Xiaomi hikes prices of Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A Dual and Poco X2 by upto Rs 500
New prices effective across online retailers
Redmi Note 8 now starts at Rs 11,999 up from Rs 9,999
Xiaomi has hiked the prices of Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A and Poco X2 in India. The company has increased the price of these budget smartphones by Rs 500 in what can be termed as the third revision in prices since launch. Previously, Xiaomi had increased the pricing on its smartphones after the GST on mobile phones had increased by six percent. Going back to February, the company had increased the pricing of the Redmi Note 8 by Rs 500 citing supply chain issues due to Coronavirus.
As it stands now, the Redmi Note 8 starts at Rs 11,999 for the base variant and Rs 14,999 for the maxed-out version. The latest hike totals to Rs 2,000 over the launch price that was set at Rs 9,999 and Rs 12,999 respectively.
Xiaomi Redmi 8 is another phone to have gotten a bump up in price and now retails at Rs 9,499 over a hike of Rs 1,500 since its launch in October 2019. The price of Redmi 8A Dual is also increased by Rs 200 and it now starts at Rs 7,499 in India. At launch, the Redmi 8A Dual was priced at Rs 6,499 for the base variant and Rs 6,999 for the maxed-out version which now sells for Rs 7,999. Both the variants have received a hike of Rs 1,000 since launch.
As for the Poco X2, it now starts at Rs 17,499 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage and Rs 18,499 for the variant with 128GB storage. The Poco X2 was launched starting at Rs 15,999 but with the increase in GST rates, the price was revised and has been hiked further by Rs 500.
The new prices of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A Dual and Poco X2 are now live across online retailers. While Xiaomi hasn’t given a statement yet, the increase in prices is likely due to the impact of Coronavirus on supply chain across the world.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 specifications
The Redmi Note 8 is fitted with a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen with a dot drop notch. It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. The phone also comes with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. It runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note 8 sports a quad rear camera setup: a primary 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.79 lens + an 8MP Ultra-Wide lens that covers120-degree + a 2MP depth sensor + a 2MP Macro lens. The 13MP front shooter is housed in the notch.
Redmi Note 8 has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It also comes with USB Type-C and a headphone jack.
Xiaomi Redmi 8 specifications
The Redmi 8 features a 6.2-inch dot notch HD+ display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset. The smartphone comes with P2i splash resistance and Gorilla Glass protection for scratches. It offers up to 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 512 GB via microSD card.
In the optics department, the Redmi 8 sports a dual rear camera setup: a 12 MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor + a 2MP depth sensor. On the front lies an 8MP selfie shooter. The rear camera has features like AI Scene Detection and Google Lens support. The Redmi 8 packs a 5000mAh battery that supports 18 W fast charging. However, it will come bundled with a 10W charger in the box.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A Dual specifications
The Redmi 8A Dual a dual SIM model with VoLTE and VoWiFi support for both slots. The front side of the handset features a 6.22-inch Dot Notch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and a P2i splash-proof nano-coating, while the backside features Redmi’s new Aura XGrip design with a faint mesh-like texture. The rear panel is also home to the primary 13MP camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The inbuilt camera software has a dedicated mode for portrait photos. It also has native support for Google Lens. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera.