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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    Xiaomi to Cut Down on Plastic Packing by 60%

    Xiaomi has pledged to reduce the use of plastic in the packaging of its devices. The difference being that Xiaomi is only talking about tinkering with the box, and not its contents. 

    It apparently starts with the Mi 10T Lite, which will come in a packaging that uses 60 percent less plastic, Xiaomi has said. But unlike Apple that plans to discontinue the bundling of its humble 5W charger and won't be shipping any AC adapter or earphones with its devices anymore, Xiaomi will be shipping its new phones with all "essentials".

    Note that Xiaomi is referring to just the retail box, not its contents – you will still get all the accessories. That includes the charger, a USB-C cable and even a case. The Mi 10 Lite (no T) got the exact same accessories in its box when it launched earlier this year.

    If you read between the lines this tweet is a subtle jab at Apple, which just removed the in-box charger and headset citing environmental reasons. But it’s not clear how much plastic is being saved here – the box is mostly cardboard.

    And we’ve seen this happen before. Competitors lined up to make jokes about Apple when it removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack, only to do the same themselves the following year. Will history repeat?

    Probably not, at least for flagships, as it will be harder for Xiaomi to drop the in-box charger. While the 20W USB Power Delivery adapters you need for an iPhone 12 are pretty common, 100W wired and 80W wireless tech is a lot harder to come by. Especially when those will be major selling points for future Mi phones.

    By the way, you can still pick up a Mi 10T Lite at €250 if you go for the 6/64 GB model. The Atlantic Blue colorway (pictured above) and the Rose Gold one will start shipping by tomorrow.

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