Gadgets Weekly: New Sony speaker, G-Shock GST-B300, Nokia Power Earbuds Lite and more

Last Updated 27 February 2021, 10:52 IST

Popular technology majors such as Realme, Sony, Nokia, Microsoft, and Xiaomi among other launched new smartphones, tablets, PCs, and accessories such as earphones and wireless speakers this week (February 21-27)

DH's Gadgets Weekly edition lists the latest prominent personal technology products to keep you abreast of everything that's happening in the world of consumer electronics.

Sony SRS-RA3000
With cylindrical design language, it offers a three-dimensional surround sound effect. It is compatible with the Spotify Connect app (with remote control feature).

"It provides Immersive Audio Enhancement (IAE) based on Sony’s unique algorithm, transforming 2-channel stereo tracks into ambient room-filling sound. Whether you are cooking, cleaning, working, or catching up with friends, the speaker recreates a soothing atmosphere," the company said.

Sony RA3000 smart speaker. Credit: Sony
Sony RA3000 smart speaker. Credit: Sony

It also comes with Chromecast built-in. Users can stream music, online radio, and podcasts from the smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your audio device, just tap the Cast button
It supports universal Bluetooth technology and Wi-Fi connectivity to let users connect to their favorite internet streaming services via the speaker and control the playlist from the phone.

Also, Sony RA3000 can easily be added to a speaker group in the Google Home or Amazon Alexa app. It costs Rs 19,990.

G-shock GST-B300 G-Steel watch series
The new Casio G-Shock GST-B300 G-Steel edition is inspired by the Rock Python, the largest snake in Africa. This species registered as endangered wildlife under the Washington Convention.

"Based on the G-SHOCK theme of 'Love the Sea and The Earth', this collaboration model supports the activities of WILDLIFE PROMISING, an Authorized Non-profit Corporation (NPO) that works towards coexistence between wildlife and humans in Africa," the company said.

The Base model of GST-B300 comes decorated with the African rock python pattern. The back of this model sports a 'Love the Sea and The Eart' logo mark. Special packaging features the African Rock Python motif.

G-Shock GST-B300 G-Steel series. Credit: Casio
G-Shock GST-B300 G-Steel series. Credit: Casio

In terms of functionality, it features automatic time adjustment via Bluetooth, the watch features world time setting for over 300 cities. Including alarm and countdown timer settings, a solar charging system and a high-luminosity full auto double LED light.

The GST-B300 features a disk indicator at 6 o’clock that shows the current mode and charge level and a front button that completes the overall look. It is available for pre-booking on the Casio official website.

Nokia Power Earbuds Lite
The new Nokia Power Earbuds Lite comes with universal Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility. It promises an immersive sound experience and crystal-clear audio. They come with an ergonomic design to fit the ears perfectly and comfortably and can be controlled with simple taps.

Nokia Power Earbuds Lite. Credit: HMD Global Oy.
Nokia Power Earbuds Lite. Credit: HMD Global Oy.

Also, it comes with an IPX7 rating and can sustain underwater for up to 1 metre (approx. 5 feet) for close to 30 minutes.

Each Earbud houses a 50mAh battery and the case features a 350mAh cell. It offers up to 35 hours of playtime ensures that you can be worry-free and enjoy music. It costs Rs 3,599.

HP Pavilion 14, 15 series
The new HP Pavilion 14 and the 15 series are the company’s first consumer notebook range that uses post-consumer-recycled and ocean-bound plastics. They come in a unique tonal color-blocking design feature 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

"The post-consumer recycled and ocean-bound plastics are used in the construction of the speaker housing – and its use in these devices is estimated to keep approximately 92,000 plastic bottles out of the oceans and landfills. The outer boxes and fiber cushions used in packaging the new devices are also 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable.[iii] The laptops are also EPEAT Silver registered and Energy Star certified," the company noted.

HP Pavilion 15 sports an 86% screen-to-body ratio (STBR), and the dimensions across all three devices have also improved gen-over-gen. The display comes with a three-sided micro-edge bezel.

HP Pavilion 14 and 15 series. Credit: HP
HP Pavilion 14 and 15 series. Credit: HP

The Pavilion 14 and Pavilion 15 offers both HD or Full HD panel options. The devices are also Microsoft High Dynamic Range (HDR) streaming capable, with High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) preinstalled on FHD panel options for a richer, more colorful viewing experience. HP is powering the entire range with 16GB RAM/512SSD and FPR to enhance the overall user experience. Also, both models support up to the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics option.

