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Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey With Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU Debuts

During the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy Book Odyssey laptop which features Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3050 series discrete GPUs.

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey Features Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Series GPUs 135W USB Type-C Charging

Both the specifications and design choices for the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey are interesting. First of all, we are looking at a 15.6″ laptop which features a 1080p Full HD panel (TFT LCD). It rocks a mystic black color scheme with the Odyssey logo on the top shell in a silver color palette looks great.

Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake-U Laptop CPUs Reach End of Life

Coming to the specifications, we are getting an Intel Tiger Lake 11th Gen CPU in Core i7 and Core i5 flavors. The specific variant is not mentioned but it is likely that Samsung is going for the Intel Tiger Lake-H35 SKUs over the Tiger Lake-U SKUs. The GPU side comes with a huge upgrade as it receives the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 series GPUs. Users can select between the standard GeForce RTX 3050 Max-Q or the higher-end GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Max-Q GPU options.

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NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop Gaming GPU Specs

Starting with the specifications, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU will feature 2560 cores packed within 20 SM units. The GPU has a listed boost clock of 1485 MHz with an achieved speed of 1695 MHz. The GPU will feature 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus interface and TGP on the chip is expected to peak at 95W. The GPU features Dynamic Boost Technology so the actual TGP should be around 80W with the boosting algorithm pushing 15 Watts into the chip when there is a need for it.

NVIDIA RTX 3050 Laptop Gaming GPU Specs

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, on the other hand, will feature 2048 CUDA cores packed with 16 SM units. The GPU has a listed boost clock of 1500 MHz with an achieved speed of 1740 MHz. The GPU will feature 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus interface. The TGP will be the same as the RTX 3050 Ti which would peak at 95W (80W standard / 60W configurable down).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile Series Preliminary Specs

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Other specifications include up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x memory, up to 1 TB NVMe storage which is expandable (1 extra M.2 slot). The I/O includes an HDMI, four USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A Type-C) ports, an RJ45 LAN port, an audio jack, a MicroSD card reader, and a security slot.

For battery, the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey is equipped with an 83Wh pack which is powered by a 135W USB Type-C charger. For connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 6, 802.11 ax 2×2, and Bluetooth v5.1. Extras on the laptop include Dobly Atmos audio, a 720p HD camera, and a dual-array Mic.

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Samsung announced that it’s Galaxy Book Odyssey laptop will hit retail for a starting price of 1399 US (for the 15.6″ variant). Higher spec variants will cost a premium. The pre-orders start today and the launch is slated for August.

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey review: A laptop meant for work and play

Samsung is best known for appliances, TVs and smartphones. But over the last few years, the tech giant has produced some fantastic laptops and Chromebooks.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been using and testing one of the company’s newest laptops, the Galaxy Book Odyssey. It’s a 15-inch laptop that packs a punch for those who need a laptop capable of work and play.

Samsung’s produced another great laptop, but there’s one potential gotcha. Let’s take a closer look.

Don’t Like

Here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey I’ve been testing:

  • Model: Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey
  • Display: 15.6-inch LED FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11600H (2.9GHz, 4.6GHz Max Turbo)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti w/Max-Q
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • OS: Windows 11 Home
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Webcam: 720p
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 3 x USB 3.2, 1 x microSD card reader, 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dimensions: 14.04 x 9.02 x 0.70-inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 4.08-pounds
  • Price: 1,399

Samsung also offers builds with more memory and storage. For example, you can double the memory to 16GB for 1,499 or bump it up to 32GB which automatically increases storage to 1TB for 1,799.

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Design

The Odyssey looks like a typical 15-inch laptop. Its black housing looks more like a very dark grey to my eyes. The lid is adorned with a silver Odyssey logo and a small indention that adds a touch of dimension. When you open the lid, you’re greeted with a full-size keyboard with a miniature number pad to the right.

The unmarked power button is found in the top-right corner, pulling double duty as a fingerprint reader that makes it easy to unlock the Odyssey or sign into apps.

