While the previous was launched in India earlier this yr at Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB+64GB mannequin and Rs. 14,999 for the 6GB+128GB model, the costs have been elevated to Rs 14,222 and Rs. 16,499 following the GST (Goods and Services Tax) hike final month that noticed the costs of flagship Samsung telephones, just like the Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra, additionally improve fairly considerably. As for the Galaxy A50s, it was priced at Rs. 21,070 for the 4GB mannequin and Rs. 26,900 for the 6GB variant following the GST hike.
The GST hike final month was an enormous blow to smartphone distributors, particularly in the course of a pandemic that’s already anticipated to adversely have an effect on their bottomlines for the present monetary yr. To fight the hike, most distributors within the nation, together with Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and Realme, elevated costs of their smartphones by something between a couple of hundred rupees on the lower-end to a number of hundreds on the permium-end of the spectrum.
It’s price noting that gross sales of ‘non-essential’ electronics are at present prohibited in India as a part of the coronavirus lockdown, which implies one can’t purchase smartphones within the nation both by way of on-line or offline shops. However, with the federal government asserting plans to loosen a number of the restrictions in most areas from Monday, May 4th, on-line retailers, like Flipkart and Amazon, ought to have the ability to resume retail gross sales of smartphones within the nation.