Reports from the Korean media, where Samsung is head quartered, say the smart devices giant is ditching the bundled charger from its future smartphone packaging.
Now, another report from the firm’s home country is substantiating this claim, adding that the Galaxy S30 in particular, may not arrive with an earpiece in the box as well.
ChosunBiz, citing industry insiders, suggests that Samsung will follow Apple by not only ditching the in-box charger but its bundled earphones, too.
Despite its open criticism of Apple’s charger-less boxes, not including accessories with its phones makes financial sense for Samsung. Instead of dropping these components in the box for free, it can coax buyers to purchase its range of wireless earbuds and chargers if they so wish. It’s done just that before, asking users to buy another $50 charger to activate the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 45W charging mode.
It’s also likely that users will feel the real impact of the move. Android Authority readers aren’t thrilled by Apple’s decision to empty its phone boxes of accessories and we can’t imagine the move would be appreciated by Samsung users.
While Samsung won’t be the first Android OEM to skip bundled earphones, we’d expect its premium devices to be among the last. When buying a $1,000 smartphone, you’d also expect the device to arrive with a full box of accessories, or at least cost a little less. It’s unclear if Samsung would adjust the price of the Galaxy S30 series to offset the missing charger and earphones.
Either way, we’ll likely find out soon. The Galaxy S30 series is rumored for a January 2021 launch, much earlier than Samsung’s previous S line.