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.



2. alligator

Posts: 107; 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: 239; 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: 1113; 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: 536; 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: 536; 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: 6; 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: 6; 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: 107; 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: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

13. shiv179

Posts: 192; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Waiting for AnandTech's battery life figures

14. Cat97

Posts: 1979; 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: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Samsung has its own factory

16. wickedwilly

Posts: 747; 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: 633; 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.

31. wickedwilly

Posts: 747; 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: 633; 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: 1197; 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.

27. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

All other reviewers: The S10+ has the best battery life of any Galaxy S and can last for two days with light to medium use. PhoneArena: The S10+ battery is just like the S9+ and isn't anything great. Me: o_O

28. Valbunny

Posts: 12; Member since: May 11, 2018

You guys know that "PhoneArena's" battery test, lists four Samsung phones before even one single Apple product is listed? You guys know that there are seven Samsung phones listed before the first iPhone. Do you guys know that the first iPhone isint even listed until after nearly thirty other phones? Lol, if you don't like the site, that's cool, but you shouldn't try to slander something.

33. RoryBreaker

Posts: 255; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

No way the S9+ has better battery life than S10+. In real life use the S10+ blows it away, I've gotten an extra 3-4 hours of use so far. Phone Arena, these stats are BS!

34. geekyking

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 31, 2019

So how huawei mate 20 pro have great battery life with almost same battery capacity??. Surely Samsung is not doing something right.

38. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

You own an s10? Or you gonna take this crappy test at face value? I've own every galaxy, and I mean (every galaxy including note series) and I never get the battery life from those devices as I'm getting from my s10 plus, this phone is a beast when it comes to battery stamina. Theres about phonearena's garbage batter test can convince me otherwise.

37. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I HAD THE GALAXY S6 Edge for 4 years and I can tell you that the battery on the S10e is much better! I don't know what these tests are trying to prove!

41. jonathanfv

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 14, 2019

Lol, you guys tested an Exynos model for sure. I saw other tests where the Snapdragon lasted over 12 hours.

42. sj7807

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2019

It's possible you conducted the tests ethically, but your tests are not representative of actual usage. I've had the S8+, S9+ and now the S10+ with 1TB of storage. The older devices would require me to change towards the end of the day. I've never once had to charge the S10+ and I usually have 20 to 30 percent left when I'm going to sleep. How can your test be accurate when actual users are seeing such drastically better performance? You might want to change things up.

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