Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Lakefield with initial problems
It is not easy to find a verdict for the Samsung’s Galaxy Book S with Intel’s new hybrid processor. the first rival is obviously the ARM model, which costs about the same. The latter has some advantages, like the extremely long battery runtimes and obviously the integrated LTE module. Both versions are passively cooled. The Intel model on the other hand introduces the much brighter Outdoor+ mode of the screen and is obviously compatible with 64-bit apps, so you can just use the Intel Galaxy Book S like a “normal” Windows laptop.
This leads us to the next comparison, because you can get much more powerful devices for around 1100 Euros. These devices will be a bit heavier and are not passively cooled, but even offer longer battery runtimes, comparable display, and just much more performance, which will definitely be noticeable in the next couple of years. This is also the reason why we cannot recommend the galaxy Book S with the Intel processor.
The Galaxy Book S with the ARM processor had some advantages compared to “regular” Windows notebooks. The implementation of the Intel CPU improves compatibility, but some regions do not get the LTE modem, and the battery runtime is also much shorter. All in all, the competition just offers much better overall packages for the money.
The new Lakefield processor is pretty interesting, but it requires the support of application. In the worst case, you just get the performance of a quad-core Atom processor. The efficiency can be great when it works, but we will have to wait and see if the concept will be successful. We will repeat some tests as soon as Samsung has released the update to increase the power consumption of the processor.