The latest leaks out of South Korea comes as no surprise as Samsung is looking to enlist the best of the best to produce the battery that will provide the juice for the Galaxy Note 8. According to a meeting between LG Chem and Samsung that would mean a new manufacturer for the batteries which could debut in the Note 8 which would help provide some reassurance for some very uncertain consumers.
With the battery overheating issues seen in the Galaxy Note 7, it’s believed that Samsung has been looking for different alternatives for the Galaxy Note 8. Sammy used two different types of batteries in the Note 7 including the Samsung SDI and ATL batteries, but a we all know both of them proved to be, well, too hot.
There has been no definitive reason for the Note 7 explosions, but it’s almost certainly attributed to a faulty battery or at least the components leading to it. With this in mind, Samsung met with LG which has become one of their biggest competitors not just in South Korea where both are based, but throughout the world. Although the partnership has yet to be finalized, it’s fully expected to become official in the next couple of weeks.
Design, testing and mass production of the battery would take about 6 months. As long as the partnership was finalized relatively soon, we will see the battery debut in the Note 8. With a launch expected as early as September of 2017 the timing with the partnership would be perfect for the next Phablet.
Other leaks suggest that Samsung and LG are also in talks about LG mass producing LCD screens for some of Sammy’s upcoming smartphones and tablets. The latest leaks also come as no surprise as Sharp, who has been supplying many of Samsung’s LCD screens in recent years has openly stated their partnership will end sometime in 2017.
With two of the biggest names within the tech industry working on the same handheld, we fully expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Note to be bigger and better, but most importantly, much cooler than the last.