Redmi Note 10 series likely set to emulate Redmi K40 and Mi 11 by shipping without a charger
The Redmi Note 10 series is on its way, and there may be some unpleasant news for expectant fans. After following in the footsteps of Apple by shipping the Mi 11 without a charger by default, it appears Xiaomi could be set to maintain that policy with its upcoming mid-range lineup.
A few days ago, Redmi executive Lu Weibing shared teaser images of the Redmi K40. The images depicted two boxes for the phone, with one being bigger than the other. The logical assumption is that Xiaomi will be selling the phone with a charger or not, depending on how specced—just like with the Mi 11.
That also looks set to extend to the Redmi Note 10 series. Lu Weibing, when asking for suggestions about the upcoming lineup a few days ago, seemed to hint at the Redmi Note 10 series also shipping without a charger. That, of course, raises a few questions. Like with the removal of the headphone jack, most have assumed that selling a phone without a charger will be a "feature" of premium phones. The Redmi K40 may barely qualify as one, but the Remi Note 10 is undoubtedly not. We could be entering an era in which even budget phones are shipped without charging bricks.
Either way, this is another example of anti-consumerism, although Xiaomi is handling it best by allowing people to decide if they want chargers at no extra cost. But for how long? If other companies go the way of Apple and Samsung, it's hard to see rivals going out of their way to offer chargers considering the prospect of higher profit margins.