Now that the Galaxy S24 Ultra is official, it is boldly showing off its titanium design to us. The phone that replaces the Galaxy S23 Ultra is mainly dependent on artificial intelligence (AI) and has a faster processor, a flat-screen that is finally brighter, a different camera configuration, and higher pricing.
However, is it worth it to upgrade from the Galaxy S23 Ultra? It would probably be wiser to wait to upgrade if calmer heads prevail because there aren’t many distinctions between such closely related gadget versions. Who’s to say, though, that in 2024 the Galaxy S24 Ultra won’t be the hottest product available?
Design and Size
Samsung stuck to the same general design philosophy for the Galaxy S24 Ultra as they did for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but instead of using aluminium, they used titanium, a premium new material for phones. Unlike the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which has a very slight curvature to the extreme edges, the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s display is completely flat, making it more useful.
Though the Galaxy S24 Ultra has a somewhat greater grip because of its brushed titanium frame, both phones are incredibly comfortable to handle. But let’s be honest, you’ll just put a case on it, so it doesn’t matter.
In comparison to the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Galaxy S24 Ultra has the same characteristics, but it also retains the S Pen. About characteristics that endure, the IP68 rating for water and dust resistance is unavoidable.
Titanium Yellow, Titanium Violet, Titanium Black, and Titanium Gray are the colours available for the Galaxy S24 Ultra; the fascinating Titanium Orange, Titanium Green and Titanium Blue are only available through the Samsung.com store. In the meantime, Lavender, Cream, Phantom Black, and Green are the available hues for the Galaxy S23 Ultra; a few further colours are only available on Samsung.com.
Without changing any of the crucial display parameters, the Galaxy S24 Ultra keeps its 6.8-inch LTPO OLED display with a dynamically switching 1-120Hz refresh rate. The screen is gorgeous, vibrant, and fluid as a result. To be honest, the Galaxy S23 Ultra isn’t all that different, however, it does have a minor issue.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra’s display has a maximum brightness of 2,600 nits, which is incredibly impressive. After lagging behind most of the competitors for the last two years in terms of maximum display brightness, Samsung has now joined the eye-scorching club. This would make the Galaxy S24 Ultra a phone that can read extremely well in the brightest conditions.
There have been no alterations made to the biometrics department: the primary biometric unlocking mechanism on the Galaxy S24 Ultra is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader integrated into the display. There are no modifications from the Galaxy S23 Ultra concerning face unlocking.
Performance and Software
The Galaxy S24 Ultra, in contrast to the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus, is powered globally by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy (the smaller phones only feature this one in the US).
The Galaxy S24 Ultra receives a little superior Snapdragon from the outset, much like the S23 Ultra, which came with a slightly spiced-up version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chip, which was also included in most other Android flagships.
A prime Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.3GHz, three high-performance Cortex-A720 cores clocked at 3.15GHz, two Cortex-A720 cores clocked at 2.96GHz, and two efficient Cortex-A520 cores humming at 2.27GHz make up the octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Samsung Galaxy. The Adreno 750 GPU in the processor is significantly quicker than the one on the previous Snapdragon version. Good news for gamers everywhere: Samsung promises significantly improved ray-traced graphics performance in addition to optimization for some of the most well-liked mobile games.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra has 12GB of RAM in all storage versions—256, 512GB, and 1TB—in terms of both storage and RAM. Simultaneously, the entry-level Galaxy S23 Ultra was offered with 8GB of RAM; additionally, the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage tiers all had 12GB of RAM.
Software-wise, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is probably going to ship with One UI 6, which is built on top of Android 14, and it will be supported for an incredible seven years! This is significant because it implies you can use your next Galaxy device well into the next decade if you so choose!
Samsung drastically altered the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s rear camera arrangement. It replaced the 10X periscope with a 5X telephoto camera, which has a far higher resolution and can zoom up to 10X with optical quality. This is different from the majority of prior Galaxy Ultra phones when the flagship feature that provided 100X Space Zoom was the 10X periscope camera. Fortunately, the 50MP telephoto lens on the Galaxy S24 Ultra still supports 100X Space Zoom.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra’s primary camera remains at 200MP, but it has more powerful software that is enhanced by artificial intelligence. Samsung claims to have significantly improved its low-light performance (Nightography) with the Galaxy S24 Ultra, for instance.
Numerous AI capabilities are also included in the Galaxy S24 Ultra to improve the photographic experience over the previous model. The Galaxy S24 Ultra will soon get enhanced remastering, generative edits, and magic eraser, among other features. With the help of Galaxy AI on your device, you can also eliminate reflections from pictures.
Recall that the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 200MP F1.7 primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 10MP 3X F2.4 telephoto, a 10MP 10X F4.9 periscope, and a 12MP front-facing camera.
We have some initial camera samples that were captured with the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, in terms of image quality. These are merely meant to offer you a general notion of the capabilities of each phone.
Battery Life and Charging
You’re out of luck if you were expecting Samsung to wave a magic wand and miraculously expand the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s battery to a greater size. The newest Galaxy flagship has a 5,000mAh battery, which is the same capacity as the battery on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. That being said, don’t expect the Galaxy S24 Ultra to live much longer than the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which isn’t a bad thing at all because the latter has a respectable amount of battery life.
Samsung’s charging options consist of 45W conventional charging, 15W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging, which can be used to recharge your Galaxy Watch or earphones
The Galaxy S24 Ultra might not be the device that changes the current situation. The newest Samsung phone addresses some of the more crucial elements of a fantastic smartphone experience: it offers better performance, a brighter display, and an AI-enhanced camera experience. But the fundamentals of the big S Pen-wielding Samsung flagship are still pretty much the same.
And that’s okay because the Galaxy S23 Ultra is undoubtedly among the greatest phones available in 2023; if the Galaxy S24 Ultra builds upon that, then everyone will benefit. The likelihood that the Galaxy S24 Ultra won’t be another overwhelming hit is quite low.