Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Battery Life – Is It Enough?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is now available for pre-order, while it will hit the shelves on August 23. The handset comes with plenty of eye-catching features, such as a bigger screen, strong performance, new S-Pen tricks and more. However, one feature about the device that hasn’t been much talked about is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus battery.

So far, the battery in the Galaxy Note 9 was the biggest in a Note phone at 4,000 mAh. However, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus battery ups the ante with a 4,300 mAh battery. The battery is even bigger than that of Galaxy S10 Plus’ 4,100 mAh pack.

Several publications, which had early access to the device, have come out with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus battery results, and all have been impressed with its performance. For instance, Tom’s Guide in its Battery Life Test found that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus lasted for 11 hours and 46 minutes. The test involves continuous web surfing over 4G LTE.

In comparison, the Galaxy Note 9 lasted for 11 hours and 16 minutes in the same tests, while the Galaxy S10 ran for 12 hours and 35 minutes. Talking of non-Samsung phones in the same category, the iPhone XS Max was able to survive 10 hours and 38 minutes, while the OnePlus 7 Pro lasted for just 9 hours and 31 minutes in Tom’s Guide Battery Life Test.

Tom’s Guide also tested the Galaxy S10 5G, which is the same size as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The former, however, packs a bigger 4,500 mAh battery. In the battery test, the 5G variant lasted for 10 hours and 56 minutes. Tom’s Guide noted that the Galaxy S10 5G was on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, while the other smartphones they tested were on T-Mobile’s network. As per the tech site, they have found that Verizon’s 4G LTE network drains phones comparatively faster.

Talking of how quickly the phone charges, Tom’s Guide found that Galaxy Note 10 Plus reaches 33% battery capacity in just fifteen minutes and 65% in half an hour. The Note 10 Plus is shipped with a 25-watt charger. In comparison, the OnePlus 7 Pro with a 4000 mAh battery gets to 60% battery capacity in half an hour, while Huawei P30 with a 4,200 mAh battery gets to 70% in the same time.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also supports wireless charging, but at 15 watts (compared to up to 10 watts for Galaxy S10). Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus also supports reverse wireless charging. So, you can charge your Galaxy Buds or other phones using the back of the handset.

Separately, Android Central’s Andrew Martonik notes that the Galaxy Note 10 battery life is good, consistent, but not “mind-blowingly spectacular.” Talking about numbers, Martonik noted that in his usual 16-hour weekday, he was left with 20% battery at the end of the day. His mobile use typically includes social media updates, “lots” of emails, streaming music or podcasts over Bluetooth, always-on display, camera use and everything syncing freely.

On Saturday and Sunday, the battery life in the phone showed about 30% at the end of the day. “Again, very good, and I never had worries about my Note 10+ dying before I was ready to sleep,” Martonik said.

CNET in its first continuous video drain test in airplane mode found that the Note 10 Plus lasted for about 21 hours. In comparison, the Galaxy S10 5G survived thirty minutes more. Talking of daily use, the battery “life truly lasts from morning till night,” CNET says. Further, the site notes that charging with the 25-watt charger is also “impressively fast.” The phone with the 4,300-mAh battery took just 65 minutes to go from zero to full capacity.

More details about the battery life will be available when the phone reaches more hands, which is sometime later this week. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 earlier this month. The flagship phone has been available for preorder from August 9. Going by the first pre-order numbers from Korea, it appears the phone could go well ahead of its predecessor.

Samsung recently told The Korea Herald that pre-orders for the phone surpassed 1.3 million in Samsung’s home country. This pre-order number is twice that of the Galaxy Note 9 preorders from last year. According to the Korean firm, the Aura Glow 256GB Note 10 Plus model was the most popular in the region.

Samsung’s Note 10 and Note 10 Plus price starts at $949.99 and $1,099.99 in the U.S., respectively. As per The Korea Herald, the carrier subsidies may have helped in spurring up the pre-order numbers for the handset. The carriers are offering a subsidy of between 280,000 won ($232) to $450,000 ($372) to the buyers. Samsung will start shipping the handset in all markets from August 23.




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