Why Samsung’s Galaxy S21 doesn't come with a charger and earphones in the box

Last Update date : Aug 03. 2022

The Galaxy S21 series does not have earphones or a charger plug in the box because Samsung wants to minimize the impact our products have on the environment.

Our past models already have standardized chargers and these chargers are widely available at home. Samsung also applied a standardized, USB-C type charging port since 2017, so older chargers are still compatible with our newest Galaxy models. In addition, Samsung wanted to reflect the recent wireless earphone usage trend.

Reflecting on these usage patterns of customers, Samsung reviewed the composition of the products from various perspectives and is transitioning to the removal of a charger plug and earphones in our latest line of Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung is trying to eliminate unnecessary waste of resources by prioritizing compatibility between product components, and through these, Samsung is committed to providing the best possible experiences for our Galaxy customers.

Samsung believes the removal of earphones and charger plugs from our in-box device packaging can help address the growing e-waste problem and unnecessary duplication of these items.

Existing Galaxy users are encouraged to continue using their current earphones and charging plug, while new users will need to purchase this separately. 

The Galaxy S21 comes with a USB Type-C data cable

A USB Type-C data cable to attach the smartphone to the charger plug is included in the package.

USB-C is the most common type of charger for smartphones and other mobile devices, allowing for high-speed data transfer and power flow, and it charges your phone more quickly. The USB-C cable is also reversible, can be plugged in either way round and used across Samsung Galaxy devices, so that new models of smartphones are still compatible with older chargers.

Note: Enjoy your Galaxy S21 with added peace of mind. Find out more about Samsung Care+, a wide-ranging mobile care plan for your Galaxy phone.

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