Galaxy S10+ vs S10 vs S10e: battery life comparison

Galaxy S10+ vs S10 vs S10e: battery life comparison
The three new Galaxy phones are here: the 6.4" Galaxy S10+, the 6.1" Galaxy S10 and then the super compact, munchkin Galaxy S10e.

And if you are picking among these three, you are probably wondering how they compare in terms of battery life.

After all, the battery sizes on these three phones are quite different:

  • Galaxy S10+: 4100mAh battery
  • Galaxy S10: 3400mAh battery
  • Galaxy S10e: 3100mAh battery

We have now completed our battery tests for all three new Galaxy S10 models and we can see the difference between them, but since we are running the same standardized test at the same conditions for all phones, we can also see how the new Galaxy S10 series compare against the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8 and the Note series.

Let's take a look:

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S10+
7h 59 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S10
6h 45 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S10e
7h (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S9+
8h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9
7h 23 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
8h 56 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
7h 50 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S8+
8h (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8
8h 22 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S7
6h 37 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
7h 18 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S6
7h 14 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
8h 11 min (Excellent)

The first thing that we noticed in our test is that – predictably – the biggest Galaxy S10+ model with the largest battery has the highest score at nearly 8 hours. Surprisingly, the Galaxy S10e, which has the smallest battery, did slightly better than the Galaxy S10.

And then when we compare these scores to earlier models, you notice that you should expect about the same battery life. The S9+, for instance, scored just around 8 hours on our test, and then, the S8+ also scored around 8 hours, and now the Galaxy S10+ also hits the same ballpark. Our real-life experience confirms that you get decent battery life on the S10+, but definitely not something truly extraordinary, so you should still expect to have your S10+ charging every night.


The Galaxy S10 and the S10e scored slightly below the average and on those busier days you might need to top them up earlier in the day if you want them to last a full day.

In a nutshell, the new Galaxy S10 series battery life is about as good as in earlier years, but unfortunately not significantly better. And while this is still okay, other phone makers have pushed battery life even further on their phones and we wish Samsung did a bit better on this test.

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38 Comments

1. manojmcn

Posts: 631; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Jokers are back with new crap test :) Lol iPhoneArena battery test... hahahahahahaha

4. ph00ny

Posts: 1953; Member since: May 26, 2011

From their own S10+ review "The Galaxy S10+ comes with a 4100mAh battery, which is one of the biggest ever fitted inside a Samsung smartphone. This is why we were a bit disappointed when the S10+ lasted "only" 8 hours when subjected to our custom battery test. On one hand, this is a great score. The Galaxy S10+ easily lasts through a day of heavy usage, as our real-life experience confirms." Their own real-life experience doesn't line up with their battery benchmark

20. bambamboogy02

Posts: 821; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I don't think you know how battery life benchmarks work and how to look at the results. Maybe you misunderstand how battery test work compared to real life. Battery test: Screen on time is 8 Hours, meaning constant use for 8 hours. Real life: No one stares at their phone for 8 hours straight. It might be used in bursts at a time for strenuous usage. So when the phone is resting (not being used for watching video's, web browsing, etc...) you are not draining the battery. Hence being able to last an entire day of heavy usage.

30. ph00ny

Posts: 1953; Member since: May 26, 2011

Again it's a set of scripts to simulate "real life usage". Per their heavy real life usage, it handled it without any issues.

17. mackan84

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I will tell you also, bet PA test their phones with the marketed resolution on screen. In S10 case that means that phone pushes a 1440p screen. In most other test they set the screen to 1080p which is less then the iPhone which is not possible to change.

18. A_A_A

Posts: 210; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

If you can't swallow that S10 has a mediocre battery life it's not a test fault - it's your problem. Test results are pretty consistent and in many years I haven't seen when PA test would say that device has a poor battery but in fact it was great and vice versa. Just accept that you like it or not - S10/S10e have a mediore battery. I'm aboslutely sure other resourses will confirm that too (it doesn't mean very bad- just not great).

19. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

https://youtu.be/97LAtXGEMNo Here is your other resource, not what they say. Just expect that PA's battery test are wrong.

22. bambamboogy02

Posts: 821; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Sissy246, That is not a reliable test or benchmark. Displaying the 100% same exact thing on each display would make it so. This test is far from being able to call itself a 'Benchmark'.

2. alligator

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Absolute bulls**t. S9+ with similar battery (3500mAh) is doing 8.05h with a larger screen and not so efficient CPU but ...the new S10 with better CPU is doing about 1.30h less. Are you serious PA? You should definitely present to us how this mighty "web script" works and what actually tests! Now it's the time to get some ideas from the youtubers, create a new web script which is working better and provides more consistent results and retest all flagships from the past 2 years. I understand it's a lot of work but that's why you are there - to make honest reviews.

8. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Compare S10 to S9+ in other battery tests like the one at GSMArena for example. Same thing there, the S9+ beats out the S10 in the browsing test.

9. yalokiy

Posts: 842; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Nope, it doesn't. Gsmarena Web browsing battery test: S9+ 11:15h S10+ 11:49h S10 should be compared to S9: S10 10:10h S9 10:13h

12. Boast_Rider

Posts: 498; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I'm waiting for the Snapdragon version to get tested by GSMArena. That thing should do at least 13 hours browsing. But the Exynos results are pretty bad. You expect a lot more improvement with 700 mAh more and newer processor.

11. Boast_Rider

Posts: 498; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The S10 Exynos doesn't have a better CPU than the S9. It's faster, and has a better GPU, but that's about it. It's not more efficient. The Snapdragon should be a lot more efficient. GSMArena test also shows that, with the S10+ being equal to the S9+ despite having 700 mAh more.

