Samsung set out to answer the question at its newest Unpacked launch: Why can’t laptops be more like smartphones? And Samsung’s answer is the new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360, which are sleek and lightweight laptops designed for “mobile-first consumers.”
These laptops offer AMOLED displays, Dolby Atmos-tuned audio, better camera and mics for video conferencing, and portability and power. All the makings of what Samsung believes our modern laptops need.
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 and Galaxy Book Pro are designed to be the company’s “most mobile Galaxy Books yet,” with the 13-inch Galaxy Book Pro weighing around 0.87kg and measuring 11.2mm thin. Both devices have 13-inch and 15-inch options. These laptops are built to be durable, with up to 6000-series aluminum on the Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s the same alloy used by leading aerospace manufacturers globally.
The Galaxy Book Pro is the more standard clamshell design, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 allows you to flip the screen so that you can turn it like a tablet. Taking advantage of the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s design, the 2-in-1 laptop supports an updated, thicker S Pen, which Samsung will ship with this machine.
For the first time, the Galaxy Book Pro series will bring AMOLED displays to Windows PCs, with the more premium Galaxy Book Pro 360 getting a Super AMOLED display. These will also support Eye Care to help protect your eyes, an Intelligent Color Engine to fine-tune the color space depending on your task, and support for DCI-P3 or AMOLED Native color profiles. Samsung pairs this visual experience with AKG speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos.
These new laptops are powered by 11th-gen Intel Core processors and Intel Iris X graphics, with the Galaxy Book Pro verified to the Intel Evo platform, which promises “industry-leading balance of power, immersive graphics, always-on connectivity, and long-lasting battery life.”
Samsung has reengineered the keyboard with a scissor mechanism and 1mm key travel for speedy and silent typing. The touchpad is 23% larger than the Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion.
There is a dual array mic beside the 720p HD webcam with Intelligent Noise Cancelling for your video call needs. The mics can pick up your voice clearly while getting rid of ambient noise in the room. And with Studio Mode, you can enjoy video call environments that help you look as you prefer regardless of your setting.
These laptops also offer Screen Recorder and Samsung Studio Plus, so you can easily record what’s happening on the screen and edit what you’ve shot with ease.
With the Galaxy Book Pro 360, you don’t have to be tethered to your Wi-Fi as it supports 5G, at least for the 13-inch model. For the other models, you do get high-speed Wi-Fi thanks to support for Wi-Fi 6E.
Samsung wants a seamless integration into its Galaxy ecosystem, allowing for support with other Galaxy devices. You can use a Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ as a secondary screen for your laptop, featuring Duplicate and Extend modes. With the company’s partnership with Microsoft, you can use Link to Windows and Microsoft Your Phone to keep your Galaxy phone connected to these Galaxy Book Pro laptops.
According to Samsung, even the Super Slow-mo or Single Take content you shoot on your Galaxy smartphone will show up in the same format on these laptops. The company brings Quick Share to the Galaxy Book Pro series for sharing content with ease. Of course, you can easily connect your Galaxy Buds with these laptops.
Samsung will also make it easy for you to move from another Windows PC to its ecosystem with the Galaxy Book Smart Switch app. And for those who want to turn these laptops into a smart home hub, that’s possible with SmartThings integration. You can also find your other Galaxy devices with SmartThings Find support.
Samsung promises long-lasting batteries on these laptops. But you can quickly top up them up with support for 65W fast-charging. The Galaxy Book Pro series supports up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 will be available in Mystic Navy, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze color options, while the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro will be available in Mystic Blue, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Pink Gold. In the US, the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s starting price is at USD 1,199, while the Galaxy Book Pro’s starting price is at USD 999.
Introducing the Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Odyssey
Samsung also unveiled its new 15.6-inch Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Odyssey. The former is more of an everyday solution for those who need a more budget-friendly laptop. The Galaxy Book runs on 11th-gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris X graphics. It doesn’t have the Galaxy Book Pro series’ fancy screens, but it still supports easy connectivity with Galaxy devices and Windows. It supports LTE and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, dual SSDs of up to 2TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, and the 65W USB-Type C fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy Book will be available in Mystic Silver and Mystic Blue, with a starting price of USD 549.
As for the Galaxy Book Odyssey, that’s Samsung’s new gaming laptop, which runs on up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti or RTX 3050 Max-Q graphics, 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. As a gaming laptop that will undoubtedly eat more battery life than the other new Galaxy Books, Samsung arms the Galaxy Book Odyssey with a bigger 83Wh battery and faster 135W charging. The Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey comes in Mystic Black, with a starting price of USD 1,399.