Samsung may Dump Chinese Battery Maker ATL over Note7 Fires & Take on Japan's Murata as Backup for Galaxy S8
On January 22 Samsung finally revealed the final results explaining the cause of the fires in the Galaxy Note7. Samsung's experts revealed why both manufacturer batteries failed, forcing them to remove the product from market. The odds of two top battery maker batteries failing were one in a million but it happened. The result of that appears to have left Samsung looking to replace one battery supplier as a backup supplier for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 to make it appear like they're making changes since the Note7 fires. It's a clean slate marketing move and one that's understandable.
According to several new Korean reports published today on this story, Samsung Electronics is reportedly considering the use of Japanese batteries in its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone. This seems a follow-up measure after the company announced to seek for a third battery supplier after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco last year.
According to Samsung Electronics and industry sources on Feb. 2, the company is considering a plan to be supplied with lithium polymer batteries for the Galaxy S8 to be launched in April from Japan's Murata Manufacturing Co. Murata Manufacturing acquired Sony's battery manufacturing subsidiary in June last year.
An official from Samsung Electronics said, "We are still discussing whether to use Japanese batteries additionally while using Samsung SDI's batteries first. We haven't still decided yet whether to use batteries from China's ATL at the same time."
Yet a second source said that a Samsung official was quoted as saying by Seoul Economic Daily that "We are considering Murata as a possible battery supplier together with Samsung SDI. We have not yet decided on the use of ATL batteries."
ATL accounted for 30% of Samsung's battery supply and so Murata may be replacing ATL as backup supplier should demand for the Galaxy S8 call for such a move. Whether Samsung is serious about the shift or is using the news as a tactic to obtain lower prices from ATL is unknown at this time.
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