Intel is scheduled to unveil its Meteor Lake processors on December 14. Following closely behind, Samsung plans to launch its Galaxy Book 4 series on December 15. This launch, according to Korean media outlet Yonhap News, is a month earlier than its predecessor, in a bid to claim the title of “first AI-powered laptop.”
The Meteor Lake processors feature Intel’s first integrated neural processing unit (NPU), enabling them to handle a variety of AI-related tasks. Samsung is expected to use the silicon’s ability to power its own AI model, Samsung Gauss, to implement AI in the Galaxy Book 4 series device.
As the name suggests, on-device AI refers to devices that can run AI capabilities locally, meaning that all AI processing occurs on the device itself, rather than in the cloud. This eliminates the need to upload data or maintain an internet connection
The media outlet also confirms that the upcoming Galaxy Book 4 line will feature Intel Core Ultra processors, the new Meteor Lake CPUs that no longer carry the ‘i’ branding.
The current Galaxy Book 3 devices offer up to a Core i7 processor. With the new naming scheme, we expect Samsung to primarily use Core Ultra 7 chips, such as the Core Ultra 7 155H, in the Galaxy Book 4 series. However, considering the Core i9 option in the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, Samsung may also introduce the Core Ultra 9 185H or another high-end chip in the Galaxy Book 4 lineup.
Also, leaked renders suggest that the Galaxy Book 4 series will retain a similar design to its predecessors, with notable internal upgrades such as an AMOLED display and Nvidia 40 series GPUs.
Yonhap News also reports that LG and HP are also working on Meteor Lake laptops, but are “weighing the timing.” This suggests that they may not get to market as quickly as Samsung and may only announce or launch their own devices in 2024.