Brazilian consumer group plans to sue Samsung's S21 flagship phone for not having a charger

Samsung is facing an outcry for removing the charger from the retail packaging of its flagship mobile phone. Consumer groups in Brazil are taking legal action against the company, and Samsung isn't the only one to suffer a lawsuit. Apple is in a similar situation after it stopped shipping with a charger starting with the iPhone 12.

Samsung stopped including chargers in the Galaxy S21 flagship series in 2021. Both Samsung and Apple cited environmental considerations in their decisions, but many customers were unhappy, especially given the lack of price cuts for flagship phones.

More than 900 consumer protection groups could take legal action against Samsung and Apple, according to Brazil's Ministry of Justice. Procon is the foundation of Brazilian consumer rights. The departments will present their cases and offer solutions before making a final decision on whether sanctions are necessary.

According to reports, Apple has paid a fine of 10.5 million Brazilian reals (14.22855 million yuan) to Sao Paulo Procon. Samsung was also fined in Fortaleza. In fact, both companies did so, the report said. The latter claims that Samsung and Apple have received a fine of 26 million Brazilian reals (35.2326 million yuan), and may combine the fines.

It's worth noting that, in addition to high-end flagship models, Samsung Brazil also provides chargers for the non-flagship Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy A53. The Galaxy A53 does not usually come with a charger in other markets. But perhaps to avoid further backlash from customers and rights groups, Samsung has decided to offer Brazilian customers a new mid-range phone that comes with a 15W charger. But flagship phone buyers aren't so lucky.

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