Samsung on Thursday said that its latest S21 ,S21 Plus and S21 ultra smartphones will ship without a charger and earphones in the box. The company said that it believes that gradually removing the accessories from the boxes could help make them more sustainable. Samsung’s move comes after Apple recently stopped including earphones and power adapters in iPhone boxes
The Galaxy S21 box is noticeably smaller without the presence of the charging brick and a pair of wired earphones. It comes with a USB Type-C data and charging cable, SIM ejection tool and a quick start guide. Samsung said doing so will help “promote better recycling habits” among Samsung users. Apple started this first with the iPhone 12 series, and also removed the accessories for its older iPhones. Going forward, Samsung also plans to follow this route for its future 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,” Samsung said in a statement.
Apple started removing these accessories from the older iPhones almost immediately after launching the iPhone 12 series. That’s not the case yet with Samsung as it’s still selling its older phones with the charger and earphones.