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Smartphones in India gets more expensive

Highlights

  • The GST rate on smartphones has been raised to 18-percent
  • Smartphone brands like Vivo, Oppo, Realme, Xiaomi, Samsung etc have all increased prices of their phones.
  • The price hike has affected budget as well as flagship phones

The government of India has raised the GST rate on smartphones, making the phones costlier than before. Since 1st April 2020, the GST rate on smartphones has been raised to 18-percent, up from 12-percent. This move by the government has led the manufacturers to increase the prices of their current lineup. Smartphone brands like Vivo, Oppo, Realme, Xiaomi, Samsung etc have all increased prices of their phones.

The price hike has affected budget as well as flagship phones. The flagships are even costlier now. The recently launched Realme 6 is now priced at Rs. 13,999 which is Rs. 1000 more than before and the Realme 6 Pro is now priced at Rs. 17,999 which is Rs. 1000 more than before . Similarly, the Realme flagship, Realme X2 Pro is now priced at Rs. 29,999 i.e. Rs. 2000 costlier than before.

The tabular representation of the prices of the leading smartphones in India is given below.

Realme Smartphones

Model Old Price (Rs) New Price (Rs)
Realme 5 Pro 12,999 13,999
Realme 5i 8,999 9,999
Realme 5s 9,999 10,999
Realme 6 12,999 13,999
Realme 6 Pro 16,999 17,999
Realme C3 6,999 7,499
Realme X 16,999 17,999
Realme X2 16,999 17,999
Realme X2 Pro 27,999 29,999
Realme XT 15,999 16,999

Xiaomi Smartphones

Model Old Price (Rs) New Price (Rs)
Mi A3 (4GB + 64GB) 11,999 12,999
Mi A3 (6GB + 128GB) 14,999 14,999
Redmi 7A (2GB + 16GB) 5,999 6,499
Redmi 7A (2GB + 32GB) 6,199 6,699
Redmi 8 (4GB + 64GB) 7,999 8,999
Redmi 8A (2GB + 32GB) 6,499 6,999
Redmi 8A Dual (2GB + 32GB) 6,499 6,999
Redmi 8A Dual (3GB + 32GB) 6,999 7,999
Redmi Go (1GB + 16GB) 4,499 4,999
Redmi K20 (6GB + 128GB) 22,999 24,999
Redmi K20 (6GB + 64GB) 19,999 21,999
Redmi K20 Pro (6GB + 128GB) 24,999 26,999
Redmi K20 Pro (8GB + 256GB) 27,999 29,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro (4GB + 64GB) 10,999 10,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB + 128GB) 13,999 13,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB + 64GB) 12,999 12,999
Redmi Note 8 (4GB + 64GB) 10,499 10,999
Redmi Note 8 (6GB + 128GB) 12,999 13,999
Redmi Note 8 Pro (6GB + 128GB) 15,999 16,999
Redmi Note 8 Pro (6GB + 64GB) 14,999 15,999
Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB + 128GB) 17,999 18,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB + 64GB) 12,999 13,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB + 128GB 15,999 16,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB + 128GB) 16,999 17,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB + 64GB) 14,999 16,499
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB + 128GB) 18,999 19,999

Nokia Smartphones

Model Old Price (Rs) New Price (Rs)
Nokia 2.3 7,199 7,585
Nokia 3.2 7,999 8,428
Nokia 6.2 12,499 13,168
Nokia 7.2 15,499 16,330
Nokia 9 Pureview 49,999 52,677

Poco Smartphones

Model Original Price (Rs) New Price (Rs)
POCO X2 (6GB+128GB) 16,999 17,999
POCO X2 (6GB+64GB) 15,999 16,999
POCO X2 (8GB+256GB) 19,999 20,999

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the GST rates are more or less fixed now and this would be highly unlikely that the decision could be rolled back.

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2 COMMENTS

    • This is highly unlikely. Considering the corona virus pandemic, the GST rates might get a little hike in near future as well. This is not official, just my opinion.

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