Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey is Samsung’s 2021 foiré into the entry level gaming laptop segment. It was launched at the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event along with other Galaxy laptops such as Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book Pro 360, and Samsung Galaxy Book 2021. Galaxy Book Odyssey is the first gaming laptop to ship with Nvidia’s RTX 3050 and 3050Ti GPUs, which bring RTX Ray Tracing capabilities and the power of mobile Ampere to more people than ever with this new lower cost of entry. The sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Book Odyssey is due to begin in August 2021, but the predictions are already making some waves in the market. If you are excited about having one have a read down further below to find out about all the specs and specifics of this new machine.
Who is the Galaxy Book Odyssey for?
Galaxy Book Odyssey is firmly targeting the entry/budget gaming laptop sector. While it’s not an ultraportable at 4lbs, it is only 17mm thin. It’s large 15.6″ Full HD display and full sized keyboard with number pad will be a great machine for getting work done during the day, while still having the power to let you kick back and play some games in the evening. Conveniences like an SD reader, 10Gbit USB-A, 135w USB-C fast charging, WiFi 6, Dolby Atmos Audio and a Windows Hello enabled fingerprint reader ensure that you aren’t left compromising on the usability or performance front. Intel’s H-Series 11th Gen CPUs make an appearance too, which posit to compete against the best Ryzens that AMD has to offer.
Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey
Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD LCD panel. Performance should be pretty decent with up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, one of the first machines to use H-Series parts. Customers looking for a step up over the standard RTX 3050 Max-Q GPU will have the option of the Nvidia GeForce RTX3050Ti Max-Q, gaining 12 CUDA Cores, 16 Tensor Cores, 4 RT Cores and rougly 1.5 Teraflops of FP32 Performance. It has two USB Type-C, three USB 3.2, HDMI, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, SD Card Reader, Security Slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The power key of the laptop is Windows Hello enabled by means of a fingerprint reader feature that can easily sign you into Windows with a single tap. With a battery of 83Whr and 135w fast charging facility, Samsung has made a laptop with some great endurance potential and the ability to recharge super quickly like their smartphones.
|Model||Galaxy Book Odyssey|
|Release date||April 28, 2021|
|Dimensions (mm)||14 x 9 x 0.7 inches|
|Net Weight||4 lbs/1.8kg|
|Colors||Mystic Blue/Mystic Silver|
|Screen Size||15.6-inch TFT LCD (1920 x 1080)|
|RAM||8GB, 16GB, 32GB DDR4x|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Wi-Fi 6E ready, 802.11 ax, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Processor||Intel 11th Gen Core H-Series Processors|
|Storage||1 TB of NVMe SSD storage|
|HDMI Port||Yes, Full Sized|
|Multi-card Slot||1 Micro SD Card Reader|
The Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey launched in April 2021 at an event organized by Samsung called Samsung Unpacked. This event was streamed live on the company website and their YouTube Channel, along with that of many tech publications with live reporting on the presentation. In this event, Samsung launched several book series laptops along with the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey.
Samsung have indicated that the Odyssey will launch for $1399 in the US, with pricing and availability varying by country with a launch expected in August of this year.
Samsung’s Galaxy Book Odyssey is an interesting product, mostly for it’s firsts. It’s Samsung’s first real entry into the budget gaming space in a long time and marks a commitment by the South Korean tech giant to grow it’s PC business. Intel’s much anticipated H-Series Tiger Lake CPU’s make a showing here along with Nvidia’s newest budget offering in the RTX30 series lineup, which are expected to bring great performance and features to customers at more affordable prices than previously available.
Obviously with the current chip shortage any OEM may have difficulty in supply and hitting MSRP, so we’ll need to wait and see what happens in August for launch, but the decision to go Intel here instead of AMD will likely help Samsung when it comes to the supply chain. With Samsung themselves manufacturing the GA107 used by Nvidia in the RTX 3050 and 3050Ti, so hopefully that’ll allow them to stock shelves in time for their fall launch timetable. Laptops are in fervent demand right now so Samsung are widening their potential audience ever so greater with their new lineup, catering to every audience now including the cost-conscious gamer.