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Vivo X20 and X20 Plus follow dual-camera and all-display trends

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Vivo is launching phones at a feverish pace: The V7+ has been rolling out across Asia this month, and it was only two months ago when the X9s and X9s Plus were announced. Now, we have another pair to consider in the X20 and X20 Plus.

Positioned as upper-midrange smartphones, the X20 and X20 Plus share mostly the same specifications and features; only the screen sizes, battery capacities, and prices differ.

For the X20, you get a 6-inch AMOLED screen with a 3245mAh battery and CNY 2,998 price tag, which is US$ 455 when converted. The X20 Plus is obviously bigger and more expensive with a 6.43-inch AMOLED display, 3905mAh battery, and price of CNY 3,498 (US$ 530).

Vivo X20

As you can see in the render above, Vivo opts once again for shorter bezels and placing the fingerprint sensor on the back of the X20 and X20 Plus. Like the V7+, a longer 18:9 aspect ratio is used to keep the handsets slim; but unlike the V7+, the pixel density is higher for both with a resolution of 2160 x 1080.

The other major feature is the dual-camera setup found on the rear. One has a 12-megapixel image sensor with a bright f/1.8 aperture, while the other is 5 megapixels and used for extra depth information in photos. If you’re into selfies, you’ll be glad to know there’s a worthy 12-megapixel f/2 camera in front.

Vivo X20 Plus

Vivo installed one of Qualcomm’s best midrange processors in these two phones: the Snapdragon 660. It’s already proven to be an efficient yet speedy chip for other manufacturers, so we expect no less from the X20 and X20 Plus in terms of performance. 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage seal the deal.

The X20 and X20 Plus are currently limited to the Chinese market. Colors options are gold, rose gold (is this still a thing?), and plain black.

SEE ALSO: Vivo V7+ Review: More than just a full-screen display

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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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