21 July 2020
It has barely been a week since we first heard about Apple's plans to ship iPhone 12 models without an in-box charger and we are already hearing about another brand following the suit. A report from South Korean publication ETNews has claimed that Samsung could be next in the line to ditch bundling chargers with its phones.
Samsung is one of the biggest smartphone makers with annual shipments running into millions. Each of these phones including feature phones comes with a charger in the box regardless of the price point. It means it also has to manufacture and ship millions of adapters each year. The decision to stop bundling chargers with the phone will undoubtedly help it save a lot of money. It will also help the company reduce its e-waste footprint.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that Samsung is only said to be considering the move. There is no surety if it will actually execute the plan and even if it does, it will likely begin with select models and then gradually expand to all the phones. Even if Samsung decides to release all phones without a charger, it should not be a problem for the vast majority of users as we all have at least one charger in our house.
It should be noted that Samsung will continue to make chargers and adapters that will be sold as a separate accessory. It will be helpful for those who do not have an extra charger or wants to buy a new one for any reason.