Samsung may look to a rival for to provide batteries for its next smartphones.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was prone to overheating and catching fire. Early indications suggest it might have been batteries developed by Samsung and another provider that were at fault. In a possible effort to make sure that doesn’t happen again, Samsung is reportedly looking to LG for help.
Reuters said on Thursday that Samsung is “in talks” with LG Chem for new smartphone batteries. LG Chem is just one massive arm under the even larger LG Corporation, its parent company, but it’s apparent Samsung is willing to go to any means possible to find safe batteries.
The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has spoiled the company’s brand name in the eyes of some of its most important customers: the ones willing to spend top dollar for its flagship smartphones. Failure can’t be an option for any other smartphone, but especially the forthcoming Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 is expected sometime in February, unless Samsung decides to move the launch to earlier in the year, though rushing the Galaxy S8 doesn’t seem like a prudent move.
LG Chem might not sound as familiar as LG, the parent company, but its batteries are used all over the place. LG Chem has long provided lithium ion batteries for everything from cars to smartphones, tablets and laptops. It even offers batteries used for wearables and, before the Apple Watch launched, rumor had it LG Chem was working to supply its special “stepped up” batteries for that wearable. Later, LG Chem developed a special hexagonal smartwatch battery that fits better in circular smartwatches.
LG Chem could supply the batteries for the Galaxy S8
LG Chem is a possible partner for Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone. Reuters said the two companies are discussing a partnership wherein Samsung may use LG Chem’s batteries “starting next year.” A February launch of the Galaxy S8 would fit that bill pretty well, but only if LG Chem has a solution that’s ready for Samsung’s next smartphone, which we presume is already pretty far along in development.
Reuters said neither company confirmed its report. I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung is shopping around, though.