At this week’s developer conference, Samsung revealed several interesting things, including the development of a always-connected x86 notebook based on an Intel Lakefield processor, the Galaxy Book S. The model is expected to be available in 2020 and even become the first mobile PC to adopt Intel Hybrid SoC, featuring high performance, energy efficiency and a sleek and compact form factor.
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Consumers are increasingly favoring x86 laptops that are high-performance, always connected to the Internet, and can last for long periods of time. However, the lightweight form factor, combined with a 4G/LTE modem, places higher demands on platform energy consumption and battery life.
Some manufacturers use low-power/energy-efficient Intel Atom or Qualcomm SoCs for battery life, but performance is not satisfactory. The good news is that Intel’s newly developed Lakefield SoC is a good balance between these two points.
It features four high-performance Tremont energy-saving cores, Gen 11 core display, and a combination of 10nm compute chips and 14nm base chips, packaged into a chip via Foveros 3D technology to minimize footprint.
The ultimate Lakefield chip is only 12 x 12 mm in size and can be integrated into a wide range of emerging always-connected devices. Samsung’s upcoming 13.3-inch Galaxy Book S netbook will be the first model to feature an Intel Lakefield chip and 4GB/LTE.
Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t disclose the price or listing details of its Lakefield-powered Galaxy Book S. However, consider Intel’s plan to start production of the SoC this quarter, and the Galaxy Book S is expected to be available in 2020.