Galaxy Note 20 does not come with headphones and it is a good thing

The new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has many new features. But its box is missing an important thing.

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When you buy Galaxy note 20 Or the Note 20 Ultra you can see that the box feels slightly lighter than normal. No, it is not the new plastic back on the Note 20 that is causing that mild feeling. The real reason is that Samsung now includes a pair of wired headphones in their high-end phone boxes. Stop and let that sink in. Are you angry Are you indifferent? Do you also use the headphones that come with your phone? Is this a deal-breaker for you?

News of Samsung’s headphone lapse comes based on rumors Apple will not include headphones or power adapters In the box of the next iPhone, aka iphone 12. If this is too extreme for you, Samsung still includes a charger in the box.

The Note 20 website has a “What’s in a box” section that is absent from any headphones. Samsung confirmed that all this is true and that it would not include wired headphones in the box of premium phones sold in North America.

To quote Kent Brockman from The Simpsons when he felt space ants were invading Earth, “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlord.”

It is amazing that the new Galaxy Note 20 drops the headphones from the phone box. Think about how much e-waste it will reduce. Samsung may become a role model for other phone manufacturers who will follow suit as expected. Earth is not really designed to handle annual phone upgrades.

Here is my attempt to answer all your questions about Samsung’s missing headphones.

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Does it really come with less?

I know people will feel that they are paying $ 1,000 ($ 50 more than last year’s note 10). In the physical sense there are fewer things in the box, which again can be beneficial to the environment.

Nevertheless, I would argue that both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra are overpriced. You’ll get 5G, a higher refresh rate display (on Ultra), a faster processor, better telephoto camera, Now support OS upgrade, High resolution video, Gorilla Glass Victus (Also on Ultra), a sharper S-Pen and larger screen.

Are you getting a lower price?

It doesn’t help that for years, Samsung made a point of exposing the $ 99 value of its “included” wired headphones. So if last year’s Note 10 cost $ 950, shouldn’t the Note 20 cost $ 851?

It comes down to how much you value the improvements and new features mentioned earlier. As we have seen with other phones this year, such as the Galaxy S20 line and the OnePlus 8 line, 5G phones cost more. At least they do now.

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Do not remember anything? Fortunately, a charger is still included in the box with the Galaxy Note 20.


Do you really need another pair of ‘free’ headphones?

I will challenge you to see it in your home, your car, bag or office (if you are lucky enough to use it now). You may actually have a pair of already wired headphones that can work.

But it is a bit more complicated. You need a pair of headphones with a USB-C connector. Last year, Samsung scraps headphone jack from Note 10. So if you have headphones, chances are they have a 3.5mm headphone jack and will not be compatible with the new Note phone. Also, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra do not come with a headset jack on a USB-C dongle.

I don’t live in North America, why do I care?

You make a good point. If you do not live in North America, you have nothing to worry about. Samsung will continue to include a pair of wired headphones with a USB-C connector in the box.

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If you need a pair of USB-C headphones that will work with the new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung will send you a pair for free.

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What do I do if I don’t have USB-C headphones?

Samsung is your back. If you need a pair of USB-C wired headphones, Samsung’s customer service will give you a pair for free. The company will also cover shipping and handling.

What about Bluetooth headphones?

This is what Samsung is hoping that people will choose, I will bet. Not only is the wire gone, but you can use a pair of Bluetooth earbuds in your devices. A pair of wireless headphones like new Galaxy buds live (Nicknamed “Galaxy Beans”) costs $ 170. It is definitely much more free. But you are likely to keep a pair of wireless earbuds longer than a wired freebie.

Keep in mind, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra can work with many Bluetooth headphones and earbuds. In fact, Read this list of the best true wireless earbuds. If you are looking to save money, then check out this list Cheapest true-wireless earbuds, With the most expensive option being $ 52.

I’m out of questions, what should I do next?

Keep an eye on us Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review Ongoing.

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