The iPhone 12 and Galaxy S11 may pull off record battery life using the same tech


During its iPhone 11 keynote presentation, Apple mentioned that the new handsets have greatly improved battery life across the board. This time around Apple wasn't satisfied with just optimizing the hardware and software, but actually put bigger battery packs inside.

Made by Amperex, they sport different, high-voltage chemistry, with the biggest capacity percentage increase going to the most expensive iPhone 11 Pro Max. This one carries the highest capacity 3500 mAh pack on an iPhone ever, all the while it sports a more efficient A13 processor, and a more frugal OLED screen generation.

This may still seem a puny upgrade compared to Android phones that now routinely chase the 4000 mAh mark but let's not forget that Apple designs all three components - the battery, the operating system, and the hardware package, so it can juice out a lot more out of such integration.

There is no doubt that the 11 Pro Max is the best iPhone in terms of battery life that Apple has ever created, and the company is pretty proud to point this out in its marketing of the handset. Next year, however, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, or whatever it gets named, may sport an even better battery life. How come?

Well, the old-fashioned way, thanks to a larger battery, reports Korean media. Tucked in a report about a local manufacturer building a plant to supply Apple with Protection Circuit Modules (PCM) for iPhone battery packs, is the mention that for next year's models, it may actually use custom Protection Module Packages (PMP), according to industry sources.

Remember when we told you that the same company, ITM Semiconductor, will be moving from supplying the PCM packaging for the Galaxy S10 series to putting the S11 series units in custom-made PMP wrappers? Well, according to ITM itself, these are the advantages of the PMP before the PCM approaches:


Why are we showing you this dry tech jargon? The focus is on the "smaller size" and "ultra-thin" blurbs, as, for the first time in the Galaxy S line history, all of the upcoming phones in the series, including the S11e, or whatever it's named, are expected to sport at least 4000mAh batteries. The S11 will allegedly have a 4500mAh pack, while the S11+ is said to be closing in on the 5000mAh physchological threshold but may or may not cross it, depending on what rumor source one gives credence to. 

This significant bump in the eventual S11 pack capacities and, hence, battery life of the series, is partly made possible by the new tailored PMP battery packaging method that ITM delivered to Samsung. We may reasonably expect that its dedicated Apple supply plant will be used for similar custom-made iPhone 12 battery cell wrappers that could provide a similar boost to their capacities as ITN has managed to achieve for the Galaxy S11 series. 

Alternatively, given that the iPhone 12 gang is expected to sport a new, edgier throwback to the iPhone 4 model design, Apple could use the space-saving PMP battery packaging to make place for new internal components. Like with new mobile chipset nodes, however, which offer either a smaller footprint or higher performance than the existing ones, phone makers usually opt for a combination of the two. 

Thus, Apple's iPhone 12 battery capacities may be way larger than what the iPhone 11 models offer, or the packs may be smaller, freeing space for other things on the inside. Taking the typical middle road approach that phone manufacturers usually pick, will mean that the iPhone 12 series may introduce a significant bump in battery life over their predecessors, and, given the power-hungry 5G connectivity, Apple will indeed have to boost the capacity in order to maintain the level of endurance expected from a flagship handset these days.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh
Galaxy S20 (S11e)
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 3200 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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32 Comments

3. User123456789

Posts: 1354; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

10s has about same battery and screen area of 8+. It has newer CPU and oled screen, but still performed worse. Just another proof that every year A, exynos, mediatek, kirin and snapdragon dont bring more battery life. Phones last more because they use more batteries compared to previous generations. Just like on gsmarena test where s6 edge+ lasts more than s9 with older cpu, less efficient oled and bigger screen area.

6. ijuanp03

Posts: 688; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Galaxy flagships= quadHD display iPhone 11- not even full HD. Of course the battery life is more efficient in a very low resolution display for a 2019 phone.

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 688; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Apple has good battery life because they use low resolution displays. Period. The iPhone 11 is a 2019 phone which isn't even fullHD.

8. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

iPhone 11 display 625 nits. 1,6 W. Galaxy S10 display 395 nits 1,54 W #facts.

12. midan

Posts: 3228; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Then why 11 Pro models have by far best battery life?

14. JCASS889 unregistered

Cause iphones don't do serious work, while android is a multi-task monster. Do less and you last longer.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1881; Member since: May 17, 2017

That's true for a lot of things...LOL.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Static home screen, no (as in zero multitasking), does not charge a pen/cil, widgets pause in the background, no skin (like One UI). iOS is a very simple OS, it doesn’t work hard, unless you’re gaming.

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1296; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I thought the iPhone 11 pro max has 3900mah and not 3500?

10. samgsam

Posts: 152; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Just because samsung is packing a huge battery in their next flagship doesn't mean apple too will put a bigger battery. Looking at the trend, apple may not again increase the battery size so much that it becomes a huge improvement. Phonearena, come out of apple's hole.

11. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Why do you continue to act like Samsung is the leader Intech when other phone companies out of China and Asia have already done the 5000 battery? It's pretty weird to read some of these articles because they're written like a lot of the stuff Samsung is doing is amazingly new and the simple fact is it's not new at all. When you look at what comes out of Asia they are so far behind. These guys didn't do a big battery first not even close

33. irwan92

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

Why bother? When p40 will use graphene battery

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