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Samsung's 25W chargers are now a lot cheaper thanks to the S21

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Battery
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Battery (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Samsung is slashing the price of its 25W power brick in the wake of the Galaxy S21's launch.
  • This is to make the now-mandatory purchase more palatable for potential buyers.
  • While the new pricing isn't live yet, it'll be reduced from $35 to $19.

Samsung isn't shipping the Galaxy S21 with a charger in the box as rumors indicated. Instead, the new flagship will only have a USB-C cable in the box with buyers needing to purchase a power brick separately if they don't already have one. It'll be a jarring change for those who are used to getting a complete charger with their phones, but the company says it'll help reduce the amount of e-waste.

Whether chargers in the box are good for the environment or not is a separate discussion. If you're interested in picking up a power brick either for your new S21 or just for an older Samsung phone that just needs a charger — the company has just made it cheaper to do so. It will be substantially lowering the pricing of all its current 25W power bricks (opens in new tab). This will more or less slash the prices in half, taking the $35 asking price down to a more palatable $19. The price cut isn't live yet, but it should happen sooner rather than later (via XDA Developers).

Samsung has been criticised for this move, one seen as especially hypocritical since the company attacked Apple for doing just that less than half a year ago. Despite the environmental angle, it's not hard to see this as a cynical cash grab by larger tech companies. And when rivals such as Xiaomi offer the charger as a free optional accessory, Samsung's price cut starts looking a little stingy.

  • I got mine on Amazon, Samsung original 25watt for 12.00 bucks!
  • Are you sure that they gave you the original one?, I have once bought a charger and that was fake and yes I have bought it from Amazon. Every one says that they give original stuffs but after that experience I have never ever bought another product from them. We should all buy stuffs like trimmer and electronic gadgets that are cheap already. We should not risk buying an important thing like adapters which holds our phones safety.
  • i.e. They charging what Apple charges for their iPhone equivalent 18W fast charger. What a suprise, Samsung following Apple again.
  • Another way to look it, for the same money you're getting a more powerful charger.
  • Sure, that's another way to look at it. Main way I see it already mentioned above is following Apple.
  • If they want to reduce ways than stop a year cycle of new phones. New phones are not needed every single year in all reality, so stopping the production of 100 million devices that require the mining a precious metals and Manufacturing waste, would do more to help the environment than the elimination of these Chargers. while my wife needs a new phone soon, I will make sure that it is not a Galaxy S 21 line. Specifically though because of the elimination of the SD card also. These two options are a pure money grab by Samsung. Which is their right, but I do not need to go along with it.
  • Hear, hear! Unfortunately, no one will hear. People are not just deaf, but also fall short re: a couple of the other vital senses. This has NOTHING to do with the environment; absolutely nothing. But hey, we're here for a good time, not a long time, so who cares, eh?
  • What if I, as a free consumer, want to upgrade my phone every year? That should be my choice.. Your suggestion that they stop manufacturing for a year is without merit and would eliminate good paying jobs for many people. You complain about not having an SD card, but not many phones provide them any longer and most will not miss it. Odds are that the phone you purchase will not have it, but that will show Samsung!
  • I could not agree more with your post. Honestly it's absolutely absurd to release a new phone every year. They could still be selling the S10 as new devices and users needs would be perfectly met. Same for Apple. These companies are laughable call the elimination of chargers a benefit! 😂
  • 20 bucks for charger though! We're still being ripped off, just less so.
  • This is so cool! Keep in mind though, you'll have to pay extra for the battery in you next car, and I'm not just talking electric cars, but also your regular gas-powered vehicle. Maybe the ignition too? There's something about this that strikes me as illegal. I just wish governments had the cojones to put a stop to nonsense like this, but why would they? Their post-official life is filled with too much potential rewards from big business, lobbyists, et al. You go boys!
  • 19$!? I don't think there is anything cheaper than getting it in the box. What you say? The charger in the box isn't free you pay for it? Bugger off with your lies (it's not 19$ at cost).
  • Yep, lots of low cost originals in Amazon. Your probably buy lots of cheap Samsung SD cards and USB sticks that are "original" fake me outs. I guess if it works you're lucky.. Even luckier it doesn't burn down your home.