A new report has just surfaced on the Wall Street Journal, and if it is accurate, Samsung is actually planning to source Galaxy S8 battery packs from Sony as well. The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco hurt Samsung quite a bit, not only did the company's reputation suffered, but they've also lost a lot of cash because of it, and as you probably already know, batteries were to blame for Galaxy Note 7's issues. That being said, it seems like Samsung is looking to diversify their battery supply chain in order to avoid such issues moving forward, read on.
Both Samsung SDI and ATL supplied batteries for the Galaxy Note 7, and it seems like all those batteries had some sort of unwanted defects, which ultimately hurt the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung in general. Well, it seems like three companies will supply batteries for the Galaxy S8, Samsung SDI will remain one of the suppliers, as that is Samsung's very own company, and in addition to it, Japan's Murata Manufacturing and Sony will as well, at least if rumors are to be believed. Murata Manufacturing is a Japan-based company which was mentioned in this context a couple of weeks ago, and now Sony seems to be a part of the picture as well. It is possible Samsung will reveal more information about this moving forward, though do keep in mind that companies usually don't reveal such info. This is a rather odd situation, though, due to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, all eyes will be on Samsung when they announce the Galaxy S8, and people will probably pay special attention to the phone's battery, so Samsung may opt to share more details beforehand this time around, we'll see.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, and its larger sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus, will not launch during Samsung's press conference at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Samsung had confirmed that recently, and the two devices will probably launch in late March or early April. In any case, Samsung is rumored to announce the Galaxy S8 launch date during MWC 2017, so we'll at least get some info during the tradeshow. These two phones will ship with Android Nougat, while they'll be fueled by the Snapdragon 835. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will probably ship without a physical home key, which is something we're not used to seeing when it comes to Samsung's smartphones.