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Samsung looks to LG Chem as potential smartphone battery supplier

The two companies are reportedly in talks to put the fire-prone power sources in the electronics giant’s past.

Following massive problems with smartphone battery safety, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is reportedly now in talks with LG Chem Ltd to become a new supplier. This was originally reported in the Nikkei newspaper, which also cited reputable sources.

The largest smartphone maker in the world was forced to dump its new flagship device due to battery fires.

Recently, Samsung reported that ceasing production due to the faulty smartphone battery will cost them an estimated $3 billion over the next two quarters. The Galaxy Note 7 power source proved to be prone to bursting into flames and despite recalls and replacements, it could not be salvaged.

Smartphone Battery - SamsungThe original problem had to do with the mobile device batteries overheating. Therefore, replacement devices started to be distributed among those who had already purchased a Galaxy Note 7. However, the problems didn’t stop there. Soon, reports were issued of overheating devices occurring among the replacements, too.

Samsung has not specified whether the smartphone battery was also the cause of the replacement problems.

So far, Samsung has not provided any information as to what they think the cause of the problems with the replacements might be. That said, it does appear to be looking into an alternative source of mobile device batteries for future smartphones.

Samsung and LG Chem are talking about the various ways in which new batteries can be supplied to upcoming smartphones. The report in the Nikkei newspaper said that this would begin with the new smartphones that are launched in 2017.

Samsung SDI Co Ldt, a subsidiary of the electronics giant, is currently the leading supplier of phone batteries for the Galaxy Note 7. It was responsible for providing about 70 percent of the smartphone’s batteries worldwide. This, according to estimates presented by analysts.

At the time of the writing of this article, the specific details of the smartphone battery talks between Samsung and LG Chem were not released. Moreover, the two companies were not available for immediate comment outside their standard business hours.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Dead?

Several reports indicate that the Korean electronics company is suspending production of the device.

Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch, the company has faced one nightmare after the next. The problems may have just reached a new high point. Yonhap News, the largest news agency in South Korea, reports a suspension of the company’s flagship smartphone.

The South Korean News agency cited a source inside Samsung’s supply chain.

The source, who remained anonymous, explained that “This measure includes a Samsung plant in Vietnam that is responsible for global shipments (of the Galaxy Note 7).” At the time of the writing of this article, an official confirmation of the suspension of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 production had not been made.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - Image of Samsung mobile phoneThat said, it would not be impossible to believe that this step would be taken. The new flagship smartphone from Samsung has seen nothing but problems since its first launch. This included safety problems in the United States.

Both AT&T and T-Mobile stopped selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 when several caught fire.

There were five separate incidents in the United States in which the Samsung smartphones caught fire. This was reportedly a problem with the battery. Moreover, an Australian telecom company called Telstra may also be doing the same thing. The Verge reported that it had access to a memo from the company saying the Galaxy Note 7 would soon be withdrawn not only from its own shelves, but from stores worldwide.

As published on The Verge, the memo explained that “Samsung has temporarily paused the supply of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a reported incident in a replacement phone in the US. Samsung is confident in the replacement Note 7 and says they have no reason to believe it’s not safe.” That said, it also indicated that it would be progressing to create a “replacement Note 7.” No further information was shared about that mobile device.

On October 10th, Reuters reported that the electronics giant confirmed it would be “adjusting shipment volumes.” This move was being made to give the company the opportunity to hold in-depth inspections and to ensure proper quality control was in place. That said, it did not say anything further about ceasing the production of its product.