At CES 2017, Samsung and Lenovo both unveiled their new line of gaming notebooks. Called the Odyssey and the Legion respectively, both notebook series also revealed something very interesting: the presence of the AMD Radeon 500 series GPU – which so far has not been announced.
Lenovo was first out of the blocks several days ago with the announcement of the Legion gaming brand. One of the models, the Y520, sports a choice of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or an AMD Radeon RX560 – when Lenovo posted the spec sheet on its US website, both cards were actually not even announced yet; the Nvidia card was officially unveiled shortly after.
But at the Samsung CES booth, the new Odyssey 17-inch gaming laptop spec sheet revealed yet another unannounced AMD GPU: the Radeon RX570. The Samsung rep had little to no knowledge on the matter, and was only briefed to inform journalists that “the Odyssey 17-inch gaming laptop will ship with either the Nvidia GTX 1070 or the AMD card, depending on market”.
Considering the timing of AMD’s announcement of its next-generation Vega GPU architecture, the RX560 and RX570 may not be Vega cards, but rather 2017 rebrands of the older Polaris chips of their respective class (i.e. RX460 and RX470).
In any case, we have also confirmed with Lenovo Malaysia regarding the Y520 laptop that’s coming to Malaysia very soon; our model will come with the Nvidia GPU. On the other hand, there is no information yet on the Odyssey’s availability in Malaysia – let alone the choice of GPU.