Samsung considering purchase LG batteries for its entry-level and mid-range smartphones, a new report of claims in the Korean media. Although it may sound strange to many, this is not the first time Samsung has used LG batteries in its phones as many of the Galaxy S and Note series models were powered by batteries from (at the time) its South Korean competitor. According to the report (via SamMobile), Samsung is looking for a way to diversify purchasing sources for some phone components and reduce costs as much as possible. Until now, Samsung has been using batteries from China’s Amperex Technology Limited and Navitasis (Indian company between ATL and Japan’s TDK) for its low- and mid-end phone, but due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, major cities in China. Samsung is now trying to extend its battery partnership with LG to the Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones. Apparently, these batteries will be manufactured at LG Energy Solution’s plant in Nanjing and transferred to ITM Semiconductor’s local plant in Vietnam, where they will be packaged and delivered to a Samsung smartphone factory.
The report also mentions an industry official who says it is likely that ITM Semiconductor offered its services at an aggressive price rather than Samsung deliberately choosing LG Energy Solution to provide batteries for its Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones.