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Samsung working with Intel on Galaxy Book S with tiny 'Lakefield' processor

Samsung Galaxy Book S open on table.
Samsung Galaxy Book S open on table. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Samsung and Intel revealed an upcoming Galaxy Book S model with a "Lakefield" processor.
  • The "Lakefield" chip is also what will power the Surface Neo.
  • Intel expects the Galaxy Book S to be the first device to market with its "Lakefield" tech.

Even as Samsung announced its new Galaxy Book Flex and Ion today, it offered a look at the future with a new variant of the upcoming Galaxy Book S. Announced in tandem with Intel, Samsung revealed that it is preparing a version of the Galaxy Book S based on Intel's forthcoming "Lakefield" processor.

Lakefield is a major new platform for Intel, as the company sees it as the chip that will power everything from single-screen traditional laptops to dual-screen devices. In fact, the Lakefield chip is what Microsoft's upcoming Surface Neo will be based on. The chip incorporates Intel's "Foveros" 3D folding tech, which allows the company to squeeze a combination of performance and efficiency into a small package.

"Lakefield enables flexibility on form factor and design across single, dual and foldable screen device categories," Intel said in a press release. "Samsung Galaxy Book S is expected to be the first device to arrive in market based on Lakefield, and will offer Intel LTE support for an always-connected experience."

If Intel's projected timeline pans out, the Lakefield-based Samsung Galaxy Book S will beat Surface Neo to market. It's likely we'll also see other devices revealed in the coming months that pack Lakefield processors, potentially including other dual-screen notebooks.

As it stands, the new Samsung Galaxy Book S based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx platform, which was announced in August, still hasn't arrived, despite an initial expected September release date.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • Interesting how Samsung is announcing this while seemingly not yet releasing the Qualcomm version of ther Galaxy Book S, which was supposed to be released by now. In any case, this is an exciting alternative that could prove to be just as efficient without any of the software-related drawbacks of using Windows 10 on ARM (app/driver compatibility).
  • I was thinking the same thing. Seems like Samsung is quick to announce and slow to deliver. These do look promising, that is if ever released.
  • I would not be that excited, seeing that it is using mostly Tremont (Atom) cores.
  • This is based on the Atom processors, right? Intel claimed they would only be 30% faster single core. That performance will be tough for this device and Neo. They better be cheap.
  • Basically core m3 level performance maybe bit better in multicore use.
  • No. It's a hybrid processor consisting of Sunny Cove cores (found in Ice Lake SoC) and Tremont cores (the next gen Atom). The Sunny Cove handles the high performance needs while the Tremont cores are meant for low level tasks. Tremont can even do things like do tasks while sleeping (like downloading files). This was something that could be done with ARM which often pair high performance cores with low performance background cores.
  • Ok, that makes more sense. It seemed like that might be the case, but none of the articles I found really came out and said it. Thanks.
  • Thanks for that - that was informative. ARM really was ahead of the curve!
  • Yup, i guess they are going to be relatively cheap. With only a single Icelake core paired with 4 slow Tremont cores we are looking at average performance.