Samsung and Apple may no longer include chargers in the boxes of some of its upcoming smartphones starting in 2021. This is not the first time we have heard reports of the companies ditching the power bricks in an attempt to not only reduce costs but to also help the environment. Earlier last month, rumours began to pop up claiming Apple won’t include earphones or chargers in this year’s iPhone 12 or 11 S range. Now, it seems Samsung may also make the bold move.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both Apple and Samsung will phase out the 5W and 18W chargers in upcoming smartphones. However, they will offer a new 20W fast charger that will be sold separately.
Removing chargers from iPhone and Galaxy boxes is one big way Apple and Samsung could lower the cost of upcoming smartphones. Not only will it save on the physical item but it also allows the boxes to be much smaller than usual reducing shipping and handling costs too. Not to mention the significant impact it will have on the environment.
Taking them out of some of the top-selling smartphones could help reduce the number of chargers that go unused every year. Let’s be honest, we all have an abundance of chargers around the house and often we don’t even use them. Laptops, consoles and even power outlets are used to charge our devices instead of actual power bricks. Not to mention that if you own an Apple or Samsung device, you most likely have another product from the company which also comes with its own charger. In short, we rarely need them nowadays.
The pros outweigh the cons. Sure, it would cost you more money in the rare case that you need to purchase one, but the carbon footprint and money you may save would be a welcome change. I for one, would look forward to the smaller packaging which goes a long way to save the planet. Apple is said to make the move with this year’s upcoming iPhone 12 or 11 S. However, we still have a while to wait in order to see if the reports are true. It is unlikely that Samsung will change its charger approach for the company’s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 releasing next month.