According to Weibo, Samsung is evaluating whether its upcoming foldable smartphone will use batteries from Chinese battery maker ATL.
According to TheElec, if Samsung Electronics’ mobile division agrees, the Galaxy Z-series foldable phone will use ATL’s batteries for the first time.
So far, most of the batteries Samsung has used in the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold series have been supplied by affiliate Samsung SDI.
According to reports, Samsung may consider ATL as a supplier of its folding screen machine to save costs. Analysts in South Korea expect Samsung to lower the price of its latest foldable phone later this year.
Battery costs account for about 5% of smartphone manufacturing costs. This is not a critical factor when a company decides the price of a product. However, Samsung Electronics can use ATL to lower the unit price of Samsung SDI, an existing supplier.
In addition, Samsung plans to use LG Energy Solutions’ batteries on its latest foldable phone.