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Huawei is ‘giving up’ on cheap phones

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It was only a couple of days ago when we gave Huawei’s budget-friendly GR3 2017 our seal of approval. But suddenly, out of nowhere, a high-ranking executive says the Chinese company will soon stop producing such phones.

In an interview documented by Bloomberg, Huawei’s chief of consumer division Richard Yu had this to say:

“We are giving up the very low-end devices because the margin in this is extremely low, and it’s not making enough profit for us.”

Yu followed it up by saying Huawei’s current focus is on Europe and other more developed countries like China and Japan, where “the economy is healthy and people are able to consume [the phones].”

This, in turn, means Huawei will be stepping it up for the launch of the upcoming Mate 10 flagship. The Chinese brand plans to reveal the smartphone around the same time the hotly anticipated tenth-anniversary iPhone will come out, which should happen in September.

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Comparing the Mate 10 to the next iPhone, Yu said their next flagship will have “much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker changing speed, better photographing capability, and many other features that will help us compete with Apple.”

Sounds like a winner to us, and if it’s anything like the Mate 9 we reviewed earlier this year, it’s sure to make a splash among the Galaxies and Pixels, as well.

It’s just a shame Huawei is letting go of its lower-end division. As much as we appreciate the efforts of Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO at this price range, having more competition would raise the stakes, and ultimately provide consumers with even better affordable phones down the line.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s profits dropped despite record sales in 2016

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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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