Xiaomi May Omit The Charger In Future Phone Bundles

By 07:34 Sun, 25 Jul 2021 Comments


Remember how the EU has been pushing for standardized chargers for smartphones for years to reduce environmental footprint due to having a separate charger for each recent generation device you pick up? Well, the industry seems to have settled on the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 interface for now, though there's still a huge variation in the output from charger to charger.

However, regardless of whether you plug your phone in a regular computer Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port with 500mA output or a beefy 2A dedicated charger, current will still flow into your smartphone and the battery will charge, whether it's in a day or an hour. And seeing as how you probably already have a few of those lying around from previous devices, Xiaomi CEO is considering shipping future smartphones without a charger in the box.




To avoid potential uproar when consumers receive their next Xiaomi device, Lei Jun has asked the gigantic question on Weibo, and is gathering user thoughts on the matter. He is taking the environmental standpoint, though some may argue that the company is simply trying to slit costs. With a Xiaomi charger priced at CNY 19.9 or $3.20, and likely costing a tenth of that to manufacture, there's small merit to that claim.

There are practical considerations however, which may lead you to think it makes sense not to have a charger bundled. For example, if you have a smartphone, a tablet, and say, a smartwatch, that means having three separate chargers occupying three power outlets. Or you can grab an aftermarket charger with three Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports and free the rest of the outlets, and also render three bundled chargers useless. Not to mention the trdiscontinue towards power strips, which incorporate Universal Serial Bus (USB) charging ports, with Xiaomi itself offering one with three AC outlets and three Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports.

On the other hand, with the constant increase in battery capacity, quick charging has become a coveted feature, and it typically requires a special dedicated charger. Omitting it in the retail package and forcing you to utilize a legacy charger will increase charging times and won't be ideal.

There's obviously a middle ground to be found, and entry-level smartphones could ship without a charger, since they typically come with smaller batteries. On the other hand, power-hungry flagships could come with a quick charger included, as a couple of dollars will create small incompatibility in the overall cost anyway. Adopting a no-charger policy across a company’s lineup may be a bit extreme at this point.

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