Xiaomi CEO considers not bundling chargers with new phones

Xiaomi CEO considers not bundling chargers with new phones
Would you feel cheated if the new smartphone you bought did not come with a charger in the box? Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun poised this same question to his followers on Chinese social media site Weibo. The executive, like some others before him, feels that the environment is being hurt by the many chargers that consumers hoard every time they purchase a new smartphone or electronics device.

Mr. Lei says that if a new Xiaomi handset comes without a charger, the consumer will either use an older one that has been lying around in a drawer, or purchase a new one. Xiaomi offers a Mi charger for the equivalent of $1.70 USD. But there is something that was not addressed by the Xiaomi CEO. With Quick Charge 2.0 available on some Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, a special charger is required to take advantage of the faster  charging time offered by the feature.

Most smartphone buyers are going to want to have this charger included in the box with their smartphone purchase. For example, Motorola bundles the "Turbo Charger" with the Motorola DROID Turbo. But with the LG G4 featuring a removable battery, LG decided that it wasn't necessary to promote the Quick Charge 2.0 feature. As a result, LG did not include the special charger out of the box. That forces those purchasing LG's new flagship phone to spend some extra bucks to use a feature that comes with the device.

Based on the response that Mr. Lei received from his Weibo followers and from others, many feel that the executive is using the environment to hide behind so that Xiaomi can save the costs of including a charger with its new phones. Consumers are creatures of habit and perhaps this trial balloon floated by Mr. Lei should be quickly popped.

source: Weibo.com/LeiJun via XiaomiToday

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12 Comments

1. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It takes great skill to be more stingy than apple

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

shhhh don't give anyone any idea's

11. waddup121 unregistered

okay xiaomi.

2. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

If they lower the price of the phone, then sure.

3. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Yes I would feel cheated. My older chargers do not work on todays phones due to the low amp output. But whatever, Xiaomi isnt available here anyways.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If they really plan to do that? Easy, give us two choices which 1 with the battery and 2 without it and lower down the price. Still, it kinda like bulls**t idea to "save the environment"(cut down the cost).

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Cutting costs to improve profit lol. Not for the above mentioned reasons.Xaomi CEO has gone nuts.

7. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

By the way, right now Xiaomi bundles charger with Mi4 and it is a Quick Charger (don't know what version). It is 5V-2A and up to 12V-1A. And most of the AAA manufacturers aren't even including a regular 2A charger, instead shipping 1A or 1.5A. And QC chargers in the box are even more rare.

8. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is stupid! I always sell my phone after I'm done with it and the one purchasing always wants a charger included. That would mean if I were to buy a Xiaomi phone I'd have to purchase a charger for selling it.

9. Tizo101

Posts: 524; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

it does make sense to a certain point. If you have a choice with a relevant price difference then it totally works. I personally have 4 charges and countless usb cables.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

PR nightmare. If iPhones explode and catch fire because of the using cheap after market cables, this is dangerous as well. I know micro USB is a standard but blackberry micro USB chargers don't work on a lumia 800 for example for some reason. Either way, i don't keep my chargers anyways, I sell them when I sell my old phone. And I am too OCD to use a charger that says HTC on it with a Samsung devuce for example.

13. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

personally i've used aftermarket chargers for years now... i wouldn't mind at all.. saves me some space in the 'miscellaneous' drawer..

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