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Xiaomi Hikes Pricing Of a Budget Phone After Rupee Depriciates

Online-focused Chinese smartphone maker Realme increased the prices of its two popular budget handsets in India.

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Xiaomi also refreshes 'Mi TV' series in India. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the wake of the depreciating rupee and rising input costs, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Saturday announced that it was increasing the prices of its budget smartphones Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, along with Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TV (32-inch Pro and 49-inch Pro variants).

“Mi Fans! INR has depreciated against US$ by ~15 per cent since the beginning of this year, resulting in significant rise in input costs. We are adjusting the prices of Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, Mi Powerbank 2i & Mi TV (32″ Pro & 49″ Pro),” tweeted Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

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The company added that the new prices would be effective starting November 11.

The price of Xiaomi’s budget handset Redmi 6A (2GB RAM + 16GB ROM) has been increased by Rs 600 and will now cost Rs 6,599. The 2GB RAM + 32 GB ROM variant will now cost Rs 7,499 after the hike.

Redmi 6, another budget model, will now cost Rs 8,499 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM version.

Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32 and Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 will now cost Rs 15,999 and Rs 31,999, respectively.

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The smartphone maker has introduced Mi LED TV 4 PRO (55-inch), Mi LED TV 4A PRO (49-inch) and Mi LED TV 4C PRO (32-inch).

The cost of Xiaomi’s 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i Black has been increased by Rs 100 and will now be available for Rs 899.

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Earlier this week, online-focused Chinese smartphone maker Realme increased the prices of its two popular budget handsets in India.

The Rs 6,999 Realme C1 is now priced at Rs 7,999 while Rs 8,990 Realme 2 (3GB variant) is priced at Rs 9,499.  (IANS)

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Xiaomi Plans to Bring 10 5G Smartphones in Year 2020

Additionally, Jun noted that Xiaomi's IoT platform has connected 196 million devices, and the number of users of IoT devices exceeds 3 million

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The highest demand among people was for of smartphones, followed by Mi ecosystem devices, accessories and Mi TVs. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi is aiming to introduce at least 10 5G smartphones in 2020 as it mulls quickly making 5G devices just as common as 4G phones.

According to the handset maker’s founder Lei Jun, Xiaomi aims to launch 5G phones that could cover the full range of prices from the lower to the higher end.

During the company’s developer conference held here, Jun said that all Xiaomi smartphones with a price tag of more than $285 (2000 Yuan) will be 5G phones.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is also reportedly planning to add three new features to its MIUI 11 user interface. Wikimedia Commons

Although Chinese smartphone brands have started introducing 5G phones this year, even before the official commercialization of the network in the country, Lei believes that demands for 5G devices will only take off when a large number of local consumers are willing to change their handsets into 5G-enabled ones, ZDNet reported on Wednesday.

The company has already launched a 5G+AIoT strategy so as to increase the development and adoption of the use of its AIoT services.

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Additionally, Jun noted that Xiaomi’s IoT platform has connected 196 million devices, and the number of users of IoT devices exceeds 3 million.

Recently, MediaTek announced that it will hold a new product launch conference on November 26, officially releasing a new 5G chip and there is news that the first model of MediaTek’s 5G chip is likely to be the Redmi K30. (IANS)