Samsung Galaxy S10e: battery life is not great

Samsung Galaxy S10e: battery life is not great
If you are looking for a truly great compact smartphone that you can easily use with one hand and carry comfortably in your pocket, there is a new king in town: the Galaxy S10e.

Unlike its bigger siblings, the S10e is a breathe of fresh air for those looking for a small yet great phone.

But how does it do in terms of battery life?

After all, the S10e has the smallest battery of all three new Galaxy phones:

  • Galaxy S10e: 3100mAh
  • Galaxy S10: 3400mAh
  • Galaxy S10 Plus: 4100mAh

We have been using the S10e for just a couple of days, but we have already some early impressions and we also have the results from our proprietary battery test.

The great thing about our test is that it is unified to level the playing field for different devices and you can compare the S10e battery life to even a much older device and get an apples-to-apples comparison. Unfortunately for this likable compact phone, its battery life is below the average:

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 S10e
7h (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S10+
7h 59 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
8h 56 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS Max
9h 34 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS
8h 37 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XR
11h 1 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 3 XL
7h 39 min (Good)
Google Pixel 3
8h 22 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 6T
9h 52 min (Excellent)

The S10e scores 7 hours on our test and our early real-life impressions match this score: the S10e battery drains quickly and while most of the time you will be able to go the full day without charging up your phone, heavy use of the phone will likely drain the battery before the end of the day.

Samsung Galaxy S10e: battery life is not great

And this is a bit of a shame since the S10e is such a likable compact gadget. One important disclaimer is due here: the model we tested is the Exynos one, not the Snapdragon version.


And if you are wondering about the best alternatives to the Galaxy S10e in terms of size and feel, those would be the Pixel 3, a small phone with a great camera, but similarly average battery life, and also the iPhone XS, a phone that has a shocking sticker price.

Meanwhile stay tuned for our full review of the Galaxy S10e that is coming up soon and where you will see the camera performance, our experience with the side fingerprint scanner and more.

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Galaxy S10e
  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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51 Comments

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1414; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

What more can we expect from a phone which has 3100mAH battery. Feels like Samsung went back in 2013 when they thought about putting 3100 mAH battery in a phone which costs $749.

24. Lita9

Posts: 29; Member since: May 07, 2017

it's bigger than iphone XS MAX battery dumb

37. Allday28

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

But yet doesn’t last near as long.

45. mikedemoda

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

but the XS max with a higher resolution and bigger display and even more powerful chip lasts way longer... heck even the S10+ falls short despite a 4100mAh battery

50. mahima

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Only in iphonearena Look at all the other battery test on youtube or other source

57. ColinW

Posts: 411; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The XS is a long way behind the S10+, which as big a screen area and much higher resolution screen. Not to mention twice the RAM. To stick the knife in further, it charges faster too both in wired and wireless formats.

80. deleon629

Posts: 432; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

It's a powerful chip with no direction: Like a unicycle with a V12 engine, so it's gonna last forever considering the limitations of its features in comparison to a flagship Android

52. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1414; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Awww seems like I touched your nerve. And even after having big battery than XS Max, S10e doesn't last much.

71. wickedwilly

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You need to get your facts straight, the XS Max has a 3174 mAh battery the S10e 3100.

56. adecvat

Posts: 582; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Phone with 3000 mah battery correctly.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Of course Samsung fanboys will say it's fake :D

53. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1414; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yaa just like how Apple fanboys cry when they see that iPhones are selling less.

6. Xijah

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 16, 2019

This is why I rock XR, and gave up my note 9...one of the best battery life on any phone period !

8. OneLove123

Posts: 590; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Why would you downgrade? It's like going from a Rolls Royce to a Chevy.

10. Xijah

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 16, 2019

Been on the phone thing for to long lol, I wanted Apple Watch 4 so got a XR along with it, after sitting with my note 9 and XR side by side and tested various things, I honestly don't see the big deal, of course the note 9 is a power house, but so is the XR in a different way, and most importantly I charge my phone every 3 days and that with reasonable usage compared to my note 9 which was every other day, and yes I know the differences screen etc...its not that big a deal to me personally.

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1583; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

other sites says otherwise on the battery life. iphone xr endurance rating of 78h compared to 97h on the note9. i would also trust battery life on gsmarena than this site. they lost their credibility.

46. mackan84

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

When are people going to learn that they have full resolution set on all phones in these tests. Any other test you witness where s10 win is set to 1080p... Spread this word or no one will understand.

76. cyph3r

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 11, 2019

you can't change the screen resolution on the s10e, only on the s10 and s10+

7. OneLove123

Posts: 590; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yawn, on your battery test. My s10+ is better than my Note 9.

55. adecvat

Posts: 582; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Gsmarena battery test Note 9 > S10+

12. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I like how you think people take your battery life tests seriously.

13. almostdone

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

It must hurt to know no one cares what iPA thinks. S10 are selling really well and no one taking any notice of Apple butt lickers and a few hardcore Apple fanboys.

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 1795; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You and all the rest of the SDF care, because you all swarm to this site daily. Score Phonearena-1, almostdone-0

16. mariusmuntean

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Last year's Exynos S9 had the same issue. Mediocre battery life compares to the QC model.

18. surethom

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Samsung does not learn, they always put smaller batterys in there phones compared to the competition.

21. A_A_A

Posts: 210; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Such a shame and disappointment. Even last years models like S8 / S9 with even smaller battery have a noticeably better battery life. 7 hours is much worse than almost any other phone in the same category released during last 3-4 years. Samsung urgently needs to issue update to imrove such a disastorious battery endurance or provide reasonable explanation to people before they spend hard earned money hoping they are purchasing a great device.

38. ph00ny

Posts: 1956; Member since: May 26, 2011

it's just PA's battery test. Look at their result for s10+ and what they wrote for battery life "The Galaxy S10+ easily lasts through a day of heavy usage, as our real-life experience confirms" Their test is flawed to s**t and it doesn't even line up with their own real life experience

40. VasiliS7

Posts: 183; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

The PA battery test is a Shame. S10e have a great battery life.

23. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I'm using the S10e for about 3 days now and the battery is pretty good but I can only compare it to my old S6 edge lol

25. Lita9

Posts: 29; Member since: May 07, 2017

Everythingapplepro who is an iphone fan said S10+ battery lasted him more than XS MAX with battery case . but here i see their battery life almost similar. lol. and about S10e ,maybe u had a defective one . lol isn't it strange that you always have a defective one when its not iphone

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