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OnePlus 7 Pro appears in the flesh, shows specs and new curved screen

Launch is imminent

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We already have the 2019 flagships of Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi. Even LG still managed to keep up, plus OPPO is fresh from the kitchen with the Reno. The second quarter of the year has started, and we’re now waiting for OnePlus‘ new phone — the OnePlus 7. 5G will be the main feature of OnePlus’ next flagship, but we might only have it on the Pro model.

A couple of images popped up on China’s Weibo revealing the key specs and the notch-less, hole-less display of what could be the OnePlus 7 Pro. The added Pro moniker opens up the possibility of two OnePlus 7 variants, just like what Huawei did with their P30 series.

Based on the images, the OnePlus 7 Pro sports a 6.67-inch Super Optic AMOLED display which has curves on the sides like a Samsung Galaxy phone. Of course, the phone is powered with the latest Snapdragon 855 processor paired with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage.

The rear of the OnePlus 7 Pro is not available for us to see, although we do know it’ll have a triple camera setup composed of a main 48-megapixel sensor accompanied by 16- and 8-megapixel sensors.

Software-wise, the phone has Android 9 Pie out of the box, but the “About phone” section shows a OnePlus 6T image. We could be dealing with an engineering sample running unfinished software.

Lastly, the model number of the alleged OnePlus phone is GM1915. It’s quite different from the previous releases which start with the letter A. It’s suspected that OnePlus is starting a new lineup, hence the Pro in the name. Also, this could be the company’s first 5G phone.

The non-Pro OnePlus 7 should be launched alongside the Pro model in the coming months. There’s no launch date yet, so we’ll just wait for now.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 7 prototype appears in the wild with slide mechanism

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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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