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Samsung Galaxy Book S w/ Intel Review Rundown

Samsung ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy Book S Always Connected Laptop (May 2020) w/ Intel Hybrid Technology
Neoscore* 73%
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Good speakers
  • Low CPU performance
  • Slow SD card reader
  • High surface temperatures

Summary

Samsung Galaxy Book S w/ Intel is an extension of the first laptop with Qualcomm's 8-core Snapdragon 8cx processor. It adds Intel's hybrid Lakefield processor inside the chassis of the Galaxy Book S always-connected PC, improving its performance and efficiency significantly.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
At just 2.1 pounds, it's well over a half pound lighter than the MacBook Air. It resembles a Surface Laptop 2, which is a good thing, because it looks sleek and modern. Samsung claims the Galaxy Book S can last for 23 hours on a single charge. LTE connectivity is what makes this laptop perfect for those who can work anywhere.
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Pros[**]
  • 24 hours of battery life
  • Slim bezels
  • Solid build quality
Cons[**]
  • LTE connectivity is only available through Verizon

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
For a price of 1129 Euros (~$1275), you get the Intel Lakefield processor, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB storage. The Intel version of the Galaxy Book S is even slightly lighter at 940 grams. Samsung does not ship the German model with an LTE modem, so one major advantage of the ARM SKU is gone.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Very good speakers
  • Good input devices
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB-C port
  • Only one year of warranty

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Samsung is back on the European notebook market and offers the Galaxy Book S. It is a particularly mobile companion with a 13.3-inch touchscreen with the FullHD resolution. Samsung only uses USB Type-C connectors (3.1 Gen. 1) on both sides due to the slim chassis design.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 5
  • Decent system performance
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB Type-C port
  • Only 12 months warranty

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Book S is the longest lasting laptop we've ever tested by some margin. Qualcomm has made decent strides with the Snapdragon 8cx chip. But it still isn't good enough to get a higher score for computing performance. There are also compatibility issues to be aware of with Windows 10 Home.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredible battery life
  • Extremely thin and lightweight
  • Superfast charging
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard is dim even at maximum brightness
  • Poor webcam

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is the latest Windows on Snapdragon laptop. It aims to combine the mobility, speed and battery life of a smartphone with the power, performance and usability of a traditional notebook. It is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 8cx platform, which is the company's first platform designed for PCs. Samsung is asking a premium price for this laptop, but it delivers a premium experience in the looks and feel department.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • High price
  • Poor performance

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is an absolute marvel when it comes to laptop design. It's a tiny little thing and weighs significantly less at 961 grams than rivalling 13-inch thin and light laptops. Samsung has ensured the laptop has a super-skinny bezel for a lovey, clean look. The keyboard is one of the few features Samsung has compromised in order to accommodate the laptop's dainty size. But while the screen may be high quality enough for basic design work, the processor simply isn't powerful enough for professional use.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dainty design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre performance
  • Poor webcam

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S hands-on review. Digitaltrends. 07 August 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Lakefield with initial problems. Notebookcheck. 11 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Long battery runtime and under 1 kg. Notebookcheck. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. Techadvisor. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. Techradar. 29 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Review. Trustedreviews. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  8. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  9. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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