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Samsung’s newest flagship smartphones pack premium features like AMOLED displays with 120 Hz refresh rates, high-quality camera systems, and speedy processors. But that’s not really enough to make a phone that stands out these days.

So Samsung is introducing some big new software features rather than just focusing on hardware. The Galaxy S24 will be the first phone to launch with what Samsung is calling Galaxy AI, enabling things like real-time language translation during phone calls or for in-person conversations, and a promise of 7 years of security updates and 7 major OS updates. That means a Samsung Galaxy S24 you buy today should be supported through at least 2031.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Long-term support isn’t unique to the Galaxy S24. Apple typically offers iPhone updates for 5 or more years, and Google’s Pixel 8 series smartphones should also get at least 7 years of updates. But it’s still nice to see.

AI features are also hardly unique to Samsung these days. But Samsung is leveraging Google’s AI tools for a series of AI-enhanced features beyond the usual photography and smart reply kind of AI we’ve grown used to seeing on smartphones.

For example, the company says its Live Translate feature offers real-time, 2-way voice and text translation. 13 languages are supported at launch, and translation happens on-device, without sending any data to the cloud, which leads to speedier, more private translations. Some functions even work without any cellular or WiFi data.

Among other things, Samsung says Galaxy AI enables:

  • Interpreter: Translate live conversations between two people speaking different languages in a split-screen mode.
  • Call Assist: Real-time translation of phone calls between speakers of different languages.
  • Android Auto: Summarize incoming text messages and suggest possible replies and actions.
  • Note Assist: The Samsung Notes app now offers AI-generated summaries and templates.
  • Transcript Assist: Create text transcripts from voice recordings, with the ability to automatically detect different speakers.

Some of the new AI-enhanced features come from Google rather than Samsung. But Google’s new Circle to Search feature is debuting first on two sets of phones: Google’s Pixel 8 series, and Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series. It allows users to long-press the home button and then “circle, highlight, scribble on, or tap anything on the Galaxy S24’s screen” to view relevant search results without switching apps.

Samsung also notes that AI features are configurable, allowing you to choose whether to allow AI features that rely on the cloud, or only those that can be processed on-device.

Whether you care about AI or not though, the new phones have some decent hardware, led by the new Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, which has a titanium frame, Corning’s new scratch-resistant Gorilla Armor on the display that’s said to reduce reflection by up to 75%, and a larger vapor chamber for improved cooling.

 

Galaxy S24Galaxy S24+Galaxy S24 Ultra
Display6.2 inches
FHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
1 – 120 Hz
6.7 inches
QHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
1 – 120 Hz
6.8 inches
QHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
1 – 120 Hz
2600 nits peak brightness
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
or
Samsung Exynos 2400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM / Storage8GB + 128GB
8GB + 256GB
8GB + 512GB
12GB + 256GB
12GB + 512GB
12GB + 256GB
12GB + 512GB
12GB + 1TB
Battery4,000 mAh4,900 mAh5,000 mAh
Charging25W (wired)
Wireless charging
45W (wired)
Wireless charging
Rear Cameras 12MP ultra-wide
50MP wide-angle
10MP telephoto (3X)
12MP ultra-wide
200MP wide-angle
50MP telephoto (5X)
10MP telephoto (3X)
Front camera12MP
Wireless5G
4G LTE
WiFi 6E
BT 5.3
5G
4G LTE
WiFi 7
BT 5.3
OSAndroid 14
One UI 6.1
7 years updates
IP RatingIP68
Dimensions147 x 70.6 x 7.6mm158.5 x 75.9 x 7.7mm162.3 x 79 x 8.6mm
Weight168 grams197 grams233 grams
Starting price$800$1000$1300

The Samsung Galaxy S24 series smartphones are up for pre-order starting today, and should be available beginning January 31 with starting prices ranging from $800 to $1300, depending on the model.

One thing to keep in mind is that while the Galaxy S24 Ultra has the best camera system, the most durable materials, and S-Pen support, the Galaxy S24 and S24+ are smaller, feature an updated, flatter design, and have most of the same features including Galaxy AI and 7 years of updates.

9to5Google says after spending a little time with the new phones, it seems like the smaller, cheaper models might actually offer more bang for the buck unless you really need 5x telephoto zoom or stylus support.

 

Galaxy AI coming to select devices in H1

press release

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  1. I would have considered buying a Samsung phone, but Samsung’s recent remote disabling of gray market phones in Mexico rules that out completely.

  2. Most likely you will be losing most of the S24 offline AI features in 2025 when these features are moved behind a paywall by Samsung. Of course Samsung won’t be heavily advertising this during its launch advertising event.

    1. It is a locked down, extremely proprietary spyware device. The price was increased too. I would say the S23 series is a superior option to the S24 but that would also be a lie. At prices like these it makes even a ROG phone look good, and only an idiot wants to “game” on a phone.

  3. “9to5Google says after spending a little time with the new phones, it seems like the smaller, cheaper models might actually offer more bang for the buck unless you really need 5x telephoto zoom or stylus support.”

    Or you don’t want to torture yourself and waste your money with yet another Exynos failure, if you live in applicable regions.

  4. I consider any information generated by large language models to be unreliable and so should everyone else, even if the program is searching the internet for you. And I’ve got mixed feelings about using google, because on one hand it’s not yet another chatgpt reseller for once, on the other, it’s still google.
    That said, the translation features are probably going to become a social necessity especially once the US adopts Spanish as an official language, although I hope people realize they’re being translated and not filmed.
    I really don’t like the android auto features, it would be better if we could just keep respecting the danger of texting and driving. And besides, leaving audio messages while driving is probably going to get you better results anyway.
    I wouldn’t dare say transcript assist isn’t going to be a total necessity, that would imply I’m not successful and connected enough to be giving interviews, so I’ll just pretend to get mad that I don’t know if anything equivalent for iphones, the TRUE device for well connected, successful, and sociable decent human beings.

  5. “7 years of updates”

    Pffft… The battery will NOT last 7 years – and you just wait to see how much it will cost to repair or replace it. Once a greedy MBA – always a greedy MBA. Bend over sucker; prepare to SUFFER!

    1. Battery replacement for S23 from a Samsung authorised service partner in UK is £65. Seems reasonable to me.

  6. So is Samsung moving most of the S24’s AI features into a paywall model after 1 year or not?