Samsung in talks with LG Chem for new smartphone batteries

Samsung Electronics and LG Chem are discussing ways to supply batteries to the company’s new smartphones starting next year


Samsung Electronics blamed faulty batteries for the problem in their flagship device Galaxy Note 7, which were recalled from the market. Photo: Bloomberg
Samsung Electronics blamed faulty batteries for the problem in their flagship device Galaxy Note 7, which were recalled from the market. Photo: Bloomberg

Bengaluru: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is in talks with LG Chem Ltd to supply batteries for its new smartphones, the Nikkei newspaper reported, said people familiar with the matter.

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, scrapped production of the their flagship device Galaxy Note 7 and said the decision would take a hit to its operating profit of about $3 billion over the next two quarters.

The company had blamed faulty batteries for the original problem in its flagship device, but has given no indication about the cause of the overheating seen in the replacements.

The companies are discussing ways to supply batteries to Samsung’s new smartphones starting next year, the report said.

Samsung’s subsidiary, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd, is the dominant battery supplier for the Note 7, supplying around 70% of the batteries globally, according to analyst estimates.

Samsung and LG Chem were not immediately available for comment. Reuters

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