Last month, several Chinese smartphone makers including Xiaomi announced a hike in the prices of several of its products citing the continuous depreciation of the Indian Rupee. Xiaomi, for example, announced price hikes for its budget handsets the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A. The company also hiked the prices for several of its TV models. Vivo, another major Chinese brand had also silently increased the prices of several of their products. A month later, after the value of the Indian Rupee stabilized, these companies have decided to reverse their decision. Xiaomi, for example, has decided to slash the price of the Redmi 6A by INR 600 while Vivo has announced a significant price cut of INR 1000 for its Y83 Pro smartphone.
Details of Xiaomi’s recent price cuts
In case you have been following Xiaomi-related news of late, you might be aware that it is not just the Redmi 6A that has seen its price go back to what it was earlier. The company has recently also slashed the price of its popular ‘flagship killer’ the Poco F1 by INR 1,000 which meant that people would be able to buy the base version of the Poco F1 for as little as INR 19,000.
As for the Redmi 6A, with the current price reduction, the base version of the handset with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory will now once again retail for INR 5,999 (as opposed to INR 6599 after the hike). The 2GB RAM version with 32GB of storage now goes for INR 6,999 (as opposed to INR 7499 after the last hike). Both these smartphones are on sale via Amazon.in and Mi’s India store. The new prices are effective 12 noon, December 13, 2018.
While Xiaomi has slashed the prices of the Redmi 6A. The company has decided against doing the same for the pricier Redmi 6 models. For example. The price of the 3GB/32GB version and the 3GB/64GB version of the Redmi 6 will remain the same – INR 8,499 and INR 9,499 respectively. As you might already be aware, there are not the prices at which the phones were launched.
Another handset from Xiaomi that had seen an increase in price followed by a price cut was the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, that phone received a permanent price cut after it was sold in huge numbers during the Dussehra and Diwali festival season here in India
Vivo Y83 Pro price cut
Another handset that has received a significant price cut recently is the Y83 Pro from Vivo. According to 91 Mobiles, this handset has received an INR 1,000 price cut that saw its MRP reduce to INR 13,990 from its original price of INR 14,990. Being a Vivo, this handset is more popular in the offline market. That being said, the Vivo Y83 Pro is still being sold via popular e-commerce platforms with its older price tag. For the same reason, if you are considering getting a Vivo Y83, you should really be looking at the offline space.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that the Y83 from Vivo has received a price cut. The price of the handset was lowered by INR 1,000 just a month ago. With the current price cut, the Y83 Pro is now cheaper by INR 2,000 compared to its launch price of INR 15,990.
Now that the prices of the Redmi 6A and the Vivo Y83 Pro have been reduced, would you be considering to buy either of these phones? Do let us know in the comments section below.