Last month, we heard reports that Apple is set to ship the iPhone 12 without a charger and EarPods, now it looks as though Samsung is preparing to do the same thing for at least some of its phones next year.
As Korean news site ETNews reports (translated), industry insiders have stated that, “Samsung Electronics is discussing how to remove the charger from smartphone components with related companies.” It’s therefore unclear exactly when the no charger policy would be implemented and how far reaching it would be with regards to the range of handsets Samsung offers.
Samsung’s thinking on this is focused on both the waste aspect of including a charger and the cost of phones. Chargers have been shipped as standard for over a decade with phones and there’s many options to purchase replacement chargers separately. Add to that the growing cost of manufacturing a phone, especially now we all expect 5G, and cost savings are desirable. By not including a charger, Samsung would save on the cost of the component, but also on packaging and shipping weight per handset.
For now, it sounds as though Samsung is still deciding on whether this is a good idea or not. Will consumers complain or appreciate the lack of waste? Will they be annoyed at having to spend more to get a charger? On the flip side to that, would they be just as annoyed finding a 5W charger in the box when 20W chargers and wireless charging options are available?
Samsung is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world, so a decision to drop chargers would have a big impact on manufacturers focused on charger production. However, at the same time it could drastically reduce the amount of waste created, especially in an industry that encourages consumers to replace their device every year.