Report: Samsung SDI Plant in Tianjin, China is in Flames

Samsung SDI

Unconfirmed reports coming from China claim that Samsung SDI plant in Tianjin is currently on fire. If this is true, Samsung is indeed in hot soup as this plant is expected to play a major role in the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships.

Last month, the South Korean tech giant announced that its Samsung SDI division will still be in charge of manufacturing batteries for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets – devices that are expected to be launched on March 29. With the plant in Tianjin on fire, it could deal a major blow to Samsung’s attempts to regain its lost glory thanks to what happened with the Galaxy Note 7 late last year.

Speaking of Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the company recently confirmed that batteries were the main problem behind the exploding Note 7 units. Given that Samsung SDI was also responsible for manufacturing these faulty batteries, seeing the plant on fire, just like the Galaxy Note 7, could trigger some unrests in the company’s smartphone division.

Samsung is reportedly set to ditch China’s Amperex Technology in favor of Japan’s Murata Manufacturing with respect to Galaxy S8 batteries, but this is not yet confirmed. Now that Samsung SDI is reportedly on fire, it remains to be seen if there will be any major impacts on the plant’s ability to supply enough batteries for the upcoming flagships.

As noted at the beginning, this report is not confirmed, but more details should come out in the coming hours. We’ll keep following and let you know what’s the status on the ground.

Meanwhile, reports coming from Korea claim that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will support between 7-8 languages via the new Bixby AI voice assistant at launch. This will be two or three more than what Google Assistant currently supports. The latter has English, German, Hindi, Portuguese and Brazilian on its list of supported languages, but the former will reportedly add Chinese and Korean to the list.

Furthermore, it is claimed that Bixby will not just be baked into the upcoming Galaxy S8 phones, however, future Samsung TVs, washing machines, and other home appliances will also be equipped with this digital assistant out of the box.

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