Samsung Galaxy S24: The Most Important Things You Should Know
|Rumored Feature for Galaxy S24 Series
Flat sides on standard models, a titanium frame for the S24 Ultra.
|LTPO panel for S24 and S24+ with refresh rate variability between 1 and 120 Hz, and peak brightness up to 2,500 nits.
|Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC marketed as ‘For Galaxy’ with higher clock speed, and possible region-specific Exynos 2400.
|Updated 200 MP ISOCELL sensor for S24 Ultra, enhanced software optimization for photo and video quality.
|Larger capacities, with the S24 potentially having a 4,000 mAh and the S24+ a 4,900 mAh battery.
|Retention of 45 W charging for Ultra, possibly 25 W for the other models.
|New conversational AI features allowing more complex voice commands and smarter functionality.
|Enhanced image signal processing and machine learning capabilities for improved photography.
|Use of more durable and lighter titanium frame for the S24 Ultra, which may also contribute to device handling.
|Speculations of maintaining the same price points as the previous generation, potentially offering more value for the same cost.
For the past few years, Samsung has consistently unveiled new Galaxy S devices at its Unpacked event every February. However, this year they confirmed the event will happen at an earlier date. Samsung has scheduled to host the Unpacked on January 17, 2024, at 1:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CET.
Regarding the venue, it is also penned the gather is taking place at SAP Center in San Jose, California. It will be a significant venue as the likes of Apple and Google are headquartered nearby. Subsequently, it could help bolster Samsung’s presence in the USA. And if you’re tuning from home, Samsung planned to stream the event online though its website and YouTube channel.
There are no official details for the actual sales date or available. However, it was tipped last year that re-orders will begin right after the event, while the first shipments are to start to arrive by January 26th. Additionally, the actual sales are set to begin on January 30th.
Beyond the Galaxy S24 lineup, Samsung might have another surprise in store—possibly a “but one more thing” moment with the announcement of the Galaxy Ring, its inaugural smart ring tracker. Unfortunately, as of now, details about this wearable are scarce as well as the likelihood of it appearing is getting slimmer.
As Samsung continues to unify the design of its smartphones and tablets in 2024, the Galaxy S24 is shaping up to feature refinements on the exterior, especially on the rear panel. Third-party renders from OnLeaks suggest flat sides for the Galaxy trio, deviating from the rounded sides of the Galaxy S23.
For the Galaxy S24 Ultra, Samsung is rumored to be considering a titanium frame, similar to what’s expected for the iPhone 15 Pro (review), in place of the aluminum alloy. The new material is lighter and more resistant to damage. The reduced weight could allow the company to add more components and make the device easier to handle than its predecessor.
Recent pictured dummy units and real-life photos support these exterior iterations on the Galaxy S24 (Ultra). The standard models have a flatter and smoother frame while the Galaxy S24 Ultra becomes boxier with a flat rear panel, so gone are the slightly sloping side edges.
The standard Galaxy S models have traditionally been equipped with less capable AMOLED LTPS screens, offering limited refresh rate options compared to the Ultra’s LTPO technology. Leaks suggest that the Galaxy S24 (Plus) will finally make the switch to an LTPO panel, potentially allowing for a wider range of refresh rates from 1 to 120 Hz.
Furthermore, the new screens are rumored to feature higher peak brightness levels, reaching up to 2,500 nits, in contrast to the Galaxy S23 series, which peaked at 1,750 nits. This enhancement would greatly improve screen visibility outdoors, even in bright sunlight.
As for screen size, the standard and Plus models are expected to retain their 6.1-inch and 6.6-inch displays, respectively. No changes in screen size are anticipated for the Galaxy S24 Ultra either.
Earlier, there was speculation that the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ might feature a 200 MP sensor carried over from this year’s Ultra model. However, as we approach the launch window, no additional details have emerged to support this possibility. Therefore, it seems more likely that the two standard models will retain the camera specifications of their predecessors.
