The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 batteries won’t be just Samsung’s for a change

As one of the ways to lower its foldable phone prices, Samsung will be pitching not one or two, but three battery vendors against each other for the production of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, tips The Elec.

Scheduled to be announced at Samsung’s August 10 Unpacked event and released August 26, the phones will ship with Samsung, LG, or ATL batteries inside. Samsung has chosen the use of Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) batteries in its foldable phones going forward for reasons as much related to costs and final retail price as they are to the quality of said battery packs. ATL is one of the largest battery makers for consumer electronics and is an Apple iPhone supplier, too.

Since the partnership with ATL has materialized, it will mark the first time that Samsung will be using batteries other than the ones from its SDI subsidiary for its foldable phones. LG has apparently also been thrown in the mix as Samsung battery supplier, so the company is obviously trying to diversify its sources.

The starting Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 prices are rumored to be lower this year than their predecessors’ tags at launch, and one way to rein costs in has been to play different suppliers against each other and thus lower the overall bids.

Reserve your Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, or Galaxy Watch 5 before Samsung’s August Unpacked event

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 preorders will likely start immediately after the August 10 Unpacked event and run until Friday, August 26, when Samsung will release its 2022 foldables crop, if history is any indication. You can reserve your spot and reservations bonuses right now, though:

Preorder period: August 10-August 26, 2022
Galaxy Z Fold 4 release date: August 26, 2022
Galaxy Z Flip 4 release date: August 26, 2022
Galaxy Watch 5 release date: August 15 2022

The battery packs aren’t a huge contributor to the total assembly cost of a phone (that would be the display) but every little bit of fat-trimming counts. A typical phone battery costs less than $10 but when you mass produce, every bit counts.

Samsung is trying to popularize the foldable phones niche and for them to become mainstream the bendy handsets need to fall in price at least to the level of current rigid flagships, so the ATL and LG battery supply diversification spree over at Samsung is one piece of its market penetration puzzle.

One way to achieve lower Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 prices yet still add new features and hardware to the phones is by replacing expensive suppliers in the chain with alternatives that are no less experienced but can produce the component for less and Samsung seems to be doing exactly that.