3. Dajan0508

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2019

PHONE ARENA, can't understand how you did the test. Ive been using the s10+ and I find the battery life to be very good compared to the s9+. I used to have all the S series i can say that s10+ last half a day longer than the s9+ in my everyday usage. You are giving false info again.

5. Dajan0508

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2019

Oh and I own the phone since March 1 so i find you're battery info so confusing.

7. alligator

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Yes and that's normal because S9+ has 600mAh less and worse CPU compared to S10+. Only PA can't realize that.

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 27, 2011

We did the test in absolutely the same way as we do with all phones.

13. shiv179

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Waiting for AnandTech's battery life figures

14. Cat97

Posts: 1617; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Looks like the Exynos is again not very good (I'm only looking at S9 vs S10, S9+ vs S10+, the test itself has no value for other comparisons). Given that there is no other Android compact alternative to the S10e, importing a Snapdragon from the US looks like a good option to me for those affording to buy without contract, it will come out at about $100-$150 more than the Europe's Exynos (actually less, because even Americans have to pay some 8%+ tax which is a hidden cost over the retail price), but as I have seen with the Snadragon 845, Qualcomm is really good regarding battery life lately. There is also Package Disabler software which only works on Samsung (and very few others), I had a Galaxy A3 2017 and I was able to push its 2300 mAh battery life to 2 days without any visible compromises, just by disabling dozens of useless packages.

40. jonathanfv

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 14, 2019

Dude, if you're going to import one, take a look at the Chinese model. SM-G9750. It has a Snapdragon SoC, but the bootloader can be unlocked apparently. The North American (US and Canada) models all have locked bootloaders.

15. obedchuni

Posts: 303; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Samsung has its own factory

16. wickedwilly

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I received my S10+ on Friday and tested that against my S9+ and an XS Max. The new Samsung easily outlasted the older model in exactly the same set up. There is no way I can see the PA result between the two phones being realistic it's not even close. I also tested against the large iPhone and even though time did not allow a thorough test it seems pretty certain the S10+ will last longer in medium to heavy use. What was noticable also was how heavy the iPhone was and how the notch stood out far more than the pill, the big notch is now looking even worse against the latest phones coming out. The other big things that stood out is how fast the Samsung was compared to the iPhone in basic things like opening apps and how is how much difference the superior optimisation for the larger screens made. Apple needs to seriously reconsider the iPhones and IOS design, especially on the bigger model. It is looking and feeling very dated. PA's rating of 9 for the Samsung against 9.3 for the Max, just like the battery test is looking ridiculous.

24. mackan84

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Turn off animations on the iPhone and you have one fast phone, AND you’ll miss those animations I promise you. And stainless steel is heavy.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 5915; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iOS feels like s**t without animations... :))

32. wickedwilly

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Your comment is true and goes to show that benchmarks are just a small factor in day to day speed. The speed of the OS is just as important and IOS animations have a noticeable detrimental effect on speed. I always run my Android phones with reduced animations, however, it still looks great.

35. Leo_MC

Posts: 5915; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The gestures on Android (with the exception of OnePlus, I have used most of the hyped phones, even a S10+) are just a bad-bad-bad experience; it's so pleasant to see the UI following your commands in iOS that it's easy to understand the appeal of/for the animations. The benchmarks are telling a story, just not the one that you think.

39. wickedwilly

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

How do you justify gestures being a "bad-bad-bad experience" on most Android phones? I find those on the IOS limiting and in many cases unintuitive and clumsy. I will give examples:- To get the task switcher I only have to swipe up from the left which is natural as I have been using (and still can thanks to having the option) the left button. On the iPhone it is an unnatural swipe up and across. Then to delete all open apps I have to swipe each one, crazy when I have just one press. Control panel access, swipe down from the top right easy to bring down notifications instead and a long way up on a larger phone. On my phone I swipe down from anywhere on a home screen, no reaching for the top. Or of course, I can swipe down on my fingerprint scanner for lightning-fast access to notifications and or control panel. The other factor which is very important is I can define which function a gesture carries out. This means every gesture is natural and does what I want it to do. Far superior to the IOS take it or leave it solution. Benchmarks tell me a story, but are not the sole indicator of how fast a phone is, like most iPhone users think. Well that is when iPhones have faster scores, that would soon change, as it has in the past, when iPhones start falling behind as they did with other "quality" metrics

31. wickedwilly

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

So far I have teated with animations on but will test with them off as well. From experience, it makes little difference to the relative speeds. Android is better in this respect it looks better than IOS when animations are off or reduced and this option is more flexible. Stainless steel is heavy but not nearly 20% heavier, which is the difference between the two phones. Do not forget the Samsung packs an awful more into the S10+ as well and Stainless Steel looks bad after a few days of use with scratches. The extra weight is really of little benefit. It is clearly superior design by Samsung making a better, more functional phone in such a compact and light package. Apple should learn from their example.

36. mackan84

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Can’t remember which youtuber who did a speed test-run with and without animations and it changed the result by like 10 seconds. I’ve always felt that a little weight makes a phone feel more expensive but that’s just me. Phones has reached a plateau for me as well so I feel the s10 and xs is just more of the same. The only reason for me to upgrade in a year is a better camera. XS still holds up there, look at mrwhosetheboss comparison. Just saying that it’s not much difference between a last year phone and this year. What these phone manufacturers need is software to push sales of their hardware. Go exclusive with a killer app everyone wants and needs and it will be bought in droves. Not a screen with experiments of hiding a camera.

26. monoke

Posts: 1100; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Lol. My bezel beast xz premium does better battery at 3300 mah. Only shows numbers don't tell the whole story.

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