Samsung announced what might be the most interesting laptop in a while. With Intel’s new “Lakefield” hybrid chip inside, the latest Samsung Galaxy Book S will compete against Qualcomm’s battery-sipping 8cx Snapdragon chips vying for battery life throughout the day.

In fact, Samsung already offers a Galaxy Book S version with an incredible 16-hour battery life for an even $1,000 that PC World reviewed in March. Unfortunately, this otherwise excellent laptop comes with the usual constraints associated with a Snapdragon processor: slower performance when emulating software, and (for now, anyway) complete inability to run 64-bit X86 instructions.

Intel’s Lakefield will come with none of those limitations, as Intel has claimed the stacked chip which comprise split between Intel’s “Sunny Cove” CPU architecture and its “Tremont” Atom chips, will run natively on the X86 instruction set. Both Lakefield and the Snapdragon chips share a “big / little” architecture, where there are several performance cores designed to take on large, beefy workloads and several low-power cores that take over when the PC is more idle or running.

Features of Galaxy Book S

However, Samsung’s new laptop powered by Lakefield sounds intriguing, the ultralight Galaxy Book S is still a clamshell Laptop weighing just 2.09 pounds and slimming down to its thinnest level at 11.8 mm. That’s a tad lighter than the Galaxy Book S, powered by Snapdragon, which weighs 2.18 pounds.

The new Samsung Galaxy Book S to answer the key questions involve the battery life and performance. While we can not really tell too much about the results, the specs are alluring.

This Lakefield laptop from Samsung weighs less than the model Snapdragon but the battery is bigger: 42Wh versus 39.8Wh and this Lakefield laptop also offers an outdoor mode, increasing the brightness of the screen to 600 nits so  you can work on the road. You won’t get all-day battery life with that allowed, but it seems like a possibility to work on your balcony or porch.

Samsung Galaxy Book S
Samsung

However, the latest Galaxy Book S does contains  LTE. Qualcomm has made integrated LTE into a staple of their Snapdragon platform as well the laptop based in Lakefield uses an undisclosed LTE (Cat 16) modem alongside the processor and the Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) solution which Intel is pushing instead.

Finally, there’s the webcam: just a user-facing 1 megapixel camera, from a company that produces smartphones inside with some excellent camera sensors. They made this design decision was before the pandemic, but it is still disappointing. We ‘re not sold because of the lack of Thunderbolt ports, though that decision may have made to keep the price down.