According to a report published by Reuters, Samsung is said to be involved in talks with LG in having the latter supply smartphone batteries for the former. The world’s biggest seller of smartphones clearly does not want another Galaxy Note 7disaster in its hands, and it is looking to fellow South Korean tech giant to produce batteries for its next phablet offerings.
Right now, Samsung gets its batteries for its Galaxy Note lineup of devices from its Samsung SDI, and from Amperex Technology, a battery manufacturer based in China. But after the failure of its latest phablet model, Samsung may have felt it was time to widen the range of its existing battery suppliers. Officially, no deal has been struck yet with LG -- but Reuters cites industry insiders that claim the talks have been very productive so far, which means that LG could start producing batteries for Samsung by the third or fourth quarter of next year.
The failure of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is well documented, with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission officially announcing a recall of the phablet after the South Korean phone maker had received more than 90 reports of overheating and even exploding batteries in the US alone, plus 26 reports of burn injuries and 55 reports of property damage, some due to the device going up in flames. Samsung had tried to release a second wave of Galaxy Note 7 units, supposedly with safe batteries. However, the tech giant was forced to issue another recall after a replacement unit overheated while aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. As reported by Reuters, the problem in the first wave of Galaxy Note 7 phablets was said to be caused by a defect in the batteries manufactured by Samsung SDI. As for the second recall, the issues with the batteries were attributed to batteries produced by Amperex Technology.
More than a week ago, Samsung had revealed that it was going to roll out a software update that would render every remaining unsurrendered Galaxy Note 7 unit useless. This was an effort to get owners of the phablet to return their device, even if their unit did not exhibit any sign of overheating batteries. Most of the major US mobile operators had supported the software deployment, except for industry leader Verizon Wireless who had initially refused, but later reversed its decision, opting to roll out the software at its end beginning early next month.
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