After the discontinuation of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7, Samsung seems to circumspect with the next-gen flagship Galaxy S8. The latest report from Wall Street Journal claims that Samsung is planning to bring Sony as its next battery supplier for the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphones. According to the report, the South Korean tech company has selected Sony as the third battery supplier for the next-generation flagship. Japan’s Sony Corporation will be the third company to provide the lithium-ion batteries for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone, the WSJ report said, citing people familiar with the matter. The units ordered, however, are reportedly smaller than the ones placed with other two battery suppliers, Samsung’s own affiliate SDI and China’s Amperex for the Galaxy Note 7 units.
A recent report claimed that Samsung is reportedly in discussion of replacing one of the Galaxy Note 7 battery suppliers with Japan’s Murarta Manufacturing Company. However, Samsung’s own affiliate SDI have already started production of batteries which suggests that the Chinese battery supplier Amperex could most likely be ditched to avoid repeating the battery crisis. The company last month gave an official explanation behind the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 units catching fire blaming solely on the faulty batteries. Samsung has since announced various safety measures and measures to avoid battery overheating issues.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 global recall triggered a major setback for the company. The fiasco adversely affected the company’s reputation and finance. Apparently, the South Korean electronics giant has been exploring various battery suppliers to avoid risking any faults for the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8.
Samsung’s new smartphone Galaxy S8 is expected to be launched by the end of March this year. The phone is rumoured to go on sale by April 21.