O Galaxy Book S already appeared here, but with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor. This Friday (29), Samsung announced a version of this very fine laptop with Intel processor. We are not talking about a tenth generation Core, but the Intel Lakefield (Core i5-L16G7 model).
This chip was announced in August 2019 precisely as an Intel response to Qualcomm’s efforts to gain space in the notebook segment. For that, Lakefield promises some attributes that are common in smartphones, such as no fan requirement and optimized energy consumption – thus, the equipment’s battery can last practically the whole idea.
For you to have an idea, the Galaxy Book S launched last year, with its 42 Wh battery, has autonomy of up to 23 hours. The problem is that the ARM platform, which is the basis of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, still has some performance limitations with traditional Windows applications.
It is likely that Samsung decided to release a version of the Galaxy Book S with Intel processor because of this. Lakefield can offer some of the benefits provided by the Snapdragon 8cx.
Not requiring a fan is one of them. Thanks, in part, to the absence of this component, the notebook remains thin and light. The battery still has 42 Wh, but the autonomy should not exceed 17 hours. It is an important difference compared to the 23 hours of the first version, on the other hand, the new Galaxy Book S works much longer out of the socket than conventional laptops.
The other specifications are practically the same. The Galaxy Book S with Intel processor brings 8 GB of RAM, storage of up to 512 GB, LTE support and 13.3 inch full HD screen.
There is no pricing information yet, but the first model was launched for $ 999. It is possible that this price range will be maintained in the new version. There is no forecast for official launch in Brazil.
Samsung Galaxy Book S – datasheet
- Screen: TFT LCD, 13.3 inches, full HD, touch sensitive
- Processor: Intel Core i5-L16G7 (Lakefield) with UHD graphics
- RAM: 8 GB of LPDDR4x
- Storage: 256 GB / 512 GB (eUFS) expandable with microSD up to 1 TB
- Drums: 42 Wh
- Connectivity: USB-C (2), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE, headphone connection
- Webcam: 1 megapixel
- Operational system: Windows 10 Home / Pro
- Others: fingerprint reader, keyboard with LED backlight, four AKG sound outputs with Dolby Atmos
- Dimensions: 305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm
- Weight: 950 g