Galaxy A53 5G, A33 5G: Price, availability in Singapore

A pair of capable midrangers



Galaxy A53 5G

Samsung announced their brand spanking new Galaxy A lineup globally on March 17, 2022. Two of them are coming to Singapore — the Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G.

Galaxy A53 5G

The Galaxy A53 5G sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a 2.4GHz Exynos 1280 octa-core processor. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 1TB using a microSD card).

It has a quadruple camera setup consisting of a 64MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP depth sensor, and an additional 5MP shooter. Paired with this capable combo is a 32MP selfie shooter.

The phone is rated for IP67 resistance and carries an on-screen fingerprint sensor and face unlock. Out of the box, it comes with Android 12 pre-installed with a One UI core.

Lastly, the Galaxy A53 5G comes with a sizable 5,000mAh battery, compatible with 25W fast charging.

Galaxy A33 5G

The Galaxy A33 5G has a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V display. The midrange smartphone carries a 2.4GHz Exynos 1280 octa-core processor. It will have up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 1TB using a microSD card).

Cameras are as follows: 48MP main camera, an 8Mp ultra-wide shooter, a 2MP depth shooter, and a 5MPmacro lens. In front, users can take selfies with a 13-megapixel shooter.

Out of the box, it comes with Android 12 pre-installed with a One UI core. It comes with a sizable 5,000mAh battery, compatible with 25W fast charging.

Price and availability

The Galaxy A53 5G will be available in Singapore starting April 1. The 8GB+256GB variant retails for SG$ 678 while the 8G+128GB variant will cost SG$ 598.

The Galaxy A33 5G will be available on April 22 and will retail for SG$ 478.

Both devices will be available at local telecommunication operators (M1, Singtel and StarHub), Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores, Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee, Amazon, major consumer electronics & IT stores, and selected authorised mobile retailers.

From April 1-14 to 14, customers will be entitled to a complimentary Smart View Cover in White (worth SG$ 68) with purchase of the Galaxy A53 5G.

Another new addition to the Galaxy A Series, the Galaxy A13 LTE will also be available in Singapore from 22 April 2022.



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



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



Xiaomi Band 7

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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