On the other hand, Samsung has announced the new 50 MP ISOCELL GNK sensor, which is expected to be used in the upcoming Galaxy S24. The sensor boasts improved low-light capabilities and HDR support with up to 120 dB dynamic range. It also features faster autofocus and the ability to record 8K videos.
With its premium standing, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is expected to retain its high-end camera features. Leaker Ice Universe has suggested that the device’s main camera will be upgraded to a new 200 MP ISOCELL sensor. The periscope camera may also see an adjustment, moving to a 5x optical zoom with a new 50 MP telephoto sensor, a change from the previous 10 MP sensor with 10x zoom.
There is also a more recent report that the Galaxy S24 Ultra will be the first to feature 4K video recording at 120 fps. It will finally match most of Sony’s flagship Xperia 1 camera phones in resolution and frame rate. Even so, it indicates this is only present on the Ultra and not on the standard models.
It is already confirmed that the Galaxy S24 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC. Similar to the Galaxy S23, Samsung may continue to market the new chip under the ‘For Galaxy’ branding, which would indicate a slightly higher clock speed than the standard version.
What remains uncertain is whether all three models will use the same chip, following reports that some regions may receive the Galaxy S24 (Plus) with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 2400 SoC. However, we do know that the Galaxy S24 Ultra will exclusively feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC, regardless of the region.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is expected to deliver significant improvements in graphics and processing power. Beyond these gains, it is anticipated to offer greater power efficiency and advancements in AI computing and image processing capabilities.
However, it also appears the Exynos 2400 won’t be a slouch. Recent benchmark results the performance gap in processing has shrunken giving the 10-core CPU on the Exynos a near comparable speed as the 8-core CPU of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
Additionally, the Galaxy S24 is slated to introduce conversational AI capabilities that could allow for more complex voice assistant commands and more sophisticated functionalities, such as Generative Editing and Nightography Zoom. It has also seen that these features will be integrated into the models equipped with the Exynos chipset.
As for the memory, Samsung might equip the Galaxy S24 with the new type of RAM called Low Latency Wide IO or LLW DRAM. The new unit should optimize the AI processing and gaming on the device, resulting in real-time output. Plus, there is a report that mentioned of the base models of the three models getting 8 GB of RAM, which is quite middling in 2023.
A more recent leak has also uncovered that the entire Galaxy S24 line will feature bigger cooling chambers than their predecessors. The increased area would support the new processors with higher clock speed. At the same time, the larger thermal systems could keep the handsets from overheating when doing intensive tasks like gaming.
If you’re particularly eager for longer battery life in Samsung’s next flagships, you might get your wish with the larger battery capacities rumored for the Galaxy S24 series.
Independent listings suggest that the two standard models will benefit from increased battery sizes. Notably, the smaller Galaxy S24 is expected to feature a 4,000 mAh typical battery capacity, according to a certification reported by Galaxy Club. While only a modest increase of 100 mAh, this could still translate to a few extra hours of runtime, especially when combined with an efficient processor.
The Galaxy S24+ is anticipated to boast a 4,900 mAh battery, which is a 200 mAh improvement over its direct predecessor. There appears to be no change in battery capacity for the Galaxy S24 Ultra; it is likely to maintain the 5,000 mAh battery. Charging speeds are expected to remain the same as well, with the Ultra supporting 45-watt charging and the non-Ultra models at 25 watts.
Whether the Samsung Galaxy S24 will carry a different price tag at launch remains unconfirmed. However, current predictions suggest that pricing for the three Galaxy S24 models will not change, at least in the USA. This gives the company to undercut many of their competitors especially that the Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24 Ultra are said to feature larger RAM and storage configuration on their base model.
As such, the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ are expected to retail starting at $799 and $999, respectively, while the Galaxy S24 Ultra could maintain its base model price of $1199.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 is poised to be a significant upgrade over its predecessors. However, unless you value the enhanced AI capabilities and the additional power from the new processor, the changes may not justify the cost over the Galaxy S23 (review).
That sums up all the information we have at the moment. Share with us in the comments below what you find most thrilling about the new generation of the Galaxy S series so far.
Last updated in January 2024. Older comments were retained and may refer to outdated versions of this guide.