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Honor 9 challenges the Huawei P10 and Mate 9

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It seems like every Honor smartphone is designed to disrupt the market. The Honor 9 is the latest to do so.

The funny thing is, the Honor brand (which is a subsidiary of Huawei) often goes as far as making its parent company look less desirable. It happened a couple of months ago with the Honor 8 Pro looking like a fantastic alternative to Huawei’s P10 and Mate 9 flagships. And now, the Honor 9 makes another solid case for choosing the online-only sold handset.

Technically a successor to last year’s Honor 8, the Honor 9 starts at a reasonable price of a CNY 2,299 or about $340 for the variant owning 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. That’s a steal considering it comes with the same high-end Kirin 960 processor found in the P10 and Mate 9.

Two more options exist: one with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage for CNY 2,699 ($400) and another with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage for CNY 2,999 ($440). So yes, these could beat Huawei’s best smartphones spec for spec.

All it’s lacking is the Leica branding for its cameras, although the trademark dual-camera setup (a pair of 20-megapixel monochrome and 12-megapixel color image sensors) is still there. A less impressive 8-megapixel front-facing camera exists, but this isn’t being marketed as a selfie-centric phone in the first place.

What you’re actually buying into is a well-oiled Android 7.0 Nougat-powered smartphone with a sleek body encasing the 5.15-inch Full HD display in front. Add a decent 3200mAh battery to the package, and we don’t see why this won’t be a hit.

Well, the only hindrance would be its Chinese exclusivity. Until Huawei decides it’s worthy enough to ship internationally like it did with the Honor 8, we’re left looking down for the honor of owning one.

SEE ALSO: Honor 8 Pro is better, cheaper than Huawei P10

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Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier

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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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ROG Phone 6 shows off its design ahead of launch

Featuring a second screen

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In a few weeks, ASUS is unveiling the ROG Phone 6. The next generation of gaming smartphone promises stellar performance packed inside a sharp design. Naturally, the power inside the phone isn’t a gigantic surprise, given what’s already out in the market today. However, figuring out what it will look like is always a treat. Now, a short time before the official launch, the ROG Phone 6 makes a small debut elsewhere, revealing the phone’s drip.

Recently, the phone popped up on TENAA. As with most filings, the entry comes with a set of photos that reveal both the front and the rear of the coming device. While the new device does share some similarities with its past siblings, the ROG Phone 6 has its own unique appeal.

Like the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, the new phone will have a secondary screen on its rear. However, while the former looks sleek and smooth, the latter has a more industrial charm, paired with a larger camera island. It looks like something from Guardians of the Galaxy, as opposed to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate’s Iron-Man glam. That said, the new phone still looks interesting.

In terms of hardware, the phone is expected to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, 16GB of RAM, and 6000mAh of battery life. ASUS is launching the phone on July 5.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 6 will launch in July

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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 now official

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The new Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available in Singapore and the Philippines over the weekend.

You will get what is expected from an entry-level wearable as the Smart Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED high-resolution display, all-day heart rate, SPO2, and sleep monitoring, as well as over 110 workout and sports modes.

For those who want to check their health stats constantly, there is an Always-on display option.

The smart band also comes with an all-new VO2 max professional workout analysis for health and fitness junkies to be able to check the maximum amount of oxygen they can utilize during exercise.

Design-wise, it comes with multiple color options for its straps and over 100 watch faces available via the Mi Fitness app.

It also boasts up to a 14-day battery life on a single full charge, and is water-resistant.

Pricing, availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available for sale in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022 through the following outlets:

  • Leading e-commerce platforms
  • Shopee and Lazada
  • Xiaomi authorized stores

It will retail for an early bird price of SG$ 54, a considerable discount from its recommended retail price of SG$ 69.

In the Philippines, the smart band can be purchased starting on June 27, 2022 on Shopee
at an early bird price of PhP 1,999 (from PhP 2,399) which includes one free strap worth PhP 359.

 

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