Samsung’s sleek Galaxy Book laptops were not the only new PCs the company introduced this week, with the Galaxy Book Odyssey promising potential for gaming complete with NVIDIA’s latest GeForce RTX graphics. Thicker and heavier than its ultraportable siblings, Odyssey takes full advantage of this by including more powerful hardware for players.
So in addition to the 11th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, there are new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 TI and 3050 GPUs with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory. This is a significant update to the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card in the Galaxy Book Pro line.
The Galaxy Book Odyssey has a 15.6 inch TFT LCD running in 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and with a 720p HD camera on top. There is up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Both memory and storage are expandable, says Samsung.
For connectivity, there are also more ports than on a typical notebook. Two USB Type-C, three USB 3.2 Type-A, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader and a Gigabit Ethernet connector are next to a combined 3.5 mm headphone / microphone port. On the wireless side, there is WiFi 6 (Gig +) and Bluetooth 5.1.
The 4.1-pound notebook has Dolby Atmos audio and a fingerprint sensor built into the power key. Samsung isn’t saying how long the 83 Wh battery will last, although it probably depends a lot on the type of game you’re playing. A 135 W Type C USB charger in the box should at least take care of charging tasks quickly.
On the software side, there is the option of Windows 10 Home or Pro, and all the same features of the Galaxy ecosystem that we saw on the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. This includes easier Bluetooth device sharing using a Galaxy Tab tablet as a second screen and Link to Windows / Microsoft Your Phone to access Android apps on your Galaxy smartphone from the PC desktop.
At 356.6 x 229.1 x 17.7 mm, the Galaxy Book Odyssey is certainly not as slim as the other members of the Galaxy Book line. However, depending on how well these new NVIDIA GPUs behave in the real world, gamers – and graphics professionals – may well realize that portability is worth compromising. The Galaxy Book Odyssey is expected to launch in August, starting at $ 1,399, in Mystic Black.