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These Android smartphones are now more expensive in India after the GST rate hike

On: April 6, 2020

As the nation struggles with the 21-day lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, smartphone makers were faced with yet another setback. The Indian government had revised the GST on mobiles from 12 percent to 18 percent, and the same came into effect from April 1st. As a result, we saw major smartphone brands hiking the prices of their smartphone line-up. Notably, this is not a temporary hike, because just like the increased GST on phones, the hiked prices are here to stay as well. Here’s a list of most popular Android smartphones that have received a increase in their prices.

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Rs 13,999 (old price: Rs 12,999)

The Redmi Note 9 Pro was recently launched as the first Note series smartphone with a punch-hole display. The smartphone features a 6.67-inch full HD+ display, Snapdragon 720G chipset, up to 6GB RAM, up to 128GB Storage, 48MP quad-camera setup, 16MP selfie camera, MIUI 11 with Android 10 and a 5,020mAh battery. The smartphone can be purchased from Amazon, mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio.

Realme 6 Pro

Rs 17,999 (old price: Rs 16,999)

The Realme 6 Pro sports a 6.6-inch LCD display bearing FHD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate screen and a 120Hz touch sampling rate. Powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor, the phone comes with up to 8GB, up to 128GB internal storage, Android 10-based Realme UI, 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging, 64MP quad cameras and more.

Samsung Galaxy M31

Rs 16,856 (old price: Rs 15,999)

The Samsung Galaxy M31 flaunts 64MP quad cameras and a 6,000mAh battery as its key selling points. The handset ships with a 6.4-inch S-AMOLED display with an Infinity-U notch that outputs full HD+ resolution. At its core is a 10nm Exynos 9611 chipset with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Users will get 64MP quad cameras, a 32MP selfie snapper, massive 6,000mAh battery and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is available from Amazon India, Samsung India website, and offline retail stores across India.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Rs 16,499 (old price Rs 14,999)

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has not yet gone on sale in India, as its first sale scheduled on March 25th got delayed amidst the lockdown. The handset features an FHD+ display measuring 6.67-inches, square-shaped quad-camera module with 64MP primary sensor, 32MP front-facing camera, Snapdragon 720G chipset, and a 5,020mAh battery with a bundled 33W fast charger. It will be available for purchase on Amazon, mi.com, Mi Home and Mi studio stores.

Realme 6

Rs 13,999 (old price Rs 12,999)

The Realme 6 is a toned-down variant of the Realme 6 Pro but gets major upgrades compared to the Realme 5. The handset flaunts a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Ticking at its core is the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G90T processor paired with a Mali-G76 GPU and up to 8GB RAM. Other salient features include 64MP quad cameras, 16MP selfie camera, 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging support, dedicated microSD card slot, USB-C port, Widevine L1 certification and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Redmi Note 8 Pro

Rs 15,999 (old price: Rs 14,999)

The Redmi Note 8 Pro was among the top 10 best-selling smartphones globally in Q4 last year, and comes with an impressive spec sheet. The handset was one of the first to offer 64MP quad cameras at this price point, with a 20MP selfie camera on front. Other specs include a 6.53-inch full HD+ display, MediaTek Helio G90T, up to 8GB of RAM, and  4,500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

OPPO Reno 3 Pro

Rs 31,990 (old price: Rs 29,990)

The Reno3 Pro comes as the world’s first smartphone with a 44-megapixel selfie camera and all-new MediaTek Helio P95 chipset.  The phone features a 6.4-inch S-AMOLED FHD+ display with a peak brightness of 1200 nits and TUV Rheinland certification. The rear panel houses a quad-camera with a 64-megapixel Ultra Clear main sensor and a 44-megapixel Ultra Clear main lens with 2-megapixel depth sensor on the front. The phone also offers ColorOS 7 based on Android 10 and a 4,025mAh battery that supports 30W VOOC 4.0 flash charging.

POCO X2

Rs 16,999 (old price: Rs 15,999)

The POCO X2 arrived in the market as the only smartphone offering a 120Hz display under Rs 20,000. The handset is a mid-range device that offers premium features like an almost bezel-free design, a quad primary camera setup at the rear, and a premium-looking design. You get a 6.67-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, 64MP quad cameras, dual 20MP + 2MP selfie snappers, MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and more. The handset can be bought from Flipkart and Mi.com.

Redmi Note 8

Rs 10,999 (old price: Rs 10,499)

The base Redmi Note 8 was the best selling Android handset in Q4 2019 globally, sitting ahead of its pricier sibling, the Note 8 Pro. It features a 6.39-inch full HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 48MP quad cameras, 13MP selfie shooter, and more. The phone gets a beefy 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The handset can be purchased from both online and offline channels in India.

Realme X2

Rs 17,999 (old price: Rs 16,999)

The Realme X2 is a powerful smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G processor. It features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, ColorOS 6.1, 64MP quad-cameras, 32MP front shooter, a 4,000mAh battery with 30W VOOC fast charging and more. The smartphone can be picked up from Flipkart as well as offline stores in India.

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