Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China
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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.