As most of you know, and have personally experienced, many companies have stopped including chargers in the box with their smartphones. Apple basically started the trend, and many followed. OPPO was not a part of that pack, but it seems like the company will now also stop including chargers, with some products.
OPPO will stop including chargers with some of its products
This information was shared during the European launch event of the OPPO Reno 8, Reno 8 Lite, and Reno 8 Pro. OPPO’s Vice President of Overseas Sales and Services, said the following: “We will take the charger out of the box in the next year for several products. We have a plan”.
He did not exactly say which categories of products will lose the charger. As some of you know, OPPO actually includes its proprietary charging tech and chargers with its phones. You may have heard about ‘VOOC’ and ‘SuperVOOC’ charging, which has been in motion for 8 years now.
Zhang continued: “It’s not that easy for consumers to get access to [SuperVOOC chargers], so we have to keep it in the box. However, as we are expanding our business operations, we are looking to taking chargers out of the box and put them in the store so that our users are able to buy the chargers and continue using them even when they upgrade their devices.”
He was very careful not to mention any specific device category. We are talking about smartphones here, and some categories of smartphones will lose the charger. The thing is, we don’t know which.
Some devices will still ship with chargers, though
The good news, for consumers, is that some products will still keep the chargers, it would seem. OPPO is also planning to make them readily available in its stores, in case you buy a device that doesn’t include a charger.
OPPO will probably say that this move has been made due to environmental reasons. That’s the reasoning pretty much every company has given out. Back when the iPhone 12 launched, Apple said that “Power adapters use the largest amounts of certain materials. Using smaller, lighter packaging lets us fit up to 70% more iPhone boxes per shipping pallet, which helps further reduce our carbon footprint.”
Apple also added that “Eliminating power adapters from device packaging lets us avoid more than 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing 500,000 cars from the road for a year”.
OPPO will likely share more information about this really soon, so stay tuned.