OEMs are raising prices of smartphones in India following a tax increase

OEMs are raising prices of smartphones in India following a tax increase

India is one of the most competitive markets for smartphone brands. Before the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on commercial activities, India was the only positively growing smartphone market in the world. The sheer number of smartphone users (about 400 million) and the huge potential to onboard a larger number of new users has drawn several brands to target India specifically. As a result, smartphones are sold at very lucrative prices with thin margins, especially by brands like Xiaomi and Realme. But as all good things come to an end, this glorious period of tempting smartphone deals in India might become less attractive following the 50% hike Goods and Service Tax (GST) hike that is effective starting today i.e. April 1st, 2020.

Last month, India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced an increase in the GST rate on mobile phones and specified parts. As compared to the previous rate of 12% GST, the new applicable rate is 18% – i.e. a sharp 50% increase. The announcement comes in spite of the depreciating value of the Indian Rupee against the US Dollar, extensive competition, and already slim margins.

As a result of this hike, smartphone makers are left with no alternative but to increase the prices of smartphones and accessories. Xiaomi, India’s largest smartphone seller, has already confirmed its intention to increase the prices of the phone citing the increase in GST rate and the poor performance of the Rupee. In an open letter to its patrons, Xiaomi announced that it will be increasing its prices.

Xiaomi’s spin-off brand POCO has also announced an increase of ₹1,000 (~$15) in all variants of the POCO X2 (review). In the meantime, while OPPO and Vivo didn’t announce a price hike formally, offline retailer Mahesh Telecom shared details about the increased prices of some of the top-selling models.

Likewise, Realme has also increased the prices of its phones.

While we are still awaiting details on the exact price hikes by companies, we have collated a list of smartphones with increased prices.

