According to a report in the Korea Herald, LG Chem, LG's battery-making arm, is in contention to manufacture batteries for Samsung's upcoming flagship phones. Samsung and LG Chem are reportedly in talks to finalise a deal on this but it will take a while before Samsung confirms the winner. A Samsung executive has told the Maeil Business Newspaper that Samsung are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem.
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After initial reports of exploding Note 7 phones arrived, Samsung decided to replace Samsung SDI batteries with batteries manufactured by ATL, a Chinese battery-maker. Initially, Samsung SDI batteries were present in 70% of Galaxy Note 7 devices while the remaining 30% handsets featured ATL batteries. After replacements were completed, the new batteries also started exploding, prompting the company to state that the defect wasn't with the batteries but with something else. But for the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone, Samsung isn't taking any chances.
As per the report, LG is presently supplying smartphone camera modules to Samsung which suggests that it won't be the first time that Samsung will rely on LG's parts to power its smartphones. With the launch of the Galaxy S8 just three months away, we'll know very soon if LG Chem will win the contract to supply batteries for the Galaxy S8.
Samsung chose to test Note 7 batteries in-house over test labs
Aside from LG's batteries, Samsung's Galaxy S8 will also feature the company's next-gen 10nm Exynos processor with an advanced Mali-G71 GPU from ARM. The upcoming Exynos 8895 may sound like a minor upgrade to the Exynos 8890 but is in fact an entire new generation which may finally leave Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips in the dust. However, Qualcomm's next Snapdragon mobile processor may also be based on a 10nm FinFET process so it is likely that Samsung may use both sets of chips in the upcoming flagships and combine them with its new 10-nanometer LPDDR4 6GB smartphone RAM to offer the best performance and power efficiency a smartphone can offer.