The Samsung Galaxy Book S is finally available in retail stores. This device is the first laptop to ship out with the new Intel “Lakefield” processors.
This year’s Samsung Galaxy Book S is taking advantage of Intel’s “Hybrid technology.” This Galaxy Book version is the first Intel-powered device in the current line-up.
Qualcomm Snapdragon powers the previous Samsung Galaxy Book devices. Samsung’s decision to go with Intel makes these devices more powerful.
Samsung Galaxy Book S specifications
There are several Galaxy Book S variants available today. However, the Galaxy Book S Wi-Fi is today’s focus. Intel Core i5-L16G7 processor with hybrid technology powers this model.
The Galaxy Book S Wi-Fi has a 13.3-inch full HD touch screen display. It is very light in just over two pounds. This makes it an excellent portable device at only less than an inch thick.
It has a 256GB built-in solid-state drive, which is enough for light work. Multitasking is taken care of by 8GB of RAM.
This device can be configured up to 1TB of storage if 256GB is not enough. But expect to pay a premium for that.
Samsung claims that the Galaxy Book S can last up to 17 hours. The company is using the catchphrase “leave your charger at home” to highlight this feature.
17 hours is impressive for a portable device. However, it is yet to be tested in real-life reviews.
Other features include two USB-C ports, a fingerprint reader, and a microSD card reader.
Pricing and availability
The Lakefield-powered Samsung Galaxy Book S is available starting at US$949. There is an LTE version on the Samsung US website.
However, the LTE version is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX octa-core processor instead of the new Intel chip. Other than the processor, both devices are identical.
What is the new “Intel core hybrid technology?”
Intel Lakefield processors are designed for lightweight mobile devices. It is not as powerful as mainstream Intel processors. But, it is more than enough for lightweight tasks.
Other manufacturers are set to use the same hybrid processor on their next devices. Lenovo, for example, will ship their upcoming ThinkPad X1 Fold with the same Lakefield CPU. Microsoft is releasing the Surface Neo with an Intel Lakefield as well.
Apple produces its processors called ARM. Apple’s lightweight products mostly use their silicon. The Intel hybrid processors are set to compete with Apple’s ARM.
There are two models available as of the moment: the Intel Core i5-L16G7 and the Core i3-L13G4.
How does it work?
Intel made it possible by combining one powerful processor with four low-powered processors. This CPU essentially has five cores and five threads.
Despite not having hyperthreading, this technology allows lightweight devices to take advantage of multicore processing. It results in better and snappier performance.
Having this technology allows manufacturers to maximize performance without sacrificing battery life. This is the reason why the Galaxy Book S has a battery life rating of up to 17 hours.
Is this device worth getting?
This device is not made for power users. Samsung created this device for those who are always on the go.
There are Chromebooks available in the market that are cheaper and well-reviewed. However, it does not have a full Windows experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is expensive in its current iteration. It is a very niche product. Samsung is targeting people who are on the go. If portability is a priority, then this device is worth getting.