After going through a couple of separate issues related to the battery for its latest phablet offering, it would make sense for Samsung to try to start over with a clean slate in terms of looking for a battery supplier for its flagship devices. According to a report published by Koreans news website Han Kyung, the tech giant may be doing exactly that. The company is reportedly approaching Murata Manufacturing Company, a Japan based battery manufacturer, to produce the batteries for its highly awaited Galaxy S8 smartphone.
Samsung had to deal with two recalls for its Galaxy Note 7 last year, due to complaints from mobile users regarding overheating incidents and even battery explosions. More than a week ago, the South Korean phone maker has since come clean regarding the cause of the problems, and it can be traced to defects in the battery. Amperex Technology, a Chinese battery supplier to Samsung, has admitted that it had supplied the defective replacement batteries for the Galaxy Note 7.
To Samsung’s credit, the company has smartly proceeded to making some changes to its protocol for battery testing. While adopting a new testing procedure for batteries is a wise thing to do, selecting a new battery supplier would certainly add another layer of security, that is, if the new battery supplier being chosen is reliable. The Galaxy S8 could launch a few months from now, and if Samsung wants to regain its title as the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices, its next flagship device needs to be 100 percent explosion free.
Enter Murata Manufacturing -- the talk is that the Japanese firm will become the secondary battery supplier behind Samsung SDI (Samsung’s own battery making business). Last year, Murata had completed its acquisition of Sony’s battery production subsidiary, and the company should be putting that purchase to good use if it is indeed true that it will be building the batteries for the upcoming Galaxy S8.
Speaking of Samsung’s next flagship device, mobile users around the world are now starting to get excited as rumors continue to surface in the interwebs. The company has made it clear that the smartphone will not be making its debut during this year’s Mobile World Congress (which will kick off on February 27th in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain), but there is speculation that Samsung will be teasing its latest Galaxy offering anyway. The device is also rumored to be launching in March, with shipping dates possibly in April.
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