It wasn't that long ago that Samsung was making fun of Apple for not including a charger with their latest iPhone. And boy oh boy how the tables have turned.
Once again, Samsung is following Apple's footsteps and is not going to include a charger with their latest Galaxy smartphone. And the worst part is that other manufacturers are very likely to do the same – as they always do.
Could This Be A New Era Without Included Chargers?
According to our sources, and Paul Scott, Samsung's Mobile's Head of Product Management in the UK:
"We do not want to be sending a consumer yet another charger when they’ve possibly got a charger from, say, 2018 or going all the way back to 2017. It's a USB Type-C charger, so we're not changing it."
And according to Patrick Chomet, Samsung's Head of Customer Experience Office, this is also a move to cut down on e-waste – which is also Apple's excuse. As you can see in the image above, that's kind of true as the box is much smaller than what we used to have up until now. Not to mention that most of us do indeed have a Type-C charger from the past few years – be it from a Galaxy device or not.
Also, Samsung is pointing out that prices in their new chargers will be dropping after the S21 release from $34.99 down to $19.
So, it's kind of all good and dandy up until this point. Our problem is the fact that the box only includes a USB Type-C to Type-C cable. Type-C chargers are still relatively new – which means that many people don't have one. Then again, if you have an older charger, you most likely still have its cable anyway.
Last, but not least, it's worth keeping in mind that other companies will likely follow this trend. Most, if not all smartphone manufacturers always seem to do whatever Samsung and Apple are doing with few exceptions.
What do you think about Samsung's decision? There is no doubt that most people do indeed have an older Samsung charger sitting around. Not to mention that unlike Apple, Samsung doesn't use proprietary cables and ports. USB and Type-C are both universal standards and anything from any device that's high-quality should technically work just fine.
Let us know about your thoughts in the comments section down below. If anything else comes up, we'll make sure to let you know about it, so, stay tuned!