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Samsung Galaxy S24 series: what is known so far

Every year, smartphone fans look forward to Samsung's new flagship Android phones - the Galaxy S24, S24+ and the Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Every year, smartphone fans look forward to Samsung’s latest flagship Android phones. Below we have collected all the current rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24 Ultra.

When is the Samsung Galaxy S24 series coming?

The launch of the Galaxy S21 series took place on January 29, 2021, the S22 phones arrived on February 25, 2022 and the Galaxy S23 series on February 1, 2023. You have to go back to the Galaxy S8 (March 2017) to find a launch that wasn’t in January or February. With that in mind, we’re betting on Samsung launching the Galaxy S24 series in either January or February 2024.

In the past, Samsung used major tech events to showcase, most notably Mobile World Congress. The company has backed away from that, however, and recently launched its own events specifically for the Galaxy S launch. That’s likely to happen in 2024 as well – a big Samsung event with hundreds of visitors in a big cosmopolitan city will provide the appropriate setting for the Galaxy S24 series.

Design

In 2023, Samsung changed the look of the Galaxy S series for the first time in two years. Now, every model in the range looks pretty much the same, with squared-off sides, camera lens cutouts, and similar colorways. We doubt Samsung will make too many changes in 2024. Of course there could be subtle changes, but nothing revolutionary. Until the first reliable renders come in, we expect the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus and Galaxy S24 Ultra to look very similar to their S23 counterparts.

Specifications

In 2023, after a long time, Samsung has again launched all Galaxy S23 phones worldwide with the same chipset. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 took over the drive globally, there were no Exynos models. Snapdragon versions typically came to the US, South Korea, and Singapore, while the rest of the world got Exynos processors. That in itself isn’t a big deal, except that the Snapdragon models have been outperforming the Exynos models lately.

However, there are now indications that Exynos variants could return in some way. While Samsung and Qualcomm have a deal that makes this rumor seem unlikely. Still, it’s entirely possible that some very specific Galaxy S24 models will feature an Exynos chipset. Especially considering Samsung’s financial reports lately.

That being said, it’s safe to assume that all three Galaxy S24 smartphones will have the same or better specs than their Galaxy S23 counterparts. That would mean 128GB of storage as a base, at least 8GB of RAM on all models, similar battery capacities, similar charging speeds, etc.

Cameras

The biggest changes will affect the cameras, according to the rumor mill. These include assumptions that the Galaxy S24 Ultra could do without the 3x optical zoom. The remaining 10x telephoto lens could get an upgrade from a periscope design to a variably “folded” lens. In theory, this lens could provide lossless zoom at any stage between 3x and 10x. The lenses on the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus would likely remain the same.

Also, a reliable tipster hinted that Samsung has some big upgrades in store for the Galaxy S24 series when it comes to camera software. Yogesh Brar says these changes will be “massive” without going into detail. At least one thing is pretty clear – like every year, the new Ultra will be among the best camera phones out there.

Charging speed

Although the Samsung Galaxy S23+ and the Ultra now charge with 45 watts, the normal Galaxy S23 is still stuck at 25 watts. And in the past, even the introduction of 45 watts took years, in which the competition had long since filled the batteries with 120 watts and more. The debacle of the Galaxy Note 7 series, whose batteries exploded several times, may still be having an effect here. When it comes to charging, though, it’s clear that Samsung needs to move.

Samsung Galaxy S24 prices

In the US, Samsung hasn’t increased the prices of the Galaxy S series for three years. The S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra already cost $799, $999, and $1,199, respectively. The same applies to the S22 series and the S23 series. However, not to the rest of the world. In fact, prices for the Galaxy S23 series have increased in the UK and most parts of Europe this year. In Germany, for example, Samsung increased the entry-level prices by 100 euros.

It is therefore obvious that prices will soon rise in the USA as well. How much is still a miracle, as is the question of whether all three models will be more expensive or just the Ultra version.

Achim Maier
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