New Products, Oct 25, 2017: Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Garmin Forerunner 30 and more

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0”)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0”)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0")



If you are looking for an affordable and kid-friendly tablet, consider the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0").

This eight-inch Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) tablet comes with Samsung Kids Mode, which gives children access to fun and safe games and apps. A Parental Control menu lets you supervise usage so inappropriate content can be made inaccessible.

The Tab A also comes with LTE connectivity, so you can check your e-mails and work stuff wherever you go. The tablet weighs a mere 364g, which will not hurt your back when you lug it around.

Garmin Forerunner 30



Avid runners looking for a simple-to-use, no-frills running watch should take a look at the Garmin Forerunner 30.

It comes with a built-in wrist-based, heart-rate monitor and GPS, so you do not need to take your smartphone out with you on runs. The watch measures VO2 max, which is an indication of aerobic performance or fitness level. It doubles as an all-day activity tracker that monitors your steps taken, calories burnt and distance walked.

Sony Walkman NW-ZX300


$799, available mid-November

For the ultimate mobile music experience, you might want to get the Sony Walkman NW-ZX300.

It plays Hi-Res Audio music, including that encoded in MQA, 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32bit PCM formats, using its S-Master HX digital amplifier. It comes with a 3.1-inch touchscreen display for easy navigation and changing of settings. Output options include Bluetooth 4.2, a 4.4mm jack and the 3.5mm audio jack.

This audio player has 64GB of built-in storage that is expandable via a microSD card slot. Battery life is estimated at 30hours.

Lenovo Legion Y720 Cube


From $2,699

Too lazy to build your own gaming rig? Get the Lenovo Legion Y720 Cube.

As its name implies, the Y720 Cube is shaped almost like a cube but with fierce angular lines and air vents. Despite not taking much desktop space, it comes with plenty of processing power.

It features up to seventh-generation Intel Core processors, up to Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder's Edition graphics processing unit, up to 32GB of system memory and up to 4TB of hard disk storage. Thus, it can handle most games to satisfy your gaming thirst as well as your productivity needs.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III


Pricing and availability to be confirmed

Put a DSLR camera image sensor into a compact camera, and you get the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. It features a 24.2-megapixel, APS-C-size image sensor with a 24-72mm f/2.8-f/5.6 lens.

The G1 X Mark III is powered by the Canon Digic 7 image processor, found in some Canon DSLR cameras like EOS 77D, for fast operation. It also features Canon's Dual Pixel AF technology for high-speed and accurate autofocusing.

You can use the built-in 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder or the 3-inch touchscreen display to compose your pictures.

Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot by UBTech


$529, available end-November

Fancy commandeering a Stormtrooper?

The Star Wars Stormtrooper Robot by UBTech is an interactive robot that recognises voice commands, so you can speak to it and it will carry out orders such as patrolling an area to detect and respond to intruders. In addition, it comes with facial recognition and can recognise up to three faces.

It also comes with augmented reality games that let you command the Stormtrooper in first-person or third-person view.

Compiled by Trevor Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'New Products'. Print Edition | Subscribe