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Samsung Galaxy Book S leapfrogs Surface Neo for ‘world’s first’ feature

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book S has been confirmed to be the world’s first device to feature Intel’s new Lakefield processor.

Lakefield is a new hybrid processor from Intel, looking to directly rival the likes of Snapdragon which specialises in powering small devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The Galaxy Book S was previously confirmed to be sporting a Snapdragon 8cx, but the new announcement means you’ll soon be able to pick between Snapdragon and Intel for your processor choice.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Book Ion

Intel’s Lakefield was recently confirmed to feature in Microsoft’s Surface Neo, but since that device won’t be launching until “holiday season 2020”, the Galaxy Books S is not expected to be the world’s first released consumer device to Intel’s hybrid chip.

Intel claims the Lakefield chip will offer an “optimal balance of performance, efficiency and connectivity in a small footprint”. This means the Galaxy Books S won’t offer a performance to rival premium laptops, but will instead allow for a more portable form and improved battery efficiency.

The Lakefield version of the Galaxy Book S will offer Intel LTE support, allowing you to stay connected even once you step outside your house and leave your Wi-Fi network behind.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex

Many features found on the Snapdragon iteration of the Galaxy Book S are expected to carry over to the Intel configuration too, including a 13.3-inch Full HD display, an incredibly light under-1Kg design and a long-lasting battery life.

Price and release date details are yet to be revealed for the Lakefield-toting Galaxy Book S. The Snapdragon model of the laptop released earlier in the year with a starting price of $999, but has yet to make its way over to the UK. We’re expecting a 2020 launch for us Brits. Once we do get more details on price and release date, we’ll be sure to update this story.

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