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ITEZ SG introduces flexible, budget-friendly laptop rentals

Subscribe and pay to use instead of buying one

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Consumers who wish to own laptops for various purposes like work, school, and more but do not have the financial capacity will benefit from the breakthrough service offered by ITEZ.

The new online tech gadget leasing platform has released five affordable subscription plans for laptops across the Apple, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft brands to provide more flexibility for customers in Singapore.

Flexible pay-to-use plans

In the setup, consumers will be able to lease tech gadgets like laptops for a 24-month subscription period.

In fact, the company estimates users saving up to a 40 percent under the pay-to-use model, offering more convenience and flexibility while saving customers deposit rates, interests, and transaction fees..

Consumers will only have to register and then choose their preferred electronic gadget according to their budget.

For example, the Lenovo Ideapad will lease for as low as SG$ 9.90 a month while the Apple Mac Book Air may be rented for SG$ 39.90 monthly.

At the end of the two-year period, customers may choose to renew or upgrade their plan and subscribe once again to a new laptop model for an affordable monthly rate.

Protection guaranteed

During the subscription period, consumers are assured that the laptop is fully-covered under warranty.

Additionally, customers may even receive a temporary loan device upon request if the laptop is under repair so there will be no interruptions.

Tablets, smartphones available soon

Soon, ITEZ will also include subscription plans for more devices, including tablets and smartphones powered by both iOS and Android.

In the meantime, refer to the table below for the subscription plans and laptop models available.

Laptop model Specs Recommended Retail Price ITEZ SG Monthly Subscription Fee Total Amount (24 Months) Total Savings
Lenovo Ideapad 1

14IGL 81VU005GSB

Intel N4020, 4GB

RAM, 64GB eMMC,

Platinum Grey

SG$ 399 SG$ 9.90 SG$ 237.90 41 percent
Lenovo IdeaPad 1

14ADA7

14″ FHD, AMD 3020,

4GB RAM, 128GB

SG$ 499 SG$ 12.90 SG$ 309.60 38 percent
Microsoft Surface

Go 3 8V6-00009

Platinum Intel, 4GB

RAM, 64GB eMMC,

Pentium Gold

SG$ 599 SG$ 16.90 SG$ 405.60 32 percent
HP Laptop

14s-dq4013TU

Intel Core i5-

1155G7, 8GB RAM,

512GB SSD,

Windows 11 Home,

Silver

SG$ 949 SG$ 26.90 SG$ 645.60 32 percent
Apple Macbook Air

13.3”

Apple M1 Chip, 7-

core GPU, 8GB

unified memory,

256GB SSD storage,

Space Grey

SG$ 1,449 SG$ 39.90 SG$ 957.60 34 percent

For more information on ITEZ, visit the website at www.itez.sg.

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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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ROG Phone 5s

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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