After a series of leaks, Samsung has unveiled its upcoming range of flagship phones, detailing the new Galaxy S24, S24 Plus and S24 Ultra at its latest Unpacked event. The new smartphones will officially launch on January 31 and are available for pre-order starting today, with the base model starting at $799.99, the Plus model starting at $999.99 and the high-end Ultra device starting at $1,299. 99.
In our first hands-on experience with them, we didn’t notice anything groundbreaking about the Galaxy S24 family’s hardware, although each phone has a slightly larger battery and screen than its predecessor. The Ultra now further justifies its premium price tag with a titanium build, and all screens are noticeably brighter. Rather than reinvent the design wheel, Samsung has instead focused on building out a suite of AI features that rely on Google’s foundational Gemini models, many of which sound genuinely useful, while others are purely for the sake of it. meant to be funny.
Some of these features are handled entirely on the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, while others require server-side processing. These phones should age much more gracefully, too, as Samsung generously delivers on Google’s seven-year upgrade promise, guaranteeing you at least seven major Android upgrades and security updates.
For now, you’re probably wondering where you can order one before they officially launch later this month. Fortunately, you can find great pre-order incentives no matter which carrier or seller you prefer.
The Galaxy S24 starts at $799.99 for the 8GB RAM model with 128GB of storage. Higher storage tiers will cost more, but Samsung has launched a free storage upgrade promotion this year that gives you double the storage on all models – including an increase from 512GB to 1TB on the Ultra, which is a first. It’s widely available in black, gray, violet, and yellow, although Samsung also offers it in green, blue, and orange if you buy it directly.
In addition to the aforementioned storage upgrade, Samsung is throwing one in $25 credit if you buy one during the pre-order period, and also up to $550 in trade credit. Best Buy, meanwhile, currently offers one $50 gift card And up to $870 after qualifying trade-ins and taking into account the price difference for the free storage upgrade. Amazon offers a free storage upgrade and a $50 gift card too, but you have to click on the coupon on the page to redeem it.
Compared to the Ultra, the standard Galaxy S24 lacks the titanium build and S Pen, along with the 200-megapixel wide-angle and 5x telephoto cameras, QHD resolution and 45W charging. It’s the smallest of the three phones at 6.2 inches, but that’s a boon for those who prefer smallness, and it should adequately suit the needs of most buyers aside from the most demanding creatives and experienced users.
The Galaxy S24 uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset to power a host of new AI features. It will also receive seven years of updates, but hardware-wise it’s an iterative update with a slightly larger screen and longer battery life.
Starting at $999.99The Galaxy S24 Plus offers 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. You’ll also get free access to the larger storage model if you purchase it from Samsung during the pre-order period. Trading in your older phone will save you money up to $650 for your purchaseand you get an extra one $75 in instant credit.