Xiaomi hikes Redmi Note 8 price in India; coronavirus to blame

“The Redmi Note 8 price in India for the base variant has been increased by Rs 500 on both online and offline channels”

Xiaomi has silently hiked the price of Redmi Note 8 base variant in the Indian market. To recall, the Redmi Note 8 series was launched in India last year. The brand has silently increased the Redmi Note 8 price in India for the base variant on its official e-store Mi.com. 91mobiles has learnt from offline retail sources that the same variant’s price has also been raised in offline stores. It should be noted that the Redmi Note 8 base variant is out of stock on Xiaomi’s official online partner Amazon.in and buyers can only purchase the smartphone from Mi.com in the online segment.

Upon being queried by 91mobiles on the matter, the company said it expects a slowdown in its supply-chain in China due to the extended shutdown in the country due to the deadly coronavirus. Additionally, Xiaomi has called this price hike temporary, so we can expect the price to be rolled back in the future.

Redmi Note 8 price in India hiked

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The Redmi Note 8 price in India has been hiked by Rs 500 for the base variant

As seen in the screenshot of Mi.com (above), the price of Redmi Note 8 base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is now selling for Rs 10,499. This is a Rs 500 increase over the smartphone’s launch price of Rs 9,999. Similarly, the offline price of the smartphone has been increased from Rs 10,499 to Rs 10,999, a difference of Rs 500, for the 4GB + 64GB variant. On Amazon, however, you can only purchase the smartphone’s 6GB + 128GB variant as the 4GB + 64GB model is not listed on the platform anymore.

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The Redmi Note 8 base variant is not available for purchase via Amazon.in anymore

The 6GB + 128GB variant, however, is still selling at the launch price, i.e. Rs 12,999 online and Rs 13,499 offline. The usual offers are still intact, and you can avail of exchange offers, 10-days replacement, and bank discounts on purchasing the smartphone from Mi.com.

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Coronavirus fears

Coronavirus has claimed over a thousand lives in China and has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). China is the world’s biggest manufacturing hub and coronavirus has affected production of many gadgets, including the rumoured iPhone 9. Xiaomi in its statement to 91mobiles said it is monitoring the situation in China, which is “likely to have an impact on our supply chain.” This means the China shutdown due to coronavirus is yet to actually affect Xiaomi’s supply chain, but the company said it is already looking for alternative supply channels for components and raw materials needed for its products.

A Xiaomi spokesperson told 91mobiles, “Business is critical but the value of human life is the biggest priority for the company. We are continuing to adopt all measures to ensure the safety of our employees and partners and to continue to evaluate the situation in real-time. The extended shutdown in China is likely to have an impact on our supply chain and there is a risk of impact on the overall quantum of component supplies. While we are working to explore alternative supply channels for components and raw materials, the immediate impact is that the short supply might cause some negative pressure on prices of these components. This has led to the increase in the price of the product [Redmi Note 8] temporarily. We apologise for the inconvenience.”

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc worldwide, but China is the worst affected by it as its Hubei province was the point of origin for the disease. With the death toll over 1,000 and no cure in sight, the country has been struggling with an epidemic that has been deemed worse than SARS and ebola. As far as its effect on the tech industry goes, coronavirus has caused several major brands, such as Vivo, Nokia, Intel, and Amazon, to pull out of the Mobile World Congress 2020, the biggest tech show of the year. With many companies reportedly advising employees to not come to work, manufacturing has slowed down, with the rumoured iPhone 9 production affected too.

Redmi Note 8 specifications

The Redmi Note 8 boasts of a 6.39-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2,340 × 1,080 pixels, waterdrop notch at the top, Gorilla Glass 5, and 2.5D curved glass design. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, paired with an Adreno 610 GPU. The device comes in two configurations – one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The storage can further be expanded with the help of an external SD card. As a matter of fact, the India variant of the Redmi Note 8 features a dedicated microSD card slot.

Shifting gears to the camera department, the Redmi Note 8 flaunts a quad-camera setup at the back, which consists of a 48-megapixel (f/1.79) primary sensor, paired with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is a 13MP unit. At the back, we can see a physical fingerprint scanner. Speaking of the battery, a 4,000mAh battery keeps the lights of the Redmi Note 8 on, and the same can be charged with the help of an 18W fast charger, which comes bundled in the box. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou, and USB Type-C.

Key Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 | 4 GBProcessor
6.3 inches Display
48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MPRear camera
13 MPSelfie camera
4000 mAh Battery
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