Samsung may have driven LG out of the smartphone market, but it’s more than happy to source components from LG’s battery division for its own smartphones. A new report out of South Korea claims that Samsung is looking to source more batteries from its historic rival.
The company is reportedly willing to use LG batteries in both its entry-level and premium smartphones. This isn’t the first time that Samsung is relying on LG for a crucial component used in its smartphones.
LG may supply more smartphone batteries to Samsung
Reports indicate that Samsung’s mobile division is considering buying batteries from LG Energy Solution to use in the Galaxy A and Galaxy M handsets. The company has been using LG batteries since 2019, including in some of its best-selling smartphones from the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series.
Cost reduction is said to be one of the primary reasons why Samsung wants to use more LG batteries. This will also enable the company to diversify its procurement sources. Samsung has largely been relying on batteries from China’s Amperex Technology Limited, BYD and Navitasis for its entry-level smartphones. As supply issues still persist due to frequent lockdowns in China, an effort to diversify sources will ensure that Samsung’s production doesn’t face any disruptions.
The batteries that LG supplies to Samsung will likely be made at the company’s Nanjing plant. They will then be transferred to ITM Semiconductor’s local plant in Vietnam where the batteries will be packaged and the protection circuits will be assembled before they’re sent over to Samsung’s smartphone plant. As many of you might be aware, most Samsung phones are made in Vietnam.
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