Samsung launched four different Windows 10 laptops, each of which serves a different purpose. One is a sub-kilogram all-rounder, another brings out your inner performer, the third has RTX GPU capacity, and the fourth is a budget-friendly but capable alternative.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro
The 13.3” model weighs less than a kilogramme, and the 15.6” model is just above that. Both are very thin. The AMOLED screens on these laptops are a huge part of their appeal.
The resolution in both screen sizes is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. They’re DisplayHDR 500 certified, which means they have a big colour gamut and 500 nits of brightness. It also has a 120% DCI-P3 colour wide range coverage and a quick 0.2 ms response time. Depending on the mission, you can also choose between sRGB and Adobe RGB modes.
Both laptops are powered by Intel Core processors from the 11th generation, with options for i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, as well as 8/16/32 GB of LPPDR4X RAM. The storage is in the form of an NVMe SSD with a capacity of up to 1 TB. Iris Xe graphics are standard on the i5 and i7 processors. But a GeForce MX450 GPU is available as an alternative (note that it adds to the weight and thickness). There are many output modes available, including silent and “no fan” modes.
The port selection is good, with one Thunderbolt 4, one USB-C, one USB-A 3.2, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone pair, and a MicroSD slot on the 15.6” model. The 13.3” model drops the HDMI port but adds a nano-SIM slot as an option.
This is due to the optional 4G LTE access, which allows users to stay connected at all times. It is Wi-Fi 6E compatible, as is the 15.6” standard. Prepared to make fast local contacts. AKG-tuned audio with Dolby Atmos support, a 720p camera, and a fingerprint reader on the power key are among the extras.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13.3″ weights 0.87kg (0.88kg with LTE) or 1.9 pounds. It’s just 11.2mm thick and has a 63Wh battery.
The 15.6” model is 11.7mm thick and weights 1.05 kg (2.3 lbs). It has a 68Wh battery, which is significantly heavier. The laptops are charge via USB-C with a small 65W adapter in both cases (it weighs 167g).
The Galaxy Book Pro is now available for pre-order in the United States from Samsung. The 13.3″ model costs $1,000, while the $15.6″ model costs $1,100. On May 14, sales will begin. If you are pre-order by then, you’ll get a $100 credit against a potential purchase (regardless of whether you get the laptop from Samsung.com, Amazon or Best Buy).
Pre-orders in Germany begin today, and if you order before May 14, you’ll get a free pair of Galaxy Buds Pro (in Phantom Violet). The 13.3-inch Galaxy Book Pro “The i5 (with 8GB RAM) and LTE version start at €1,100, while the only non-LTE option has an i7 CPU and costs €1,500. (16GB). The i5/8GB version of the 15.6-inch screen starts at €1,200. Instead, you can get an i7 and more RAM; a price comparison can be found here. You’ll have to use the top-specced edition if you want the extra MX450 GPU.
A 13.3″ Book Pro (i5/8GB) costs £1,100, while a 15.6″ Book Pro (i5/8GB) costs £1,200. More information can be found here. The laptop will be available on May 14, but you can get a free pair of Galaxy Buds if you pre-order before then.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro360
This is the one to use if you want a touchscreen or plan to use a stylus (an S Pen, of course). The Super AMOLED display supports both touch and stylus feedback and is available in 13.3” and 15.6” sizes. Both are DisplayHDR 500 certified and have the same 1080p (16:9) resolution (i.e. 500 nits brightness). By the way, the S Pen included in the package.
Optional 5G compatibility is also available on the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro360 13.3”, but not on the 15.6”. Both are Wi-Fi 6E compatible. A Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB-C ports, a 3.5 mm headphone/microphone port, and a microSD slot are available for wired connections. A nano-SIM slot is also available on the 5G laptops.
These, like the other Pros, are equipped with Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 11th generation processors. Iris Xe graphics are available on the i5 and i7 processors, but there is no Nvidia MX450 option. The 13.3” model has an 8GB or 16GB RAM option, while the larger 15.6” model has a 32GB option. The storage capacity of NVMe SSDs is up to 1TB.
