Samsung in talks with Japanese battery supplier for the Galaxy S8

Samsung in talks with Japanese battery supplier for the Galaxy S8
Samsung is being extra picky and choosy after the Galaxy Note 7 tarnished its reputation as a smartphone maker. No wonder, then, that some changes are in order for the upcoming Galaxy S8.

Citing Japanese publication Nikkei, Reuters reports that Samsung is in talks to replace battery supplier Amperex Technology (China) with Murata Manufacturing (Japan). Amperex was the secondary battery supplier for the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung blamed it for delivering faulty batteries, which explains why Sammy is pursuing alternatives. The main battery supplier will remain Samsung SDI, hopefully with enough lessons learned after the lengthy investigation into the Note 7's defective batteries and engineering issues.

Prolific leakster @evleaks claims that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be powered by 3000 mAh and 3500 mAh capacity batteries, respectively. At the same time, Korean media suggests 3250 mAh and 3750 mAh capacities. Both variants are adequate for coaxing good battery life out of the smartphones, which will be powered by energy-efficient 10nm processors.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in March. It's rumored that the first official glimpse at them will be revealed at MWC 2017 (this month) in the form of a short "teaser" video.

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35 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

A Japanese battery inside of a Samsung flagship... Hallyu's gonna love this news!

11. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Actually I am familiar with Murata and they've made some reliable batteries for various manufacturers especially Korean DAP makers.

26. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Cool. My Xperia phones have had great charge retention. The Japanese cells work well.

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

His mind will be blown!

21. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not to mention Sony sensors

24. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Sony uses Samsung chip, RAM, hard drive... Want more list? We use alternative supplies because of high demand, not because Samsung can't be able to produce itself.

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol keep dreaming. Remember when Samsung ditched it's own ISOCELL and instead use Sony IMX sensors on the S5? There are so many LGs and Galaxies on this list. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exmor And when the popular LG G2 ordered JDI to make it's displays? Lol! And they failed so much on the battery they are afraid to try again so they went to the experts and do it for them.

31. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Deflecting much? Your precious Samsung uses Japanese tech you hate so much. Now suck it.

32. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I never said anything about supply and demand or what components Sony uses inside their electronics. I use Samsung as well as Sony electronics and happen to like both. You're the one who has a problem with the Japanese and their companies. Furthermore when you say "We use" you are implying that you are Samsung or are a representative for them...

2. aegislash

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

3500 mAh allegedly powering the S8 Plus...A device with a 6.2 inch screen, compared to the 3600 mAh powering the S7 Edge with a 5.5 inch display? You figure the battery would be bigger for a nearly inch bigger display, not smaller.... Even if it does have the other rumored 3750 mAh battery, that's still barely bigger than the battery found in the S7 Edge.

3. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

You are not factoring in body size and other components. Even though the S8 may have a bigger screen, it is also rumored to be the size of S7 edge. It is also possible for it to have different components like the iris scanner which would take up more space in the phone.

5. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Don't know, if this 3500 mAh thing is true or not (only time will tell) .. But battery is equally important .. Don't you think ? .. How about increasing the thickness to accommodate bigger battery ? What say ?

6. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It sure wouldn't bother me to be a little thicker to hold bigger battery.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The battery life would likely improve even if they lowered the battery size, TBH batter size hasn't been what is most import in a phones endurance for a while now, it's all about how efficient the comments are and that always gets better year over year so I'm sure we can count on a big improvement in longevity even if the battery size hardy changes from S7 to S8. Just look at this, the mate 8 and 9 have the same size battery at yet the 9 improves on battery life in a significant way.http://www.anandtech.com/show/10871/the-huawei-mate-9-review/9

22. BkingT22

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

the chip-set is more efficient and every time a new device comes out. Sammy also finds a way to reduce power draw in software as well why are people so worried. Also bearing in mind every new generation screen from Samsung is more power efficient than the last generation so i would like to think that Samsung tested battery life or those figures are speculation who knows.

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Lets hope this flagship doesn't have any blowing up issues again

7. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

With Samsung going through all the 8 step safety testing the only phone exploding will be the iphone.

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Keep dreaming.....

14. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That would be you

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

8 steps for a safety test does not sound like much at all actually lol... surely the number is much higher then that, and the iPhone is irrelevant here so don't see your point on bringing it up.. statistically speaking they "explode" less then their competitor's devices

13. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

With the 2 that just did they are catching fast , if they haven't already. Hick they may have past.

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

Less then 400 iphones catch fire each year, and consider the fact also that iPhone every quarter is the best individual selling flagship.. Their numbers are lower then almost everyone in this regard yet are always the best selling flagships

29. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And that's 400 to many. Less then that for Samsung. Theirs just got more news because it was most all of them within a few weeks. 8 step test is good, that also includes xrays.

30. mikehunta727 unregistered

Much more Samsung devices have caught fire this year and last year compared to iPhones, this is a fact, despite the iPhone easily outselling all Galaxy individual models. Also 8 steps safety for just a battery test is not much at all, they do much more then 8 steps for quality control on batteries "less then that for Samsung" Actually the quite opposite, despite Samsung also making less flagship devices over the iPhone. iPhone doesn't have a exploding issue problem, but Samsung devices have in the past Stop trying to damage control for a multi billion dollar corporation that doesn't care about you at all, this is fact

33. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Much more Samsung devices have caught fire this year and last year compared to iPhones, this is a fact" So how about those facts then. You are the one that brought it up so show me your facts.

34. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And for 2017 I am pretty sure apple is a head already.

35. mikehunta727 unregistered

I don't need to show you anything, your a avid daily user of this site and read the news of it daily, 2-3 iPhones somewhere in the world a month catching fire is very unfortunate, but quite a very small number for such a mass manufactured product..it is a inherit flaw with lithium ion batteries as well and it can occur to almost any device using a lithium ion battery 2016 was Samsung's year for devices messing up/combustion Plus their track record...

18. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

You just love writing the word iPhone or Apple or both. I'm guessing you probably have a crush on Tim Cook too. Give in to your obsession already and get an iPhone, you'll feel better!

27. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And that would be you.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Besides that Cook like hotdogs, I don't have one of those. But you do.

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