The Xperia 10 III no longer comes with a charger, but there is a $ 10 compensation
Apple changed the market last year with the arrival of the iPhone 12 series, and not in a good way. The point is, the company had enough courage to make an unpopular decision – to remove the charging adapter from its smartphone packs. It was something to be expected given the wave of rumors about this over the past few years. It was something expected even since companies stopped shipping headphones with their smartphone cases. Companies like Samsung tried to poke fun at Apple soon after the iPhone 12 was released, but only to follow it later. Today, the latest company to join this controversial trend is Sony. At least the Sony Xperia 10 III doesn’t come with a charging adapter in its pack.
According to GSMArena which quotes the German branch of Sony, some retail channels sell the Xperia 0 III without a charger. However, that doesn’t come with a little compensation. Those who adopt the method will benefit from a reduction in the recommended retail price of € 10. In other channels, the smartphone will arrive with a charger.
It’s certainly an unpopular move, but at this point it’s just something inevitable. So it’s good to see that Sony at least comes up with a way to lower the price accordingly. Apple, Samsung or Xiaomi still sell their phones for the same price and removing the charger brick has not provided any kind of compensation.
The Xperia 10 III may just be the first Sony smartphone to step into this new trend
All of these companies say that the removal of the filler bricks is for ecological purposes. Sony, on the other hand, has another exclusive for this move. According to him, the reason for this decision is to ensure “uninterrupted supply” of the Sony Xperia 10 III. Usually we could blame the crisis in the semiconductor industry. However, we’ve never heard of this affecting the charger industry, at least until now.
For now, we have to see if this will be a trend for Sony smartphones. For now, this only affects Germany, but Sony could just test the new method. In the coming months, we could see it reach other regions and even more smartphones. Next year’s Sony smartphones might even ship without charger adapters if that proves to be a successful strategy.
Interestingly, the Sony Xperia 10 III is one of the first mid-range smartphones to enter this trend. So far, other companies keep their mid-range smartphones with charging bricks. However, it is only a matter of time before charging adapters become separate accessories.