The Union Budget received mixed response from the manufacturers and consumers as far as the smartphone industry is concerned. The reason is that Finance Minister P. Chidambaram announced a 6% hike in the excise duty of all mobile phones priced over Rs 2,000.
Though the price hike will come into effect only from April, it seems like some manufacturers have already started having an effect on the same for few models. Market leader, Samsung seems to have come with crashing price hikes on its best selling smartphone models.
According to a BGR India report citing PriceBaba, a price search engine, the South Korean tech giant has increased the prices of its handsets following the increase in the excise duty. The smartphones that have received price cuts are best sellers including Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Ace Duos and Galaxy S Duos. However, this price hike is not only restricted to smartphones, as the company has also increased the price of Galaxy Tab 2 310 - the voice calling tablet.
It is to be noted that only recently Samsung Slashed the prices of the smartphones at different occasions in order to stay in the market constantly. Have a look at the gallery below to know the increased price tag of all these smartphones from Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Galaxy S3 sports a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by a quad core 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad processor and 1GB RAM. Further, it has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 1.9MP front camera for video calling.
Old Price: Rs 28,000
New Price: Rs 29,700
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Galaxy Note 2, the second generation Samsung phablet comes with a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 1.4GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, S Pen support, 16GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage and a 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Old Price: Rs 33,500
New Price: Rs 35,500
Samsung Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy S Duos smartphone houses a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset is equipped with a 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 4GB internal memory, 768MB RAM, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB and 1,500 mAh Li-ion battery.
Old Price: Rs 12,400
New Price: Rs 13,100
Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos
Galaxy Ace Duos comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 832MHz processor, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, Wi-Fi, dual SIM support, 3GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and a 1,300 mAh battery.
Old Price: Rs 10,500
New Price: Rs 11,130
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310
Galaxy Tab 2 310 sports a 7 inch PLS TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 3MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, A-GPS and 4,000 mAh battery.
Old Price: Rs 15,500
New Price: Rs 16,400