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Samsung plans to slowly remove the charger and earphones from its upcoming smartphones

The most recent Galaxy S21 series from Samsung comes without an in-box charger and earphones. Samsung plans to remove the charger and earphones from its upcoming smartphones “gradually.”

“We believe that the gradual removal from our in-box device packaging of charger plugs and earphones can help address sustainable consumption problems and eliminate any pressure that consumers may feel to continually receive unnecessary charger accessories with new phones,” said Samsung in a statement.

Without the inclusion of the charging brick and a pair of wired earphones, the Galaxy S21 box is visibly smaller. It comes with a SIM ejection tool, a USB Type-C data and charging cable, and a fast start guide. Samsung said doing so would help Samsung users “promote better recycling habits.” This was first started by Apple with the iPhone 12 series and the accessories for its older iPhones were also withdrawn. Moving forward, for its upcoming smartphones, Samsung also plans to pursue this path.

However, it did not mention if this charger and earphones and removal would extend to its entire lineup of Galaxy smartphones. Samsung has budget, mid-range, premium, and super premium segments catering to the Galaxy phones that cost almost 2 lakhs. It’s only the Galaxy S21 series at present that doesn’t sell these in-box accessories. For individuals who don’t need an additional accessory and minimize e-waste, this decision could play well.

Almost immediately after releasing the iPhone 12 series, Apple began withdrawing these accessories from the older iPhones. With Samsung, that’s not yet the case since it’s still selling its older phones with the charger and earphones.

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