Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S24 Ultra. It boasts a titanium frame, a flat Gorilla Glass Armor screen, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, and a host of AI features that enhance productivity, communication, and photography.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra is the successor to the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which was already a powerhouse in terms of performance and camera capabilities. However, Samsung has managed to improve on several aspects of the design, display, battery, and software of the new device, making it one of the most advanced and versatile smartphones on the market.
Design and Display
The Galaxy S24 Ultra has a sleek and sturdy design, thanks to the use of a titanium alloy for the frame, which is more durable and scratch-resistant than aluminum. The device is also slightly thinner and lighter than the previous model, despite having a larger 5,000 mAh battery.
The screen is a 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a variable refresh rate that goes from 1Hz up to 120Hz, depending on the content. The display is also much brighter, reaching up to 2,600 nits, and has an improved Vision Booster feature that enhances the clarity and contrast of the images. The screen is also completely flat, which makes it easier to use with glass screen protectors and reduces accidental touches.
Performance and AI
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, which is the latest and most powerful processor from Qualcomm. The chip has a ‘for Galaxy‘ variant, which means it has a higher-clocked Prime core that boosts the performance even further. The chip also supports 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2.
The device also has a large vapor chamber that helps dissipate the heat generated by the chip, ensuring smooth and stable performance across all tasks. The device comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card.
One of the main selling points of the Galaxy S24 Ultra is the integration of AI features that enhance various aspects of the user experience. For instance, the device has Live Translate, Interpreter, and Chat Assist, which enable two-way real-time voice and text translation in 13 languages. These features are integrated into the native phone app, the split-screen app, and the Samsung Keyboard, respectively.
The device also has Android Auto, which can summarize incoming messages and suggest replies, such as sending someone your ETA. Inside Samsung Notes, the device has Note Assist, which can summarize notes, create templates and covers, and streamline notes with pre-made formats. The device also has Transcript Assist, which can transcribe, summarize, and translate recordings using AI and Speech-to-Text.
Another AI feature is Circle to Search, a gesture-driven feature made in collaboration with Google. By long pressing on the home button, the user can circle, highlight, scribble on, or tap anything on the screen to get search results, such as the name of the landmark in the background of someone’s photo on Instagram.
Camera and Photography
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra has a quad-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 200MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, a 10MP short telephoto camera, and a new 50MP long telephoto camera. The new long telephoto camera has a 5x optical zoom and optical image stabilization, which makes it capable of taking better 10x shots than the previous model. The camera also has a larger sensor and a brighter aperture, which improve the low-light performance and the bokeh effect.
The device also has a 12MP selfie camera on the front, which has a wide-angle lens and an autofocus. The Galaxy phone supports 8K video recording at 30fps and 4K video recording at 60fps, with HDR10+ and stereo sound.
The device also has a new ProVisual Engine and a dedicated ISP Block for noise reduction, which are AI-powered tools that enhance the quality and creativity of photos and videos. The ProVisual Engine can erase objects and let AI fill in the empty space with Generative Edit. It can also fill in empty space created by straightening a crooked shot. The ProVisual Engine can also create Instant Slow-mo, which can generate additional frames to smoothly slow down moments in a video.
The device also has an upgraded Nightography feature, which uses better optical image stabilization and enhanced hand-shake compensation to take clearer and brighter shots in the dark. The dedicated ISP Block for both front and rear cameras will deal with noise and produce sharper and more detailed images.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is a premium smartphone that offers a stunning design, a brilliant display, a powerful performance, and a versatile camera system. The device also has a host of AI features that make it smarter and more useful for various scenarios. The Ultra phone is available in four colors: Titanium Black, Titanium Gray, Titanium Violet, Titanium Yellow, Titanium Blue, Titanium Green, and Titanium Orange. The device is priced at $1,300 for the 12GB/256GB variant.