When Apple announced that it wouldn’t ship the charger with the iPhone, Samsung was quick to resent the competitor, only to later do the same with the Galaxy S and Note (delayed) lines. Until then, it was thought that the company would maintain the strategy only with high-end mobile phones and tablets, but this is not the case.
Galaxy F23, an intermediate model initially launched in India, does not have the charger in the box, and according to information leaked by business partners, The same goes for models in the Galaxy A range
. In fact, Samsung is preparing to no longer offer the accessory in its entire mobile range.
The change was disclosed by insider Yogesh Brar and information posted by Onsitego. The Galaxy F23 is a mobile phone with Snapdragon 750G processor, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal space, triple rear camera array, 5000 mAh battery and Android 12. It is a mid-range .
It has a suggested price of Rs 17,499 on the 4GB RAM model, or around R$1,100 in direct conversion, but according to Brar, after checking the product packaging, it was found that the Galaxy F23 does not would not be sold with the charger. , giving users the option of using old accessories or buying a new one on their own.
Samsung’s decision is not entirely isolated, in fact the Galaxy A13 5G, which launched in December 2021 and a product that is an excellent mid-range, from a Galaxy F slightly above and below the Galaxy S line, actually comes without a charger and headphones. ..heard in the box.
Until then, the no-charger policy was limited to the Galaxy S, Z Fold, and Z Flip lines, changes that were approved in 2021, months after Apple kicked off the move with the iPhone 12 line. the accessory also being removed from the old one. models still on sale.
In fact, today, no new iPhone comes out of the box with a charger; And for now, it continues to ship with iPads, which Samsung has already advanced in this regard.
Until the Galaxy A13 5G, it was thought that Samsung would limit the non-delivery of chargers to more expensive mobile models, but the inclusion of a premium broker in the list of devices considered showed that the plan was to stop charging altogether. send the accessory, regardless of the class of the gadget and its intended consumer range.
Apple has used its “commitment to the environment” as an excuse to try to reduce the generation of e-waste, which many tech companies have come under pressure for. In the European Union, the requirement is associated with the adoption of USB-C as the standard port for all electronic devices, although Apple firmly refuses to give up control of the Lightning port.
At the same time, Apple announced that it believes the mobile market will follow, which it has already done. Although Samsung mocked the competitor and then did the same, it’s worth noting that with wearing headphones it was the same.
The Galaxy F23 will be the first Samsung device aimed at low-income users that doesn’t offer the charger in the box, which probably doesn’t have a headphone jack either, if we take the Galaxy A13 5G as an example, but it doesn’t stop there.
According to future release lists from a European retailer, the Galaxy M23 and Galaxy M33, which are the current entry line of the South Korean manufacturer, will not come with the charger in the box. Samsung hasn’t confirmed these rumors, but if the latest releases are any reference, none of the company’s cellphones will ship with the accessory.
Samsung, for the moment, is the only one, after Apple, to adopt a strategy to no longer offer free chargers with mobile phones, and the first to widen the base to tablets. At least for now, Android platform competitors like Motorola, Realme, Xiaomi, Redmi and others continue to offer the component, but it’s unclear if that will continue.
If it depends on Apple, Samsung and outside pressures, and if the trend increases in the future, consumers will have to settle for a powerful and certified generic charger to charge all their devices, and in case of failure, buy another out of pocket. .