Today, Samsung announced its new Galaxy S24 family of devices, with the Galaxy S24 Ultra being the top-of-the-line variant. Unfortunately for the brand, all these devices had already been leaked, so it’s time to officially discuss the specifications of these models and their prices. And of course, whether these devices bring any real progress in terms of AI, or if it’s merely marketing.
Introducing the new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
The Galaxy S24 Ultra features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution and a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. Maximum brightness reaches 2,600 nits. To handle this high resolution and refresh rate, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC.
This SoC is paired with 12 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and three storage options: 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. The battery capacity is 5,000 mAh, with a 45W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Disappointingly, the charging speeds are not as fast as expected for a flagship device.
To deal with heat, the company has nearly doubled the size of the vapor chamber in the Galaxy S24 to avoid temperature issues. The device is protected on both sides with Gorilla Glass Armor, promising four times the resistance to breakage.
The main camera features the same 200 MP sensor as the previous model, accompanied by a new 50 MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. This is an increase of 40 MP from its predecessor but loses 10x optical zoom. Samsung claims this new camera is better overall.
The only new sensor added is the 12 MP ultra-wide lens, the same as its predecessor, and the 10 MP short telephoto lens remains unchanged. The selfie camera features a 12 MP sensor. As for AI capabilities, the device includes the ProVisual engine and a dedicated noise reduction ISP. The engine allows users to remove objects, create elements, and fill empty spaces. Nightography enhances moving images, whereas the ISP reduces image noise.
What about AI features?
Under the name Galaxy AI, Samsung discussed the benefits of AI for travel and communication with people who speak different languages. The company promises a real-time translation system. More impressively, during a voice call, everything spoken can be translated instantly, assisted by a chat feature showing the real-time conversation. Specifically, the system will support up to 13 languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Naturally, this translator function will also be useful for interacting with people on the street. A native app is included for this purpose. The app can also be used to translate texts in other mobile applications, such as messaging apps. However, it was evident in a live demonstration that translations are not perfect and may contain errors, though the text remains understandable.
When connecting the device to Android Auto, the vehicle’s system will benefit from artificial intelligence. Although no groundbreaking examples were provided, the given example showed the ability to detect an address and schedule from a message and apply the information directly to the GPS navigator.
In terms of productivity, the device can record conversations or meetings with the voice recording system. Once recorded, the information will be transcribed and converted to text. Notes will be added and information organized based on dates, conversation participants, and key points. Other enhancements, such as those in the photography department, are also available on the device.
Introducing the Galaxy S24+ (Plus) and S24, more affordable options
The Galaxy S24+ features similar hardware to the Ultra but has a 6.7-inch display. The main differences are in the photographic quality, offering a 120 MP main sensor, 12 MP wide angle, and 10 MP telephoto (3x zoom) lenses. The 12 MP selfie camera remains the same. The battery capacity is 4,900 mAh with the same fast charging technologies.
The Galaxy S24 has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ 120 Hz display with 2,600 nits of brightness. It is powered by an Exynos 2400 SoC paired with 8 GB of RAM. It retains the same photography configuration as its bigger sibling but has a smaller 4,000 mAh battery capacity, with 25W fast charging and 15W wireless charging.
Both devices have an aluminum chassis, losing the titanium frame, and their screens are protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2. All devices are water and dust resistant (IP68).
These devices run on Android 14 with One UI 6.1, and Samsung promises to provide 7 years of updates.
In summary, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra will start at €1,459 in Europe, with the 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage model as the base offer. The Galaxy S24+ will have a starting price of €1,159 (12GB/256GB), and the Galaxy S24 will start at €909 (8GB/256GB) as a launch offer, before rising to €959.