Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Amongst Smartphones That Received A Price Cut Recently

The year has started with a number of smartphone companies coming up with their plans for the whole year while there are others who have announced a permanent price cut to make the sales rise even higher. A few amongst these are Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro who have reduced their prices in India recently. 

Here we are going the list some of the most popular smartphones which have recently received a permanent price in India and have become more affordable for the buyers. In this list, you will find smartphones across segments ranging from premium to budget segments.

Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and more popular smartphone which recently received a price cut

  1. Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB RAM variant received a price cut worth Rs. 7,000, and its price in India is Rs. 57,900 after the price cut.
  2. Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB RAM+256GB storage) received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000, and its price in India is Rs. 27,999 after the price cut.
  3. Realme U1 has received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000 for both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options which are now priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 13,499, respectively.
  4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM+64GB storage) received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000 and its price in India is Rs. 13,999 after the price cut.
  5. The Nokia 6.1 has received a price cut worth Rs. 1,500 for both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options which are now priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 13,999, respectively.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi has just announced a limited-period price drop for three of its popular budget smartphones which include Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Xiaomi Redmi 6A while there is also an additional exchange discount on the Redmi 6. Buyers can avail up to Rs. 1000 off on these smartphones between February 6 to February 8.

Xiaomi Series Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro & Redmi 6A Receive Temporary Price Cut in India

The company has announced a temporary price cut in Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi 6A smartphones inIndia. All these three will be available at a discounted price between February 6 to 8, 2019. These can be purchased at a range from Rs.500 to Rs. 2,000 on their original launch price. The three smartphones will be available at a reduced price from the official Xiaomi e-store, Amazon. in and Flipkart starting tomorrow. 

The Chinese smartphone maker announced the limited time price cut on the Redmi 6A ₹ 5,999, Redmi 6 ₹ 8,179 and the Redmi 6 Pro ₹ 9,999 via a tweet from the official Redmi India Twitter account, and also took a dig at Samsung’s freshly launched Galaxy M-series smartphones by asking millennial smartphone users to choose wisely. However, the company has not disclosed the platform-specific offers such as banking discounts, EMI offers, exchange plans, etc. for the three phones.

The Redmi 6 Pro’s 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant will be available at Rs. 10,999, down from its launch price of Rs. 12,999. The lower-end Redmi 6 Pro variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage will also get a price reduction worth Rs. 2,000 and will be available at Rs. 8,999, down from its original price of Rs. 10,999. Additionally, the entry-level Redmi 6A will be available at a reduced price for three days starting February 6, 2019. The Redmi 6A’s 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage model will be sold at Rs. 6,499, down from its original launch price of Rs. 6,999.

When it comes to the Redmi 6, only the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the smartphone will be available at a reduced price point. This particular model, which was launched at Rs. 9,499 and later received a price cut, can be purchased for Rs. 8,499 during the 3-day discount fest. Interestingly, the discount on the Redmi 6 is already live on Flipkart  as part of the Flipkart Super Value Week sale. Flipkart is also offering benefits such as a 10 percent discount for purchases made using an Axis Bank Buzz credit card and an instant discount worth Rs. 1,800 as well as 20GB of extra data to Airtel subscribers.

Xiaomi Smart TV Is The Game Changer of 2018

The price cut from Xiaomi comes in the wake of the Government of India reducing GST on TVs from 28 per cent to 18 per cent on TVs up to 32 inches.

Xiaomi made a great impact in the smart TV segment last year with price drop for a handful of smart TVs including the Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32-inch, Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32-inch.

After the price cut, the Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32-inch is now available for Rs. 12,499 on Mi.com as it has received a price cut worth Rs 1,500. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32-inch has received a price cut worth Rs. 2,000 in India and it will now be available for Rs 13,999. The Xiaomi Mi TV 4A price in India at the time of its launch was Rs. 15,999 while the Mi TV 4C Pro was launched with a price tag of Rs. 16,999. Both the Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32-inch and Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32-inch now comes with an MRP of Rs. 14,999.

The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch, on the other hand, which was launched at a price of Rs. 29,999, however, it earlier received a price hike of Rs. 2,000. Now, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch price in India has been dropped to Rs. 30,999, which makes for a price cut worth Rs. 1,000. All these new prices can be availed through Xiaomi Mi Homes, Mi.com and official Xiaomi stores across India.

Xiaomi Attends China Mobile’s Annual Partner Conference

China Mobile is having its annual Partner Conference in Beijing. Xiaomi is one of the companies attending the event, and it took the chance to demo its Mi Mix 3 smartphone with 5G connectivity and Snapdragon X50 modem. The device was showcased with accompanying specs label, that along with the usual specs, revealed a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

According to Xiaomi, the Mi Mix 3 5G combines the new Qualcomm chipset and its next-gen modem with some in-house antenna switching technologies to reach download speeds of 2 Gbps. During the demo, the phone quickly connected to the 5G network, browsed some web pages and played videos.

The new phone will share the same body, and likely the rest of its internals with the regular Mi Mix 3, unveiled last month – slider mechanism, massive screen-to-body ratio, a fingerprint scanner on the back panel, its top-notch night mode and 960 fps video recording.

