When you buy a Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra you might notice that the box feels a little lighter than normal. No, it’s not the new plastic back on the Note 20 that’s causing that light feeling. The actual reason is that Samsung no longer includes a pair of wired headphones in boxes of its high-end phones. Pause and let that sink in. Are you outraged? Are you indifferent? Do you even use the included headphones that come with your phone? Is this a deal-breaker for you?
The news of Samsung’s headphone omission comes on the heels of rumors that Apple won’t include headphones or a power adapter in the box of the next iPhone, aka the iPhone 12. If that’s too extreme for you, Samsung does still include a charger in the box.
On the Note 20’s website there’s a “what’s in the box” section that is absent of any headphones. Samsung confirmed that all of this is true and that it won’t include wired headphones in the box for premium phones sold in North America.
To quote Kent Brockman from The Simpsons when he thought space ants were invading Earth, “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.”
It’s wonderful that the new Galaxy Note 20 phones omit headphones from the box. Think about how much e-waste this will minimize. Samsung could become a role model for other phone-makers who will hopefully follow suit. Earth isn’t really designed to handle yearly phone upgrades.