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Samsung Galaxy Book S Always Connected Laptop (May 2020) w/ Intel Hybrid Technology

NEX score 71%

Product Overview

In May 2020, Samsung added Intel's hybrid Lakefield processor inside the chassis of the Galaxy Book S always-connected PC, improving its performance and efficiency significantly.
The Galaxy Book S is the first in the industry to offer the new Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology. This processor utilizes Intel's Foveros 3D stacking technology. Compared to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx processor in the original variant, the Intel processor offers full compatibility with Windows applications as it supports natively 64-bit x86 instructions:
Essentially, this new Lakefield processor shares a similar "big/little" architecture with the Snapdragon chip. Here, one Sunny Cove big core and four Tremont small cores are packaged on a single chip, and both run on x86 instruction set.
The Galaxy Book S with Intel Hybrid Technology is otherwise almost a carbon copy of the original variant, with the addition of WiFi 6 support and a different LTE modem (cat 16 instead of cat 18). The two variants will be sold side by side.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • Low CPU performance
  • Slow SD card reader
  • High surface temperatures

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Only 256GB of storage
  • No Intel/AMD support
  • No SD card reader
  • No Quad HD or 4K options
  • Mediocre graphics
  • No 4G connectivity
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB-C, Headphone/mic combo, MicroSD card reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, LTE

Construction

Battery | Capacity
42 Wh
Camera | Front
HD (1MP)
Colors
Earthy Gold or Mercury Grey
Speakers
Quad Stereo Speakers: Sound by AKG

Dimensions

Size | Depth
203.2 mm
Size | Height
11.8 mm
Size | Width
305.2 mm
Weight
950g

Display

Display Diagonal
13.3″
Display Type
FHD TFT LCD Display with Touch Screen Panel

Function

Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics
Operating System
Windows 10 Home / Pro
Processor
Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology
Security
Fingerprint Sensor
Touch Screen
Yes

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4x
Storage
256/512GB eUFS + MicroSD slot

Production

Debut
2020-05-29

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Galaxy Book S is a Windows laptop with a 13.3-inch screen. It's powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx processor. There's 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state drive storage. LTE connectivity is what makes this laptop perfect for those who can do their work anywhere.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful Snapdragon 8cx processor
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi or LTE
  • LTE only available through Verizon

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Cinebench R15 single-core test was improved from 88 to 111 points (+26%) when we manually selected the faster Sunny Cove core. Samsung once again uses UFS 3.0 storage for the Galaxy Book S with a storage capacity of 256 GB. The performance of the drive is superior to conventional hard drives, but real PCIe-SSDs in the competitors are just much faster.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • High-contrast display
  • Very good battery life
Cons
  • Low TDP
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The screen calibration is decent out of the box and the deviations both for the grayscale as well as the colors (vs. sRGB) are not too big. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor has eight cores, consisting of four fast Cortex A76 cores (up to 2.84 GHz) and four slower Cortex A55 cores. You also get 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel TFT LCD touchscreen display is crisp, sharp and colourful, and really draws the eye. Samsung has added what it calls an outdoor mode, where brightness is upped to 600 nits (with a battery life trade-off) The fingerprint sensor in the power button makes logging in very straightforward, the screen bezels are pleasingly thin, and the webcam is in a sensible position.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
, which is not a problem I've had on any other laptops recently. Running benchmarks is tricky on a Snapdragon so we can't compare with all our usual tests, but what we do have gives you an idea of how it's been improved from the 835. There are also compatibility issues to be aware of as unlike the Envy x2, the Book S comes with Windows 10 Home, not the limited S version. At £999 (US$999 or AU$1,699) it's not crazily expensive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Only 256GB of storage

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S runs Windows 10 and has 4G connectivity. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor, which is a big improvement over previous SoCs. The battery life of the Book S is phenomenal, and we could go an entire day without a charge. However, the laptop still struggles with more intensive workloads.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • 4G connectivity
  • Fast boot and resume times
Cons
  • No Intel/AMD support
  • No 4G connectivity

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Galaxy Book S has a Full HD screen with 96% sRGB gamut coverage. But the processor simply isn’t powerful enough for professional use. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip seen in the Galaxy is far behind the more powerful Intel Core and AMD Ryzen chips. The Surface Laptop 3 can be bought for around the same price as the Galaxy Book S.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent keyboard
Cons
  • No Quad HD or 4K options
  • Mediocre graphics

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S hands-on review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-review/. 2019-08-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Lakefield with initial problems. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-S-Laptop-Review-Lakefield-with-initial-problems.480990.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Long battery runtime and under 1 kg. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-S-Laptop-Review-Long-battery-runtime-and-under-1-kg.477103.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S (Intel) review: a champion among portables. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-intel. 2020-07-08. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/samsung-galaxy-book-s-3787949/. 2020-05-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-8cx. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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