Samsung Latest News & Update: Samsung Reportedly Planning To Use Rival LG Batteries In Future Phones

By CJ Estimada , Updated Dec 21, 2016 02:29 AM EST
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There's a big possibility that Samsung fans could see LG batteries in their Samsung phones by the second half of 2017, one tipster says. There is a strong chance consumers might see one starting in the Note 7's successor and not on the Galaxy S8 since it usually takes at least six months to design, manufacture and test batteries that go into new smartphones. Apparently, Samsung plans to use batteries from LG Chemical in smartphones beginning next year in a deal that could break decades of bitter deadlock between the two multinationals.

A Strong Chance LG Will Start Supplying Smartphone Batteries To Samsung

The Korean tech giant has been in talks with the largest Korean chemical company since it had to stop using batteries from its own affiliate Samsung SDI after the debacle surrounding the combustible Galaxy Note 7 phone in October. According to Reuters, Samsung is determined to avoid another Galaxy Note 7-style disaster, and that may lead it to make strange bedfellows. Sources from ChosunIlbo claim that Samsung is in serious talks with LG Chem about using its Korean arch-rival's batteries in smartphones.

LG And Samsung To Seal A Historic Battery Deal

Rivals Samsung and LG have not commented on the rumors, so it's important to take the report with a grain of salt despite " very productive talks", shares an industry insider. Nonetheless, the supplier shift reportedly reflects a fundamental change in attitude at Samsung, which has suffered both a bruised ego and financial damage as a result of the Note 7 mess.

The electronics giant can no longer afford to let "emotions get in the way," an undisclosed executive tells Chosunilbo- it's not worth jeopardizing products simply to be vindictive with LG. Between this and a recent switch to LG for LCDs as prompted after Japan's Sharp decided to stop supplying it, Samsung may no longer be so proud that it risks hurting itself to hurt its competitors, cites Engadget.

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