Samsung is likely to use batteries from LG Energy Solution on its new foldable smartphones launching later this year, TheElec has learned.
Samsung’s MX Business, the name of its mobile business, was reviewing using LG Energy Solution’s small-sized pouch batteries on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, sources said.
The South Korean tech giant has been using LG Energy Solution’s batteries since 2019. They were used in the Galaxy S and Note smartphone series.
If Samsung approves the use of LG Energy Solution’s batteries for Fold 4, which is likely, it will be the first time that it is using their batteries on a foldable smartphone, the sources said.
Even if the tech giant ultimately decides against the plan, LG Energy Solution is highly likely to become a supplier of batteries for foldable phones next year, they added, as the batteries have been well received by MB Business.
Up to last year, Samsung has used batteries from Samsung SDI exclusively when it came to its foldable smartphones.
Besides Samsung SDI and LG Energy Solution, the tech giant will also likely use ATL's batteries for its upcoming foldable phones, the sources added.
Using LG Energy Solution will give it a benefit in terms of cost-saving. Samsung is using more original development manufacturers to handle its smartphone production. These ODMs, based in China, mostly use local suppliers ATL and BYD for their smartphones. This pressures Samsung to maintain costs in other phones it makes on its own on the same level as these.