Samsung to obtain its smartphone batteries from LG Chemical next year?

Samsung to obtain its smartphone batteries from LG Chemical next year?
The other day, we told you that a report claims that Samsung knows the reason why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploded as many times as it did, but does not want to release that information right now. That story came after talk that Samsung had been a bit too aggressive in its battery design for the phablet, trying to keep the juicer loaded with energy, but with a thin footprint. The result was a battery that left very little room for the normal amount of swelling that a smartphone battery usually endures. Not wanting a repeat in 2017, Samsung will apparently turn to a third party battery design team and manufacturer.

Starting next year, Samsung could be looking to source its smartphone batteries from its neighbor and rival LG. The latter's LG Chemical unit has reportedly been in talks with Samsung dating back to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco in October. While no word has come from the two manufacturers, one source says that "There is a strong chance that LG will start supplying smartphone batteries to Samsung around the second half of next year." Another person close to the talks says that there is a 90% chance that LG Chemical will indeed be supplying Samsung with batteries for its handsets. While a Samsung executive admitted that the company tried to stay away from using LG as a vendor due to "pride," LG is now supplying Samsung with LCD displays for its televisions after Sharp stopped producing them.


So which of Samsung's handsets will be first to market powered by an LG battery? The first phone that comes to mind is naturally the Samsung Galaxy S8. But Sammy's next Android flagship phone is expected to be unveiled at MWC in Barcelona on February 26th, making it too soon to be affected by any agreement between LG Chemical and Samsung. Since it takes six months to design, test and manufacture new smartphone batteries, the first Samsung model that could be powered by LG Chemical batteries might ironically be the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

source: Chosun via SammyHub

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12 Comments

1. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

From now on Samsung mobile division Life will be good

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"From now on Samsung mobile division Life will be good" In your dreams.... Meanwhile in reality, life at LG's Mobile division is, actually, nowhere near as as good as the life at Samsung's Mobile division!

12. Subie

Posts: 2349; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I think he was making a sarcastic pun and not a serious comment. But you have to know what LG stands for to get it.

3. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I have worked in the electronic component supply sector as a consultant. I can confirm that Samsung does have a reputation for being very proud/arrogant and willing to take something of a hit to its bottom line in order not to support competitors, far more so than any other company I have worked with. But I have been hearing hints from compatriots past few weeks that this is changing and now if this story is correct, it does seem that business reality is winning. Sometimes it makes perfect short and long term financial sense to turn to a competitor.

4. shield

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Lg for good news. Because obtain additional funding.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It will bootloop.

7. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

How can a battery from LG cause bootloop in a sammy phone? Care to explain?

9. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The answer is sense of humor.

11. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Lg haters trolling

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

LG battery die fast..

8. strikerchooooo unregistered

Wise decision. Maybe the whole phone, should be made by LG or Foxconn!:) Just to make sure it will never go boom again! Bhahaha!

10. strikerchooooo unregistered

Wise decision. Probably the phones themselves should be made by LG or Foxconn to make sure they don't go boom again! Bhahah!

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