It's been recently reported that Samsung has decided to use batteries manufactured by Sony for its new Galaxy S8 smartphone. The company hopes to avoid a repeat disaster of last year's Note 7.
An unknown source stated that the new smartphone would feature Lithium-ion battery packs from the Japanese manufacturer, in addition to its two other suppliers; China's Amperex Technologies and a Samsung partner, which both also supplied batteries for the Note 7. The new handset will be the first phone to launch after the exploding phablet, and the company is making sure that it won't happen again.
Samsung also will delay the launch of the Galaxy S8 from late February to late March to tackle with the Galaxy Note 7 failure and to avoid any battery issue shortly. Samsung confirmed that a series of additional battery tests would be done to prevent accidents in the future.
A year ago, the company reportedly was forced to recall 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s and ended the device after many units exploded. The device was replaced with new batteries and returned to customers, but apparently, it had the same issue. Samsung was forced to start the second appeal after finding out that the new batch of batteries caused some units to ignite.
On the other hand, Sony is in the process of selling its battery units to Murata, a separate Japan-based company that was also speculated to make battery units for the new flagship phone. LG was also speculated to manufacture batteries for Samsung.
Samsung adopting Sony batteries for their new flagship phone is a good move. Sony's batteries use another material, they are more heat-resistant, and at the same time, they are also less energy efficient.
According to speculations, not all units of the Galaxy S8 will be using Sony's batteries. Also, Samsung's new flagship smartphone is said to launch at an event in New York next month.