New Products, March 15, 2017: New Balance RunIQ, Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate and more

New Balance RunIQ
New Balance RunIQ

New Balance RunIQ



Launched in Las Vegas at the CES 2017 tech show in January, the New Balance RunIQ is the running-shoes company's first foray into wearables.

The RunIQ features a 1.39-inch round touchscreen display (400 x 400 pixels) and runs on Android Wear. It has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor (HRM), so you do not need to take along your smartphone and wear a chest-strap HRM during runs. It is water-resistant down to 50m and doubles as a smartwatch when paired with a smartphone (Android or iOS).

Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate



This pair of sweat-resistant wireless earphones from Under Armour not only lets you listen to your favourite tunes while working out, but it also tracks your heart rate at the same time.

Produced in partnership with audio brand JBL, it has a heart-rate monitor that takes readings inside the ear. You can get immediate feedback about your heart rate and other workout stats, by pressing the touch sensor on the right earbud. Plus, it comes with a 12-month premium subscription to the MapMyRun fitness app.

Neffos X1 Max


$329, available from March 31

Looking for a premium smartphone but don't feel like paying high-end prices? Consider the Neffos X1 Max.

This 5.5-inch Android smartphone features an engraved dual-curved metallic back cover for that premium feel.Its edges are only 2.75mm at its thinnest point.

Its fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, where your forefinger will naturally rest every time you hold the X1, for easy unlocking of the screen. The smartphone comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with a large aperture of f/2.0, and a 5-megapixel front camera with a real-time beautify mode.

Element Case Sector (iPhone 7/7 Plus)



If you want a case that looks uber-cool and protects your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus at the same time, get the Element Case Sector.

Made of alloy and polycarbonate materials, the chassis is said to be rigid and resistant to bending. Aerospace-grade carbon fibre helps to reinforce the chassis, while its side rails are made of anodised aluminium for extra rigidity.

Locking crowns at the top and the bottom make installation quick and easy, with the resulting shell offering all-round protection for the iPhone. The Sector also meets US military drop-test requirements.

Fitbit Alta HR


$248, available next month

The original Fitbit Alta is a sleek and slim wrist-based fitness tracker that has almost everything except heart-rate monitoring. The Alta HR adds that function.

According to Fitbit, it is the world's slimmest wrist-based continuous heart-rate monitoring device. Not only does it track your daily physical activity, but it also boasts automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, as well as a battery life of up to a week. In addition, its 1.4-inch touch-sensitive Oled screen is able to display notifications when paired with your smartphone.

Marbella KR5



Protect yourself against errant drivers with the new Marbella KR5 dashcam.

It has a front 140-degree-wide camera capable of capturing full high-definition (HD) videos, as well as a rear 120-degree-wide HD camera. It provides 24hr surveillance, with its motion sensors ensuring that any impact or movement around the car will be recorded.

With its built-in Wi-Fi, you can easily preview, download, play and share the captured footage.

Compiled by Trevor Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2017, with the headline 'New Products'. Print Edition | Subscribe