Samsung Galaxy S10+ battery life: test results and real-life impressions

Samsung Galaxy S10+ battery life: test results and real-life impressions
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ raises the bar with its super bright and impressively good-looking AMOLED screen, its design has left us impressed and we have already tested the camera performance at night, but what about the battery life?

The S10+ comes with a much bigger than before, 4100mAh battery inside, so the expectations are certainly high.

Before diving in the results from our battery test, though, let us tell you that we have spend nearly two weeks with the phone and real-life battery life is solid, but not quite stellar. One important disclaimer is due here: our Galaxy S10+ unit happens to have the Exynos chip, the one that you will get pretty much everywhere except in the United States. The US versions of all Galaxy S10 phones come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 system chip, and the battery mileage for those models will be slightly different (we hear the Snapdragon units have slightly better battery life).


With this in mind, our S10+ was able to get us through a full day of quite intense use without much trouble. Heavier users will find the battery in the red by bedtime, while those who don't use their phone so much will be able to get around a day and a half out of it.

This is good battery life, but far from impressive. And here is how the Galaxy S10+ ranked on our battery test:

Battery Test Results


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 S9+
8h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
8h 56 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8+
8h (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS Max
9h 34 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 3 XL
7h 39 min (Good)
OnePlus 6T
9h 52 min (Excellent)

Basically, the test confirms our real-life impressions. The 8-hour battery life is decent, but we see many phones these days with a battery that lasts significantly longer.

Interestingly, it seems that Samsung has some internal battery life benchmark that it wants to meet with its S series of phones. We are saying this because of how extremely similar battery life numbers on the Galaxy S10+ are when compared to last year's S9+ and the even older S8+. There is really no gain in battery life with this year's model.


The other important aspect of the battery equation is the time it takes to charge your phone from 0 to 100%.

Charging Time


minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S10+
100
Samsung Galaxy S9+
105
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
109
Samsung Galaxy S8+
99
Apple iPhone XS Max
209
Google Pixel 3 XL
123
OnePlus 6T
85

The Galaxy S10+ comes with the familiar Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger in the box. This is a 15-watt wall charger that takes exactly 1 hour and 40 minutes to completely recharge the battery on the Galaxy. These days, we are seeing so many phones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, as well as the OnePlus series, push the boundaries with fast charging, so we are not all that impressed. Nonetheless, Samsung does get bonus points for including this fast charger for free in the box, unlike say Apple which only pairs its latest iPhones with a basic, 5-watt charger that takes an eternity to juice up those iPhones.

And that's how the Galaxy S10+ does in terms of battery life. Are you content with these numbers? And is a merely decent battery life good enough for you, or is that not quite enough these days?

Related phones

Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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115 Comments

1. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

samsung must iclude faster charger like huawei did

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

at least you dont have to use the macbook pro charger to fast charge your iphone.

42. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Hey PA, Why don't you iGuys make a video of this so called battery life iTest like every other reviewers out there? Aren't you guys sick and tired of people questioning the iTest results? They never tell you exactly how they iConducted this kind of iTest. It's always iWriters iDefending & making iExcuses for themselves in the comment section. So why not put up a video of this so called iTest to shut everyone up? I mean even their readers post links with Videos to prove them wrong so why can't PA do the same? What are they iHiding? "we have been running this test for about five years and you can compare the results to any phone from the last five years and see realistically how it compares on this same test. Unlike many others, we do ensure identical brightness levels across all devices and don't just set them at random brightness (hugely important). Naturally, all of these strict criteria are very valuable to us, so we definitely intent to keep that and we are feeling pretty confident in how accurate these results are. Moreover, we see other reliable testers get very similar results to what we have." - Victor H, Post # 9 The problem with his statement is no one believes it. Everyone already expects to see this kind of result when Victor H reviews anything and that's really bad for Victor H because it means he has no credibility & he's a joke around here. He mentioned 'other reliable testers' get very similar results to what they have but didn't even provide one link. Who is he talking about? Daniel P & Ray S??

56. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well said. You beat me to it.

62. Allday28

Posts: 333; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

You have some serious mental issues. You should really go get that checked out?

129. mackan84

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I’m going to pick you to write this to. You forget the most crucial question; What resolutions is the test done in. Most of these YT vids I see has the s10 set at 1080p. My guess is that the s10 is set at 1440p in the tests where it loses.

46. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

OMG that battery life is just pathetic......!!

61. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

124. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that was a test.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 885; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Lol, your battery test is joke! All the YouTubers are getting great battery life and better than the S9+, note 9 and X's max.

3. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 527; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Exactly in this video it beats everything apart from OP6T. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97LAtXGEMNo It beat Mate 20 Pro and Iphone XS Max. But if you look at the video at 3:17-3:25 the OP6T screen crashes, so really the S10 Plus should have been 1st.

8. alirezasadeqilar

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

dude i wanna say your comedian. dude who trust this s**ty video when i don't know which phone used everyday?maybe o6t used for 5 month and he showed for this review.

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 527; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

No he says all the devices he does are within a certain amount of charges, he doesn't do 1 phone thats been charged twice and another phone been charged hundreds of times. So yeah I trust his over phonearena's theirs is always good for a laugh.

40. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll choose to believe that "S**ty" video, than PA's imaginary battery test. At least on that video I can really see what test actually performed to measure battery life.

52. raky_b

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You don't belive them, but still...here you are

22. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Awww PA and their battery test, that no matter what the iphone will win. Clearly the s10+ kicks the iPhones azz.

120. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Check out mrwhosthboss battery test, the galaxy s10+ beats everything including the oneplus 6t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgqinnFGqmQ

16. alligator

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Don't forget PA are testing Exynos and not Snapdragon. Not sure which chip is used in the YT tests.

43. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

youtube tested on exynos not d4andragon.

59. Mike88

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Most youtubers are unemployed guys paid by YouTube so they consider themselves as Google employees, Google also keep sending them free gifts and invite them to their HQ very often. So they will always try to show android devices as better while actually they are the worst piece of s.... one can have...people are buying iPhones for a reason

88. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And there is my laugh for the day. Hi peaceboy, see you have a new name.

93. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So, they somehow magicially make the phone last longer live on video? That some Donald Trump level conspiracy theory.

33. User123456789

Posts: 668; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Youtube battery tests are joke too ... Youtube + car game + antutu + 1080p recording Who does exactly this in real life?

73. wickedwilly

Posts: 640; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You obviously do not watch the videos, there is a lot more to them than "Youtube + car game + antutu + 1080p recording".

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Your battery test is invalid phonarena.

5. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

"This is good battery life, but far from impressive. And here is how the Galaxy S10+ ranked on our battery test:" This is not inline with ANY Youtube reviewer that actually know how to test a battery. PhoneArena seriously, go watch any video with 5 of the top phones sitting next to each other, running the same exact tests and explain how you come up with your number. And you wonder why you get so much negative feedback on any of your reviews. There just never inline with what everyone else is seeing (fact based)

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

Once again, the Snapdragon model seems to have better scores and we have the Exynos version here. Unfortunately, we have not yet had the chance to test the Snapdragon version. As for the test, we have been running this test for about five years and you can compare the results to any phone from the last five years and see realistically how it compares on this same test. Unlike many others, we do ensure identical brightness levels across all devices and don't just set them at random brightness (hugely important). Naturally, all of these strict criteria are very valuable to us, so we definitely intent to keep that and we are feeling pretty confident in how accurate these results are. Moreover, we see other reliable testers get very similar results to what we have.

19. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You may want to consider the fact that from time to time, much often than 5 years anyway, you should re-evaluate your battery tests and see if they are really up to the current standards and real-world usage patterns, even if you risk making older tests incompatible with the new test. This happens with all benchmarking apps: Antutu 5 scores are not comparable with Antutu 6, etc. I mean, they realize they have to move on and improve their benchmarks. And maybe so should you... I mean, really, running a web script ? How many times your web browser of choice's engine has altered the processing times via various optimizations in the last 5 years ?

21. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sure thing. We, however, have not seen much difference in the common habits in this period of time: people are still browsing the web, checking Facebook and Instagram, watching videos and those behaviors are exactly what our test is based on.

28. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Even if the habits are the same, using a web browser can actually alter your test results with each browser update. This is not how benchmarking software works, they use the same codebase within a major version, and specify if something has altered. You actually have no control over the browser's algorithms which may change very often, rendering your battery tests useless. A phone may return a score today, and then a completely different score one day later after a browser update. Your best bet is to split your battery test in pieces: playing a video, doing some known computations with stable algorithms, transferring large amounts of data in memory, etc. These are not likely to change a lot with software updates. Or, even better, use dedicated battery benchmarking software.

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