The bezels on either vertical side of the 15.6-inch FHD display are about half the top bezel size, leaving room for the 720p webcam and dual-array microphones. The camera setup doesn’t work with Windows Hello Face unlock, but the fingerprint sensor does a good job on its own.

The trackpad is off-center with the laptop’s housing and the keyboard, but it’s not awkwardly placed. It’s just below the space bar and always within easy reach.

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As far as ports are concerned, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find what you’re looking for on the Odyssey. On the right side of the deck is a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, a collapsible Ethernet port, and two USB 3.2 ports.

The left side of the housing has a USB-C port, another USB 3.2 port, an HDMI port and, finally, a second USB-C port that is also used to charge the Odyssey.

The Odyssey weighs just over 4lbs and has a footprint of 14.04 by 9.02 by 0.70-inches. It’s not an ultralight or super portable, but you shouldn’t have any issues tossing it in a backpack and toting it around campus, to the office or carrying it around your home as you remote work.

There’s nothing strikingly impressive about the Odyssey’s design, but there doesn’t really have to be. It’s a basic design with a premium feel that looks sleek.

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Performance and battery life

Inside the Odyssey is an Intel Core i7 processor, an RTX 3050Ti with Max-Q, 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. That’s a healthy list of components powering the Odyssey, and with the addition of a beefier GPU like the RTX 3050Ti that you’d normally find in a gaming laptop, the Odyssey is built for work and some play.

I’ve been testing the Odyssey for a few weeks now, using it for daily tasks like watching YouTube, shopping on Amazon and other random tasks. I’ve also spent some time using it for work, checking email, replying to Slack messages, monitoring. writing and the occasional photo editing. The Odyssey kept pace for all of those tasks without any hiccups or slowdowns.

I ran the PCMark 10 benchmark just to give you some context on what kind of performance you can expect from this particular build. With a respectable score of 5,698, the Odyssey’s benchmark score translates into a laptop that’s fast enough to keep up with your daily tasks and workflows. That mirrors my experience when using the Odyssey.

Because the Odyssey comes with an RTX 3050Ti, it’s natural to think you can use it as a gaming laptop, and to some extent, you can. I installed Call of Duty: Warzone to see how far I could push the Odyssey’s gaming performance, and, well, after tinkering with the graphics settings, I was able to get between 50-60 frames-per-second consistently.

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Where the GPU will really shine in a laptop like this isn’t necessarily gaming with AAA titles, but instead with resource-intensive workflows like editing video, photos, or even using CAD programs.

That said, you can still get away with occasional gaming; just set proper expectations with yourself and what you’ll get in terms of performance.

I’ve enjoyed typing on the keyboard, though I could do without the small number pad on the right side of the keyboard. It’s too cramped for my liking, but I could very well be in the minority.

The trackpad has been hit or miss for me. Either it’s far too sensitive or not sensitive enough while I tap and swipe my way through apps and the interface. I’ve tried adjusting the sensitivity settings to no avail.

Another area of the Odyssey I found lack is the display itself. It’s a full high-definition display with a 1080p resolution, and that aspect of it’s fine. But the lack of brightness and color saturation leaves me wanting more from it. Samsung is known for the bright and vivid display panels it produces for TVs, monitors, phones and tablets. I was expecting the same from the Odyssey.

Samsung claims you should get up to 12 hours of use off a single charge. I ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office battery life test that simulates a normal workday, combining image editing, browsing and the occasional video. I turned off Bluetooth, the keyboard backlight and turned the display brightness to 50%. The Odyssey lasted for 5 hours and 31 minutes in the test. My personal use lasted longer than that benchmark result, with enough power to get through a typical workday.

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Software

Normally I don’t spend a lot of time talking about the software on a Windows laptop because, well, it’s a Windows laptop, and that means it has broad familiarity. However, Samsung’s laptops take a slightly different approach to software in that Samsung has several of its own apps that come pre-installed on its laptops.

