For powering the Galaxy Fold and its 7.3-inch and 4.6-inch inner and cover displays, Samsung has equipped its foldable smartphone with a 4380 mAh battery. Considering regular flagship phones now have 4,000 mAh batteries, the Fold’s battery capacity doesn’t instill much confidence. While most folks probably aren’t going to use the Galaxy Fold in tablet mode all the time, it will still see plenty of use in its completely unfolded state, and not being able to keep up with the user’s demands would be a major point of contention.
Thankfully, it seems like the Fold will be able to keep up, based on our early experience. As you can see in the screenshot below, battery life stats on our Fold’s first full charge are quite promising. We used it in both tablet and phone form and did plenty of browsing, calling, and Twitter-ing and were surprised to see the battery life easily exceeding that of the Galaxy S10+. And perhaps the primary reason is that the Galaxy Fold uses the Snapdragon 855 SoC while all our Galaxy S10 devices are powered by the Exynos 9820, which isn’t as efficient as the Snapdragon chip.
Still, the Galaxy Fold is a top-of-the-line device with a 7.3-inch screen, so seeing such endurance with just a 4,380 mAh battery was a pleasant surprise for us. Of course, we’ll need to test it over a longer time period to arrive at a proper conclusion. It will be especially interesting to see how it will endure extensive use over a mobile data connection instead of Wi-Fi, although you’ll have to wait for our Galaxy Fold review to find out.
In the meantime, we’ll be pampering our Galaxy Fold with extreme care so that we don’t run into the display issues some other publications have in the last couple of days. Well, not really, as we want to see how the Galaxy Fold fares with the usual day-to-day handling that a regular smartphone has to go through, but we’d be lying if we said we don’t have our fingers crossed.
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