Samsung could be turning to LG for help in supplying batteries for the Galaxy S8, following the number of exploding Galaxy Note 7s. Samsung's ill-fated phablet was barely on sale a month before production was stopped following a high number of overheating devices.
The Note 7 used batteries made by Samsung SDI, the company's battery making subsidiary and China's ATL. The Maeil Business Newspaper has now quoted a Samsung executive as saying Samsung is now "looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem".
There was a possibility Samsung could resource LG Chem batteries to help save the Galaxy Note 7, but it would have taken too long to develop and make the batteries.
A deal hasn't been struck yet, and it's likely Samsung is trying to evaluate all possible routes as it probably doesn't want to turn to a rival to help out if it can be helped.
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