According to reports, the company hiked the prices after the government proposed an increase in excise duty on imported mobile phones to 12.5 percent from 6 percent.

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After the hike, the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus will now cost Rs 65,000, with the 64GB and 128GB variants costing Rs 74,000 and Rs 83,000 respectively. The iPhone 6 will now start at Rs 56,000 for the 16GB variant, while the 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 variants will now be priced at Rs 65,000 and Rs. 74,000 respectively.

The 8GB iPhone 5c will now cost Rs 33,500 and the iPhone 5s will now start at Rs 47,000 for the 16GB variant and Rs 51,500 for the 32GB variant.

Meanwhile, several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

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Samsung, fellow South Korean firm LG and hip Chinese maker HTC timed their smartphone launches to grab the attention on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest telecoms trade fair, in Barcelona, Spain.

In a head-on challenge to Apple's popular iPhone 6 which was released last year, Samsung came out fighting today with the Galaxy S6, a smartphone with a touchscreen that curves around the edges and has a wireless charger.

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It also presented the larger S6 Edge, a "phablet" somewhere between a tablet and a phone in size.
LG unveiled a new top-line phone with a curved back to sit snugly in the palm, the LG Flex 2, as well as a range of four new mid-range smartphones and two new luxury internet-connected watches.

At a noisy stage presentation before a crowd of hundreds, HTC chief executive Peter Chou meanwhile presented the HTC One M9, with a grey metallic handset moulded from a single piece of aluminium.
HTC also revealed a new connected "fitness band" body -monitoring bracelet and a virtual reality headset that it said it hoped to sell commercially by the end of the year.
Apple as usual was staying away from the Barcelona show but was reported to be preparing a coup with the launch next month of its new Apple Watch, reflecting a major trend in wearable gadgets this year.