Samsung has announced that the latest Galaxy Book S is now on sale. It is the first device to offer Intel’s new “Core Processors with Intel Hybrid Technology”. Previous Galaxy Book S models ran on the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform.
The new Intel processors (labeled “Lakefield”) are designed to power ultra-light devices; we also expect to see them in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and the Surface Neo with two screens. They are essentially Intel’s answer to ARM.
The way these things work is that Intel combines one powerful core with four lower power cores (for a total of five cores and five threads) on a single die. This allows smaller devices to provide a multithread-compatible structure without requiring a significant amount of power or decimating battery life.
Intel debuted with two 7W Lakefield chips to boot: the Core i5-L16G7 and the Core i3-L13G4. Both chips share architecture with the Ice Lake generation and include Intel’s Gen 11 integrated graphics and support for Wi-Fi 6. The Galaxy Book S comes with the i5.
The Galaxy Book S is intended to be used on the go. It’s just over two pounds and 0.7 inches at its thickest point. There is a specific outdoor mode that boosts the screen to 600 nits of brightness. Samsung claims that the 42Wh battery will provide “long lasting” juice. The US model is only Wi-Fi, but LTE will be available in other markets.