The Samsung Galaxy S11 series could introduce huge battery upgrades

The Samsung Galaxy S11 series could introduce huge battery upgrades
Samsung Galaxy S11 concept render

UPDATE: Another certification listing has revealed what appears to be the standard Galaxy S11's battery. The updated story continues below.


Earlier this year, Samsung introduced some huge battery capacity upgrades that directly benefited the autonomy of the Galaxy S10 series. The company took things even further with the Galaxy Note 10 lineup that launched in August and new reports suggest Samsung is now looking to make even bigger improvements with next year’s Galaxy S11 flagships.

The Samsung Galaxy S11e may feature a 4,000mAh battery

As spotted by GalaxyClub, a new Samsung battery with the EB-BG980ABY product number was recently certified in the company’s home market of South Korea. The listing itself provides little information about the cell but it does include a photo of the actual battery which reveals some very important details. Specifically, it supports a rated capacity of 14.36Wh and operates at 3.85 volts, which means the battery boasts a minimum capacity of 3,730mAh and a typical capacity of around 4,000mAh, a huge upgrade over this year's budget flagship.

To refresh your memory, the Galaxy S10e features a compact 5.8-inch display paired with a small 3,100mAh battery. PhoneArena’s testing indicates a decent level of autonomy which is on par with that of the regular Galaxy S10, although it seems the upcoming Galaxy S11e will ultimately blow these results out of the water. The margin of difference, however, may not be as big as you think.

Despite the huge increase in capacity, the Galaxy S11e’s battery will be tackling several negatives. The biggest one is going to be 5G support, which involves introducing a new kind of modem that’s very power-hungry and not as efficient as the 4G LTE one used inside the Galaxy S10e. Another may arrive in the form of a higher refresh rate. Rumors suggest Samsung is working on a rival to OnePlus’ Fluid AMOLED display that’ll undoubtedly increase battery drain, although it’s not clear if the cheaper Galaxy S11e will benefit from it.

Almost 5,000mAh is rumored for the larger Galaxy S11+

This year’s Galaxy S10+ features a decent 4,100mAh cell but tipster Ice Universe believes next year's Galaxy S11+ may offer a much higher capacity of almost 5,000mAh. The source argues that such a huge boost is necessary in order to offer any kind of improvement because, as mentioned above, the next-generation flagship will probably offer 5G network support as standard.

This smartphone is almost guaranteed to benefit from either a 90Hz or 120Hz display that'll position it as a more direct competitor to Google's Pixel 4 XL and OnePlus' 7T Pro. It should also fend off future competition from Apple and OnePlus, both of which are rumored to be adopting 120Hz displays on the iPhone 12 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro respectively.

Samsung may also be planning to use a larger display on its 2020 flagship, something that’ll also impact battery life. Fortunately, there is one positive. The Exynos 990 is quite a bit more efficient than the Exynos 9820 used inside the Galaxy S10 series, meaning the power drain won’t be quite as high.

The Galaxy S11 could inherit the battery used in the Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung's final Galaxy S11 flagship, the standard model that'll sit between the Galaxy S11e and Galaxy S11+, will reportedly inherit the 4,300mAh battery that Samsung recently used inside the Galaxy Note 10+. That's according to a new certification listing in South Korea that was spotted by Roland Quandt of WinFuture and includes a photo of the actual battery, anyway.



1. shield

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Small battery ! All new Samsung need 4300-4500-5000mAh!

2. sekelink

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2019

Obviously for the next 120 hz screen you need more power!!!

16. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

5000mAh it is!!! Bigger version s11

3. TadTrickle

Posts: 97; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Battery tech is by far whats lagging behind compared to every other aspect of a phone. Increasing the mah ismt doing it for me tho. Its an improvement no doubt. Imo tho its like goong 4k, 8k, 16k, etc.... We need new battery tech, period

4. koioz

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

I agree. Btw there's a good news. Graphine battery maybe out of reach for now but a breakthrough has beenmade with CO2 Lithium battery which is 7 times more packed than current lithium ion or li po battery. Sciencetists have successfully made a chargable CO2 lithium battery. Hopefully it will reach consumer electronics in the next year or two. So it means if we have 4000 mah battery today, we can have 4000 x 7 mah battery on a phone in the near future. That will be fkn 28,000 mah in a 6 inch phone!

17. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Thankfully Samsung is already leading on new batteyd tech, Those graphene balls seem really interesting

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Imagine the Note 11+.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

Make a plastic version with a flat screen, and you have my attention, Samsung.

11. koioz

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Now I can conclude that I am not alone missing a plastic build phone. LoL.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

i miss the plastic build as well. I was a big on perceived quality being the wrong criteria for the reviews in the old days

14. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

Glass on both sides is the dumbest smartphone trend ever. "Hey, let's make it MORE fragile because Premium Feel!!"

25. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

I've started to realize that Samsung is notoriously for looking left when they should be looking right. They care about stuff the actual consumer doesn't really care about

21. firebird191

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 05, 2019

I also miss the plastic build on higher spec phones. durable. at least you don't care if it's scratched or even broke, you can just change it with a new one for cheap. AND you don't have to put huge cases on to protect. AND remove camera bumps please :)

10. drkavint

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

shame to call 4400mah as huge, does phone arena author heard of slim phones with 6000mah battery .. its u people are responsible for samsung slow death...instead of criticism u do false flattering ..unlike doxomark u have always flattering sony xperia sony never realised how bad its camera,now sony gone forever,similarly ur doing for samsung battery ..sure one day samsung will be added to nokia and sony list...

12. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What are you smoking? Lol What slim phones use a 6000mah battery? The ROG 2 is a gigantic phone, and 4000+ mah batteries are never considered small. You also seem to forget how much hardware packed smartphones these day are, from 3+ camera lenses, wireless charging, 5g modems are also on the rise. Oh, and flash news, Samsung isn't going anywhere, Nokia's biggest mistake was betting on Windows over Android, while Sony's biggest mistake was their arrogance and never acclimate in regards to what the market was offering.

15. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Many of those insane capacity quoted batteries do not live up to their specs and practically all trade longevity. Samsung has chosen to improve the latter first before going all in on capacity alone. The S8 was the first to prove this. It started out with just 3000 mAh but well over 2.5 years and over a thousand cycles later, there's still 95% capacity left. At that rate, these batteries can last 6 years or more without a sweat, even with constant fast charging. Try that with your - insert other brand name here- high capacity battery. 20% capacity drop per year expected.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Battery life is one of the very few real reasons to upgrade a phone. If true, then kudos to Samsung. I just hope the S10e will remain at the current size or smaller !

19. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

Looks like I'm gonna be waiting for the Note 11+

20. jacrispybits

Posts: 3; Member since: May 11, 2019

i hope we get new screen sizes

24. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Oh look, another story on what "the next" Samsung phone "could be". But... they never end up being. Why? Because "oh, well, they will do that NEXT TIME"

27. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

You want even more proof now these guys are saying the S11 might just inherent the battery from the latest S10. Inherent essentially just use something already existing. I hate to break it to Samsung but 5000 MHz batteries already exists in phones they are so far behind on virtually everything

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