Samsung enters the gaming market with Odyssey laptops
Samsung finally has arrived in the gaming business with its first ever gaming laptop called the ‘Notebook Odyssey’, which was unveiled at the CES 2017 on Wednesday. The computer is available in two screen sizes for mainstream users, which are 15.6 and 17.3 inches and can be easily upgraded.
“Today, serious and even casual gamers seek computing devices that not only pack power for intense graphics-rich games but also feature a stylish and portable design,” remarked Samsung senior vice president for its PC business team, mobile communications YoungGyoo Choi. “We’re excited to expand our PC portfolio with a premium gaming solution featuring refinements in design, cutting-edge technology and enhanced gaming usability.”
To start with, the 15.6 inch Notebook Odyssey will come with a 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i7 processor and feature full HD (1920×1080) display with anti-glare coating. It will include up to 32GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD storage, and Nvidia GTX1050 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. This model will offer two SODIMM slots, have a 43Wh battery, and weigh 2.53 kilograms. It will also include a single USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet jack, and 4K video out. The keyboard has LED backlighting and highlighted WASD keys.
On the other hand, the 17.3 inch Notebook Odyssey too will come with a 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i7 processor and feature full HD (1920×1080) display. It will include up to 64GB of RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD storage. It will also sport an USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 plus have customizable RGB backlighting. This model will offer four SODIMM slots, have a 93Wh battery, and weigh 3.79 kilograms. The graphics card was not revealed for the 17.3 inch Notebook Odyssey model.
Since the Notebooks are made for gamers, these will include HexaFlow vents that will cool and ventilate the system so that it remains at a suitable temperature. These vents are located at the bottom of the device and can be removed to expand storage and memory.
The 15.6-inch Notebook Odyssey is expected to ship in February with a starting price of $1,199. However, the 17.3-inch model is due to ship later in the spring, whose price has not been announced yet. It will be available in black or white color.