Samsung adds Windows 11, 5G, and more OLED to Galaxy Book laptop lineup

Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 5G.
Enlarge / Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 5G.

With Windows 11 out, PC makers have an excuse to update their lineups, and Samsung is hoping that consumers pick up one of its three new Galaxy laptops announced this week to try out the latest operating system. The company is offering a few buzzy features to help entice customers.

The Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 5G and Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey will release on November 11, with identical starting price tags of $1,400. The Samsung Galaxy Book is out now and starts at $750.

The 5G tax

5G increases the starting price by $300.
Enlarge / 5G increases the starting price by $300.

Samsung already makes a Galaxy Pro 360 two-in-one with an AMOLED screen, and you can even get it preloaded with Windows 11. But the upcoming Galaxy Pro 360 5G adds—you guessed it—5G.

You can choose between two specs: a quad-core Intel Core i5-1130G7 at 1.8 GHz (boosting up to 4 GHz) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage or a quad-core i7-1160G7 (2.1 GHz / 4.4 GHz) with 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage.

The device starts at $1,100, or $1,400 with 5G. But the laptop also comes with an i7 (i7-1165G7 with four cores and up to a 4.7 GHz boost speed) instead of an i5, as well as 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and Windows 11 preloaded. That means you can get not just a lower price but also a speedier processor if you forego 5G.

Both machines have 13.3-inch touchscreen AMOLED displays at a 1920×1080 resolution (there is also a 5G-less 15.6-inch option). Samsung claims a whopping 120 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. Combined with the high contrast, the screen could have a lot of pop, especially with HDR. Hopefully, sRGB content on the web doesn’t look overblown.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G is 0.45 inches deep and weighs 2.43 pounds. Its aluminum build and silver color give it the classy design expected of thin-and-lights, and it has a Thunderbolt 4 port and two USB-C ports. We just hope that the keyboard doesn’t feel as flat as it looks.

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey: The GPU option

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey.
Enlarge / Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey.

For those who need a dedicated graphics card, the Galaxy Book Odyssey comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Max-Q. That’s on the lower end of Nvidia’s current-gen mobile GPU roster but still puts it in similar territory with systems like the Dell XPS 15 9510 and Surface Laptop Studio, which both have RTX 3050 Ti options. Paired with a 6-core i7-11600H (2.9 / 4.6 GHz) and up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, the GPU should be able to handle professional 3D apps and even some games at lower resolutions and settings.

Samsung calls the color "Mystic Black."
Enlarge / Samsung calls the color “Mystic Black.”

Samsung Galaxy Book: The more affordable option

Samsung Galaxy Book.
Enlarge / Samsung Galaxy Book.

Finally, the more affordable Galaxy Book is already on shelves. Spec options include a quad-core i5-1135G7 (2.4 / 4.2 GHz) tied to 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage ($750) or an i7-1165G7 with 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage ($1,000). The device’s 15.6-inch screen and 3.51-lb weight add a bit of heft over the convertible, but it starts at almost half the price.

The rest of Samsung’s current Galaxy Book lineup, except for the Galaxy Book Go, is available with Windows 11 preloaded.

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