Both batteries have the same capacity, 63Wh on the small one and 65Wh on the large one, and both can be charged at 65W via USB-C. There’s also AKG audio with Dolby Atmos, a 720p camera, and a fingerprint scanner.
The 13.3” model weights 1.04kg for Wi-Fi and 1.1kg for 5G (2.3-2.4 lbs), while the 15.6” model weighs 1.39kg (3 lbs). Both laptops are almost the same thickness, at 11.5mm for the small one and 11.7mm for the larger one.
MIL-STD-810G certification is available on all Galaxy Book versions and includes checks for low and high intensity, vibration, dust humidity, and even salt mist. These two are both parts of Intel’s Evo software, which includes features such as an instant wake, “best-in-class” compatibility, and long battery life.
In the United States, you can preorder a Galaxy Book Pro360 for $1,200 for the 13.3″ edition and $1,300 for the 15.6″ model starting today. On May 14, the first units will be available.
You do not want to wait too long, however. If you are pre-order from Amazon, you’ll get $150 in future cash. A $150 gift card if you order from Best Buy. A $150 eCertificate or free Galaxy Buds Pro if you order from Samsung.com or Samsung Experience Stores.
The Galaxy Book Pro360 will be available in Germany starting May 14. The 13.3″ model costs €1,200 with an i5/8GB processor, while the 15.6″ model costs €1,300 with an i5/8GB processor. More information on prices in Germany can be found here. If you are pre-order by May 13, you’ll get a free pair of Galaxy Buds Pro.
In the United Kingdom, a 13.3″ model with an i5/8GB processor costs £1,200, while a 15.6″ model with an i5/8GB processor costs £1,250. More information can be found here. The release date scheduled for May 14, and those who pre-order will receive a pair of Galaxy Buds Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey
If success is more important to you than portability, the Odyssey succeeds. This 15.6-inch laptop weighs 1.85kg (4.1lbs) and is 17.7mm wide, making it relatively portable. This is with a bigger 83Wh battery, which also comes with a 135W charger (USB-C).
The extra power is needed to power the Nvidia GPU, which comes in two varieties: GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Max-Q and GeForce RTX 3050 Max-Q. This is in addition to an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor from the 11th generation (no i3 this time around).
The laptop comes with 8/16/32GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD from the store. However, since this is a realistic model, you should add your own RAM and a second NVMe slot for additional capacity.
Connectivity is also excellent, at least in terms of ports. Two USB-C ports, three USB-A 3.2 ports, an HDMI port, a headphone/mic jack, a microSD socket, a protection slot, and even an RJ45 port for LAN connectivity are all included. There are no 4G/5G options here, but Wi-Fi 6 is available (no 6E this time).
The 15.6-inch monitor is a TFT LCD with a resolution of 1,920 x 1080 pixels.
Samsung Galaxy Book
This is the series’ entry-level model, but it’s still very effective. The vanilla Galaxy Book is the one to look at whether you don’t need the RTX GPU or don’t want to pay for an AMOLED show.
It has a 15.6″ TFT LCD (1080p resolution) and an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor from the 11th generation. There will also be models with a Pentium Gold or even a Celeron processor that are more economical.
RAM (LPPDR4X) starts at 4GB and can be upgraded to 8GB or 16GB. A single NVMe SSD with a capacity of up to 512GB is available, but you can also add a second SSD. If you like, you can get a GeForce MX450 GPU.
This model is also relatively slim and compact, weighing in at 15.4mm and 1.55kg (3.4lbs). The 54Wh battery charges at 65W via USB-C. The audio system lacks AKG’s touch, but you still get Dolby Atmos. The power button’s fingerprint reader is an optional feature.
Unlike the Odyssey, this one comes with LTE as well as Wi-Fi 6. There are two USB-C ports, two USB-A 3.2 ports, an HDMI port, a combo jack, a protection slot, as well as microSD and nano-SIM slots.
The Galaxy Book will be published in Germany starting May 14. A Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage start at €680. There are also i5 and i7 models, as well as an i7 + LTE variant (€1,150, 16/512GB) available. More information on prices can be found here.
In the UK, the base model with an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM costs £700. Check out the price rundown if you like an i7 or more RAM. The release date has been scheduled for May 14, but there are no pre-order offers.