The Samsung Galaxy Book S with the Intel Lakefield processor finally seems to be on the way, according to a new leak, and it has apparently been dismantled by … Samsung itself.
The Book S with an Intel Lakefield Core i5-L16G7 chip was spotted on the Samsung Canada online store, according to NotebookCheck. It confirms an Hexus report from October which claimed for the first time that Samsung was manufacturing a Lakefield model of its professional tablet.
This means that we will probably see the new Samsung Galaxy Book S in the wild very soon and that it could take the role of the first x86 with a Lakefield device. Microsoft Neo surface was is expected to be the first x86-based Lakefield device, but rumor has it that it will be delayed until 2021.
Available in mercury gray and earthy gold, this Lakefield Galaxy Book S will be a 13-inch model with the same specifications as the already existing Snapdragon 8cx model. It will have the same 8 GB memory, 256 GB and 512 GB storage options, a 13.3-inch touch screen and a 42 Wh battery.
However, the Lakefield model will not have LTE connectivity and will have a shorter battery life of just 17 hours on a single charge (alongside the 25 hours of its ARM-based counterpart). At least it will support Wi-Fi 6, which is faster than Wi-Fi 5 of the 8cx model.
Other specifications revealed on the Lakefield Galaxy Book S include a power button fingerprint reader, two USB Type-C ports, a microSD card reader, a combined audio jack, a 1MP camera and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity . It will also work on Windows 10 Home.
Advantages compared to Snapdragon 8cx
In terms of performance, we just have to wait and see how it will measure up to its 8cx counterpart. A newer chip, the i5-L16G7 can have comparable performance, if not slightly better, to the Snapdragon 835, based on a leak index. Next to the Snapdragon 8cx, it has only a minimal performance advantage on a single core and has nothing on the 8cx in terms of multicore performance.
With lower performance and shorter battery life, one thing that could convince people to opt for this Lakefield model is a more affordable price. Unfortunately, the specifications disclosed did not determine the price or availability.
This should also be a practical option for users who rely on x86-64 applications. Although the ARM implementation can run these applications via emulation, this Lakefield model should have better support for Windows applications, so that users no longer have to jump into hoops to use their favorite x86-64 applications .
When the Galaxy Book S powered by Intel Lakefield goes out in the wild, no one knows. But it certainly won't be long now.