Samsung Galaxy Book S, for sale with Intel Lakefield

Samsung has announced the launch of the Galaxy Book S, an ultraportable that stands out for being the first device It arrives on the market with the new Intel Lakefield processor, which will also be used in the new generation of folding devices such as Microsoft’s Surface Neo.

Samsung marketed this same model at the time with a Snapdragon 8cx chipset under “Windows over ARM.” The platform has not worked due to its inability to run Win32 applications and lack of performance, and it has been rumored for months that the South Korean firm would make a hardware base change.

Samsung Galaxy Book S

And it has come in favor of the Intel Lakefield, a new platform for Intel since it is the first from the company that combines processing cores from different architectures. This design will sound familiar to you because ARM has been using it for years with big.LITTLE technology and we can find it on millions of smartphones or tablets.

This Lakefiled, model Core i5-L16G7, is a processor with five physical cores and the same number of threads. It includes a high-performance “Sunny Cove” core of the same architecture that Intel uses in the 10th generation Core, Ice Lake processors and four other lower-performance “Tremont” cores, but with higher energy efficiency and lower cost in order to balance performance, battery life and the final sale price.

Core i5-L16G7

The rest of the characteristics were already known and are those of a high mobility premium ultraportable weighing less than one kilogram. It employs a passive cooling system without annoying fans, full connectivity with LTE broadband and Wi-Fi 6, and good long autonomy.

Samsung Galaxy Book S, specifications

  • Screen: 13.3-inch diagonal multi-touch LCD
  • FHD resolution
  • Intel Core i5-L16G7 CPU
  • Intel UHD Graphics Integrated GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM (LPDDR4x)
  • Storage 256/51 2GB eUFS, with MicroSD support up to 1 Tbytes.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ax 2 × 2, LTE 6 (Cat 16), Bluetooth v 5.0, 2 USB-C® ports, fingerprint reader.
  • Audio: Four AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos output, microphone / line outputs.
  • 42Wh battery
  • Dimensions and weight: 305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2 ~ 11.8 mm – 950 grams

Samsung Galaxy Book S debuts Lakefield, Intel's answer to ARM 32

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is already available in some regions, on the company’s website and in major retailers with prices ranging from $ 949 from the Wi-Fi version to $ 999 for the edition with support for 4G mobile broadband. You can pre-install Windows 10 Home or Pro.

It will be interesting to see how this ultraportable works due to the novelty of this “hybrid” processor, the first Intel of its kind. This same CPU will be used in new generation of folding devices like Microsoft’s Surface Neo. For this models with the also new Windows 10X.

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