Lei Jun, the CEO of Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi, has confirmed that its upcoming Mi 11 mobile phone will not come with a charger, citing some environmental concerns.
While that is a legitimate argument against providing another hunk of plastic that resembles all other chargers people already have, Xiaomi recently joined other phone makers who poked fun at tech giant Apple a few months ago for not including chargers with the iPhone 12.
Jun made the Chinese social media site Weibo remarks, saying people have many chargers, which creates an environmental burden. Therefore the company decided to cancel the charger for the Mi 11.
Apple’s decision not to include phone chargers with the iPhone 12 was met with some derision, and the competitors like Samsung reminded customers in an ad that charging bricks were “included with your Galaxy.”
However, that Galaxy ad has been deleted as rumors continue to build that Samsung would not include a charger with its new Galaxy S21 phones.
Shortly after the great launch of the iPhone 12, Xiaomi shared a tweet that it “did not leave anything out of the box” for its Mi 10T Pro, adding a very short video clip that shows a Mi 10T box with its charger inside.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Won’t Be Coming With Charger In The Box Wrap.
Perhaps the takeaway here is that the companies should keep the marketing team in the loop about future product decisions?
— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) October 14, 2020
In fact, there is a strong environmental case for not including some superfluous chargers with new phones, especially if the new chargers are identical to the dozens of others that most people already have.
But it seems like as the phone makers continue raising the price tags on their brand new devices, they are somehow finding ways to give customers less, no headphone jacks, no charging bricks than they did in the past.
Well, this is not the first company that has done this in the name of easing environmental burden, Apple was the first one. You are free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this article.
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