Samsung has announced that its latest Galaxy Book S is now available for purchase. It is the first device to offer the new "Core Processors with Intel Hybrid Technology" from Intel. Earlier Galaxy Book S models ran on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform.
The new Intel processors (called "Lakefield") are designed to power ultra-light devices. We also expect them in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and in the dual-screen surface Neo. They are essentially Intel's answer to ARM.
This way of working is that Intel combines a powerful core with four lower-performing cores (for a total of five cores and five threads) on a single chip. This allows smaller devices to provide a multi-threaded structure without consuming a lot of power or reducing battery life.
Intel introduced two 7 W Lakefield chips: the Core i5-L16G7 and the Core i3-L13G4. Both chips share the architecture with the Ice Lake generation and include the integrated Generation 11 graphics from Intel and support for Wi-Fi 6. The Galaxy Book S comes with the i5.
The Galaxy Book S is intended for on the go. It's a little over two pounds and 0.7 inches at its thickest point. There is a special outdoor mode that increases the screen brightness up to 600 nits. Samsung claims the 42 Wh battery will deliver "long-lasting" juice. The U.S. model is Wi-Fi only, but LTE will be available in other markets.
The Intel Galaxy Book S starts at $ 949.99. It is available on the Samsung website and at Best Buy.