Xiaomi has raised the prices of three of its Redmi series phones in India today, as noted by FoneArena. These handsets are the Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A Dual. The increase comes after the GST prices rose last month.
The good news is that not all variants are affected by this price increase. For example, only the 4 GB + 64 GB model of the Redmi Note 8 became more expensive by 500 rupees, which brought the price up to 11,499 rupees. The rise in GST prices has raised prices by Rs 1,000, bringing to Rs 10,999 his original launch sticker of Rs 9,999. The 6 GB + 128 GB model receives no increase and is still selling at Rs 13,999.
Redmi hasn't announced the Redmi Note 9 in India yet, so as long as the Redmi Note 8 is alone, we can expect the new prices to stay.
Similarly, the price of the Redmi 8 4 GB + 64 GB model increased by Rs 300, bringing it to Rs 9,299. Earlier, the phone was sold for Rs 8,999 (with increase in the GST) while the launch price was Rs 7,999.
The affordable Redmi 8A Dual (2 GB + 32 GB) also gets a price increase of Rs 300, bringing its retail price to Rs 7,299 against Rs 6,999. The new prices are already online at Mi.com, Flipkart, Amazon.in. These new prices are a surprise as there is no explanation for the sudden upside, even if an announcement from Xiaomi could be on its way.
However, Realme has not yet raised the prices of its phones. The Realme 5i, which is similar to the Redmi Note 8, currently costs Rs 9,999 for the 4 GB + 64 GB model and looks like an interesting proposition.
The new prices come as e-commerce deliveries for non-essential products have started in the green and orange areas of the country.