Recently Samsung confirmed a serious problem with its most exciting Galaxy S10 model. But now we know this weakness is going to be one of the biggest strengths of the most expensive versions…
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will have massive batteries. The information comes from ever-prolific industry insider Ice Universe, who has an excellent track record having revealed final designs for the Galaxy S9 , Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XR long before their release.
So how big are they? Ice Universe states the Galaxy S10 will have a 3,500 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S10+ will have a 4,000 mAh battery.
Both capacities are substantial upgrades over the Galaxy S9 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S9+ (3,500 mAh). They are also long overdue. The 2016 Galaxy S7 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S7 Edge (3,600 mAh) were the last Galaxy S models to deliver top class battery life and that was because they had 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch displays.
In contrast, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will have 6.2-inch and 6.44-inch panels so the extra battery capacity is necessary. That said, the batteries should be more than enough. The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen and its 4,000 mAh battery blows rivals away.
All of which means it is doubly disappointing that the otherwise mouthwatering Galaxy S10 Lite (details) has such a disappointing battery. With Apple’s entry-level iPhone XR delivering battery life superior to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, this is an opportunity missed. Especially with Samsung giving midrange models far bigger capacities.
So Samsung has given customers a dilemma. The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are full of groundbreaking technology but if all you want is great battery life, are you prepared to pay their newly inflated prices?
This article originally appeared on Forbes