The same apps are also found on Samsung tablets and smartphones. Apps like Quick Search for finding files on the laptop or Quick Share for sharing files with nearby Samsung devices. Another app that’s installed on the Odyssey is Galaxy Book Smart Switch. Similar to Smart Switch for smartphones, Galaxy Book Smart Switch will help you set up your new laptop, transfer files, settings and even your Microsoft Store apps.

Some of the apps, like those I just mentioned, along with Samsung Updates, Gallery or Notes, make sense to me. Each one provides a meaningful service or access to files and photos or videos that are also stored on your smartphone. But the list of pre-installed Samsung apps is long and borders on being too much. For example, Bixby is installed. I don’t know anyone who uses Bixby on a smartphone, and it makes no sense to have Samsung’s virtual assistant on a laptop. Alexa is also pre-installed on the Odyssey. The same goes for Live Message and Live Wallpaper. Both apps aren’t really necessary on a laptop.

Samsung takes a heavy hand with pushing its apps and services on all of its devices, so it’s not a surprise that a Windows 11 device has the same issues — I just wish it didn’t.

Outside of Samsung’s own apps, there’s one app we need to talk about: McAfee antivirus. It’s straight-up bloatware and incredibly annoying to deal with the constant prompts asking to scan a file, folder or ensure that antivirus scanning is active. Thankfully you can remove McAfee with a few clicks, but I sure wish it wasn’t something users had to worry about.

Bottom line

The Galaxy Book Odyssey is a solid laptop that has a few compromises. The display is disappointing but not necessarily a deal-breaker unless your job consists of editing photos and videos. If you need a decently priced laptop that packs plenty of power, the Galaxy Book Odyssey is worth considering.

The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event has released three new products: Galaxy Book Pro Series, Galaxy Book Odyssey, and Galaxy Book. Take a look at how each of these features revolutionizes the way you use a laptop in today’s blog.

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The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked April 2021 event has released some gadgets that will optimize your productivity, improve connectivity, and enhance phone-to-laptop syncing. Let’s explore the details of each three products and how they can improve your work performance.

Galaxy Book Pro Series

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Book devices, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360, combine the light weight and portability of a smartphone with the performance of a laptop. The Series features an Intel Evo platform that automatically awakes, offers a long-lasting 20-hour battery, lightweight mobility, fast connection to the Cloud, and a powerful performance. In particular, the laptops offer Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and Bluetooth connection to keep you in the flow.

Available in two models—13.3 and 15.6 inches—there’s a selection for you. And the 13.3-inch model is the thinnest and lightest Samsung laptop available to date.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro Series 2021 in work settings

360-degree flexibility

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 is built for flexibility as it rotates 360 degrees. So you can use it as a traditional laptop with a keyboard or flip to a tablet-like state for note-taking or editing photos with ease. It’s incredibly durable with an aluminum design, allowing you to take it everywhere you go. But its appearance and light weight aren’t the only standout features of the Galaxy Book Pro Series. Instead, both laptops are equipped with Eye Care Display to eradicate harmful blue light to protect your eyes while you’re working at a desk for prolonged periods. And with a springy keyboard with a 1 mm travel distance, you’ll experience a quieter, softer, and more responsive typing experience. It also boasts a slightly upper positioning for an optimized trackpad that’s easier to scroll the internet while preventing any wrist discomfort.

Dolby Atmos speakers and Noise Cancelation technology

Thanks to Dolby Atmos audio technology, you can immerse yourself in games, movies, and videos when you’ve completed your work tasks. All the while, Intelligent Noise Canceling automatically blocks out any background noise when you’re on a video call. So if your dog suddenly barks in the background, you don’t need have to panic and reach for the mute button. Instead, the Galaxy Book Pro Series will handle that for you.

Key specifications of the Galaxy Book Pro Series:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home/Pro
  • Display: 13.3/15.6 inches
  • Colors: Mystic Navy, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze
  • Audio technology: Dolby Atmos

Studio Mode for video chats

If you’ve been engaging in more online calls during the pandemic, you’ve likely experienced poor lighting quality and limited effects. You may have even felt a little insecure while glancing at your appearance during an online call. Fortunately, the Galaxy Book Series features Studio Mode to tweak your appearance when you’re on a video chat. It includes Dolby Atmos audio technology while you’re watching movies or engaging in a videoconference.

