The Galaxy S24 Ultra has shaped up to be everything that the leaks indicated it to be: mainly a refresh of last year’s design in Titanium, with a number of hardware upgrades. This year’s Ultra starts at $1,299 and comes with a slightly upgraded camera system, better display, and overall improved performance
The main focus of this year wasn’t solely on the hardware, although improvements were made in that aspect as well. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is equipped with Google’s Gemini Nano AI model, with numerous features, such as Live Translate, Circle to Search, and more.
Samsung S24 Ultra Comes with an Upgraded SoC, Larger RAM and ‘Symmetrical’ Bezels on All Sides
This year, S24 Ultra’s sees a more ‘flatter‘ screen, which has been upgraded to a 6.8″ QHD+ LTPO 120Hz display, with a peak brightness of a staggering 2,600 nits, though it is lesser than some of its market competitors. The interesting bit is that the bezels are symmetrical and minimal on all sides. The back has a Satin finish with contrastier Titanium side rails.
Samsung has upgraded the SoC to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 “For Galaxy“, while the remaining two devices in the line-up stick to Exynos. It is 25% more powerful than its predecessor, and runs more efficient. The battery stays at the same 5,000mAh with 45W charging.
The camera on the front stays the same at 12MP. On the rear end, we see upgrades to the 5x optical camera, though the main sensor is still capped at 200MP, f/1.7. The 3x telephoto lens uses a 10MP, f/2.4 sensor, the 50MP goes from f/4.9 to f/3.4, while the ultrawide uses a 12MP, f/2.2 lens.
These new cameras are capable of recording at 5x in 8K, the first for any device on the market, mainly thanks to the implementation of AI leading to better computational photography being implemented in the phone.
This year, a lot of effort has been put into cooling the device, with a 1.9x larger cooling chamber on the back. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 performed well in benchmarks on other phones. However, the S24 is equipped with the “For Galaxy” chipset, a slightly overclocked version of the stock chip, delivering better performance, albeit sometimes at the cost of increased thermals.
You can order the S24 Ultra starting today on Samsung’s official website in four different colors: Titanium Gray, Titanium Black, Titanium Violet, and Titanium Yellow. It starts at $1299 for the 256GB variant,. The phone will be available from January 31st.