One theme is clear at CES 2019: NVIDIA is going big with its latest gaming GPU, which is to be found in just about every high-end gaming laptop. Samsung is now getting in on the action with the wholly redesigned Notebook Odyssey, which now comes in traditional gamer-black, hexa-core i7 processor and a beefy RTX 2080 GPU.
The redesigned Notebook Odyssey appears to have a unique raised display design. While it may look strange, the raised display makes using the laptop easier during gaming sessions where users can look straight ahead instead of looking down.
The display is a 144Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC panel – now a standard offering – and full HD at 15.6-inches.
|Category||Samsung Notebook Odyssey|
|Dimensions||357.6 X 270.5 X 19.9mm|
|Material||Aluminum True Metal|
|LCD||15.6" Full HD (144Hz), G-Sync|
|CPU||Intel Core i7|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080|
|Memory||16 GB RAM (Dual memory slot)|
|Storage||256 GB NVMe SSD (2x SSD slot) / 1 TB HDD (1x HDD slot)|
|Speakers||Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos|
|Ports||1x USB-C, 3x USB3.0, HDMI, RJ-45|
Weight is going to be a bit hefty at 5.2 pounds (2.4kg) likely due to sturdy aluminum chassis and modest 54WHr battery, which seems small for a 15-inch gaming laptop.
The real star of the show will be the new GeForce RTX 2080, which when combined with the beefy hexa-core i7 processor (likely "Whiskey Lake"), should result in an excellent gaming experience.
For cooling, we're looking at "two redesigned Jet Blade blowers sport 83 blades each, and a new penta-pipe cooling system allows the machine to run as fast and as cool as possible no matter how intense the gaming session gets."
Samsung also boasts about some unique features, including:
Odyssey Mode allows users to save settings presets under different profiles for various types of games. Beast Mode lets users modulate the Samsung Notebook Odyssey's performance depending on the software it is running, and the Black Equalizer helps users get a leg up on the competition by improving in-game lighting. Users can also enhance the Samsung Notebook Odyssey experience by adding an extra SSD or switching out the default HDD for added storage.
Everything else about the Samsung Notebook Odyssey seems to fall in line with most premium gaming laptops.
Pricing has not yet been revealed, and Samsung says the Notebook Odyssey will be available in "early 2019" in the United States.