Samsung’s Galaxy Book S was the first to be introduced with Qualcomm’s first chipset built from the ground up for PCs, the Snapdragon 8cx. But later, the company introduced an Intel-powered variant, using Intel’s Hybrid Technology.
Intel’s Lakefield processors make use of big and little cores for better power management, using a single big core for tasks that require it and little cores for power-efficient tasks. This also allows for a slimmer profile, something that stands out in the Galaxy Book S, which is just 11.8mm thin. And despite being made of all aluminum, it weighs in at just 950g.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD display, and according to the listing, it only comes in one configuration. That includes an Intel Core i5-L16G7, a 256GB SSD, and Wi-Fi connectivity for $949.99. You have a choice of colors though, between Mercury Gray and Earthly Gold.
Now that you have a choice between Intel and Qualcomm as chip vendors for this PC, you’ll need to know that there are pros and cons to each. The benefit of buying Intel is, obviously, that it can natively run the AMD64 instruction set. Snapdragon PCs can run x86 apps in emulation, and can’t run AMD64 apps at all. On the other hand, Qualcomm chipsets have integrated cellular connectivity, meaning that you can connect to the internet from wherever you are.
If you want to check it out, you can find the Galaxy Book S here.