When you unbox your shiny new Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus or Galaxy S21 Ultra you won't find the wired headphones or a charger plug included with most phones. Samsung is pushing customers to reuse old accessories instead, it said ahead of the latest Galaxy S reveal at its on Thursday, the last day of . (Here are CNET's Galaxy S21 review and Galaxy S21 Ultra review.)
The company unveiled the $800, $1,000 and $1,200, respectively, during Thursday's virtual event. now, and . (International prices aren't yet available but $800 is roughly £590 or AU$1,030.), which start at
In removing the charger plug and headphones, Samsung says it is promoting "better recycling habits" among its customers.
"We believe that the gradual removal of charger plugs and earphones from our in-box device packaging can help address sustainable consumption issues and remove any pressure that consumers may feel towards continually receiving unnecessary charger accessories with new phones," Patrick Chomet, head of customer experience at Samsung's mobile communications unit, said in a statement.
He noted that Samsung has been using standardized USB-C type charging ports since 2017, so older chargers will still be compatible with the S21 phones. The company , since none of the new models have the necessary slot.
Samsung also unveiled itsat the event. These wireless earbuds cost $200 and are available now.