Sony already provides a number of manufacturers with its camera sensors, for example you will find Sony’s image sensors in the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. However, it looks that Sony’s battery technology may also be sought after, if a report from the Wall Street Journal is anything to go by.
The WSJ is reporting that Samsung is turning to Sony as one of three battery suppliers for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship (the others being Amperex and Samsung SDI). After the debacle last year that was the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung wants to ensure it sees no more exploding phones.
The order placed with Sony is reportedly not as large as the other two suppliers, but symbolically it says a lot that Samsung perhaps does still not fully trust its own internal components for its upcoming flagship. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is due to launch on 29 March.