The Samsung Galaxy S21 line doesn’t ship with a power adapter or earbuds inside the box and now the South Korean brand has explained the reasons for this rather controversial decision.
Most Samsung customers don’t use the included accessories
In a statement to SamMobile, Samsung claimed the following:
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.
To sum the statement up, Samsung has removed the charger and headphones from its flagship smartphone boxes because most Galaxy customers don’t need or use new accessories.
The move also helps the brand address reduce its carbon footprint and e-waste, both of which are serious issues at the moment.
These are both valid points, but it should be noted that Samsung mocked Apple for doing the same thing only three months ago.