Finance Minister P Chidambaram recently announced a 6 percent excise duty on all mobile phones over Rs 2,000. Though this tax doesn’t come into effect till April, it has already started having an effect on the prices of quite a few mobile phones.
According to PriceBaba, a location based price search engine, Samsung has increased the prices of most its smartphones owing to the excise duty. The Samsung Galaxy S III which had recently seen a drop in its price to Rs 28,000 has now gone up to Rs 29,700. Other smartphones like the Galaxy Note II (earlier Rs 33,500) now costs Rs 35,500, the Galaxy S Duos (earlier Rs 12,400) Rs 13,100 and the Galaxy Ace Duos (earlier Rs 10,500) costs Rs 11,130. The newly launched Galaxy Grand though doesn’t see any change in its price and still costs Rs 20,500. The tablets in Samsung’s range haven’t been spared the hike either and the Galaxy Tab 2 P3100 8GB which cost Rs 15,500 now retails at Rs 16,400.
HTC, surprisingly doesn’t look to have been burdened by the tax, and has in fact dropped the prices of quite a few of its models. The HTC Desire V which cost Rs 15,350 now sees a drop of about Rs 2,800 and is available for Rs 12,600. Other models to have got a price revision are the Desire X (earlier Rs 16,950) which now costs Rs 14,600, the Desire C (earlier Rs 10,600) costs Rs 8,500 and the Explorer (earlier Rs 7,500) costs Rs 6,600. These devices might be hitting their end-of-life and HTC could be looking at launching their replacements in coming weeks.