Xiaomi tweeted that it is committed to reducing the plastic used in its packaging by 60%, starting in Europe. And it seems that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is the first phone to take this step.
Please note that the company is only referring to the box, not its contents; you always have all the accessories. This includes the charger, a USB-C cable, and even a case. The Mi 10 Lite (not T) has the exact same accessories in the box when it launched earlier this year.
Regardless, if you read between the lines, this tweet is a subtle blow to Apple, which just took the charger and headphones out of the box for environmental reasons. But it is unclear how much plastic is saved here; the box is mainly made of cardboard.
And we have seen this happen before. Competitors lined up to joke about Apple when it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, to do the same the following year. Will history repeat itself?
Probably not, at least for flagships, as it will be more difficult for Xiaomi to drop the charger in the box. While the 20W USB power adapters you need for an iPhone 12 are fairly common, 100W wired and 80W wireless technology is much harder to find. Especially if these are the main selling points for future Mi phones.
By the way, you can still buy a Mi 10T Lite for 250 € if you go for the 6/64 GB model.The colors Atlantic Blue (pictured above) and Rose Gold will ship tomorrow.