Samsung working with Intel on Galaxy Book S with tiny 'Lakefield' processor
Samsung will beat Surface Neo to market with Lakefield if its current plans hold.
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.
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