The uproar over the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has yet to die down, but tech watchers are already on the lookout for Samsung’s next move as the South Korean company is said to be thinking outside the box for the Galaxy S8.
With the global recall for the Note 7 reportedly costing Samsung as much as $5 billion, the tech company is said to be doing all it can to prevent the same thing from happening with its upcoming flagship to be launched next year. While the Galaxy S8 is rumored to come with never-before-seen features and new technology, it seems that Samsung is addressing the root of the Note 7’s problem as the tech company is reportedly considering LG as a new battery supplier for its upcoming device.
According to a report from The Korea Herald, Samsung is considering using LG Chem batteries for its next flagship. This partnership is said to be a move to diversify Samsung’s battery suppliers other than Samsung SDI and China’s Amperex Technology Limited (ATL).
A Samsung executive was quoted by Maeil Business Newspaper as saying, “We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem.”
Reports about the Galaxy Note 7 units catching fire or exploding first made headlines in September. Samsung said that the faulty batteries made by Samsung SDI were the cause of overheating and exploding units. After the worldwide recall of the smartphone, Samsung decided to stop production and sales of the Note 7 last week. As part of the recall, Samsung even set up kiosks outside selected airports where Note 7 owners can exchange their devices and transfer their data to their new phone, as the Note 7 has been officially banned from all U.S. airlines.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to have an iris scanner and an edge-to-edge display without a physical home button. It is also claimed to have a 4K resolution, dual lens cameras, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset. It is expected to be released on Feb. 26 at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Berlin.