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One year later, how's your Galaxy Note 10 battery holding up?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus in hand
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus in hand (Image credit: Android Central)

Smartphones are pretty amazing. Every year they get better displays, faster performance, more capable cameras, and so on. The advancements that companies make on an annual basis is pretty impressive when you step back and think about it, but regardless of all these improvements, there's always one area that tends to degrade with time — battery life.

Batteries have gotten bigger and more efficient over the years, but the fact remains that their longevity naturally decreases the more you use them. Draining a battery and recharging it over and over takes a toll on its endurance, especially after you've owned a phone for over a year.

Some owners of the Galaxy Note 10 recently started talking about how their batteries are doing now that it's been about a year since the handset was released, with the conversation going as follows:

Has anyone else started having battery draining problems? Mine has started dropping more. My brother in law is having the same problem. I'm not doing anything different from what I have been doing since I got it

donebrasko

Nope on August patch no battery drain at all.

Ruben Ocasio

Mine seems to be draining quicker as well but I was putting it down to the factory reset that I did before Samsung fixed the update for the 976b 5G version. Be interesting to see if same people who had the issue with the original update will also be the people with battery drain.

j_hansen

No drain on my Samsung Note10 + 5G before or after the August update. As we all use different apps, preferences settings and launchers, signal strengths and usage patterns etc battery usage is a subjective topic. Stay Safe.

bandofbrothers2112

What about you? One year later, how's your Galaxy Note 10 battery holding up?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

8 Comments
  • I can tell my battery drops quicker than when I first got it but I still get a solid 5+ hour screen on time, so I'm definitely still happy with the overall battery life on this phone. Im an old BlackBerry KEYone and KEY2 user so battery life was important to me, I'm very satisfied with this device.
  • Definitely has dropped, but since I work from home a charger is not far away. I can get one day without a boost.
  • Got a Note 10+ last October, so far I haven't seen any decrease in the battery life.
  • As for the Samsung Note 20 Ultra, it's a scam. Stick with the Note 10+ if you want to get a new phone and save half a grand. 45 watt charging is gone on the S20 ultra. That is huge as it charges your phone almost two times faster! I have two Note 10+ models and both my wife and I haven't noticed any battery degradation but we keep fast cable charging off but we do enable wireless fast charging. Note 20 ultra 120Hz is running at 1080p and not QHD+ (3k) like the Note 10+. To me that is a huge difference. It would be like playing video games in 480p vs 1080p just to add smoothness. And many reviewers are saying with 120Hz on, the battery drops significantly, which makes sense as Samsung won't let you run QHD (3k) with 120Hz even though the panel is capable of it. Think about that, Samsung is disabling a hardware feature, that should tell you something about how bad this feature will drain your battery (and that is with only 1080p). So I'm losing picture quality and battery life for a smoother experience, no thank you. And why did Samsung lower the storage to 128GB? That is huge! You are paying $200 more than the original price of the Note 10+ but they lowered the storage space from 256GB to 128GB and removed a 256GB option altogether! The next jump us 512GB and costs an extra $200 bringing the astronomical total to $1500! This 256GB storage on the Note 10 and plus models was a huge selling point last year with them saying Notebook storage on a phone. I also don't need 5G. 5G isn't tuned well and it's going to use way more battery than the decade tuned 4G LTE. And speed isn't an issue (not for a few years of longer yet). I'm able to clock my Note 10+ at 250Mbps down and 60Mbps up on T-Mobile. Anything over 100Mbps isn't going to really be noticable. And 5G is a battery sucker as most areas don't have 5G and your phone is going to be searching forever for 5G that isn't there. 5G will be awesome but in like 3 years when it's more places and the carriers upgrade their backhaul as right now 5G usually gets you fast 4G LTE speeds. So the cameras are going to be better but is it worth another $600-800 depending on which model and if you trade in your 10+? Reviewers were saying the Note10+ camera was better than the S20 Ultra in most shot types due to issues with the 100x zoom and autofocus. And what about that camera bump that looks like you are sporting a whole other phone on the back of the Note 20 ultra? To me the Note 20 Ultra is a dud and not worthy of an upgrade just yet. The Note 9 to 10 was a large jump. But if you put a 10+ next to the 20 Ultra at first glance you would be hard pressed to differentiate the two. Also Samsung has now expanded updates to 3 Android updates instead of their old policy of two. They also said it will be retroactive starting with the S10. So the Note 10+ will be getting two more Android updates to at least Android 12 and Android 13 for the S20 Ultra. That is huge! It's another reason why I'll hold onto my Note 10+ for longer!
  • Excellent points.
    Btw I'm an Note 9 owner, and both the N10+ and N20U are a pass for me.
    My battery is still holding up just fine, so instead of spending money on a new Note , I decided to buy a new Galaxy Tab S6 with an official keyboard cover.
    And now I offloaded my Note 9 massively, while expanding my android experience and capabilites massively.
  • Its dropped a little but not a ton. I've put it through its paces with a two-week out of the country trip that included an all day safari. Well it made it until mid-late afternoon before it needed to be recharged with my battery pack. That's after constant picture and video taking and recording. That's the only time I carried an external charger with me while owning this phone. I have no complaints. Note - I have it set on the highest screen resolution, and its been that way since day 1.
  • Can't really say. Its only been 4 months or so for me. Bought it new on sale at Best Buy
  • I have actually noticed a decent difference within the last 2 months or so. I haven't really changed my daily usage much but what used to hold up for a day and a half for me has changed to just barely making it through the day. If I use my phone a decent amount through the day, I am more than likely not going to make it and this is after taking really good care of the battery. To make matters even worse, I upgraded to the Note 20 Ultra and the battery life is about the same as my Note 10+ and I haven't even loaded all my apps or setup my all my emails. I'm wondering if it's the 5G network that's causing it to drain when I am not using it? Using the AT&T Version.