Samsung Galaxy S24: What’s There?

The Samsung Galaxy S24 series is now official, and as the rumours suggested, there are a couple of key hardware upgrades, but the novelty lies within the new AI capabilities. Following the footsteps of Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 lineups, the Galaxy S24 family is now smarter than ever with Galaxy AI, which aims to improve pretty much every aspect of the handsets.

Galaxy AI is an umbrella term for all AI-related features coming with the Galaxy S24 series and One UI 6.1. It’s quite obvious that Samsung is heavily leaning on AI for 2024 in an attempt to make its smartphones even smarter. Judging by the list of features, some of which are unique, the Galaxy S24 phones are the smartest Samsung phones ever.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S24 SPECS WITH A PEEK:

  • Body:79.0×162.3×8.6mm, 233g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Armor), glass back (Gorilla Glass Armor), Titanium frame: IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min), Stylus (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyro).
  • Display: 6.80″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 2600 nits (peak), 1440x3088px resolution, 19.3:9 aspect ratio, 501ppi; Always-on display.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8650-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 5×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520); Adreno 750 (1 GHz).
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 1TB 12GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • OS/Software: Android 14, One UI 6.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 200 MP, f/1.7, 23mm, 1/1.3″, 0.6µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Telephoto: 50 MP, f/3.4, 115mm, 1/2.6″, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.4, 69mm, 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Super Steady video.
  • Front camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 1080p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 45W wired, PD3.0, 65% in 30 min (advertised), 15W wireless (Qi/PMA), 4.5W reverse wireless.
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 7; BT 5.3; NFC.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, ultrasonic); stereo speakers; Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.

Aside from these smarts, the Galaxy S24 Ultra gets some notable upgrades such as a brighter display a more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip for all markets and replaces the older 10MP 10x telephoto camera with a 50MP 5x zoom unit promising lossless-like magnification even at 10x, but the rest of the cameras remain unchanged.

STARTING PRICE

Samsung starts selling the Galaxy S24 as pre-orders from today (January 17) and as a regular retail release from January 31. It’ll cost you $799/£799 for the basic S24, or $999/£999 for the Plus. This is the same price as you’d have paid for the Galaxy S23 or Galaxy S23 Plus last year, so we’re grateful there’s not been a price hike this year.

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