Samsung Galaxy Book S is the first PC with Intel Hybrid Technology

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Samsung Galaxy Book S Review Cover (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Intel version of the Galaxy Book S is now available in the United States.
  • The laptop is the first PC to feature Intel Hybrid Technology.
  • The Galaxy Book S starts at $800 on Samsung's website (opens in new tab).

The Intel version of the Samsung Galaxy Book S is now available in the United States. The laptop features a slim design and is built for long battery life. The Intel version is the first PC in the world to use Intel Hybrid Technology, according to Samsung. The Galaxy Book S starts at $800 on Samsung's website (opens in new tab).

The Galaxy Book S with an Intel chip is like the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy Book S we reviewed earlier this year in terms of design. It's thin, light, and features an all-metal chassis. It has an excellent display and good audio.

The Intel version of the Galaxy Book S runs on an Intel Core i5-L16G7 processor. It has a base frequency of 1.4GHz and goes up to 3.0Ghz boost. The laptop also features integrated Intel UHD Graphics.

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CategorySamsung Galaxy Book S
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Display13.3 inches
Full HD TFT (16:9)
Touch (no inking)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-L16G7
Memory8GB RAM (LPDDR4X)
Storage256/512GB
Expandable StorageMicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
Front Camera720p HD
SecurityWindows Hello with fingerprint sensor
Connectivity802.11 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports2x USB Type-C
AudioStereo (sound by AKG)
Battery42Wh
Dimensions305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm (12.02" x 8.00" x 0.24" ~ 0.46")
Weight2.1lbs (0.96 kg)
ColorsMercury Gray
PriceFrom $800 (opens in new tab)

You can read more about Intel's Lakefield processors in our post breaking down the chips. They're in many ways a direct competitor to the Qualcomm 8cx chip that comes in the ARM version of the Galaxy Book S.

Intel Hybrid Technology is designed to deliver better battery life without sacrificing performance. Since it's an Intel chip, it can also run 32-bit and 64-bit applications, all without emulation.

Intel's Lakefield chips have a 56 percent smaller package area and up to a 47 percent smaller board size than previous chips, according to Intel. The Core i5-L16G& that's inside the Galaxy Book S requires standby power as low as 2.5W, which is up to 91 percent lower than the Intel Y-Series i7-8500Y.

While the Intel-powered Galaxy Book S lists up to 17 hours of video playback on its store listing, that's less than the ARM version, which gets up to 23 hours of video playback, according to Samsung. Additionally, the Intel version does not have an LTE option. It does, however, have full compatibility with Windows apps regardless of if they're 32-bit or 64-bit, so you'll have to decide which Galaxy Book S is right for you.

Note that when you go to Samsung's website the price states "From $499.99." That price is if you get a maximum trade-in value from another device. The price of the Galaxy Book S without a trade-in starts at $800.

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11 Comments
  • Intel needs to catch up with Qualcomm concerning LTE tech in some fashion. That is what is making ARM really enticing for me - the potential to have a PC with an internet connection wherever I go. I am looking to see if Apple does that well with the new Macbooks. Hope they catch up soon.
  • I agree although it made more sense for me personally when I wasn't working from home
  • Samsung already have the Galaxy Book Flex and Ion. This isn't something to be pleased about. All it's going to do is slow Windows on ARM uptake further when ARM is ultimately the future. In the Windows space likely a dual ARM + x86 future. Samsung should be persuading Microsoft and others to release ARM versions of their Apps not throw in the towel. Apple can nimbly manage it.
  • I think it is good there is pressure from both sides. Intel is gradually showing they can balance power consumption, performance and connectivity. I do not think the race is won at all by either ARM or x86/64 for the ultimate balance of all 3 key metrics, especially in the medium power portable segment. This is a good thing: Intel is coming from the 'high' end, while ARM is coming from the 'low' end. Both will have to make sacrifices and innovate to their best ability: for ARM to have the performance of x86/64 at the high end (think the 16, 32, 64-core Ryzens for example), they will not be sipping 5W of power as they do in phones and tablets. Likewise for x86/64 to scale to low power portables, they can't afford the luxury of tens or hundreds of watts of power. Let's see who delivers the best balance.
    I am also curious as to Apple's silicon. I want to see if I can truly drop my 32-core Ryzen for a Mac running on their ARM variant, and still do my simulations and rendering with no loss in performance.
  • Me too. Apple haven't been at all clear whether their ARM based chips are really ready to go into a Mac Pro.
  • Intel are using blunt techniques to “try” to compete with ARM. Light years behind. App vendors need to support ARM. Thank god Apple are going in that direction, about time.
  • - No LTE
    - Likely inferior battery
    - Likely runs hotter I wouldn't be surprised if it's thicker and heavier. ARM has obvious benefits when Apps have caught up.
  • One VERY important thing to remember about these new Hybrid CPUs: You CANNOT expand the memory on them. EVER.
    This is because the memory is part of the CPU packaging. It is stacked on the CPU (kind of like HBM2) so there is no place to do any expansion. It is not separate on the motherboard. There is no separate chipset (like HM170 or Q470) It's all in the CPU package.
    Since that too is soldered to the small, flexible motherboard (for lack of a better term) if you want more memory, you have to purchase a new system.
    Think CELLPHONES and you have the paradigm.
  • Sure. I'm a techie nerd and I haven't upgraded RAM on any machine in probably a decade. The days of having "spec envy" ended for me long ago. My usability decisions these days are form factor and features, not performance. Not having upgradable components factors in if I were to keep a machine for 5 years or so, which I don't.
  • Qualcomm 8cx and sq1 fail because it's more expensive than Intel i5. Laptop users doesn't need always on cellular connectivity.
    Smartphone tethering can provide tethered connection anyway.
  • Your comment fails because neither are more expensive. The 8x variant of this is $999 and the SQ1 is only found in one PC. A premium PC like all Surfaces. Besides i5 is a range of processors from mid-range to premium so you're not comparing apples with apples. It's don't not doesn't. For those that want always on cellular they do. I'd argue we're just at the start of an Always On world. It's yet to be in full swing.