Old vs New Smartphone Prices in India after GST hike

BrandModelOld Price with 12% GSTNew Price with 18% GST
XiaomiRedmi K20 Pro 6GB/128GB₹24,999₹26,999
Redmi K20 Pro 8GB/256GB₹27,999₹29,999
Redmi K20 6GB/64GB₹19,999₹21,999
Redmi K20 6GB/128GB₹22,999₹24,299
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max 6GB/64GB₹14,999₹16,499
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max 6GB/128GB₹16,999₹17,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max 8GB/128GB₹18,999₹19,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro 4GB/64GB₹12,999₹13,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro 6GB/128GB₹15,999₹16,999
Redmi Note 8 Pro 6GB/64GB₹13,999₹15,999
Redmi Note 8 Pro 6GB/128GB₹15,999₹16,999
Redmi Note 8 Pro 8GB/128GB₹17,999₹18,999
Redmi Note 8 4GB/64GB₹9,999₹10,999
Redmi Note 8 6GB/128GB₹12,999₹13,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro 4GB/64GB₹9,999₹10,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB/64GB ₹10,999₹12,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB/128GB₹11,999₹13,999
Redmi Note 7S 3GB/32GB₹8,999₹9,999
Redmi Note 7S 4GB/64GB₹9,999₹11,999
Redmi 8 4GB/64GB₹8,199₹8,999
Redmi 8A 2GB/32GB₹6,499₹6,999
Redmi 8A 3GB/32GB₹6,999₹7,499
POCOPOCO X2 6GB/64GB₹15,999₹16,999
POCO X2 6GB/128GB₹16,999₹17,999
POCO X2 8GB/256GB₹19,999₹20,999
RealmeRealme X50 Pro 6GB/128GB₹37,999₹39,999
Realme X50 Pro 8GB/128GB₹39,999₹41,999
Realme X50 Pro 12GB/256GB₹44,999₹47,999
Realme X2 Pro 6GB/64GB₹27,999₹29,999
Realme X2 Pro 8GB/128GB₹29,999₹31,999
Realme X2 Pro 12GB/256GB₹33,999₹35,999
Realme X2 4GB/64GB₹16,999₹17,999
Realme X2 6GB/128GB₹18,999₹19,999
Realme X2 8GB/128GB₹19,999₹20,999
Realme X 4GB/128GB₹16,999₹17,999
Realme X 8GB/128GB₹19,999₹20,999
Realme 6 Pro 6GB/64GB₹16,999₹17,999
Realme 6 Pro 6GB/128GB₹17,999₹18,999
Realme 6 Pro 8GB/128GB₹18,999₹19,999
Realme XT 4GB/64GB₹15,999₹16,999
Realme XT 8GB/128GB₹18,999₹19,999
Realme 6 4GB/64GB₹12,999₹13,999
Realme 6 6GB/128GB₹14,999₹15,999
Realme 6 8GB/128GB₹15,999₹16,999
Realme 5 Pro 4GB/64GB₹12,999₹13,999
Realme 5 Pro 6GB/64GB₹13,999₹14,999
Realme 5 Pro 8GB/128GB₹15,999₹16,999
Realme 5 3GB/32GB₹8,999₹9,499
Realme 5 4GB/64GB₹9,999₹10,499
Realme 5 4GB/128GB₹10,999₹11,499
Realme 5i 4GB/64GB₹8,999₹9,999
Realme 5i 4GB/128GB₹9,999₹10,999
Realme C3 3GB/32GB₹6,999₹7,499
Realme C3 4GB/64GB₹7,999₹8,499
SamsungGalaxy S20₹66,999₹70,500
Galaxy S20+₹73,999₹79,900
Galaxy S20 Ultra₹92,999₹97,900
Galaxy Z Flip₹1,09,999₹1,15,890
Galaxy Note 10₹69,999₹73,600
Galaxy Note 10+ 12GB/256GB₹79,999₹84,200
Galaxy Note 10+ 12GB/512GB₹89,999₹94,700
Galaxy Note 10 Lite 6GB/128GB₹38,999₹41,000
Galaxy Note 10 Lite 8GB/128GB₹40,999₹43,100
Galaxy S10 Lite 8GB/128GB₹39,999₹42,142
Galaxy S10 Lite 8GB/512GB₹44,999₹47,300
Galaxy A71₹29,999₹31,500
Galaxy A51₹23,999₹25,250
Galaxy M31 6GB/64GB₹15,999₹16,856
Galaxy M31 6GB/128GB₹16,999₹17,910
Galaxy M30s 4GB/64GB₹13,999₹14,749
Galaxy M30s 4GB/128GB₹14,999₹15,803
Galaxy M30s 4GB/128GB₹15,999₹16,856
Galaxy M21 4GB/64GB ₹13,499 ₹14,222
Galaxy M21 4GB/64GB ₹15,499 ₹16,329
OPPOReno3 Pro (Global)₹29,990₹31,990
Reno2 Z₹25,990₹27,490
Reno2 F₹21,990₹23,490
VivoVivo U20₹17,990₹19,990
Vivo S1 4GB/128GB₹15,990₹17,990
Vivo S1 6GB/64GB₹17,990₹19,990
Vivo S1 Pro 8GB/128GB₹18,990₹20,990
Vivo V17 8GB/128GB₹22,990₹24,990
iQOOiQOO 3 4G 8GB/128GB₹36,990₹38,990
iQOO 3 4G 8GB/256GB₹39,990₹41,990
iQOO 3 5G 12GB/256GB₹44,990₹46,990
AppleiPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB₹1,11,200₹1,17,100
iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB₹1,25,200₹1,31,900
iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB₹1,43,200₹1,50,800
iPhone 11 Pro 64GB₹1,01,200₹1,06,600
iPhone 11 Pro 256GB₹1,15,200₹1,21,300
iPhone 11 Pro 512GB₹1,33,200₹1,40,300
iPhone 11 64GB₹64,900₹68,300
iPhone 11 128GB₹69,900₹73,600
iPhone 11 256GB₹79,900₹84,100
iPhone XS 64GB₹89,900₹94,700
iPhone XS 256GB₹1,03,900₹1,09,400
iPhone XR 64GB₹49,900₹52,500
iPhone XR 128GB₹54,900₹57,800
iPhone 8 64GB₹40,500₹42,600
iPhone 8 128GB₹45,500₹47,900
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB₹50,600₹53,300
iPhone 8 Plus 128GB₹55,600₹58,500

The list above is incomplete but we’ll be adding more recently launched devices as we learn about the increase in prices of other smartphones in India. Needless to say, the tax increase will affect the entire industry. Those who can absorb the rise in cost, will; while those with thin margins will have no option but to pass on the burden to the end consumer. However, keep in mind that the country is on COVID-19-related lockdown, so sales on both offline and online platforms are on hold.

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Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]