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Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China

Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China
Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China
The South Korean conglomerate will instead look to local and Japanese manufacturers for all of its upcoming Galaxy S8 battery demands.

The impressive yet critically flawed Galaxy Note 7 carried batteries from Samsung subsidiary SDI and Hong Kong-based producer Amperex Technology (ATL). In a stroke of bad luck, the batteries from both manufacturers carried deficiencies that eventually led to the worldwide recall of the phablet.

Pressure is on the Galaxy S8 to meet expectations and, above all else, not explode under any circumstances. To accomplish this, reports are claiming that Samsung will be directly responsible for manufacturing 80 percent of the batteries to hopefully prevent another battery disaster.

So, what about the remaining 20 percent? The same reports from Asia say that the rest will no longer come from factories in China but from Japan instead. The Japanese Murata Manufacturing Company has been the go-to battery supplier for Sony's Xperia series and could be a potential supplier for the Galaxy S8 as well. Samsung is expected to implement an eight-point quality assurance check on its future batteries as a direct response to the Galaxy Note 7 recall.

An official reveal of the Galaxy S8 may come at MWC 2017 later this month. If not, Samsung's scheduled press conference on March 29 should hold even more surprises for the public.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-02- 6 (Update: 2017-02- 7)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.