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Report: Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra won't get a battery capacity buff

You may have to buy a mid-range Samsung if you want a larger battery.

Published onSeptember 17, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in the hand with tracks
  • Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra may not receive any bumps to its battery capacity.
  • The phone is believed to use a 5,000mAh cell like the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra could be just as jacked as its predecessor but might not make any gains in the battery capacity department, a new report suggests.

According to information garnered by Galaxy Club, the next oversized phone in the Samsung Galaxy S lineup will feature the same battery capacity as the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The largest S30 variant — believed to wear the model number SM-G998 — is said to feature a rated battery capacity of 4,855mAh, translating to a 5,000mAh typical capacity. In our S20 Ultra review, we found its capacity to be more than adequate for a day’s use at Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz. There’s some room for improvement, though.

That’s not to say larger batteries guarantee longer battery life. Several factors can influence a device’s thirst. Still, it could be a disappointing revelation for those wanting to upgrade to something a little bigger. After all, mid-range Samsung phones like the Galaxy M51 have vastly larger batteries than this.

Samsung could be taking the S30 Ultra’s dimensions into account. The Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t what we’d call a compact phone, with a pocket-stretching 6.9-inch display and a weight of 220 grams. It’s arguably too large and cumbersome to fully enjoy, and a larger battery will only add to the Galaxy S30 Ultra’s waistline.

If power isn’t a priority, the S30 Ultra could sport a host of new camera advancements over the S20 Ultra. The rumored addition of two telephoto lenses should improve the quality of shots across the zoom range. Samsung also announced smaller pixel camera sensors, which should lead to a reduced rear camera hump on the S30 Ultra. We could also see a new refreshed version of Samsung’s 108MP sensor make a return.

Next: Why camera sensor size is more important than more megapixels

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