Samsung turns China's ATL into a full-time battery supplier for the Galaxy Note 7


Reuters reports that Samsung Electronics will stop sourcing Galaxy Note 7 batteries from Samsung SDI and make a full switch to Chinese company Amperex Technology Ltd. According to knowledgeable analysts, Samsung SDI used to be busy with producing 70% of the batteries for global versions of the Galaxy Note 7, with ATL handling the remaining 30% for handsets mainly distributed in China.

However, Samsung SDI's batteries proved faulty as reports of the Note 7 catching fire during charging started spreading and led to the smartphone's global recall. Very few have originated from China, however, and the country hasn't been part of the recall to the same degree, which means ATL batteries are harmless and good to go.

A knowledgeable person told the agency that ATL will, therefore, take over the rest of the Note 7's battery supply for the next quarter or two. The head of the company further confirmed that ATL received a "significant increase" in business this month, without referring to Samsung or other clients specifically. ATL is a supplier for Apple as well.

The information from Reuters has been repeated by the official China Daily newspaper, as well as South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Thus, it's highly likely that all Galaxy Note 7 units sold (or replaced) this and next quarter will operate with ATL-supplied batteries. Hey, if that's what it takes to be safe!

source: Reuters

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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16 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

oh boy.. they make something worse than china product... nice :-/

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And yet, some fans from both (Apple and Samsung) parties will be like, "We don't use cheap Chinese stuff".

7. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

As far as i know Amperex Technology Ltd is a unit of Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

The battery is made by hard working Chinese workers hand regardless what foreign company it is.

11. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I have to agree with you on that.

3. Subie

Posts: 2390; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This makes sense seeing as how ATL already has a Note 7 battery that works.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're trying so hard dude.

4. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

sammy has to change that ugly home key on their phones. so identifying

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Duck samsung !!

9. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

'ATL supplies apple too' so basically if the new notes have problems the iPhone will too, lol

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No, the iPhone won't, considering that iPhones have different capacies than the Note, so the production of their batteries won't occur from the same unit of cells, nor from the same batch of packaging.

10. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

So my T-Mobile note 7 that has Made in China on the back should be fine...

14. acruzlu unregistered

Same with my Sprint Note 7.

13. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

If that's the case, I will move to Sony. Same made in China.

15. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

There's an ATL in China?

16. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Can't wait to pick up one of the million refurbished Note 7s!

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