Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra render OnLeaks / SmartPrix

It’s been a busy year for Samsung. At the beginning of 2023, the company launched its Galaxy S23 series. And this past summer, we got the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 — two of the year’s best folding phones. However, it is never too early to anticipate the company’s next lineup of smartphones. If Samsung sticks to its previous calendar schedule, we can expect to see the Galaxy S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra announced early in 2024.

What can we expect from these phones regarding their specs, design, price, and more? Let’s look at everything we know (so far) about the Samsung Galaxy S24.

Samsung Galaxy S24: release date

Samsung logo sign at the Mobile World Congress.
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There’s no official date for when Samsung will announce its newest Galaxy smartphones. Recent history, however, suggests the new Galaxy S24 handsets will be announced in January or February 2024.

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In 2023, Samsung announced the Galaxy S23 series on February 1, with a release date of February 17. A year earlier, the Galaxy S22 series was launched on February 9, with a release date of February 25. In 2021, the Galaxy S21 series was announced on January 14, with a release date of January 29.

According to one report from The Elec, Samsung may announce the Galaxy S24 series on January 17, 2024, at an Unpacked event in San Jose, California. This wouldn’t be the first time Samsung launched its new Galaxy S series in January, but it would be the first time in three years for the company to do so.

Samsung Galaxy S24: price

Samsung Galaxy S23 in hand against green background
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Prices for Samsung’s Galaxy handsets have been mostly stable in recent years, with the entry-level S23 model starting at $800 in the U.S., the S23 Plus model starting at $1,000, and the S23 Ultra model starting at around $1,200.

We haven’t heard anything yet about Galaxy S24 pricing. For now, it’s probably best to assume the prices will be similar to previous models. Of course, Samsung and carriers offer trade-in deals and financing options, which can bring costs down.

Samsung Galaxy S24: design

Purported render of Samsung Galaxy S24.
Samsung Galaxy S24 render OnLeaks / SmartPrix

A few rumors in recent months have suggested there will be a few changes on the design front for the S24 series. In September, Smartprix (in collaboration with @OnLeaks) shared purported renders showing the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Ultra. We also received Galaxy S24 Plus renders from GizNext in early October.

Leaked render of a Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus render OnLeaks / GizNext

If the renders are correct, we’ll see flat screens this time, with no curved edges like in previous generations. Because there’s no more curved glass, expect ever-slimmer bezels, with the Galaxy S24 Ultra possibly having the slimmest bezels to date for a Samsung smartphone. Beyond this, the S24 series could look very similar to the S23 series. Again, according to Smartprix, the S24 Ultra is expected to have flat metallic side rails with rounded edges — just like the S23 Ultra.

Front and back renders of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra render OnLeaks / SmartPrix

Like the iPhone 15 Pro series, the Galaxy S24 Ultra could feature a titanium frame for the first time, according to The Elec. This would undoubtedly bring the weight of the Galaxy S24 Ultra down considerably, perhaps as much as 10%.

It should be noted, however, that overall, the designs for the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus, and Galaxy S24 Ultra should be strikingly similar to the current models (via @Tech_Reve).

Samsung Galaxy S24: specs

Leaked design schematic of Samsung Galaxy S24.
Samsung Galaxy S24 render OnLeaks / SmartPrix

We’ve seen a few other key specs about next year’s phones get leaked. When talking about specs and rumors, it’s always important to note that there could be some variance from the actual specs, especially this far out from their release. However, the actual specs should come to light as we get closer to the big reveal.

On X, formerly Twitter, Ice Universe noted that the Galaxy S24 Ultra should feature a 6.8-inch WQHD display with a 1440p resolution. Instead of the 1,750 nits peak brightness found on the S23 Ultra, the S24 Ultra could max out at 2,500 nits.

Ice Universe says the S24 Plus could feature a 6.7-inch WQHD display for the first time. The S24 should feature a 6.2-inch FHD display. In August, the same leaker said “Yes,” the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus would feature LTPO screens. Notice these are bigger screens than the 6.1-inch S23 and 6.6-inch S23 Plus.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip.
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One of the biggest surprises about the S23 series is that Samsung didn’t use its Exynos chipsets in any models. Instead, it used the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip across the board. For the S24 series, Samsung could return to form and partially use Exynos chipsets alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip.

This news came from Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon (via The Elec), who claims the processor used will vary by region for both the S24 and S24 Plus models. The S24 Ultra, however, will use a Qualcomm chip everywhere the model is sold.

Samsung Galaxy S24: cameras

Alleged render of Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra render OnLeaks / SmartPrix

On the camera front, all the rumors so far have to do with the S24 Ultra. Like the previous model, this phone should once again feature a 200MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera. However, changes could happen with the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s telephoto lens.

For the past few years, the Ultra has featured two 10MP cameras with a 3x and 10x zoom. The 3x zoom camera, according to Ice Universe, is likely to remain at 10MP. However, the maximum zoom could drop to 5x this time, but with a significantly higher 50MP sensor resolution. While this might sound like a downgrade, it wouldn’t be, thanks to the improved resolution.

There could also be an Instagram camera shortcut on the Galaxy S24 series.

Samsung Galaxy S24: battery

Battery usage page on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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Typically, but not always, the larger a smartphone’s battery, the longer its battery life. If this holds into 2024, all three Galaxy S24 models could see improvements.

According to Dutch news outlet Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S24 will have a 4,000 mAh battery, matching the one used on the Galaxy S21. The Galaxy S22 and S23 have 3,700 mAh and 3,900 mAh batteries, respectively.

Over on the S24 Plus, we could see a 4,900 mAh battery, which compares very nicely to the S23 Plus’ 4,700 mAh cell. Meanwhile, rumors suggest the S24 Ultra would remain the same at 5,000 mAh.

Samsung Galaxy S24: software and updates

Android 14 logo on a smartphone.
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Finally, when it comes to software, the entire Galaxy S24 series should launch with Android 14 preinstalled with either Samsung One UI 6 or 6.1. The Android 14 update has just started to arrive for the S23 series.

What will be interesting to see is how many years of Android updates Samsung will promise for the S24. For the Galaxy S23, Samsung offers a respectable four years of Android updates. This doesn’t come close, however, to what Google is promising with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro — at least seven years of support. Will Samsung match this? It’s hard to say for sure, but we certainly hope so.

Samsung Galaxy S24: artificial intelligence

Using Samsung Bixby on a Samsung phone.
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According to the Korea Times, the Galaxy S24 series is expected to have a new feature called Samsung Gauss, a proprietary generative AI model. Samsung showcased Gauss in early November, and the model partially runs locally on a device. It is named after Carl Friedrich Gauss, a legendary mathematician who established the normal distribution theory.

Samsung Gauss has three components: Samsung Gauss Language, which can generate text, translate languages, and answer questions; Samsung Gauss Code, which makes it easier for developers to write and edit code; and Samsung Gauss Image, a tool for generating images. Gauss would be a very interesting addition to the Galaxy S24 family, and in a world dominated by ChatGPT, Googld Bard, and other AI apps, it wouldn’t be surprising in the least.

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