Don't Expect Massive Battery Improvements From Samsung Galaxy S10

While the Galaxy S10 lineup is currently shaping up to be one of the most impressive smartphone series released in 2019, there's one performance department wherein Samsung isn't particularly interested in pushing the boundaries of what's possible - battery (life). While previous reports already alleged the firm decided against any kind of experimental solutions and will be playing it extremely safe with the Galaxy S10 family, a newly emerged 3C certificate from China now appears to confirm those suggestions, at least in terms of expected charging speeds supported by the firm's latest high-end handsets.

According to documentation published by the Chinese government which already appears to have greenlit the Galaxy S10 for sale in the Far Eastern country, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will be bundled with Samsung's EP-TA200 charger,  virtually the same device that's been packaged alongside its other recent phablets going as far back as 2017 and the Galaxy Note 8. While no specific capacities are mentioned by the certificate, the publicized documentation indicates the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will allow for 9V/1.67A and 5V/2V charging rates, respectively.

Sounds worse than it is, really

Samsung's reluctance to embrace battery advancements more aggressively — in the mobile space, that is — largely stems from fear of doing a repeat of 2016 when the first spent months and billions of dollars on managing the PR and safety catastrophe that the Galaxy Note 7 ended up being. Insiders claim that's exactly why the firm is now adamant not to push its battery tech to its limits as its management doesn't believe it would be anywhere near as fast to recover from another such ordeal.

None of that is to say the battery capacities of the Galaxy S10-series handsets will be below-average or that the cells themselves won't be consistent and resistant to degradation as much as those powering their rivals. According to previous reports, the new smartphones should all have sufficiently spacious tanks, ranging from 3,000mAh inside the Galaxy S10 E to 5,000mAh used by the Galaxy S10 X. The regular Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ should be working with 3,500mAh and 4,000mAh modules, respectively.

Coupled with more advanced chips that replace last year's second-generation 10nm process with 7nm and 10nm nodes, depending on the market, the Galaxy S10 range would have likely outperformed the handsets that preceded it in terms of battery life even if it featured identical cells. As things stand right now, while its expected battery life may not be the absolute peak of what the industry has to offer, it's presumed to be relatively close to that ideal. The only potential issue is the fast charging tech Samsung appears to be set on reusing for yet another year even as its rivals are now offering handsets that can go from a depleted to a full charge in about an hour.

Still plenty to look forward to

However, the company will be making up for this drawback in many other aspects, offering everything from an unprecedented display and immersive audio to a new triple-camera setup and a second-generation in-display fingerprint reader relying on an ultrasonic sensor that's both faster and more secure than optical solutions which Huawei, OnePlus, and some other firms already commercialized. The Galaxy S10 X will also bring 5G support, though it remains to be seen how many consumers care about that when they realize the new connectivity standard will be anything but widespread this year. Samsung is scheduled to announce the Galaxy S10 range on February 20, five days ahead of MWC in Barcelona which it's also expected to attend.

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