About why the charger and headphones are not included in the box, Samsung said: We believe that gradually removing accessories from our phones can help make them more sustainable.
This answer suggests that while future generations of their phones may not come with included accessories, some may.
Samsung has other lines bearing the Galaxy brand, from its foldable phones to the affordable options, and has left itself room to continue including the charger in some for a little longer.
And Samsung might want to keep the charger with cheaper phones, so people who aren’t tech enthusiasts are more likely to buy it, or maybe it doesn’t want to anger people who buy its $ 2000 phones.
However, the company doesn’t seem to be following Apple’s path of pulling accessories from its current lineup, as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 10 listings still show an upcoming charger in the box.
It may seem strange that the company ships the old products with something that is no longer listed in its newest and most important products, but this means that Samsung does not have to recycle all the boxes for its old products.
It seems that Samsung has chosen the method of slow and steady in order to win the race, Here is Samsung’s full answer:
We discover that more Galaxy users are reusing their accessories and making sustainable choices in their daily lives to promote better recycling habits, and we’re moving on to removing the charger and earphones in the latest range of Galaxy smartphones to support the Galaxy community on this journey.
We believe that the gradual removal of the charger and earbuds from the device case can help address sustainable consumption issues and remove any pressure consumers may feel towards constantly receiving unnecessary charger accessories with new phones.
We’ve also been implementing standard USB-C charging ports since 2017, so older chargers can still be compatible with newer Galaxy models.