They promise to offer 8.75 hours of battery life, come with HP dual speakers, HP audio boost, and tuning by B&O deliver a rich, authentic audio experience, and the HP Wide Vision HD Camera features an 88-degree, wide-angle field of view to video chat in crystal clear detail.

They support HDMI 2.0 port to connect with an external 5K monitor​, and a versatile SuperSpeed USB-C port supports data, display, and power delivery.

HP Pavilion Laptop 14-dv0053TU price starts at Rs 62999, in 14-inch screen size. It is available in i5 and i7 variants with 1TB SSD. Colours: Silver/Ceramic white and Tranquil pink.
HP Pavilion Laptop 14-dv0084TX price starts at Rs 67, 999. It comes with a 14-inch size, i5 GFX powered with Iris Plus GFX. Colour : Silver.
HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0103TX starting price is Rs 69,999. It comes with a 15-inch screen, i5 GFX powered with Iris Plus GFX. Color: Silver/Ceramic White/Fog Blue.

Xiaomi Mi Portable speakers and Earphones Pro
The new Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker comes packed with twin 8W (x2) full-range drivers to ensure high-quality sound output in all directions. It features a stylish vibrant mesh and trendy design. It comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating and can sustain immersed underwater for 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 1 meter.

Also, the speaker comes with anti-slip paddings that make the device handy and provide a strong grip that reduces the risk of any accidental slips.

The compact speaker comes with dual sound modes. With this, users can easily switch between normal and deep bass modes. It costs Rs 2,499.

Mi Portable Speakers and Mi Neckband Earphones Pro. Credit: Xiaomi
Mi Portable Speakers and Mi Neckband Earphones Pro. Credit: Xiaomi

The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro comes with a lightweight design language with anti-cerumen (earwax) and an anti-blockage speaker net. The anti-cerumen design is created to help keep the buds clean and wax-free. The anti-blockage speaker net helps to block small particles that seep inside the device via the speaker net.

The notable aspect of the new Mi earphones is the one-click Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Once activated, it will block various surrounding noises by counteracting the noise waves and bringing down the surrounding noise spectrum by 25dB (decibels).

As far as the battery life is concerned, it promises to offer close to 20 hours of listening time. It costs Rs 1,799.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ and Hub 2S
It comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors, which are said to be 2.1 times faster performance, and promises a longer battery life of up to 15 hours.

It features USB-A, USB-C ports and can also dock with external displays and leverage the needed peripherals for a full workstation setup. It has both front and rear-facing cameras with 1080p full HD video along with Dolby Atmos speakers and dual far-field Studio Microphones, which comes in handy for virtual video conference. Its price range between Rs 83,999 and Rs 2,58,499.

Microsoft Hub 2S features a massive 85-inch screen. It is made for a hybrid workforce. It supports Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise configurations.

The Surface Pro + tablet and Hub 2S series. Credit: Microsoft
The Surface Pro + tablet and Hub 2S series. Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft claims that the device can run all of the business-critical applications utilizing the massive 4K PixelSense touch and ink enabled screen, Microsoft Teams certified audio and video, and an array of onboard sensors.

It has a 20-point touch screen, far-field microphones, supports a 4K camera, compatible with Surface Hub Pen 2, and Surface Hub 2 fingerprint sensor. It costs Rs 21,44, 999.

Must read | Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, Hub 2s: All you need to know

Realme Narzo 30 series
Realme unveiled two new phones Narzo 30 Pro 5G and a generic Narzo 30A in India.

The Narzo Pro 5G comes with a 6.5-inch full HD+ (2400 × 1080p) LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and inside, it packs 7nm class MediaTek Dimensity 800U (MT6873V) ccta Core CPU backed by Android 10-based realme UI, 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB/128GB (UFS 2.1) storage( expandable memory via microSD), 5,000mAh battery with USB Type-C 30W fast Dart Charge, and triple slots (nano SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 + microSD).

It also boasts a triple camera module- main 48MP( f/1.8) backed by 8MP 119-degree ultra-wide-angle lens (f/2.3) and 2MP 4cm macro sensor (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back. On the front, it features 16MP (f/2.1) sensor. Its price starts at Rs 16,999.

Realme Narzo 30A. Credit: Realme India
Realme Narzo 30A. Credit: Realme India

Whereas the Realme Narzo 30A comes with 6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720p) mini-drop display, up to 570 nits brightness, fingerprint sensor on the back, a 12nm class MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core CPU, 1000MHz ARM Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU, 3GB/4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 32GB/64GB eMMC 5.1 storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD), a 6,000mAh battery with USB Type-C 18W fast charge, and triple slots (nano SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 + microSD). Its price starts at Rs 8,999.

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(Published 27 February 2021, 10:52 IST)

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