Samsung Delays Galaxy S25 Ultra Battery Upgrades to Reduce Costs

What you should know

  • Samsung plans to maintain the Galaxy S25 Ultra’s battery capacity at 5000mAh and keep the fast charging speed at 45W to reduce costs.
  • The advanced battery features and 65W charging speed initially planned for the Galaxy S25 Ultra are being deferred to the Galaxy S26 Ultra.
  • Due to Qualcomm raising prices for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor, Samsung aims to preserve its profit margins by using the Exynos 2500 chipset in the Galaxy S25 and S25+ for most markets, while all markets will receive the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in the Galaxy S25 Ultra.
  • Stacked battery technology, which allows for a slimmer phone design and improved battery life, was considered for the Galaxy S25 series but will likely not be implemented due to cost-saving measures.

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So, here’s the scoop. Samsung’s got this grand plan for the Galaxy S25 Ultra, right? They’re sticking with the same ol’ 5000mAh battery. Yep, no change since the Galaxy S21 Ultra. And guess what? The fast charging isn’t getting any speedier next year either.

This tidbit comes straight from Sawyer Galox, a big fan of Korean tech, courtesy of Wccftech. Galox tweeted, “The S25U will still have a 45W battery and a 5000mah battery 100%. Recently got this info, and man, it’s a bummer.” He didn’t stop there, though. In another tweet, he mentioned that the fancy battery features we were all hyped about? They’re being pushed to the Galaxy S26 Ultra instead. “Looks like it was the plan, but Samsung’s pulling a switcheroo to cut costs. They’re saving the stacked battery and 65W charging for the S26U,” he added.

Now, onto the nitty-gritty. Samsung’s on a mission to pinch pennies, keeping the Galaxy S25 Ultra’s battery at 5000mAh with 45W fast charging. Why? Well, Qualcomm’s upping the price for its Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor. This bad boy’s got custom CPU cores but ditches the low-power efficiency cores that save on battery life. Opting for advanced battery tech would just eat into Samsung’s profits on the Galaxy S25 Ultra.

In a move that feels like déjà vu from the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung’s making another cost-saving play. The Galaxy S25 and S25+? They’re getting the Exynos 2500 chipset in most places. But, if you’re in the U.S. or China, you’ll get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 AP. The Galaxy S25 Ultra, though, will boast the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 everywhere. Samsung’s playing 4D chess here to keep its margins healthy for the 2025 flagship lineup.

Oh, and there’s been chatter about both the Galaxy S25 series and the iPhone 16 line jumping on the stacked battery bandwagon. This tech stacks the battery layers vertically for a slimmer design and better battery life. Plus, it’s supposed to help with heat dissipation. But, it seems like Samsung might be putting that on pause. Go figure.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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