According to The Elec, Samsung Electronics will use batteries manufactured by Chinese company "ATL" for its upcoming folding smartphone.
Sources from The Elec revealed, the Korean technology giant plans to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2 later this year. If the information is correct, it will be the first time the company has used ATL batteries for its folding phones.

Samsung "expelled" the Chinese battery maker from its supply chain in 2017 following the Galaxy Note 7 explosion scandal. ATL batteries are believed to have caused these fires.

Since then, however, Samsung has reused the ATL battery and has also been used in the current Galaxy S21 series.

So far, the Korean conglomerate has only used Samsung SDI batteries for its foldable smartphones. Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G all use batteries exclusively manufactured by Samsung SDI.

However, the company is now using ATL batteries to save costs and diversify its suppliers. The Chinese battery manufacturer has received the technology from TDK (Japan) and its technology has been verified, a source close to.

Apple also uses batteries manufactured by ATL for its devices. Besides the Galaxy S series, Samsung also uses ATL batteries for the Galaxy A, Galaxy M, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds lineup.

The Korean conglomerate is also trying to expand production of its foldable smartphones. To do this, Samsung needs to cut component costs, from displays, ultra-thin glass (UTG) to batteries.

The battery used in smartphones costs about 10-15 USD per device. Since foldable phones typically have to use up to 2 batteries, this could add to the cost.

It is expected that Samsung will launch its new folding smartphone as early as July this year. The device is said to have an under-display camera, S Pen support, and LTPO TFT OLED panels.

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