The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event just ended today, and Samsung has revealed no smartphones nor tablets this time, but revealed new functionalities for them as well as new Galaxy Book lines, all of which are powered by 11th-Gen Intel Core processors.
Galaxy Book Pro/Pro 360
The first two laptops announced were the Galaxy Book Pro series. The first being the Pro, and the other, a 2-in-1 laptop, the Galaxy Book Pro 360. Both are powered by 11th-Gen Intel Core processors but also have significant differences.
First off, the Galaxy Book Pro comes with AMOLED while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 comes with a touchscreen SAMOLED display that also supports the S-Pen, which will come for every purchase of the Pro 360. Both have two screen sizes, a 13.3in and a 15.6in display sizes.
During the live event, Samsung kept boasting and highlighting how these new laptops are feather-light and ultraslim (and no, it’s not just the bezels we’re talking about here). For instance, the Pro 360 weighs only 1.42kg and has a slim 11.5mm thickness, while the Pro is lighter, weighing only 868g and is also slightly less slimmer at 11.2mm thickness.
During the event, Samsung said multiple things about how a laptop should be like a smartphone, that is, portable, long-lasting and lightweight, which is the primary goal of the new Galaxy Books.
Inside the Galaxy Book Pro is the latest Intel Core processor with integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. It also has a number of ports: HDMI, USB-C, MicroSD Card Slot, USB 3.2 and finally, Thunderbolt 4 which supports 8K video!
According to Samsung, you can play up to 20h of video playback and comes with a 65W fast charger with included USB-C cable. The new charger is made of Gallium Nitride and is a lot smaller in contrast to Samsung’s previous charger, but powers the laptop at the same Wattage
.The Galaxy Book and its Pro variant also has a version which includes LTE Connectivity. However, you can only get it on the 13.3in. version of the Galaxy Book Pro. There is also a non-LTE variant at a slightly more affordable price.
The Galaxy Book Pro comes in three colours: Mystic Pink Gold, Mystic Blue and Mystic Silver. Prices start at $999 (~48.3K php) for the 13.3in. without LTE, $1099 (~53.2K php) with LTE, and finally a 15.6in. variant for the same price but no LTE support.
For the Galaxy Book Pro 360, according to Samsung, the hinge is created with experience from its foldable phones Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Fold. Like the Pro variant, it comes with the same 65W fast charger and also has multimedia features including Studio Plus, which lets you edit videos quickly, and a built-in screen recorder.
Also, in line with its partnership with Intel and with Samsung’s drive for better productivity, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is also equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core processors with integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. The laptop also has 5G support, just like most smartphones nowadays.
In addition, the Galaxy Book Pro series is also Intel Evo certified, which means guaranteed performance with no ups and downs.
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 comes in three colours: Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Navy. Prices start at $1199 (~58K php) for the 13.3in non-5G variant, and $1399 (~67.7K) for the 5G variant. There is also a larger 15.6in size available, starting at $1299 (~62.8K php)
The Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Pro and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 are all available for purchase from 14th May in select markets. We don’t see much of the Galaxy Book in the Philippines, so we do not expect its release here.
Galaxy Book/ Galaxy Book Odyssey
The Galaxy Book Odyssey is the gaming-centric version of the Galaxy Book series. Inside the Galaxy Book Odyssey is an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-H that is overclockable and ready for heavy duty and demanding tasks.
The Galaxy Book Odyssey also comes with a Nvidia RTX 3050Ti GPU and also has access to XBOX Game Pass, a subscription service for XBOX and PC games.
Like the rest of the Galaxy Book series, it supports Dolby Atmos audio and up to 2TB of M.2 SSD. However, unlike the Galaxy Book Pro series which came with a 65W charger, the Odyssey comes with a 135W fast charger and a custom logo
The Odyssey comes with one colour, Mystic Black and a single 15.6in. display size, and starts at $1399 (~67.7K). Samsung has not announced availability yet.
The Galaxy Book is the same ideal as the Pro series, but is aimed more for a mainstream audience. It comes with the same features as the Galaxy Book Pro series, including 11th-gen Intel Core processors, Dolby Atmos, 65W charging and up to 2TB SSD. Though the display is now LCD instead of AMOLED, but also comes with LTE support.
The Galaxy Book comes in Mystic Silver and starts at $549 (~26.5K php) for its one and only display size, 15.6in. For the LTE version, it costs $100 more, at $649 (~31.4K php). It is available for pre-orders today and will be available for purchase in select markets starting 14th May
The Galaxy Book Experience
One feature Samsung kept mentioning time and time again is its seamless interaction with its Galaxy series of phones. These include Quick Share, where you can share and move photos from your Galaxy phone to your Galaxy Book, Samsung Gallery and Notes integration, it’s Samsung Care+ customer service which handles warranties; SmartThings Find which let you locate your Galaxy phone or Galaxy Book, even when offline (so as long GPS/location is enabled) and Link to Windows, which lets you sync Microsoft Office Suite from your phone to your Galaxy Book and vise versa
Some Galaxy Books have Galaxy Experience apps installed, which makes it convenient for Galaxy users to move, share, copy and/or paste files and applications from one screen to another. They can be removed as per users’ choice however.