Samsung's Galaxy Book Odyssey is the first to feature Nvidia's RTX 3050 GPUs

Shawn Knight

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Editor's take: Samsung as part of its latest Galaxy Unpacked event has unveiled the world’s first gaming laptop packing Nvidia’s new RTX 3050 series graphics cards. Curiously enough, Samsung spent very little time discussing the Galaxy Book Odyssey during its Unpacked event, despite it seeming to be one of its more interesting new products.

The Galaxy Book Odyssey ships with a 15.6-inch TFT LCD display operating at resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 that’s driven by an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR4X memory and up to 2TB of NVMe SSD storage.

The real star of the show, however, is the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti Max-Q graphics cards. Aside from a single infographic, however, that’s really all the company has said about it thus far. Nvidia hasn’t even formally announced the 3050 as of this writing.

Other Galaxy Book Odyssey features gleaned from the infographic include Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a 720p HD webcam, Dolby Atmos audio support and an 83Wh battery. Buyers also get two USB-Type C ports, three USB 3.2 ports, an HDMI connection, a 3.5mm headphone / mic jack, a microSD card slot and an Ethernet jack.

Samsung said the Galaxy Book Odyssey will be available in select markets this August starting at $1,399. No word yet on whether or not it'll be available in the US.

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QuantumPhysics

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I plan on buying a 3000 series equipped laptop eventually. The 2000 series, in my opinion, was overpriced and for the most part unnecessary unless you were using your laptop as a desktop replacement.

I use my laptop for basic games and web browsing.

I will be happy if the 3070 and 3080 equipped laptops are cheaper than their 2000 equipped predecessors.

There are still a lot of 2070 equipped laptops on sale.
 

Dimitriid

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Most interesting feature for a card at this price range by far is the tensor core and if this card turns out to be capable of usable DLSS 2.0 or not. If it can "cheat" to make up the rasterization performance shortcomings by just upscaling 720p or lower to get a higher detail level on the cheap then it can potentially mean that while it would be marketed as "Ray Tracing" enabling it would also enable high framerate gaming on a cheap budget for even demanding titles.

And while I doubt it will be the case, both for the technical limitations of a low end card doing DLSS 2.0 as well as Nvidia's own self interest in being able to sell the higher end models, I think given the fact that they're not able to sell anything else to gamers they might decide it's ok for a 3050 to truly access those higher end features, but again I don't think it's likely.