The newly introduced Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra do not have a charging adapter like Apple. There are also no earphones in the retail boxes of the smartphone.Samsung’s retail box only includes the USB-C cable. This means that if you do not have a fast charging adapter, you will have to pay extra to get one. In other markets, Samsung has slashed its 25W charger’s price from $ 35 to $ 19.99.
While this is somewhat reassuring, the pricing in India is not clear. Currently, the charger sells for Rs 1,999 in Samsung’s online store in India. For the past 12 to 18 months, Samsung has removed some new accessories from its retail box. This may be part of the cost reduction. There was a time when Samsung was ready to provide a Type-C OTG connector with smartphones.
The Type-C OTG connector disappeared with the introduction of USB-C cables in retail boxes.
When Apple confirmed that it would not provide a charging adapter with iPhones, it faced a lot of criticism worldwide. It is expected that Samsung’s decision will have far more consequences. And it is mainly because of the changes in technology. Over the years, Apple has not made much of a difference in its charging technology. The fact is that Apple does not promote fast-charging products. At the same time, Android phone makers change their battery size and charging capabilities.
Companies, including Samsung, began to sell fast chargers separately. While it is understandable that smartphone makers want to reduce the amount of e-waste generated by technology, companies need to develop a way to ensure that chargers are available to those who need them. When Xiaomi’s Mi11 was unveiled a few days ago, it included a box with a charger and a box without a charger in which the buyer can decide what he wants and it is for environmental protection. “We believe that the gradual removal of charger plugs and earphones from our in-box device packaging can help address sustainable consumption issues and remove any pressure that consumers may feel towards continually receiving unnecessary charger accessories with new phones,” Samsung said in a statement. This new change is also there for the wired earphones. Not everyone has wireless headphones or earbuds. Another notable exception from the S21 series is the microSD card slot. This prevents the storage expansion of the smartphone.