Samsung Galaxy S8 Batteries to be Supplied by Third-Party OEM, Probably LG

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Amid fears of another bad turn out with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge, Samsung is taking no chances with the 2017 flagship as far as the battery units are concerned.

According to the latest reports, the South Korean tech giant is considering sourcing the battery units that will power the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge from a third-party OEM. This comes after the Galaxy Note 7’s production was stopped by the company following numerous reports of explosions and fires regarding the flagship. While there have been expert suggestions that the battery unit of the Galaxy Note 7 was at fault as far as the fires and explosions are concerned, the Korean company has yet to come to the bottom of this problem.

Local reports from Korea claim that Samsung will opt to diversify its supply chain for the Galaxy S8 batteries, just so as to try and prevent a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. In a surprise turn of events, the company may likely tap the prowess of rival tech giant, LG, in solving its mysterious battery problems.

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Samsung is in line to lose up to $5 billion following the recall and subsequent halting of the Galaxy Note 7 production. In a bid to boost its 2017 sales, the company is taking no chances with the Galaxy S8, preferring to go for LG Chem batteries instead of depending on its in-house products alongside China’s ATL.

Even though LG might be set to benefit from the Galaxy Note 7 problems, there is no guarantee that if Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge batteries are supplied by LG, everything will be fine. In fact, it is hard to conclude that battery issues were the cause of the Note 7 explosions since the issue affected all units yet there were two different firms involved in the production of battery units – Samsung SDI and ATL from China.

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