Xiaomi Watch S1 series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Affordable and stylish fitness gear



Xiaomi’s latest smartwatch lineup — the Xiaomi Watch S1 series — has just arrived in the Philippines.

For different lifestyles

Designed for the modern professional, the all-new Xiaomi Watch S1 exudes a premium appeal. It dons a classic design together with sapphire glass and a stainless-steel frame housing a 1.43-inch AMOLED display.

It comes with a leather strap available in Blue, Black, or Brown. If leather isn’t your thing, there’s a fluororubber strap option in Silver or Black.

Xiaomi Watch S1

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active offers maximum comfort to accompany fitness enthusiasts. Sporting the same 1.43-inch AMOLED display, the smartwatch used a metal bezel to offer lightweight durability.

More importantly, the watch frame comes in three color options: Moon White, Space Black, and Ocean Blue. Its straps are available in six colors: Moon White, Space Black, Ocean Blue, Yellow, Green, and Orange.

Regardless of the model, the smartwatch lineup uses Bluetooth 5.2 for its connectivity and a dual-band 4-system GPS technology. Both smartwatches can power 12 days of typical usage and up to 24 days when using the battery-saver mode.

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

Fitness modes

Both the Xiaomi Watch S1 and S1 Active help in your health and fitness journey. The lineup comes with a total of 117 fitness modes, including 19 professional modes. Both smartwatches can detect walking and running either outdoors or on a treadmill. Further, it’s compatible with Strava and even Apple Health apps.

Moreover, both smartwatches come with enhanced health-tracking features including SpO2 blood oxygen saturation tracking, female health monitoring, and improved sleep monitoring.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Watch S1 will retail at PhP 10,999 while the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active will be available for PhP 8,999.

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

Get discounts and freebies on Xiaomi’s official online stores from March 24 to 25 on Shopee and March 27 to 28 on Lazada. The Xiaomi Watch S1 will be available at an early bride price of PhP 9,999 and will come with a free Mi Body Composition Scale 2 (worth PhP 1,499).

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active can be purchased at a discounted price of PhP 7,499 and will come with a free Xiaomi Sports Fanny Pack.


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

Including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches



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



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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