Samsung to use 5000mAh LG batteries in the Galaxy S11+ for the first time


The Galaxy S11 series is very likely to have much longer battery life in aggregate, compared to its S10 series predecessors. The reasoning behind this speculation is not only that it will probably run on more efficient processors than the ones we have now, or that Samsung will use a newer generation more frugal OLED display tech.

While both of these are true, the Galaxy S11 may have better battery life than the S10 simply because the eventual battery capacities indicate that the packs will be much larger. The battery of the eventual Galaxy S11e, or whatever Samsung calls it, leaked packing 3730mAh, against a 3100mAh battery in the S10e.

The regular S11 is said to boast the Note 10+ battery of 4300mAh or the Galaxy A71's 4500mAh unit, depending on whose rumors you choose to believe. In both cases, that's way above the 3400mAh in the S10 model. As for the Galaxy S11+, today Korean media reiterates that it may pack a battery close to the 5000mAh mark, like the Galaxy M30


The reasoning? Well, the 120Hz displays and 5G versions of the S11 series are going to be battery hogs, so Samsung will have to up the ante in the endurance department. Also, Huawei, and even, surprisingly, Apple with the 11 Pro Max, are eating its lunch in the flagship battery life department.

That huge 5000mAh or so battery pack will be supplied by LG, it turns out, in addition to whatever Samsung's own SDI subsidiary can muster. "LG Chem currently mass produces the cells for the up-and-coming Galaxy phones from its Nanjing plant in China," tipped industry sources.


That's explicable, given that LG Chem is the world's largest lithium-ion battery producer by capacity, but also marks the first time that LG batteries will be used in the Galaxy S-line. Samsung is obviously content with the job that LG did with the batteries of the Note 10 series, and has tasked it with the initial S11 series supplies, too. 

We already told you how Samsung has arrived to this drastic bump in capacities - by using a custom PMP packaging method for the cells that reduces the size of the wrapping significantly, and allows for either smaller packs with the same capacity, or way more juice content in the same battery size that is in the S10 series. 

The same firm that is supplying said PMP modules to Samsung for the S11 models, will also be supplying Apple, eventually for its iPhone 12 series, so 2020 is shaping up to be the year of the battery life bump, even for high-end handsets with high-res displays. Fingers crossed.

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  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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9 Comments

3. shield

Posts: 892; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG 5000mAh? Wau LG V60, G9 need this battery.

4. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Considering a potential 120hz display, battery life may be worse then the s10 plus

6. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 731; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

120hz Display would be worth it. Believe me. Of course anybody that can live with lower hz can switch it to 60Hz and enjoy amazing battery life.

8. Epicness1o1

Posts: 329; Member since: May 30, 2013

I have a 144hz monitor, I cant go back, If I buy the s11 with 120hz, f*ck batetry life

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I'm glad I held out for the s11 plus instead of getting the s10 plus

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, and most reviews report 90-120Hz causing about a 10-20% difference in battery life These batteries are roughly 15-20% more efficient Plus more efficient SoC, LPDDR5, newer gen OLED, ...

9. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

This is nice to see. Might check out the s11+ if this isn't all false

10. kplayon

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

Rather have 90 hz display and 5000 maH battery until battery gets advanced for phones

12. domfonusr

Posts: 1103; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I've never had a truly terrible experience with an LG Li-ion battery, but I've never had a truly great experience with them, either. Almost every LG phone I've ever owned has had some issue linked to the battery - either a battery that heats up a lot during charging, a battery that loses a large chunk of capacity very suddenly after just 6 months, or a battery that bulges and is then difficult to fit into the phone and still get the battery door closed. In each case, the flaw was not fatal to the phone or its use, but it still affected how things worked in a somewhat derogatory way, and left me with a bad impression of the batteries in these LG phones. Perhaps, by now, LG has solved these issues; however, the damage is already done, even though I've seen worse issues (very rarely, though) with batteries from some other brands that surprised me, like Nokia for instance. Still, I like LG overall, and I would not hesitate to go back to Nokia, either. Even Samsung has had their own battery debacle on at least one occasion. Just the same, I find that I am leery to hear that Samsung is going to source their flagship smartphone batteries, for the next cycle of Galaxy S handsets, from LG...

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