The Samsung Galaxy S8 may feature batteries manufactured by Sony, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The manufacturer is expected to move away from the battery suppliers Samsung SDI and Amperex Technology Limited, which supplied batteries for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
Few details are know about the collaboration outside of Sony reportedly supplying the lithium-ion battery modules for the 2017 flagship devices. Sony may never be confirmed as a Galaxy S8 battery supplier as Samsung typically does not divulge such information, according to SamMobile. However, it is common for details to surface among rumors. Recent reports also indicate Samsung may use batteries from the Japanese vendor, Murata Manufacturing.
Some rumors suggest the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus may house 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries respectively. Other rumors have suggested 3,250mAh and 3,750mAh battery capacities. Neither reports have been confirmed at this time.
The Galaxy S8 will also be subjected to rigorous quality assurance tests before being released to the market. Samsung announced in January, an eight-point safety check protocol to ensure the battery issues that plagued the Galaxy Note 7 do not occur again.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to feature a design similar to the Galaxy Note 7, with phablet-sized screens compressed into the frame of a smaller, slate-like handset. Rumors suggest the Galaxy S8 may have a 5.7-inch or 5.8-inch display and the Galaxy S8 Plus may have a 6.2-inch display, while being not much larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7.