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Huawei Mate Xs 2: Price and availability in Singapore

Huawei’s latest flagship foldable

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Huawei is releasing another flagship foldable in the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2, to be available in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022.

The foldable smartphone follows suit Huawei’s previous Mate Xs, as well as their P50 pocket unveiled earlier this year.

Before it becomes available island-wide on Saturday, here’s a rundown of its key specs and features.

Display

When unfolded, the phone will have a have a 7.8-inch screen size with a 2,480 x 2,200 resolution on its True-Chroma Foldable Display.

This comes with up to a 120Hz refresh rate, and up to a 240Hz touch sampling rate to ensure seamlessness for users.

It will also have an anti-reflective Nano Optical Layer to reduce reflectivity when using the phone outdoors under sunlight.

Design

The Mate Xs 2 will still have Huawei’s exclusive double-rotating Falcon Wing hinge design, and folds outwards.

The new foldable also adopts a Composite Screen that has a similar design to anti-collision systems found in cars, giving users more assurance when it comes to its durability and ability to absorb shock.

Power

The highly-durable Mate Xs 2 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G chip and will run on Huawei’s EMUI 12 operating system.

It is packed with a 4,600mAh battery with support for 66W Huawei SuperCharge.

For a more immersive entertainment experience, the foldable is also capable of a surround sound system along with its new AI Sound Engine.

The phone also has its own Graphene Liquid cooling system to regulate heat.

Mobile photography

Not to be left behind in the mobile photography department, the Mate Xs 2 has a powerful camera setup that is boosted by their latest technologies.

The rear consists of:

  • 50MP True-Chroma main camera
  • 13MP Ultra-Wide Angle camera
  • 8MP Telephoto camera

There is a wide range of shooting and filming modes, such as Mirror Shooting, AI Remove, Dual-View Video, Moving Picture, Time Lapse and more.

The camera supports a video resolution of up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and ultra-slow motion videos of up to 960fps.

The selfie camera is 10.7MP and can also support HD photos and video captures as well.

Pricing and availability

The Mate Xs 2 will be available in either black or white colorways for SG$ 2,598 starting on June 25 at:

  • All Huawei authorized stores
  • M1 and Starhub
  • Consumer electronic stores such as Best Denki, Courts, Challenger, iShopChangi, and Metapod
  • Official Lazada and Shopee stores

For the launch of the flagship foldable, customers also stand a chance to get vouchers and free subscriptions to Huawei’s mobile services.

 

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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

Step up your game

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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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