It’s a special day for Intel. The company launched its 11 th Gen Tiger Lake mobile processors. It likewise revealed its newest badge of honor for laptop computers: the Intel Evo brand, building on in 2015’s Job Athena program. And in tandem with Samsung, it unveiled the very first 5G-enabled system to meet the Evo requirements: the Galaxy Book Flex 5G.
The Flex 5G is Samsung’s very first 5G laptop computer, and it certainly looks good. It weighs 2.7 pounds (1.26 kg) and can be found in a light “royal silver” surface. You can configure it with a 13.3- inch 1920 x 1080 display, approximately 16 GB RAM, a 69.7 Wh battery, and approximately a 512 GB SSD. There’s a 13- megapixel “world-facing” electronic camera to snap or shoot video on the go, a built-in S Pen, and a backlit keyboard.
But the most exciting function– in addition to 5G– is the processor.
The Flex 5G can come with either a Core i5 or Core i7 from Intel’s brand-new Tiger Lake lineup. The new chips will bring extraordinary performance and power efficiency to thin-and-light systems like the Flex 5G, states Chris Walker, Intel vice president and general supervisor of mobile client platforms.
” As a 5G Intel-based platform, you actually aren’t jeopardizing on battery life, cordless connectivity, CPU performance, compatibility in the Windows environment– they actually have the ability to bring everybody’s dream list together,” state Walker in an interview with The Verge.
Intel’s Evo program likewise has stricter requirements than Project Athena’s.
Systems will need to last 9 or more hours on a “real-world” battery test, that includes Chrome, G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, YouTube, and Zoom usage. They’ll also need to be able to wake from sleep in less than a second and support quickly charging (up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes if they have an FHD screen) along with Wi-Fi 6 and Intel’s new Thunderbolt 4 standard.
” That’s all actually extensive lab work– that’s not a specification where you mark off some boxes, then you get it,” Walker says. “The systems can be found in, they’re evaluated and tuned over numerous runs and trials.”
In all, Intel says that it’s attempting to distinguish the laptop computers that finest serve everyday usage cases (instead of excelling on artificial criteria). By giving the Flex 5G the Evo label, Intel is accrediting that the system does that well.
Samsung and Intel say the Flex is targeting a base of mobile workers– students, remote employees, and “go-getters,” per Walker. Walker says that Intel invested “thousands of hours” asking those users what they required most out of their laptops. One top priority fasted boot time and responsiveness to assist individuals keep focus as they move in between devices and tabs. Others were all-day battery life and a tidy desk. “They desire one plug that can power multiple displays. They want docks, keyboard, mouse, and power delivery all in one basic cable television.” That’s where Thunderbolt 4 comes in, Walker states: “It streamlines that whole flow for individuals.”
MC Lee, Samsung VP of brand-new computing sales and marketing, says 5G connection has actually likewise become more crucial to these consumers amidst COVID-19 “When we began developing Galaxy Book Flex 5G, we were preparing to welcome an always-connected world– however we had no concept how quickly the world would alter, and how staying connected with coworkers, buddies and enjoyed ones would end up being even more crucial,” Lee states.
While this is an early foray into 5G for Intel, it will not be the last. “You’ll see a lot more 5G systems with Intel partners starting next year,” says Walker, though he declined to offer specifics.
And it’s easy to see why a 5G laptop makes sense for Intel and Samsung. While it still takes some effort to discover a fast and consistent connection in numerous locations of the United States (as we learned in screening Lenovo’s Flex 5G last month), it’s more available in some other countries, and much better service is coming. And though the United States tech market’s earnings is set to decline by 2.2 percent this year, according to a current Consumer Innovation Association forecast, 5G smartphones are anticipated to produce $11 billion in earnings (a 665 percent increase from in 2015).
Lee anticipates customers to deal with 5G purchases as a financial investment. “5G will end up being a key connection to the world,” says Lee.
Lenovo’s Flex 5G, the very first 5G laptop to strike racks, launched with an ARM-based processor. Apple is also changing away from Intel to ARM-based Macs over the next 2 years, and (like Intel) it’s appealing much better performance and lower power usage.
On the other hand, AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series has actually left Intel in the dust this year. From ultraportables like HP’s Envy x360 and Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 to video gaming rigs like Asus’ Zephyrus G14 and Dell’s G5 15 SE, AMD has been offering six-core and eight-core chips with better battery life and better costs than equivalent Intel systems. Tiger Lake peaks at 4 cores, a minimum of for this preliminary launch.
Walker argues that while Tiger Lake systems like the Flex 5G might lose in synthetic benchmarks, they will win in real-world usage cases. “Core count has absolutely nothing to do with the performance in the applications you use every day in the real world,” he states.
Naturally, the proof is in the pudding– and Samsung hasn’t revealed rates or schedule for the Flex 5G yet.