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Samsung outs Galaxy Book S with Intel Lakefield CPU

by Mark Tyson on 20 May 2020, 13:11

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Samsung launched the Galaxy Book S 2-in-1 at its Unpacked event in August 2019. It was newsworthy due to its attractive thin and light characteristics, extreme battery life, built-in LTE, and being based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx running Windows 10. According to some reports Samsung mentioned (at a developer conference in October) that an Intel Lakefield alternative was in development.

Devices that appear to fit this hardware profile have been spotted in online benchmarks, like this one reported by NotebookCheck in January. Now a Samsung Galaxy Book S with Intel Lakefield CPU has been officially listed by Samsung Canada.

The Intel-powered Samsung Galaxy Book S features the Intel Core i5-L16G7 Processor and runs Windows 10 Home. The touted 42Wh battery life is somewhat reduced, compared to the Arm version (video playback: 17Hrs vs 25Hrs) and LTE isn't mentioned in the options, but it will have better Windows app support. Remember that Snapdragon PCs can run Windows native Arm application in 32- or 64-bit, and x86 32-bit programs via emulation - but x86 64-bit apps are not usable at this time.

At the time of writing Intel hasn't got an Ark reference page available for the Core i5-L16G7. Thankfully, Samsung Canada, Intel blogs, and previous leaks provide us with some key specs to share here.

Lakefield Intel Core i5-L16G7

  • Hybrid 1x Sunny Cove (big) core, 4x Tremont (LITTLE) cores
  • 10nm process
  • Foveros advanced packaging
  • Base clock of 1.4GHz speed up to 3.00GHz
  • 4MB cache
  • Gen11 Intel UHD 'G7' graphics
  • Between 5W and 7W TDP

Other aspects of the Galaxy Book S remain largely the same. The same battery, as noted above with its faster draining time, the same 13.3-inch touch screen, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 256GB UFS storage. While it might not have LTE, the Intel version has faster Wi-Fi 6 (SD8CX has Wi-Fi 5).

The Samsung Canada site doesn't share pricing and availability data.

The first officially revealed device with an Intel Lakefield processor at its heart was the Microsoft Surface Neo which, as a dual screen Windows 10X device, we now expect to be delayed to sometime in 2021.

Source: Samsung Canada via ComputerBase.de



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You won't catch me spending a fortune on an ARM laptop until full x86 emulation works properly. Otherwise you end up still having to use another laptop for certain things, at which point you might as well just use the other laptop for everything.

That they're touting 17 hours battery from an x86 device is insane and it looks like if Intel can get decent performance out of a big little configuration, that will be a brilliant middle ground. Lacking LTE doesn't bother me as I'll usually have my phone and be tethering in this setting.
Exciting, been waiting for 11th gen. I'm in for two of these. Nice to see Samsung be first to market with 11th gen Intel. at least it looks that way.
Intel is quick on its feet right?
Will be really interesting to see how AMD will combat this, they seem to already have some experience with SOCs and their 4000 series laptop parts kick ass.
philehidiot
You won't catch me spending a fortune on an ARM laptop until full x86 emulation works properly. Otherwise you end up still having to use another laptop for certain things, at which point you might as well just use the other laptop for everything.

Emulation by nature will always have issues. Besides performance, it'll have issues because its trying to be something its not. For some it might be fine I guess.

There's also a tradeoff that can be made. Better compatibility can be had for lower performance.
meuvoy
Intel is quick on its feet right?
Will be really interesting to see how AMD will combat this, they seem to already have some experience with SOCs and their 4000 series laptop parts kick ass.
Yeah, I have wondered how AMD will be in ultra-lightweight PC's