Samsung reportedly in discussion with Japanese supplier for Galaxy S8 batteries

As per the report, Japan's Murata Manufacturing Company could be the new supplier for Samsung Galaxy S8 batteries.

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Highlights

    • Samsung might switch to a new supplier for Galaxy S8 batteries.
    • Japan’s Murata Manufacturing to be the new supplier.
    • Faulty batteries behind Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

Samsung recently gave an official explanation behind the cause of Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The company solely blamed the faulty batteries that cause the Galaxy Note 7 units to catch fire. Following the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7’s global recall, Samsung now seems to ditch one of the battery suppliers to avoid the similar blowout.

A new report from the Japan-based Nikkei business daily claim that Samsung is in talks with the Japanese company Murata Manufacturing for a supply deal for its next flagship smartphone Galaxy S8’s batteries. Samsung had two battery suppliers for its Galaxy Note 7 units- one was from Samsung’s own SDI while the other supplier was China’s Amperex Technology. As per the report, Samsung might replace Amperex with Murata as the second supplier of batteries.

The Chinese manufacturer Amperex Technology was the supplier of replacement Galaxy Note 7 batteries which were also prone to combust, CNET cited in a report.

Although Samsung and Murata did not respond to requests for comment, Samsung might not ditch its own affiliate over the Chinese supplier. As the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco wiped $5.3 billion off its operating profit (via Reuters), Samsung would likely want to take another risk for its upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone.

Previously, Samsung claimed that it would not unveil the Galaxy S8 at its pre-MWC event 2017. However, a recent leak report said that Samsung is expected to showcase a minute long video teaser of the Galaxy S8 during its MWC event in Barcelona. Rumours also suggest that the phone will likely be launched in late March and will go on sale in mid-April.

With Reuters inputs.