SAMSUNG has finally revealed that its new phones won’t come with a charging brick in their box.
Instead, customers will get a USB-C to USB-C cable with their purchase but they’ll have no way to plug it into the wall unless they have an old charger lying around.
This is what you get in the box of the Samsung Galaxy S21Credit: Samsung
Samsung said in a statement: “We discovered that more and more Galaxy users are reusing accessories they already have and making sustainable choices in their daily lives to promote better recycling habits.
“To support our Galaxy community in this journey, we are transitioning to removal of the charger plug and earphones in our latest line of Galaxy smartphones.
“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.
“We’ve also been implementing standardized USB-C type charging ports since 2017, so older chargers can still be compatible with our newest Galaxy models.”
The new Samsung Galaxy S21 has just launchedCredit: Samsung
It seems older Samsung phones and cheaper ones won’t be affected and will still have a full charger in the box.
If you don’t have a charging brick and want to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S21 you’ll need to pay out for one with prices starting at around $20/£20.
Samsung is recommending its wireless chargers as extras when you buy the phone from its website.
New customers will also have to pay out if the want Samsung earphones.
Its a bold move from the tech giant after it notoriously mocked Apple for doing the same thing last year.
Samsung was spotted deleting a Facebook post that mocked Apple for not including a charging brick with the iPhone 12.
Samsung Caribbean was spotted deleting this postCredit: Samsung (via 9to5Google)
According to 9to5 Google, Samsung Caribbean deleted a Facebook post from October 2020 which featured a Samsung charging brick photo and the caption “Included with your Galaxy”.
Its not the first time Samsung has had to delete a mocking ad before doing the very thing it was mocking.
Samsung poked fun at the iPhone X not having a headphone jack but then the Samsung Note 10 soon launched without one.
Samsung – a brief history
Here’s what you need to know…
- Samsung is a major South Korean company made up of many businesses that operate globally
- It’s known locally as a “chaebol”, which means “business conglomerate”
- It was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company
- But over several decades, it branched out into food processing, insurance, textiles and retail
- It wasn’t until the late 1960s when Samsung entered the electronics industry – for which it’s best known in the west today
- It also launched businesses in construction and shipbuilding in the 1970s
- Today, Samsung’s most important sources of income are its smartphones and computer chips
- The firm accounts for around a fifth of South Korea’s total exports, and roughly 17% of the country’s GDP
- More than 320,000 staff are employed by Samsung globally
- And in 2017, Samsung turned over the equivalent of £174billion today in revenue
In other news, Samsung’s unveiled a robot butler this week that lays your table, pours you a beer and cleans the dishes.
Here’s our review of the iPhone 12, Apple’s first 5G mobile.
And, here’s how to find out if you can access 5G in your area.
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