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GST effect: Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi K20 Pro, iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 and more phones get expensive in India

GST effect: Poco X2, Xiaomi phones, Apple iPhone 11 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 series, and more phones get expensive in India due to GST revision. Check out the new prices,

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2020 7:51:02 pm
GST effect: Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung phones get expensive in India; check new prices GST effect: Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi K20 Pro, iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 and more phones get expensive

Earlier last month the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council announced a hike in the rate of tax on mobile phones. The Council said that the GST on phones will go up to 18 per cent from 12 per cent. Due to this GST revision, smartphones are bound to get expensive in the country. Today brands such as Xiaomi, Apple, Poco and Samsung have announced price hike of all its latest phones as well as some of the old devices.

Apple has increased price of iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS series, iPhone X series, iPhone 8 series and the old ones. Similarly, Samsung and Xiaomi have also hiked price of their smartphones in the country. The latest Samsung Galaxy S20 now costs Rs 70,500 while the price of Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra has been revised to Rs 77,900 and Rs 97,900, respectively.

Commenting on the price hike and revised GST Xiaomi said, “We would like to share an update regarding the recent GST revisions announced by the Government of India. GST rates on mobile phones have increased by 50 per cent from 12 per cent to 18 per cent effective 1 April 2020.” Providing more clarification of the price hike Xiaomi said, “Indian Rupees has depreciated significantly against US Dollars. Since we maintain less than 5 per cent profit margin for all our hardware products, we have no option other than to increase prices.”

Xiaomi hasn’t specifically announced the new prices of its phones available in India. But it did confirm that “the new prices will be in effect starting midnight April 1, 2020 and will reflect on mi.com.” Due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country smartphone companies have stopped selling phones. Brands have announced that their offline retail stores, as well as online e-stores, will be shut until the Indian government lifts lockdown on April 14.

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GST effect: New India price of Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi K20 Pro, iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 and more phones. Here are new prices

19:47 (IST)01 Apr 2020
Xiaomi increases price of its phones in India

Xiaomi phones have become expensive in India due to GST rates revision. The new prices are into effect starting today. The prices for Xiaomi's latest Redmi Note 9 Pro Max now stands at Rs 16,499 for the base variant (6GB RAM 64GB storage). The 6GB RAM 128GB version costs Rs 17,999 and 8GB RAM and 128GB version price is set at Rs 19,999.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro now starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM 64GB version, while the 6GB RAM 128 GB version cost Rs 16,999 (earlier Rs 15,999). The Redmi Note 8 Pro now starts at Rs 15,999 for the base 6GB RAM 64GB version, Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM 128GB version and Rs 18,999 for the 8GB RAM 128GB version.

The Redmi 8A Dual camera variant now costs Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM 32GB version, compared to the earlier price of Rs 6,499. The 3GB RAM 32GB version will cost Rs 7,999 compared to the earlier price of Rs 6,999.

The Redmi K20 Pro now costs Rs 26,999 for the base 6GB RAM 128GB version compared to the earlier price of Rs 24,999. The 8GB RAM and 256GB version costs Rs 29,999. The Redmi K20 will cost Rs 21,999 for the 6GB RAM 128GB version and Rs 24,999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB version. The Redmi Note 8 now starts at Rs 10,999 for the base 4GB 64GB, compared to the earlier price of Rs 9,999. The higher 6GB RAM option costs Rs 13,999 now, according to the Xiaomi India website.

19:42 (IST)01 Apr 2020
New Xiaomi phone prices are out

Most Mi and Redmi phones have received a price hike in India due to GST rates revision. The price for the latest Redmi Note 9 Pro Max now stands at Rs 16,499 for the base variant of 6GB RAM+64GB storage. The 6GB RAM + 128GB version is now priced at Rs 17,999, and the 8GB RAM + 128GB version at Rs 19,999. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is now priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM+ 64GB version, while the 6GB RAM+ 128 GB version is set at Rs 16,999.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro now starts at Rs 15,999 for the base 6GB RAM+64GB version, Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM+128GB version and Rs 18,999 for the 8GB RAM+128GB version. The Redmi 8A Dual camera variant now costs Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM+ 32GB version. The 3GB RAM+ 32GB version will cost Rs 7,999.

The Redmi K20 Pro now costs Rs 26,999 for the base 6GB RAM+128GB version compared to the earlier price of Rs 24,999. The 8GB RAM and 256GB version will cost Rs 29,999. The Redmi K20 will cost Rs 21,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB version and Rs 24,999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB version.

The Redmi Note 8 now starts at Rs 10,999 for the base 4GB + 64GB, compared to the earlier price of Rs 9,999. The higher 6GB RAM option costs Rs 13,999 now, according to the Xiaomi India website.

17:38 (IST)01 Apr 2020
Oppo increases price of its phones in India

Oppo has also increased price of its phones in India due to GST rates revision. 'As a customer-centric technology brand, OPPO is striving for keeping customer satisfaction at the core, OPPO has been providing cutting-edge technology to consumers at different segments for the Indian market. OPPO respects the decision from the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council, after serious consideration, we will be revising the prices of our products from April 1, 2020, across all platforms. We will keep monitoring the market situation and pass on the benefits to our consumers in our endeavour of bringing the best products to them at an affordable price range in the future,' the company said. 

15:00 (IST)01 Apr 2020
Realme to hike smartphone prices in India

Realme has announced a price hike on all of its smartphones in India. The company said the novel coronavirus has disrupted the smartphone industry leading to a price hike of components and supply shortage. The new prices will be effective from today. 

14:02 (IST)01 Apr 2020
Poco X2 India price hiked

Poco X2 India price has been hiked due to new GST rates. The Poco X2 now starts at Rs 16,999 for the base 6GB RAM / 64GB storage. The 6GB + 128GB and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage are now priced at Rs 17,999 and Rs 20,999. These prices are effective starting today. 

10:35 (IST)01 Apr 2020
Samsung phones get expensive in India

Samsung has also hiked price of its phones in the country. The newly launched Galaxy S20 is now available at a higher price of Rs 70,500 in India. The price of Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra has been revised to Rs 77,900 and Rs 97,900. All other Samsung devices also get expensive in India. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (8GB RAM) available at Rs 42,142, S10e (128GB) at Rs 47,300, S10 (128GB) at Rs 58,800, S10+ at Rs 67,200. Price of old Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S9 series remains unchanged. 

10:22 (IST)01 Apr 2020
Apple iPhones get expensive in India

Due to GST revision Apple has also hiked price of all iPhones including the latest one iPhones 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.The iPhone 11 Pro is now available at Rs 1,06,600, iPhone 11 Pro Max at Rs 1,17,100, iPhone 11 at Rs 68,300, iPhone XS at Rs 94,700, iPhone XR at Rs 52,500, iPhone 8 at Rs 53,300, and iPhone 8 at Rs 42,600. 

GST effect: Several Xiaomi phones, Apple iPhone 11 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 series, Poco X2, Realme phones, and more smartphones get expensive in India due to GST rates revision. Check out the new prices