Xiaomi may stop bundling chargers with new phones
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took the stage on a Chinese social media website Weibo to bring forward a new thought and to some extent prove as to why it is not important to bundle chargers with a new smartphone. Environment was used as the shield to protect his instance in which he further went on and stated that he felt that environment was being hurt by many chargers that consumers use every time they purchase a new smartphone or electronic device.
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Mr. Lei Jun further went on to say that if a new Xiaomi handset was to come without a charger, the customer can always use an older one lying around in the drawer or could certainly purchase a new one. Mi Charger offered by Xiaomi currently retails at around $1.70 USD. However, there was something on which no light was shed by the Xiaomi CEO: the fact that Quick Charge 2.0 is readily becoming available on Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets which requires a special charger in order to take advance of fasting charging time.
Many smartphone buyers would love to see such a charger bundled with the handset when they purchase it. Motorola, for example, bundles its ‘Turbo Charger’ with every Motorola DROID Turbo. LG’s decision for not bundling such a charger with its LG G4 was backed by the fact that it offered removable battery, so to some extent it felt it was relatively unnecessary to include a special charger in the box. Mr. Lei’s statement on Weibo has naturally started a buzz and responses are flying in from his Weibo followers and many others. Unfortunately, the responses are not positive ones.
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Many feel that the CEO is using environment as a shield to cut down costs of including a charger with its new phones. We think it to be in the best interest of the company if the trial balloon floated by Mr. Lei is popped sooner than later.