The Indian government recently hiked the GST rate on mobile phones from 12 percent to 18 percent, which came into effect starting April 1st. Following the GST hike, smartphone makers like OPPO, Realme, Vivo, Xiaomi and Apple and more raised the pricing of their phones in the country. Some of the popular smartphones including the Redmi Note 8 series from Xiaomi and Realme 6 series became more expensive in India.
Now, Redmi has decided to hike the pricing of a few of its budget devices in the country for the second time according to a report by 91mobiles. Redmi has hiked the pricing of the Redmi 8A Dual, Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 by up to Rs 500 in India. The new pricing is already reflecting on Mi.com, and has gone into effect across offline stores in the country starting today, May 13th.
Redmi 8A Dual, Redmi 8, Redmi Note 8 new prices in India
After the recent price hike, the Redmi 8A Dual 2GB + 32GB variant is retailing at Rs 7,299 instead of Rs 6,999, which is a Rs 300 hike. The smartphone was launched in the country earlier this year with prices starting from Rs 6,499. The price of the top-end 3GB + 32GB model remains unchanged at Rs 7,999.
As for the Redmi 8, it was launched in India last year with a starting price of Rs 7,999. The 4GB + 64GB variant price was hiked to Rs 8,999 last month and now after the recent hike of Rs 300 is retailing for Rs Rs 9,299. The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, received the highest hike of Rs 500. The 4GB + 64GB model that was launched for Rs Rs 9,999 last year will now be available at Rs 11,499. The 6GB RAM variant will remain unchanged at Rs 13,999.
Xiaomi has not announced anything officially regarding the latest price hike.
Redmi 8A Dual, Redmi 8, Redmi Note 8 specifications and features
Speaking of the Redmi 8A Dual first, the smartphone comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. The handset comes in two RAM and storage configurations – 2GB + 32GB and 3GB + 32GB. On the back panel is a 13-megapixel primary camera accompanied by a 2MP shooter. Other features include an 8MP selfie camera, a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, and more.
The Redmi 8 flaunts a 6.22-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 439, up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. On the back, the phone features a 12-megapixel primary Sony IMX363 camera and secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. The phone boots MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
Finally, the Redmi Note 8 ships with a 6.3-inch full HD+ display, and it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665. The phone is being offered in 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variants. The optics department comprises a 48MP quad rear cameras and a 13MP selfie camera. Other features include MIUI 10, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.