Samsung is evaluating whether its upcoming foldable smartphone will use batteries from Chinese battery maker ATL.
According to TheElec, the Galaxy Z series of foldable phones will use ATL batteries for the first time if Samsung Electronics’ mobile division agrees.
To date, Samsung has used most of the batteries in its Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold lines supplied by affiliate Samsung SDI.
The report said Samsung may consider ATL as a supplier for its folders to save costs. South Korean analysts expect Samsung to cut the price of its latest foldable phone, due out later this year.
Batteries account for about 5% of the cost of making a smartphone. This is not a key factor when companies decide the price of their products. However, Samsung Electronics can lower the unit price of its existing supplier Samsung SDI by using ATL.
Samsung also plans to use batteries from LG Energy Solutions in its latest foldable phones.