost S10+ sales. The initial rumors were talking about 3500mAh battery for S10, then suddenly we discovered it was 3300mAh.

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

im a samsung user but i think they just care about marketing i wish they cared about what people actually want
like u said if S9+ have 3500mAh why can’t S10 have at least 3500mAh?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The S10 isn’t the same size as the s9+ it’s around the same size as an s8 but maybe 1mm wider. Therefore, to have 3300mah is actually a step up from the 3000mah from.s8/9

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

Bobbingalong we are talking about s10 not s10e (lite)

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

i am talking about the normal s10 where it is around the same size of the s8/9 and the 10e will be similar size to an iphone 8.

look at the latest leak video of the dummy devices when they line up the s10 to the s9 its only 1mm taller and wider but about 0.5mm thinner

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Tbh I m not that fussed as long as it’s just slightly better than the s8 or the s9. Generally I will make sure the battery is charge before I leave a location and I have a small anka power bank for emergency.

The s8/s9 has done me very well and many time especially when on holiday using 4g and camera a lot. Most times I can get back to the hotel with about 50+%

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

3300 is enough for one day . That’s it. Thay should put in about 4000.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

3300 is fine. It serves me well on my Note8.

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

really ?

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Yes but could be more. It is not enough for heavy users.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Yes, it was absolutely fine on mine too plus there’s a more power efficient chip now too.

stondec
stondec

My Note 8 battery life is simply abysmal! The phone itself, otherwise works great.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

My Note 8 battery life was not great.

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

it would be really disappointing if the battery sieze of s10 is 3300 mah
because there is not that much difference in the screen size ratio why samsung cant give bigger battery size
i was expecting 3500 mah