Samsung Galaxy S21 series has been launched in the global market at the Unpacked event 2021. India’s pricing of the Galaxy S21 series starts at Rs 69,999. While the flagship smartphones come packed with premium features there’s something that the devices are missing out on. Any guesses? Yes, that’s right. The charger.
Looks like that’s going to be the trend in the tech world this year. It all started with Apple and then followed by Xiaomi and now Samsung. The Galaxy S21 series misses out on charger in the retail box. That’s not it, the box also skips the earphones. In simple words, if you buy the Galaxy S21 series of phones, you will need to purchase the charger and earphones separately.
“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,” said Samsung, as per the report.
The South Korean tech giant said that many Galaxy users are reusing accessories they already have and making sustainable choices and so it was “transitioning” the removal of the charger plug and earphones in the latest Galaxy smartphones. Samsung also noted that it has been implementing standardised USB Type-C ports since 2017; older chargers will still be compatible with the new Galaxy models.
However, Samsung doesn’t appear to be removing the charger plug and earphones from its lineup of existing phones.
The recently launched Xiaomi Mi 11 also misses out on the charger in the box. However, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has a different take here. Consumers who require the charger can get it for free from the company. Apple was the first smartphone manufacturer last year to skip the charger for the iPhone 12 series.
The Galaxy S21 series includes USB-C to USB-C cable. Samsung is said to have removed the charger from the retail box to reduce the amount of e-waste that tech generates.
It’s just not the charger. Samsung has also missed on the wired earphones in the box. Besides focusing on reducing e-waste that tech generates, looks like the South Korean smartphone manufacturer wants consumers to go all wireless. At the Unpacked 2021 event, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Buds Pro at a price starting at $199 in the United States.
Samsung has recently announced the India pricing of the Galaxy S21: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage is priced at Rs 69,999, 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model is priced at Rs 73,999. The Galaxy S21+ 8GB RAM +128GB storage is priced at Rs 81,999 and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model is set at Rs 85,999. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model is priced at Rs 1,05,999 while the Galaxy S21 Ultra 16GB RAM + 512GB storage is priced at Rs 1,16,999.
Additionally, Samsung has revealed that the S Pen experience will expand to more Galaxy models in the future, in a reported statement. The new flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has just been launched and comes with S pen support, something that is usually reserved for the Galaxy Note series. Calling it a “bold” decision, Samsung said that it plans to expand the S Pen experience to additional phones, according to the report. Besides that, the South Korean company also revealed that its future models will not bundle the charger and earphones.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has finally been launched and it features S Pen support, making it Samsung’s first non-Note device to do so. In a statement to SamMobile, Samsung said that it was committed to innovating new mobile experiences that flow seamlessly and make consumers’ lives easier and better.
The South Korean tech giant went on to call the addition of S Pen support to Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra a “bold” decision and confirmed that it plans to expand the S Pen experience across ‘additional device categories’ in the future. Notably, multiple reports in the past have said that Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone will come with an S Pen.