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News hardware & software 08 December 2020, 15:51

author: Bart Swiatek

Samsung Mocked Apple; Now It Wants to Sell Smartphones Without Chargers

A certain Brazilian tech website reports that Samsung intends to sell Galaxy S21 smartphones without chargers - just like Apple. As you may remember, the Koreans had previously mocked the idea.

IN A NUTSHELL:

  1. According to documentation sent to Brazilian regulatory agency ANATEL, Samsung plans to sell Galaxy S21 smartphones without a charger in the box;
  2. Previously a similar step was taken by Apple and it was ridiculed by the Korean company.

Some time ago, the fact that no charger was included in the box with the new iPhone 12 stirred significant controversy on the web. The device has to be purchased separately, unless we already have this type of accessory (because e.g. we owned iPhone 11 before). Samsung has even gone as far as laughing at Apple's approach. The person who came up with the idea for this joke must feel a bit stupid right now, because - as indicated by reports of the Brazilian website Tecnoblog (via 9to5Mac) - the Koreans themselves intend to remove the chargers from boxes with Galaxy S21 series smartphones.

The information comes from the documentation of Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 and S21 Ultra sent to ANATEL agency, which is the body regulating electronic communication in Brazil. It is worth noting that the smartphones are also to be sold without headphones.

This is not the first time that Samsung has adopted a solution, for which it previously publicly ridiculed its competitors - earlier it was similar with the headphone connector, which first (in 2017) disappeared from iPhones, and two years later was removed from the top devices of the Korean manufacturer. The information about the removal of chargers from boxes with Samsung Galaxy S21 is not particularly surprising - similar rumors have already appeared several months ago.

Observing all this, it's hard not to get the impression that smartphone manufacturers are running out of ideas. The prices of top-shelf devices have grown to ridiculous sizes (Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G costed a whopping $1400), and at the same time the so-called Premium smartphones are sold without things that just a few years ago seemed like something ordinary, even in the case of low-end phones. Cutting production costs in this way seems to be a dead end and it is interesting how it will be accepted by the market.

  1. Apple - official website
  2. Samsung - official website
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