Samsung Electronics will use batteries supplied by its Samsung SDI branch for the Galaxy S8, according to a new report. The information arrives from The Investor, which claims that Samsung Electronics is seeking the SDI department’s services despite previously suspecting its batteries were responsible for the Galaxy Note 7’s overheating issue.

Samsung is said to have lost billions of dollars on the cancelled Galaxy Note 7 last year, following reports of it catching fire. After initially recalling the handset and replacing the batteries with an alternative from Chinese battery firm ATL, the phones continued to malfunction, leading Samsung to permanently cease production of the device.

Samsung is expected to reveal the cause of the problem this month, but it would appear that the SDI batteries were not chiefly responsible — if responsible at all — for the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire.

See also:

Battery maker Samsung SDI wants to make safety a priority

January 3, 2017

Meanwhile, Samsung is said to be readying 10 million Galaxy S8 units as it prepares for its April launch. The report arrives from Korean site Etnews which claims that initial parts will arrive at Samsung factories in February, with mass production beginning in March.

Samsung sold 10 million units of its Galaxy S7 the first month after its release last March, indicating that the Korean manufacturer could be similarly confident about the sales of its upcoming handset.

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  • Soundjudgment

    Queue the Samsung-haters for doing this in 3….2….1….

    • V-Phuc

      Are you a Samsung-lover?

      • RiTCHiE

        haha yea he must be one of them samsung sheeps.

  • mrochester

    By all accounts it doesn’t appear as if there was actually anything wrong with the SDI batteries anyway given the exploding issues happened with batteries from other suppliers too.

  • sanilaS siuL

    can’t wait. love me some curved screens

  • I hope, the S8 is not the used parts of Note 7.

  • V-Phuc

    As long as they have a vigorous QC/QA testing before release, battery from any brand is fine. SDI is their in-house, so cheaper therefore a greater margin of profit. Kind of easy to see their logic.

  • iCoerce

    Slightly Don’t care what samsung does with the S8. Mainly because my S7 camera lens just shattered. Haven’t dropped my phone. They have lost a lot of my trust.

    • RiTCHiE

      i have been hearing this also and it seems that a quick switch from hot to cold makes it crack. I have also problems with my s7 from day 1 with weird black screen freezes so i dont know if ill get a s8 or move back to sony or LG.

      • freddy

        Sony , LG ?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

        • S.L Jones

          Lol ignorant

      • iCoerce

        That’s what I originally thought. But my apartment stays at 74° for my infant. So I doubt that really happened.

    • CypherGate

      sounds impossible for a camera lens to shatter when it hasn’t been dropped or out under soke form of pressure. U literate first person I’ve heard of whose camera lens shattered.

      • iCoerce

        Google is most definitely your best friend because there’s an entire Samsung members entry with people saying it’s happening. I’ve even seen plenty of people on social media saying it… Would you also like any URLs?

        • CypherGate

          Hey iCoerce, No need. I actually went to have a look myself after posting and it’s quite sad that they don’t do anything about this as well.

          • iCoerce

            Agreed, I would easily pay to have it fixed if it were an isolated incident. But after seeing how many people are experiencing the issue i won’t budge until Samsung repairs it under warranty. Even then, I’m still purchasing a Oneplus 3T soon.

      • HotSauce GD

        my mom had a 6s (EW why wont she get android) and it had a damaged battery. screen and camera cracked

  • daftrok

    It was because of that stupid pen. It took too much space internally and they did not make the device thick enough to compensate for it. As a result, the huge 3500 mAh battery had very little clearance for expansion. This is what caused this to happen.

    • RiTCHiE

      Do you have any proof to back this up? Because your claim sounds pretty retarded.

      • S.L Jones


      • Eoin Mc Namara

        To be fair, that is what was tossed around by iFixit and others after tearing down the Note 7. It’s not official, but it doesn’t seem totally unreasonable.

        • RiTCHiE

          lol that means nothing but we gonna hear it soon because then samsung gonna release a official statement

    • HotSauce GD

      if only they made the phone a little more thicc ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Frederic St-Pierre

    Kaboooooooom ;)

  • LiquidAlloy

    Internal issues had to do with the batteries exploding. Might’ve been some circuitry shortening out on the charging board. That is what I believed was the problem. I personally never suspected the batteries to be the issue.

  • Ckc Chen

    Samsung has announced that the Android Nougat Software Update will be trying to reach to Galaxy S7/edge devices in the end of January 2017. However
    will the Galaxy S6/edge be receiving this software update mentioned as
    well? If this is possible, when will the devices receive it? Will the UI
    of the device changed to Grace UX (like those used in Galaxy Note 7
    & the beta program for Galaxy S7/edge) along with these features:

    1.) Always on display

    2.) Secure Folder

    3.) Samsung Pay

    4.) Samsung Cloud Service with 15GB of free storage upon signing up.

    Please address each cases as precisely as possible and give the UP-TO-DATE answers.

    Thank you in advance.

  • HotSauce GD

    the batteries were not the problem. it was that there was not enough space in the phone for the battery to “breath”