Samsung are looking to make amends for after the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 release and are looking to outside partners to offer them some assistance for the batteries for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and LG are reportedly in pole position.
The Korea Herald which reported that Samsung are looking to move away from their current suppliers – Chinese firm ATL as well as their own in-house unit – Samsung SDI.
The Herald quotes a Samsung executive saying: “We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem”.
After being plagued by problems with the Galaxy Note 7 the company announced a full recall as well the cessation of production with financial incentives such as other products and refunds being offered.
Only in the last few weeks we have seen the burning of a hotel room, the inside of a Jeep becoming incinerated as well as a device bursting into flames in a man’s pocket.
It is also a federal crime in the US to carry a Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight with Lufthansa, Qantas, and Thai Airways also banning the device.
The fallout from has lead to suggestions that Samsung will significantly scale down production 2017.
Some sources have claimed that the fact that the company had two high-end flagship devices may have contributed to the problems.
Rumours suggest that they may only focus on the Galaxy S8 which may spell the end for the Note device.
The fear is that any major scaling back by Samsung may impact heavily on other suppliers and partner companies who rely heavily on the firm’s patronage for hardware production.