The Galaxy S10 lineup's batteries might be smaller than first expected

The Galaxy S10 lineup's batteries might be smaller than first expected
Samsung Galaxy S10+ concept render based on leak information

After fitting the Galaxy Note 9 with a very respectable 4,000mAh battery last summer, recent rumors suggested Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series wouldn’t disappoint in the battery department either. But, as revealed by a certification listing in Brazil, consumers may need to lower their expectations a little.

The Galaxy S10+ could match the Galaxy Note 9's capacity


Starting things off with the larger Galaxy S10+, in recent times a large battery capacity of 4,100mAh has been rumored. In fact, reliable tipster Ice Universe was the one who first suggested this particular size. But according to the listing in Brazil, the smartphone’s battery, which goes by the model number EB-BG975ABU, will actually boast a capacity of 4,000mAh.

Interestingly, this size coincides with initial rumors and, while it may be slightly smaller, it should still provide stellar battery performance when paired with the 6.4-inch AMOLED display found on the device. After all, the Galaxy S10+ is set to ship with Qualcomm’s efficient Snapdragon 855 in the US, while international markets will gain access to Samsung’s own Exynos 9820, itself also much more efficient than the chipsets found inside the Galaxy S9 series.

Samsung’s largest 4G LTE-ready flagship is also rumored to include a whopping five cameras, a detail that recently-leaked live images have corroborated. This will include an impressive triple-camera setup on the rear and an extra two sensor contained within the display hole up front. If rumors are to be believed, the latter will include a regular camera and secondary Time-of-Flight sensor which should provide facial recognition.

Galaxy S10 & Galaxy S9 battery life should be comparable


Moving on to the regular Galaxy S10, this smartphone should include a 6.1-inch AMOLED panel. Recent leaks suggested this display was going to be paired with a respectable 3,500mAh cell. According to today’s updated listings though, the Galaxy S10 will actually include a 3,300mAh battery that goes by the number EB-BG973ABU. 

If this figure is indeed accurate, the smartphone’s battery life should be more or less on par with that of last year’s Galaxy S9+. This device, for those of you that may not know, includes a larger 3,500mAh battery. However, it’s paired with a slightly bigger 6.2-inch display and a less efficient processor.

Much like the Galaxy S10+, the regular model is also set to include a triple-camera setup on the rear. This should include a 12-megapixel variable aperture sensor, a 16-megapixel alternative complete with a wide-angle lens, and a third 13-megapixel camera coupled with a telephoto lens that supports either 2x or 3x optical zoom.

The smartphone will, however, lose its time-of-flight front camera leaving just a selfie sensor and a smaller display hole. 

The Galaxy S10E could still be a battery life champ


As many of you will know by now, completing the Galaxy S10 series will be the budget Galaxy S10E. Previous leaks have pointed towards the presence of a 3,100mAh battery inside the device but, once again, today’s certification listing suggests that they were wrong. In fact, if the number is correct, Samsung’s smallest flagship will include a slightly smaller 3,000mAh pack.

Much like the Galaxy S10+, this should still provide impressive battery life statistics. After all, it’ll include the same processor as the other devices but a much smaller 5.8-inch flat AMOLED display. The device will have fewer cameras to power too because it’s set to lose the telephoto one on the rear, leaving a modest yet impressive dual-camera setup in its place.

Less than a month to go till the announcement


As confirmed by Samsung itself, the Galaxy S10 series will go official on February 20th at an event in San Francisco. Here, the flagships are set to be joined by the company’s first foldable phone, the Galaxy Watch Active, two fitness trackers and a pair of wireless earbuds.

Pre-orders for Galaxy S10 devices should start immediately after the event while the actual release should happen on March 8 or sometime around this date. The Galaxy S10E should cost around $650, the Galaxy S10 may start at $850, while the larger Galaxy S10+ could be priced at $950.

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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