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Vivo V11 goes official with smaller notch and in-display scanner

Unheard of for a midrange phone

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Vivo‘s newest midrange phone is now official! After getting leaked for a few times, the Vivo V11 is now ready for primetime. The successor of the V9 comes in after just six months, but it brings big improvements to the table including an in-display fingerprint reader and a faster processor.

The Vivo V11 is built from the same design as the V9’s, and it’s practically a repackaged X21 UD. The first noticeable change on the V11 is the smaller notch. The new Halo FullView Display has a 91.27 percent screen-to-body ratio and it’s now a Super AMOLED panel measuring 6.41 inches.

The resolution remains at Full HD+ but the V11 will be the first in its range to have an in-display fingerprint reader. We first saw similar tech on Vivo’s early prototypes and current flagship phones like the NEX S.

In terms of power, the V11 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. That’s near-flagship specifications and a big jump from the V9.

Camera-wise, the V11 still has dual rear cameras and a selfie-centric front shooter. The 12- and 5-megapixel rear sensors will able to shoot low-light images with bokeh, while the 25-megapixel selfie camera will satisfy anyone’s vanity. Both the front and rear cameras have artificial intelligence and portrait mode.

Speaking of AI, the V11 now features Jovi, Vivo’s AI assistant. The phone boots Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Funtouch OS 4.5. Like before, the V11’s interface mimics iOS a lot which can either be good or bad depending on the user’s preference.

As for the battery, there’s a sealed 3400mAh battery inside that supports Dual-Engine Fast Charging — Vivo’s own fast charging technology.

The Vivo V11 is coming to key markets in Asia for less than US$ 350. It comes in two colors: Starry Night and Nebula.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X vs Vivo NEX: Camera shootout

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Apple ready to launch a lot of devices in next 12 months

Including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches

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Apple is obviously releasing new devices later this year. As is tradition, the company is readying for the launch of the next flagship series, the iPhone 14. However, it looks like the iPhone 14 series isn’t the only thing Apple is preparing for. According to a new report, the company is set to launch a plethora of products between now and early 2023.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has a lot of surprises for its fans. Besides the four upcoming models of the iPhone 14 series, the company will also launch “three Apple Watch variations, several Macs with M2 and M3 chips, the company’s first mixed-reality headset, low-end and high-end iPads, updated AirPods Pro earbuds, a fresh HomePod and an upgraded Apple TV.”

Previously, Apple was rumored to upgrade its iPad lineup, starting with a base iPad compatible with USB-C. With geopolitical pressure potentially forcing the company to completely shift to USB-C, a good number of new devices makes sense — that is, if USB-C is truly coming soon.

Besides that, the company has also teased an absurd number of changes and new features coming to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura. It looks like an intensive refresh of software. A good set of software will naturally complement a similarly impressive set of hardware coming soon.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16: Best New Features

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Samsung has Starbucks-themed cases for coffee lovers

Exclusive to South Korea

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Since the company is from the country, Samsung offers a lot of exclusives in South Korea. Previously, the company sold a Pokémon-themed exclusive edition of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in — you guessed it — South Korea. Now, it has another set of exclusives. This time, it’s for coffee lovers. Samsung is now selling a Starbucks-themed cases for the Galaxy S22 series and the Galaxy Buds 2.

The smartphone cases are pretty straightforward. Sporting the coffee company’s iconic green, the Galaxy S22 and S22+ cases have either a patch with the Starbucks logo or a tagline that says, “Count Stars in Your Galaxy.”

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Ultra features a more iconic case with a strap at the back. One variant has the iconic green-and-white color combination with a patch of a bear wearing a Starbucks apron. The other one has the strap designed as a Starbucks receipt.

While the smartphone cases are nifty on their own, the charging case for the Galaxy Buds 2 are on a league of their own. One model is a minimalist green with the Starbucks patch. The other, however, looks like a coffee mug with aesthetic latte art inside and a Starbucks logo at its side.

As with the previously mentioned Pokémon-themed products, the Starbucks-themed set is exclusive to South Korea and will be limited while supplies last.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils a Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3

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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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