The company responsible for some of the exploding batteries inside the Galaxy Note 7 phablet was tapped to make the batteries headed to Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy S8. Should you be worried?
According to Korean site MK, the batteries Samsung SDI provided for the Galaxy Note 7 actually were not responsible for overheating and blowing up. That’s certainly an interesting conclusion of an investigation that’s yet to be made public. Reports said that Samsung is going to announce what caused the explosions at some point between January 10th and the end of the month.
Since being excluded from the Galaxy Note 7 supply chain following the first recall, Samsung SDI has focused on improving quality testing, the report says. Galaxy Note 7 phones continued to explode even after Samsung SDI batteries were replaced with batteries made by ATL. At the time, Samsung indicated that ATL batteries were not responsible for the explosions that followed the first recall.
The report goes on to note that Samsung SDI was contracted to provide batteries for several Samsung phones, including the recently announced Galaxy A (2017) models and the Galaxy S8.
Samsung SDI supposedly said in a statement that the Galaxy S8 will have Samsung SDI batteries inside. MK says that the Samsung affiliate will supply 65% of Samsung’s battery needs for premium smartphones this year. Samsung is also in talks with other battery providers, including LG Chem and Japan TDK.