Owing to a rise in excise duty costs, Samsung announced a hike across its range of devices. As per the Union Budget for 2013-14, excise duty for phones costing more that Rs.2000 has been increased by 6%.
Hike in prices of Samsung devices can be seen with immediate effect as its Galaxy Note 2 which used to retail for Rs. 33,500- Rs. 34000 is now being sold with a price tag of Rs. 35,500 - Rs. 36,000. Prices of Galaxy S3 which were earlier slashed considerably giving Android loyalists some hope have now been increased. Galaxy S3 is now being sold at a price of Rs. 29,500.
Samsung budget Android phones and its tablets too are bearing the brunt of this hike. Galaxy S Duos which used to sell at a price of Rs. 12,000- Rs. 12,500 is now selling at a price of Rs. 13,000 to Rs. 13,500. The Galaxy Ace Duos which used to retail at a price of Rs. 10,000 earlier will now be available in local and online stores at Rs. 11,000. Prices of the Galaxy Tab P3110 too have been hiked thereby causing it to retail at Rs. 16,500.
In other news, Samsung will be unveiling its Galaxy S4 on 14th of March 2013 at Radio City in New York.