Samsung apparently won’t offer a charger with the Galaxy S21 in some regions when it launches early next year. Evidence was first spotted by Tecnoblog, which points to a filing with ANATEL in Brazil — essentially the country’s equivalent to the FCC in the U.S. — that reveals the change.
Samsung has been rumored to be making the change since July, with a report claiming Samsung would soon ship its smartphones without a charger in the box. If true, it could be construed as hypocritical from Samsung, who previously mocked Apple for pulling a similar move with the iPhone 12 series. To add further weight to the hypocrisy, Samsung appears to have deleted the Facebook posts it made that mocked Apple shortly after the iPhone 12 series was introduced.
It’s not the first time Samsung has had egg on its face. The company previously made fun of Apple for ditching the headphone jack, only to do the same thing with the Galaxy Note 10.
It’s worth noting that the filing for the Galaxy S21 was spotted in Brazil, so it may not prove true in every region across the globe. The possible good news is if you’re in a region where Samsung doesn’t ship the Galaxy S21 with a charger, the company may provide one free of charge. When the Galaxy Note 20 launched without AKG headphones in the U.S., the company provided them for free to those who requested one.
Ironically, Apple might be forced to include a power adapter with its iPhone 12 series in Brazil, as pointed out by 9to5Mac, so we’re not sure how this will pan out in the country if it happens.
For anyone who has paid attention, we could see this coming from a mile away. Not only have there been rumors about Samsung making such a move, but now that Apple has done it, others were likely to follow. We said as much in October when we analyzed what trends the iPhone 12 would set for smartphones in 2021. It looks like the lack of a power brick will indeed be adopted by other OEMs.
One thing we do know is Samsung is said to be preparing for an Unpacked event in early January, which is just around the corner. There have been plenty of rumors and leaks about the Galaxy S21 series, and we even got our first alleged real-world look at the device just this week. We should know if Samsung is getting rid of the power adapter when the Galaxy S21 launches in January.