Poco X2, Samsung Galaxy M21, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A Dual, and Realme C3 are the six smartphones that have received a price hike in the last one month. In some cases, smartphone makers have confirmed that the increase happened mainly due to supply constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It is, however, important to point out that the recent increases shortly after phone companies raised their prices due to an increase in GST that came into effect in April this year.
The Poco X2 price hike took place just last week. The phone that was earlier available with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 received a revised price tag of Rs. 17,499 for the base, 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. Similarly, the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model also got an increased price of Rs. 18,499, up from 17,999. The top-end model with 8GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration, however, didn’t receive any changes and is still available at Rs. 20,999.
Samsung Galaxy M21
Similar to the Poco X2, the Samsung Galaxy M21 received a price hike of Rs. 500 across all variants, as shown from the updated pricing on the Samsung India eStore. The phone was launched with an initial price tag of Rs. 13,499 for the 4GB + 64GB configuration that was recently updated to Rs. 13,999. An identical price hike was implemented for the 6GB + 128GB model that is available at Rs. 15,999, up from the original Rs. 15,499.
Redmi Note 8
Xiaomi also revised the price of the Redmi Note 8 from Rs. 11,499 to Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB + 64GB model and from Rs. 13,999 to Rs. 14,499 for the 6GB + 128GB option. The phone notably received a total price hike of up to Rs. 2,000 from its original starting price of Rs. 9,999.
Alongside the Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi increased the price of the Redmi 8 from Rs. 9,299 to Rs. 9,499 for the 4GB + 64GB storage variant. The phone was launched in October last year with a starting price of Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB + 32GB option, though the company silently discontinued the base variant.
Redmi 8A Dual
The Redmi 8A Dual also saw a price hike for the 2GB RAM + 32GB storage variant that is available at Rs. 7,499, up from Rs. 7,299. However, there isn’t any change for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model of the Redmi 8A Dual that is still available at Rs. 7,999. Xiaomi also earlier today introduced its 64GB storage model that carries a price tag of Rs. 8,999. If we go by the records, the Redmi 8A Dual received a total price hike of Rs. 1,000 since its launch in February.
The last major price hike that came into force in the last one month is of the Realme C3 that is available at Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration. This shows an increase from the earlier pricing of Rs. 7,499. The phone was notably launched at Rs. 6,999, though it received a Rs. 500 revision due to the GST hike in April.
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