Phones sold with no charger: Why is this a trend? | Inquirer Technology

Smartphones sold without a charger: Why is this a trend?

/ 04:02 PM December 29, 2020
20201229 Apple iPhone 12

Apple was the first brand to sell a smartphone (the iPhone 12) without a charger. Image: Apple via AFP Relaxnews.

After having made fun of Apple and its iPhone 12 sold without a charger, Xiaomi and Samsung are following suit. The Asian smartphone makers are limiting their costs while trying to limit their impact on the environment. The upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11 and Samsung Galaxy S21 will be sold without chargers.

The first smartphone maker to follow in Apple’s footsteps is Chinese brand Xiaomi. Founder Lei Jun confirmed a rumor on social network Weibo that the next Mi 11 will be sold in a thinner and lighter package, without a charging cable. South Korean giant Samsung also confirmed that it was embarking on the trend with its upcoming Galaxy S21.


The decision is primarily motivated by environmental concerns. Loyal clients of a brand can reuse their old charger with their most recent phones, while new users will still be able to buy the chargers like any other accessory.

The goal is to limit the number of unused chargers piling up. It is also a way to save money, for brands as well as for users, who can purchase smartphones for a little cheaper. With lighter packaging, makers also save money on shipping and storage, while limiting their carbon footprint with less waste production.


With close to two billion smartphones sold every year worldwide, such a decision could have positive consequences on the environment if every maker does the same. CC


Samsung touts $2,000 foldable phone as a ‘VIP’ experience

Apple pinched by pandemic; profit, iPhone sales decline 

The latest tech news delivered to your inbox

TOPICS: Apple, Iphone 12, phone chargers, Samsung, smartphones, Xiaomi
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.