WSJ: Samsung picks Sony as its third Galaxy S8 battery supplier



Samsung is apparently hedging its bets and trying to attract battery-making talent than is not the two infamous suppliers it used for the Note 7. When Samsung's battery subsidiary SDI struggled with the high density requirements of the Note 7 units, and used unorthodox electrodes that didn't survive real life usage, Samsung ramped up production at Amperex, the other supplier which in its turn couldn't produce those millions of batteries with satisfactory quality that Samsung was demanding in the span of two short weeks.

We all know what happened, but apart from the fresh round of quality assurance testing that Samsung has implemented for his battery suppliers going forward, like x-ray exams for each piece, it also sought and, apparently found, a third supplier. The rumors that this is a Japanese company have now been rehashed once more by Wall Street Journal sources. Previously it was said that Murata will be Samsung's supplier, after its acquisition of Sony's battery subsidiary. 

Sony sold its losing battery business to Murata not long ago, but the deal is now unlikely to go through before July, so it will be still Sony supplying the batteries. Samsung has apparently been very impressed with the quality of the Li-ion packs that the Japanese company is able to churn out, so it has co-opted it as a third-party supplier. It's hard to blame them, given that Sony pioneered the Li-ion battery chemistry, and a big order from Samsung might be just the jumpstart its battery operations need.

source: WSJ (paywall)

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40 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Hallu on suicide watch ATM lol.

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

LMAO.

4. Subie

Posts: 2344; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

He'll just tell you that Sony uses Samsung parts too.

5. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

His reaction is gonna be funny!

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If he gets S8 with Sony battery he will go on a rampage lol

13. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Maybe you're misinformed. That crappy Sony and other mediocre Japanese products don't stance a chance in our market because they're inferior by our standard. So to say I will get the S8 with Sony battery is totally zero sense. If Samsung insists to do that, we will protest and maybe in one or two days, the CEO will get fired.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Asian turf wars are complicated, aren't they?

15. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Hahahahahaha

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You will protest* ftfy. Speak for yourself not for the other good Korean citizens.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I've personally never known any Japanese companies to make crappy products. I don't know or can speak about products made and sold in Japan. What I do know is Japanese company's that sell product in the US, all have a US subsidiary to make sure those product meet or exceed US standards of manufacturing. In the 80's which I am sure you likely weren't even born yet, Sony was for a very long time, the electronics leader in audio. More than 70% of the country were using portable products or had audio products at home. Most of the stadiums had Son't Trinitron Jumbo screens. I don't think Japan when down, basically Korea and China got better. Especially Korea. Prior to 1995, Samsung sold very few products in the US. In fact beyond phones, I can't think of any major products they sold here. As of right now, they have 3 popular products in the US, phones, appliances and TV's. And in all 3 cases those products are equal or in many cases far better than many alternative. Sony has had issues outside the US. They simply have not been aggressive with marketing or products, because in the past they never had to be. Sony was the defacto standard to beat and they simply have been beaten.

20. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Absolutely right. Sony Panasonic Hitachi National JVC , they were very well known. Especially Sony. This guy is so jealous of Sony....

36. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Stay away from their washing machines. My aunt's just flew apart. Stick with a Maytag.

21. Subie

Posts: 2344; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Do you protest when they use Sony image sensors.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He really will commit suicide now that you brought this to his attention.

33. Subie

Posts: 2344; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, he already knows about it but when you tell him he just plugs his ears going La la la la la la la la la! :)

40. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You are so funny..lol

3. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Japanese suppliers are know for quality. Go S8!

10. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Speaking about quality, Toyota Honda Nissan recall millions car each year, just so you know. The stupid idea said Japanese products are superb must be eradicated for now.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

So you're saying that the S8 is going to fail because it got a Sony battery? Very smart of you

17. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

You noob, you probably dont know how to use stuff. Your claim about sony and other japanese companies being crap is BS. My launch date PS4 is about 3.5 years old now and still functions flawlessly despite using it daily as a hometheater system, music player, for youtube etc.

32. Subie

Posts: 2344; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Hyundai has recalls too buddy. Don't forget their MPG scandal which cost them millions in settlement with the owners of some of their vehicles. Hallyu - stop hating and start loving the Japanese.

37. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Love my 06 Honda Civic but my 19 year old GM truck has fewer problems. Replace starter after 2 years. Tension pulley snap off and had to replace that and the water pump. Replace rear control arms because tires wore out prematurely. Now there's a airbag recall. Truck loves the gas but keeps on running.

38. Xperia14

Posts: 1207; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

You know why? They aren't made (assembled) in Japan anymore.

41. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Toyota Honda and Nissan are much better than Hyundai and Kia. Don't be ignorant on this.

42. Trex95

Posts: 2378; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Might be Sony when it comes to phones not that good I do agree with you. But Japanese cars still remain the best especially when it comes durbiltay, Lexus start 1989 right now the best luxuries car in the market that doesn't has mechincal failer issues like BMW and Mercedes or other American luxuries car.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Japan best tech.

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

The overrated Sony utilize Samsung's RAM, memory, chip, hard drive for decades, yet PhoneArena failed to publish the info. PA editors are clever how to please those uneducated Sony fanboys, anyone that criticise or touch that overrated brand will get blasted instantly. Ever take note when there are poll about Samsung? you always get the negative result from those pure Samsung haters aka Apple and Sony snowflakes. This site isn't free, at all.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Samsung utilizes Sony lens and in the future batteries. What are you trying to say?

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

You're totally as worse as an iKiddo/iSnake.

34. Xperia14

Posts: 1207; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Samsung needs 'overrated Sony' to prevent the S8 from exploding. HAHAHAHAHA.

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