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Samsung's new Galaxy Books feature 11th generation Intel chips and 5G. are included

Samsung's new Galaxy Books feature 11th generation Intel chips and 5G. are included

Samsung has announced three new additions to its Galaxy Book line: the Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Odyssey, and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G. While neither model has features that will knock your socks off, they do seem like a natural progression of Samsung's recent efforts to push the Galaxy Book line out of the enthusiast space and into the mainstream.

The most accessible offering seems to be the regular 15.6-inch Galaxy Book. It's the only one out of three that's available right now; The other two products hit shelves on November 11. I'm currently looking at a $749.99 model at Best Buy that includes a Core i5-1165G7, 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage, as well as a Core i7-1165G7/16GB/512GB. Configuration for $999.99. It seems like these specifications are a reasonable price to pay for, assuming the build, keyboard, screen and many other features are adequate. With the high quality we see from the Galaxy Book line (especially when it comes to the display), I'm optimistic there.

Aside from its price point, the Galaxy Book's primary calling card looks like it's only 0.61 inches thick (though Samsung hasn't provided weight yet). There's also an attractive port selection that includes a Nano-SIM and a microSD slot, as well as two USB-C, one USB-A, and an audio jack.

The $1,399 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Odyssey is a few levels up in price. It's a workstation device, which can be configured with Intel's H-series processors as well as Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. At $1,399, it's certainly a good price for a workstation, though the 3050 Ti is a fairly midrange GPU, and we weren't impressed with the results it delivered in more expensive systems.

Also there is the 13.3-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G, which starts at $1,399. It's worth noting that the non-5G version of this device starts at $1,009.99, so while we haven't looked at the specifications of the base 5G model, it looks like you'll be paying a significant premium for the extra connectivity.

That said, the 15-inch Galaxy Book Pro was impressed when we reviewed it earlier this year. It has a standout screen (which is par for the course in Samsung devices) and excellent battery life. It also ships with Samsung's S Pen for drawing and note-taking, though it doesn't have a garage to store it.

They all seem refreshingly affordable for their specifications, but the Galaxy Book is the one I'm most excited about. Its $749 tag is competitive pricing for a line with a history of excellent build quality and gorgeous panels. The final verdict, of course, will depend on how well it performs (and Samsung hasn't provided battery size yet). But given that the Galaxy Book line is confined to the Samsung-enthusiast space, it's good to see it expand further into the midrange market.

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