Easily switch from smartphone to laptop

Most of us switch from a smartphone to laptop several times throughout the day. That’s why the Galaxy Book Series lets you switch conveniently and in a second. For example, Samsung Gallery lets you access photos from your smartphone on your laptop. You can even edit photos in real-time. Furthermore, the Galaxy Book Series provides one-click access to answering calls, replying to texts, and more. So you needn’t constantly switch from your laptop to your smartphone. And your Samsung smartphone syncs and integrates with the Galaxy Book Series. Additionally, Quick Share lets you transfer files and documents from one Samsung device to the Galaxy Book Series for easy access.

SmartThings dashboard

Complement your life and make your everyday more convenient with the SmartThings dashboard, so you can adjust setting for your Smart lights and one from one panel.

Key specifications of the Galaxy Book Series:

  • Audio technology: Dolby Atmos
  • Camera: 720p HD
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home/Pro

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro Series is available for pre-order for 999 on Samsung’s official website. The Galaxy Book Series is available for 1399, and you can visit Samsung’s official press release for more information.

What are your thoughts on these latest launches at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event? Let us know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Odyssey and Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G notebooks

Samsung expands its Galaxy Book lineup with three new laptops. The series includes all new Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Odyssey and Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G.

The new Samsung Galaxy Book price in U.S. starts 749.99 (Rs. 56,200 approx.) while the new Galaxy Book Odyssey price is set at 1399.99 (Rs. 104900 approx.). The new Galaxy Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G costs 1399.99 (Rs. 104900 approx.). These will go on sale from November 11th.

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Samsung Galaxy Book specifications and features

The notebook itself measures 14.04 x 9.02 x 0.61 inches and weighs 1.59 kg. It has aluminum build and houses two 2W speakers with Dolby Atmos. It runs on Windows 11 Home OS.

The new Galaxy Book feature a 15.6-inch touch screen LED display with FHD resolution. It has two processor options. One has Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage space. Other model has Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage.

It has Intel Iris Xe MAX graphics. The notebook comes with 720p camera and dual array digital microphones for video conferences. The Galaxy Book is powered by 54Wh battery. It supports Wi-Fi 6 802.11x, 2x USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.2, HDMI, MicroSD and headphone/mic jack.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey specifications and features

It has 15.6-inch LED display (not touch screen) offering FHD resolution. It has Intel Core i7-11600H processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti Max-Q Graphics.

The notebook measures 14.04 x 9.02 x 0.70 mm and weighs 1.85Kg. It has 8GB / 16GB RAM options with 512GB storage space. The top end variant has 32GB RAM and 1TB storage. It has 83Wh battery and houses 720p HD camera with dual array mics.

The new Galaxy Book Odyssey comes with Aluminum build and has Mystic Black color. It has Pro keyboard with Numeric keys. There two 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. The device runs on Windows 11 Home OS. For connectivity, it has Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax, 2x USB Type-C, 3x USB 3.2, MicroSD card slot and Headphone/mic jack.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G specifications and features

This notebook comes with 5G Sub6 support. It has AKG stereo speakers (2x 4W) with Dolby Atmos. The laptop runs on Windows 11 Home OS out of the box.

It has dimensions of 11.91 x 7.95 x 0.45 mm and weighs 1.1 Kg. It has 13.3-inch AMOLED touch screen display offering FHD resolution. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G has two options – one with Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage space. Other model has Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. These have Intel Iris Xe Graphics.

The laptop houses 63Wh (typ) battery. It has pro keyboard and includes S-Pen. The device sports and aluminum build with Mystic silver color option. it has 720P HD camera with dual array digital microphones. For connectivity, there is Wi-Fi 6 (Gig) 802.11ax 2×2 (Wi-Fi 6E ready), Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB Type-C, MicroSD card and headphone/mic jack.

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