With the recent decision by the Indian government to increase the GTS rate increase for smartphones, several devices have seen prices rise in recent months. Among them are various Redmi smartphones from Xiaomi. Today it's time for the Redmi Note 8, the Redmi 8A and the Redmi 8 to receive a new price increase.
The Vanilla Redmi Note 8 is now sold for Rs. 11,999 (~ USD 159) compared to the previous retail price of Rs 11,499 (~ USD 152). Interestingly, the device had received a price cut from Rs. 500 ($ 6) before the GTS rate hike. With the recent release of the Redmi Note 9 series, it's strange to see that the predecessor is getting more expensive, but that's exactly what is happening. The Redmi Note 8 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is now Rs 500 more expensive. In addition, the price of 6GB RAM with the 128GB model was increased to Rs 14,499 (~ $ 192), just as for the previous price of Rs 13,999 ($ 185).
The prices for the entry-level models Redmi 8A Dual and Redmi 8 were also increased. The Redmi 8 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage now costs Rs 9,499 ($ 126). That is Rs 200 (~ $ 2.65) compared to the previous price of Rs 9.299 (~ $ 123.13). In addition, the Redmi 8A Dual with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage now costs Rs 7,499 ($ 99), which is an increase of Rs 200 ($ 2.65) over the previous Rs retail price. 7,299 ($ 97).
There is currently no place to run as the new prices are already being used by major retailers such as Flipkart and Amazon.in. You are already on Mi.com. In the coming days, offline stores will start adjusting prices given the new increase.