Samsung has faced a lot of heat this year owing to the explosive batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The South Korean manufacturer has learnt a lesson the hard way and is now considering to source batteries from LG Chem, which is the battery manufacturing arm of LG, for its next Galaxy Note, possibly called the Galaxy Note 8, along with all other smartphones launching in the future. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmedAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
Samsung has been discussing supply deals with battery makers since the recall of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 in October. But now adding to its existing partners, Samsung SDI and ATL, the company is in talks with LG Chem, a report on The Investor notes. According to the report, the talks have not been completed yet but there is a high probability of the two firms signing a deal. As it takes over six months to design, test, and produce batteries for a new smartphone, sources have indicated that the LG-made batteries could make it to the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones, making them the first Samsung smartphones to come powered by LG batteries. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
The Galaxy Note 7 smartphone houses batteries made by Samsung SDI and ATL. Both variants of the batteries suffered problems and were found to be explosion prone. Until now, Samsung hasn’t elaborated on what actually caused the batteries to heat up and explode. However, a recent report has claimed that Samsung is finally aware of the reason behind the explosive Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which has gotten the device banned in multiple airlines. Though, the company isn t ready to make a public announcement soon. ALSO READ: Samsung Pay reportedly set to debut in India in 2017; here s everything we know so far
There have been multiple reports about the possible reasons behind the Galaxy Note 7 explosions and one of them hints at Samsung s premature release of the Note 7 to compete the Apple iPhone 7. This not only led to grave inconsistencies in terms of design but also left the popular smartphone maker red-faced. Despite an embarrassing end to the year, the company has a positive outlook for 2017 and hopes it to be a tremendous brand, confidence rebuilding year .
Samsung s failure paved way for the improbable entry of Google with its self-branded Pixel smartphones in the industry. Having lost an edge in the premium smartphone category with the Note 7, the company is now betting its hope on the Galaxy S8 and the rumored Note 8 smartphones. The Galaxy S8, successor to the tremendously popular Galaxy S7, is expected to be the fate turner for the company. The smartphone is expected to feature a 5.5-inch 4K panel with dual-curved edges and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. ALSO READ: Samsung has found the reason behind Galaxy Note 7 explosions: Report
The smartphone is also expected to come with an optical fingerprint sensor and ditch the physical home button. It could also come in two chipsets one powered by Snapdragon 830 for the US and Exynos 8895 in other regions. There have been rumors about the Galaxy S8 featuring a 30-megapixel rear camera along with a 9-megapixel front-facing camera, but that conflicts with the dual camera setup at the back. Other speculated features include 4,200mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, wireless charging, rapid charging, and a built-in mini projector.
Although Samsung is now said to be working with LG Chem for the batteries in its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, analysts have recommended that the company should drop the drop the Note brand as consumers may still percieve it as dangerous even when the new version comes out. ALSO READ: After Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung hopes 2017 to be a tremendous brand, confidence rebuilding year