Although the first half of the year is not even close to over yet, we have received three Galaxy Unpacked events from Samsung so far. The first two were the Galaxy S21 devices announced in January, as well as the Galaxy A devices in March. At this last event, in April, the company announced several laptops that are part of the Galaxy Book series.
The entire series of laptops is designed to provide users with a slim and lightweight device for everyday use, with the ability to integrate with other Samsung products, including SmartHome products. Well, let’s take a look at the newly introduced devices, and see what exactly Samsung has to offer users.
Galaxy Book Pro
The Galaxy Book Pro model was developed in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft. Coming with a 13-inch diagonal display, and weighing just 861 grams, it is one of the lightest devices in the category. It is also worth mentioning that the device is only 109 mm thick, which makes it one of the thinnest. The focus on portability is more than obvious. If you need something bigger, the device is also available with a 15.6 ”display with the same resolution.
But despite the weight and thickness, the fact that the laptop is made of aluminum alloy allows it to remain surprisingly solid. However, according to Digitaltrends , minimal folding is possible when typing on a keyboard.
The collaboration with Intel is most obvious when it comes to performance, but also the selection of ports. When it comes to the hardware inside, you have a choice between a Core i5-1135G7 and a Core i7-1165G7 processor, both 11th generation Intel. The laptop also comes with 8 or 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 256 or 512 gigabyte SSD.
Outside, you get the Thunderbolt 4 port, as well as USB-A, 3.5mm headphone port, and HDMI port – a combination that many manufacturers say is impossible in such a slim device. For the user, this allows them to connect to additional devices without the need for adapters.
Another significant feature of the Galaxy Book Pro is the display. You get a 13-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which should be a positive when it comes to battery life. The resolution itself is more than enough, and I am not happy about the fact that these are not so expensive devices, and yet they have AMOLED panels. Unfortunately, while most competing devices offer a 4K option, and go with a 16:10 aspect ratio for more vertical space, you do not get any of these things from Samsung.
For the everyday user looking for a slim and lightweight laptop, this sounds like a pretty solid option.
If you are looking for a 2 in 1 device that comes with the Samsung Stylus and the opportunity to use it as a tablet, the slightly more expensive Galaxy Book Pro 360 is the right choice for you. It only comes with a Core i7-1165G7 processor, but also a faster 5G connection. In addition, you have the option to go to a 1TB SSD. The only compromise is the lack of HDMI and USB-A ports on the regular Galaxy Book Pro. But if you need a 2 in 1 device, this is a compromise you will have to deal with.
Galaxy Book Pro 360
Galaxy Book Odyssey
Probably the biggest surprise of the event was the Galaxy Book Odyssey. The device is intended for gamers, and Samsung announced it as the most powerful Galaxy laptop ever. In addition to the 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the laptop comes with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Max-Q, or RTX 3050 Ti Max-Q graphics card, making it the first laptop announced with them.
You get the option to configure it with a maximum of 32 gigabytes of RAM, which should be more than enough, as well as a maximum of 1TB NVMe SSD drive. The display has a diagonal of 15.6 inches and comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
When it comes to connectivity, you have Wi-Fi 6, as well as Bluetooth 5.1, and a solid selection of ports. There are two USB Type-C ports, one of which you will need for the 135W charger you get, as well as three USB 3.2 ports, HDMI, Ethernet and a microSD memory card reader. Additionally, you get a disappointing 720p webcam, which is an aspect that we think Samsung could have done much better.
Unfortunately, although on paper the laptop looks quite solid, there is a lot of competition for the announced price ($ 1,399). In addition, when it comes to more serious scenarios, laptops with 4th generation AMD processors often offer much more for the money, which means that the Galaxy Book Odyssey has a tough challenge if Samsung wants the device to be successful.