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Samsung Vs LG Again: The Race To Win Battery Clients In Korea

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Today, developments in the direction of new technologies are observed in all fields. The same goes for batteries, following the trend that large companies are moving towards cylindrical or hollow batteries from pouch-type or prismatic batteries. This change is attributed to the fact that prismatic batteries are cheaper and safer, as they do not catch fire easily.  

Currently, there are three major players in the industry in Korea, namely Samsung SDI, LG Energy Solutions, and SK On, with the last one not manufacturing cylindrical-type batteries. This causes the rivalry between the former two to play out. 

The Cylindrical Batteries;

These batteries are 46mm in diameter, and their rumoured height is 80mm, a 4680-type increase in energy density five times and output six times, resulting in a cost reduction of up to 50%. Also, rumours suggest possibly producing a 40-60 mm type battery.

  • As electric vehicles grow in popularity, industry pioneers like Tesla and BMW are moving towards cylindrical batteries. 
  • This will lead to competition between LG Energy Solutions and Samsung SDI, two of South Korea’s top battery manufacturers, which are also competing for the EV camera modules for the same company in the longer run.

LG & Tesla ;

Tesla already declared that it’ll utilize the “4680” round and hollow battery, and LG is one of Tesla’s main battery providers. 

In mid-June, LG said it’ll spend around 580 billion won ($440 million) on building cylindrical battery lines in its Ochang plant in North Chungcheong to create 4680 battery cells yearly of 9 gigawatt-hours. 

The battery will be supplied to Tesla in the next half of the year. The company purchased an additional site in Ruler Rivulet, Arizona, to build an 11 gigawatt-hour plant for round and hollow core batteries. The company bought a location in Ruler Rivulet, Arizona, to build an 11-gigawatt-hour plant for round and hollow batteries. It initially said the company would add up to 1.7 trillion won within the plant, despite an undisclosed and under consideration investment budget.

SDI & Tesla;

Industry reviewers say BMW could be a customer for Samsung SDI cylindrical-type batteries. 

“Although Samsung SDI is still undecided on the height, it is certain that the company is targeting Tesla, the No. 1 electric vehicle manufacturer with a rival in the global market.” 

-Lee Ho-Geun, professor of engineering at Daeduk University. 

SDI & BMW;

Samsung SDI CEO Choi and Samsung Electrics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong held an assembly with Oliver Zipse, chairman of BMW, as Samsung SDI is building an office for the pilot generation of 4680 round and hollow batteries in its Cheonan plant in South Chungcheong. 

There are also plans for further investment in the Seremban plant in Malaysia is ongoing, although no details have been announced. 

“Due to later fire issues with the pouch-type batteries, round and hollow batteries are regaining attention,” It will be another enormous thing within the EV battery industry for a while.” 

-Lee, professor at Daeduk university.

Currently, SDI or Samsung Digital Interface is supplying prismatic batteries to BMW, which will switch to supplying cylindrical batteries as Lee visited BMW representatives in early June for an agreement to supply batteries for BMW

Samsung has also pushed its SDI subsidiary to promote the development of cylindrical batteries and, in addition to its other subsidiaries, to conduct research on electric vehicles.

Future predictions;

If we base predictions on SNE Investigate research, then by 2022, cylindrical batteries will account for 19% of the global electric vehicle battery market, which is expected to reach 26% by 2030. 

However, at the same time, the market share of the type of prismatic battery will fall from 55% to 43%. 

Stellaris NV and Samsung SDI (Samsung Digital Interface) also announced that they would establish an electric vehicle battery production facility in Kokomo, Indiana, USA. The plant aims to have an initial annual production capacity of 23 gigawatt hours (GWh), expected to increase by 33 GWh over the next few years with an investment of more than 2.5 billion USD and can gradually increase to 3.1 billion USD. 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Live Image Surfaces Online

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For Samsung’s foldable enthusiasts, especially those who are eagerly waiting for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6, here’s a small glimpse for you. 

Leaks and rumors always spoil the surprises regarding upcoming Galaxy devices that Samsung hides for its big events, such as Galaxy Unpacked. The same case has happened for the Galaxy Z Fold 6 unit since rumors unveiled a small glimpse of what looks like a real Galaxy Z Fold 6. A leaked image showcases the actual look of the device. 

However, in the image, only the top of the smartphone is visible, so there’s not enough to guess more here, but something is better than nothing, as this image confirms that the Galaxy Z Fold 6’s design will be flatter and also have sharper edges and corners as compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5. It seems that the phone has a wider cover screen. That could just be a result of the angle at which the photo was taken, but there have been tons of indicators that Samsung is putting a certain extent of a of a larger cover display on the next Fold, and now the image appears to confirm that.

The Korean giant is also rumored to be working on a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim that will have a fair measurement of larger displays on the inside and outside while also having a thinner profile. This variant is expected to arrive by the end of this year. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 are on their way to make their debuts at the Galaxy Unpacked Event on July 10. 

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Galaxy S25 Ultra to Feature First 50MP Ultrawide Since Galaxy S10

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Samsung Galaxy enthusiasts, especially those who are photography-addicted too, get ready for the biggest camera upgrade ever on the upcoming Galaxy S25 Ultra

Before even any official statement release or launch, dozens of leaks and rumors are blowing in the market regarding Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S25 series, which is supposed to arrive in early 2025. Now the new report is hinting at a major camera upgrade. 

If the new report is to be believed, the upcoming Galaxy S25 Ultra will feature a 50MP ultra-wide camera. Samsung launched its Galaxy S10 series back in 2019, and from then to the recently launched Galaxy S24 series, none of them features a 50MP ultrawide camera yet. Fortunately, if this report comes true, then the Galaxy S25 Ultra will be the first Galaxy device with a higher resolution ultrawide since the sensor was introduced. 

This is being speculated by a post on X shared by a tipster who claims that the Galaxy S25 Ultra will feature a 50MP ultrawide camera, and it will be the first Galaxy device with this high resolution since the sensor was introduced to the lineup initially with the Galaxy S10 series. The recently launched Galaxy S24 Ultra has a 12 MP ultrawide camera, and its predecessor, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, also has a 12 MP ultrawide camera.

Apart from this, it was also reported recently that the Galaxy S25 Ultra could feature 8K recording across all rear cameras.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Could Bring A New Camera Design

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is about to launch its next-generation foldable smartphone – Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is expected to bring an updated camera design to enhance the look. 

We are not completely two months away from the Galaxy Unpacked event that is reportedly held on July 10 in Paris. Even before any official revelation regarding the specs, design, and features of Galaxy Z Fold 6,  tipsters already heated the market with leaks and rumors. Now the new report says that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could bring a new camera design. 

A tipster on X shared an image that showcases the rear cameras of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is immediately apparent that this is different from any rear camera housing we have ever seen on the Galaxy Z Fold family before. This hints that this time Samsung could introduce a fresh design for the foldable’s rear camera this year. 

The image has a Samsung Galaxy AI watermark which points out that it might be made changes, however, it’s best to wait for more confirmation before trusting this particular design detail since the brand has yet to reveal any official details. 

Recently, the list of Galaxy devices, including, Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra, and Galaxy Ring has already been leaked which arrived at the next Galaxy Unpacked event which is supposed to be held in July 2024.

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