The Samsung Galaxy Book S The First Intel Lakefield Laptop

We see something new every day. On the outside, the Samsung Galaxy Book S looks like a very stylish laptop – and it is. But this laptop (tested with a UK model of £ 999.00, starting at $ 949 in the US), which differs from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx version released last year, has a new Intel “Lakefield” processor, the Core i5 . L16G7, “one large” core with high-power willow cove and four smaller Tremont cores with energy-saving. This is the first time we’ve seen Intel processors with different types of x86 cores on the same processor.

Samsung made a good laptop here. So let’s see if the new technology can make it one of the best ultrabook devices.

Samsung galaxy book s design

The Samsung Galaxy Book S has an amazing design. They should put pictures next to “neet” in the dictionary. This device is thin, circular and so light that you will not see it in your bag or bags. The aluminum cover (it came in a mercury gray) has the Samsung logo on the left, but it is.

The laptop showed that the 13.3-inch FHD touchscreen is of medium size, but is harmless on three sides. Bottom frame is thicker with Samsung logo. The surface is also the same dark brown color. There is a fingerprint reader, but you may not notice it: it is integrated with the power button, which does not look much different from the others.

If you are generous then the selection of Galaxy Book Port is simple. There are two USB Type-C ports (one on each side), and also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the left side. The SIM card tray is located below the unit we reviewed, which came from the UK.

At 12 x 8 x 0.5 inches and 2.1 pounds, this thing is very portable. The laptop is barely noticeable in the bag or even under your hand. The Microsoft Surface Pro X measures 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches and weighs just 1.7 pounds (2.4 pounds with the keyboard), but this 13-inch tablet is a completely different factor, although you can get the keyboard separately Huh. The Lenovo Flex 5G phone is 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches and 2.9 lbs, while the Acer Swift 3 is built by Ryzen 12.7 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches and 2.8 pounds.

What is an Intel Lakefield?

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is the first laptop to feature an Intel processor from Lakefield. (Lakefield is the codename of “Intel Core Processors with Intel Hybrid Technology”, “They are referred to by the short name Forever.”

Lakefield is Intel’s attempt at a large format architecture with the X86. The processor has a single 10nm Sunny Cove core for heavy workloads and four low-power Tremont cores for less intense background tasks.

The processor model in our review unit was the Intel Core i5-L16G7, which has a 1.4 GHz base frequency with a maximum turbo frequency of 3 GHz. 10nm chip has 4MB cache rated at 7W

In some ways, the chip arm is similar to processors, which use the BIG.little architecture. But these x86 CPUs run Windows 10 and all its apps, 32-bit or 64-bit, without any emulation. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, Microsoft SQ1 and other ARM processors are running on Windows 10 versions that emulate 32-bit x86 applications, and at the moment, they cannot run x64 software. Of course, Snapdragon can run software built specifically for the arm.

The tests we ran for this review focused more on the laptop, but we would still test the chip to learn more about it.

Productivity performance

Our first look at the Intel Core i5-L16G7 was very good, to say the least. The system on the chip, which has 8GB LPDDR4X RAM on board, was added to this configuration with 512GB of UFS storage, which we imported from the UK. It may implement a benchmark, but some reporting software has not been updated to support Lakefield.

On Geekbench 4.3, the Samsung Galaxy Book S achieved a multi-core score of 5,509. Microsoft Surface Pro X, which uses a Microsoft SQ1 chip based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, has a high score of 6,843 (which causes the application to run via simulation). The Acer Swift 3, the cheapest laptop we used primarily as a price comparison, easily outdid them at 19163 with the more traditional x86 chip in the AMD Raizen 7 4700U.

With its UFS storage, the Samsung Galaxy Book transferred 4.97GB files at 260.3MB per second, which is very slow. The Surface Pro X was slower at 159MB / s, but the Swift 3 was faster at 462.7MB / s with a more traditional SSD, although the number was still lower than some portable hard drives we’ve tested.

In our handbreak video transcoding test, it took 41 minutes and 15 seconds for the Galaxy Book to convert a 4K movie encoder to 1080p. On the Acer Swift 3, the test took 11 minutes. We were unable to run this test on the Surface Pro X, as the handbrake does not currently work with Windows on the arm.

We drove the Samsung Galaxy Book S through a revised version of its CineBench stress test. Instead of our usual 20 runs we ran it five times as it became very quickly clear that this laptop was not ready for such a workload. But still, it is a pleasant educational practice.

Cinebench results were stable, dropping between 348 and 351 in five rounds, lasting 1 hour 11 minutes.

In our measurements using HWInfo, the program suggested that each core of the core operates at around 1.3GHz, but it does not appear that many registries and similar applications are yet ready for Lakefield, so it is clear Not whether it refers specifically to Willow Cove Corps. . The reporting tool did not list the CPU temperature (or any other system temperature for that matter).

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