Among several items at its developers conference this week, Samsung revealed that it was working on a version of its always-connected Galaxy Book S laptop powered by Intel’s Lakefield processor. When it becomes available in 2020, the notebook is expected to be the first mobile PC powered by Intel’s hybrid SoC, which containing a mix of high-performance and energy-efficient cores.

There are many laptop users nowadays who want their PCs to be very sleek, offer decent performance, be always connected to the Internet, and to last for a long time on a charge. Modern premium x86-based notebooks are very compact and can be equipped with a 4G/LTE modem, but even configured properly, the extra radio brings a hit to battery life over a non-modem model. The immediate solution is of course to use Intel’s low-power/energy-efficient Atom SoCs or Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors tailored for notebooks, but this will have an impact on performance.

To offer both performance and energy efficiency for always-connected notebooks, Intel has developed its Lakefield SoC that features one high-performance Ice Lake core, four energy-efficient Tremont cores, as well as Gen 11 graphics & media cores. Internally, Intel’s Lakefield consists of two dies — a 10 nm Compute die and a 14 nm Base die — integrated into one chip using the company’s Foveros 3D packaging technology to minimize its footprint. Courtesy of Foveros, the chip measures 12×12 mm and can be integrated into a variety of emerging always-connected devices.

As it turns out, Samsung’s upcoming version of the 13.3-inch Galaxy Book S will be the first to use Intel’s Lakefield, where it will be paired with Intel’s 4G/LTE modem to offer Internet connectivity everywhere.

Samsung is not disclosing pricing or availability details for its Lakefield-powered Galaxy Book S; but since Intel plans to start production of the SoC this quarter, expect the machine to launch in 2020.

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  • igavus - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - link

    Yeah, there's a market for them. But a small part of that market ( is it really just me? ) would like to see a decent keyboard. At least on-par with the one on Lenovo T series. I basically use these as a portable vt220 for logging into the machines where the action happens. So if my primary input method is no good, then I can't even begin to care about the rest.

    While I haven't personally tried this particular keyboard, I've tried enough of the really shallow key travel variants to know that they suck at providing the kind of feedback to let my fingers know that they've done their job correctly. So, perhaps there's still time before the launch to rethink this - if not, oh well ;/
  • danielfranklin - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - link

    Its just not meant to be a primary machine for someone creating content or lots of typing.
    You get used to it, there is no doubt about that, but there are plenty of Lenovo machines under 1.5KG that have great keyboards if you type alot...
  • Roland00Address - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - link

    What is the weight, dimensions, and battery life (supposed but also the watt hour of the battery.)

    The qualcomm version of the Galaxy Book S made an impression on people I follow on twitter for it was as light as the discontinued 12" macbook, but with a 16% bigger screen, and it was not using the horrible apple keyboard. Supposedly per Samsung this device was getting 20+ hours of battery on the qualcomm hardware.
  • HStewart - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - link

    Does anybody actually used does QUALCOMM windows based machine. One thing I don't understand is that processor should be used on Chrome books.

    But it will be interesting to see the performance on this notebook, yes it has new Atom cores but has a new Sonny Core base CPU.
  • Arnulf - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - link

    This netbook with slightly less bad Atom better be priced accordingly. I have a nasty feeling it will end up in the $1000 territory though :-(
  • Jorgp2 - Friday, November 1, 2019 - link

    Lol, have you actually used an Atom?
  • lmcd - Saturday, November 2, 2019 - link

    Most of Atom's problems are the TDPs they're shoved in. A 15W Atom would be a sufficiently good experience (even if that's not their purpose).
  • Diogene7 - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - link

    I am very interested to purchase a fanless laptop because I dislike the noise of the fan that could kick in when watching video for example : fan noise is a bad experience. Also I like it to get a very high battery autonomy.

    However, it is difficult to find fanless laptop, with reasonable enough performance (Macbook Air performance) able to playback 4K video, thin, ligthweight with a sleek design. On top of that, I like the idea of an integrated 4G LTE modem to able to access internet anywhere.

    That is one of the reason, I was keeping an eye to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Book S with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx and I am awaiting test reviews of this device...

    But if Samsung also intend to launch a fanless Galaxy Book S with an Intel Lakefield processor, and 4G LTE, it will be interesting to see how it compare in terms of performance (my guess would be better on CPU, but lower on modem).

    The very big advantage is that it will have full x86 compatibility, and so it is a very big dent compare to the Qualcomm 8cx model...
  • timecop1818 - Friday, November 1, 2019 - link

    4K on retarded low power processor, and complaining about "fan noise" when watching a movie which will be either with loudspeaker or headphones, where fan noise will have no effect. something tells me you're just trolling.
  • 29a - Friday, November 1, 2019 - link

    Or he could be connecting the laptop to a TV in his living room like I do.

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