People walk past an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone on Nov. 1, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Sean Gallup—Getty Images
The report, which comes from HankYung, says that the battery supply will come 80 percent from Samsung’s own in-house battery supplier, and 20 percent from Murata Manufacturing in Japan. Reports previously said that LG Chem, one of Samsung’s rivals, would be supplying the other batteries, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Murata Manufacturing uses the factory from Sony’s old battery manufacturing business, which it took over last year.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to be displayed briefly at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in February, but a full display isn’t expected until late March. That gives Samsung time to finish working out the final manufacturing details, and hopefully make sure the batteries don’t explode like that of the 7.
Other than non-combustible batteries, an edge-to-edge bezel-free display and possibly an under-screen fingerprint sensor are expected to be the big stars of the Galaxy S8. With Samsung’s profits haven taken a big hit from the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, and Apple is ready to go big on the iPhone 8, this phone will be make-or-break for Samsung.
The Galaxy S8 will replace Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled globally last year after battery defects led to numerous phones catching fire.
Wrapping up its months-long probe, the smartphone maker said last month that faulty batteries from two suppliers—affiliate Samsung SDI and China's Amperex Technology—were to blame for the product's failure that wiped $5.3 billion off its operating profit.
Samsung's mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin, said in January that procedures had been put in place to avoid a repeat of the fires.
Samsung (ssnlf) and Murata did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside regular business hours.
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