The recent hike in tax rates has caused almost every other company to raise the prices of their smartphones. At the same time, some models have received discounts to cover up losses incurred due to COVID-19. Here’s a list of smartphones that have become cheaper in India during the lockdown.
Smartphones That Have Become Cheaper in Lockdown
1. OnePlus 7T Pro
Soon after the launch of OnePlus 8 Pro, the company announced a flat Rs. 6,000 discount on the OnePlus 7T Pro. It’s now available for a starting price of Rs, 47,999, down from Rs. 53,999, on Amazon, as well as on the OnePlus website.
For starters, the OnePlus 7T Pro comes with a 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a pop-up selfie camera. It gets powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.
There’s a 48-megapixel + 16mgeapixel wide-angle + 8-megapixel telephoto triple camera setup at the rear, followed by 16-megapixel pop-up camera for selfies. Other highlights include a 4,085mAh battery and 30W fast charging.
2. Vivo S1
Launched last year, the Vivo S1 is now available for a starting price of Rs. 16,990, after receiving a price cut of Rs. 1,000 on all variants.
The device flaunts a stylish gradient design. It comes equipped with a 6.38-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with dot-notch and an in-display fingerprint scanner. It packs MediaTek Helio P35 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage for the base model.
For photography, you get a triple camera module comprising 16-megapixel Sony IMX499 + 8-megapixel ultrawide + 2-megapixel depth sensor, accompanied by a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Lastly, there’s a 4,500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
3. iQOO 3
Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO lately announced a discount of Rs. 4,000 on all 4G-only variants of iQOO 3 smartphone, bringing the base 8/128GB model’s price down to Rs. 34,990. On the other side, the top-end 5G option is listed for Rs. 44,990, after receiving Rs. 2,000 cut.
The iQOO 3 comes with a 6.44-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, clubbed with the liquid cooling feature.
The phone boasts a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 + 13-megapixel telephoto + 13-megapixel wide-angle + 2-megapixel depth camera combination at the rear. Furthermore, it has a 16-megapixel front camera. Other features include support for hi-res audio via 3.5mm audio jack and a 4440mAh battery with 55W Super FlashCharge support.
4. Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung, too, has made it to the list of discounted smartphones in lockdown with its Samsung Galaxy A50s. The handset is now available at Rs. 18,599 for the 4GB RAM variant, down from Rs. 21,070. Whereas, the 6GB model now costs Rs. 20,561, down from Rs. 26,900.
Talking about specifications, the phone features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner. In the optics department, you get a 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle + 5-megapixel depth sensor. Whereas, for selfies, there’s a 32MP front camera, housed in the water-drop notch.
The phone is equipped with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9611 processor. Furthermore, it is fueled by a 4,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging.
5. Samsung Galaxy M21
Alongside the A50s, Samsung has also cut prices of the Galaxy M21, which now retails at Rs. 12,699 for the 4GB RAM and at Rs. 14,999 for the 6GB RAM variant. The discount stands at about Rs. 1,500 for both the configurations.
The Samsung Galaxy M21 offers a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED display, Exynos 9611 chipset, and a massive 6,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging as its main highlights. Besides, there’s a 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 5-megapixel triple camera setup and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter.
So these were some of the smartphones that have gone cheaper in India during the lockdown and are currently available for discounted prices in the market. Anyway, which phone do you think is a deal to go for? Do let us know in the comments below. Make sure to subscribe to notifications for more such updates.