Samsung Electronics will be applying LG Chem’s battery cells to all smartphones included in its Galaxy S20 lineup, the new flagship series to be revealed on March 6, industry sources said Feb. 5.
This would mark the first time for LG Chem cells to be applied to the entire lineup. Samsung SDI will also be supplying battery cells to the new phones.
The batteries going into the standard Galaxy S20 model will have a capacity of 4000mAh, while the plus will have 4500mAh and the ultra, 5000mAh. Due to the bigger capacity, Protection Module Package was applied, with the packaging handled at South Korean supplier ITM Semiconductor’s Vietnam plant. The cells will be produced from LG Chem’s plant in Nanjing of China.
LG Chem has been producing battery cells for Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy series over the past few years, mostly for mid and low-tier models. The cells began to be applied to the flagship models since the Galaxy S10 in 2019.
Before the Galaxy Note 7, China’s ATL had been the main supplier of battery cells for Samsung’s flagship smartphones. But ATL wasn’t chosen for the S20 series. For the cheaper models such as the Galaxy A and M lineup, BYD was chosen.
LG Chem has set up a joint venture in China to ramp up its small-sized battery business. Focused mostly on cyclical and polymer batteries, the JV was aimed at increasing shipment.
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