Xiaomi told the audience at the Partner Conference that early development began back in 2016, while the final architecture was decided in 2017. Back in September Lin Bin posted on Weibo the first device running 5G in the company test lab. Xiaomi will partner China Mobile in the pre-commercial tests in China and will launch the phone in Europe in Q1 2019.

Falling Rupee Stifles Technology; Xiaomi, Realme Bore Increased Production Costs

Nosediving Indian currency must be checked before it’s too late! The fall in the currency has taken a toll over the technology markets as the two most economical and high-tech mobile phone providers have increased their selling prices due to soaring production costs.

Last week Realme stopped offering its devices on their initial promo prices, announced at Flipkart and Amazon India. This weekend Xiaomi followed through with the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, along with two of its Mi LED TVs and a 10,000 mAh power bank.

Manu Kumar Jain, director of Xiaomi India, took it to Twitter to announce the reason, and it is the same as the one given by Madhav Sheth, CEO of Realme – the price of the Indian rupee is falling, and the company has to adjust the pricing to the production costs.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 smartphone with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage was announced last week with a price tag of INR7,999. Now the device can be purchased for INR8,499. The cheaper Redmi 6A got a similar increase of at least INR500 – the 2/16 GB version is now INR6,599, while the 2/32 GB option costs INR7,499.

Both phones were advertised as “Made for India by Indians,” but since most of the components are imported, their production cost still went up. Xiaomi, as Realme, is relying heavily on affordable handset sales and that’s why only the cheapest products have a new price tag.

Other products that will cost more are the Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32” that is now INR15,999 (an increase of INR1,000), the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49” now costs INR31,999 (an increase of INR2,000) and the 10,000 mAh Mi Power Bank 2i Black is now INR899 instead of INR799.

MIUI Will Be in 21 More Phones

MIUI is the system interface that will advance your smartphones and tablets soon. Back in July, we saw the initial list of devices that will get MIUI 10. The first wave began in September, and today Chinese media announced 21 more phones would start receiving the Stable ROM.

Out of the list is Poco F1 that is already on the receiving end, but we are yet to hear anything about Redmi 6 phones getting the new user interface.

MIUI 10 focuses on gestures and full-screen experience. It will also allow devices to have better AI-infused pictures, even the older phones with one camera will get it. The software update will bring the new ringtones that mimic nature sounds depending on the part of the day and the environment. There is also a better Car Mode and design improvements. Here’s the full list of all devices that’ll get the new user interface:

Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Xiaomi Mi 4s, Xiaomi Mi 4c, Xiaomi Mi 5s, Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Xiaomi Mi 4s, Xiaomi Mi 4c,  Xiaomi Mi 5s, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Xiaomi Redmi 4 (4X), Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Xiaomi Redmi 4 (4X), Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Xiaomi Redmi 4, Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Xiaomi Redmi 4X, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (Note 5A), Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Mediatek), Xiaomi Redmi Pro, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus), Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Mediatek), Xiaomi Redmi Pro, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus.

Amazon sale: OnePlus 6, Redmi 6A top selling Smartphones

OnePlus 6 and Redmi 6A have emerged as the top selling smartphones on Amazon over a period of six days during the Great Indian Festival sale that ended yesterday. In the premium category, OnePlus 6 dominated sales while the affordable smartphone segment was led by Xiaomi’s Redmi 6A.

Both models were being sold exclusively on Amazon India during the festive sale. While OnePlus 6 was being sold for Rs 34,999 for its 128GB internal storage/8GB RAM variant, Redmi 6A was available for Rs 5,999 in 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version.

Xiaomi sold 1 million mobile phones on the first day of the Amazon sale itself while OnePlus phones worth Rs 400 crore were sold on Day 1.

Overall, Xiaomi phones on Amazon.in registered 200% growth over last year’s sales while the growth for OnePlus mobile phones was 100%.

Smartphone buyers also took advantage of no-cost EMIs as every second Amazon customer chose to buy iPhone X on EMI.

Besides discounts and zero-interest EMIs, Amazon was providing another offer of free 1-year screen protection insurance.

In the consumer electronics category, Amazon claims that it sold more headphones during the sale season than what the entire industry sells in two months. In the Bluetooth speaker category, too, Amazon claims to have scored over rivals by selling more than what the entire industry sells in 45 days.

Counterpoint Research had earlier estimated that during the e-commerce sale season, e-tailers would sell about $1 billion worth of smartphones.

 

Mi 8 To Launch By July 24

Xiaomi launched three flagship phonesback in May – the vanilla Mi 8, the lite version called Mi 8 SE and the powerhouse variant with a see-through back called Mi 8 Explorer. While the first two have been on the shelves since early June, the third device is yet to arrive on any market, but at least it showed up on TENAA last week.

According to a poster, the Mi 8 Explorer will finally launch on July 24 in China at 10 AM local time. The phone is listed with a price tag of CNY3,699 (about $555/€473), which is CNY100 off from the initially announced cost of the device at the unveiling.

The image, however, does not come from official Xiaomi communication channels, casting a shade on its authenticity. Still, with Xiaomi getting the last needed certifications lately, it was always likely that the most capable of its flagships is about to hit the stores shortly.