Samsung Galaxy S24 vs S24 Plus vs S24 Ultra: Specifications Comparison

As expected, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S24 phone series at the Galaxy Unpacked event on January 17. The Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus start at $799.99 and $999.99 respectively, while the Galaxy S24 Ultra starts at $1,299.99. All phones will be available from January 31, 2024, but you can pre-order them now.

We have yet to complete our testing, so we can’t comment on how well the phones actually perform. In the limited time we’ve had time to try it out so far, it seems like Samsung has made mostly minor hardware updates. In addition to brighter displays, the new range includes larger S24 and S24 Plus models, while the S24 Ultra should have a more durable titanium frame.

However, it’s the new AI features that caught our attention more; each phone offers several AI-powered features focused on communication and online search, as well as video and photo editing. We were particularly impressed with the new video editing capabilities, which convincingly turned a 60fps video we shot into a 120fps slow-motion video. We were also happy to hear that Samsung is now following Google’s impressive support policy, promising customers at least seven major Android upgrades and security updates.

However, that’s just a very brief overview of the new phones. If you’re looking to buy one for yourself and can’t wait for the hands-on reviews, you’ll probably want to at least know how the phones stack up against each other on paper. To make this easier, we’ve summarized the main differences between the two, while highlighting some new changes.

In terms of design, the standard Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus models resemble their S23 counterparts and retain the same aluminum frame. Like the S24 Ultra, they still offer IP68 water and dust resistance for greater durability. All phones are again available in black, purple and yellow, but gray now replaces the green color scheme of the S23 series. The S24 and S24 Plus don’t come with the Ultra’s built-in S Pen stylus, but they do weigh less: 5.89 ounces (167 grams) and 12.25 ounces (196 grams), respectively.

The S24 Ultra is indeed the heaviest in the series, weighing 232 grams. That’s partly due to the new iPhone 15 Pro-like titanium frame, which adds some extra weight but should also improve durability. The S24 Ultra also does away with the curved edges of its predecessor and replaces them with a flat screen that should make writing with the S Pen easier. It is also protected with Corning Gorilla Armor, unlike the S24 and S24 Plus, which come with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 cover glass. The Corning Gorilla Armor is said to reduce reflections by up to 75 percent, and Samsung claims it’s the most scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass yet. We’ll let you know how well the phone lives up to these claims when we’re done testing.

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In terms of storage and RAM options, the S24 offers 256GB and 512GB storage options with 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy S24 Plus offers more RAM with 12GB (instead of 8GB like its predecessor) while retaining the same 256GB and 512GB storage options. Meanwhile, the S24 Ultra continues to offer 12GB of RAM, along with 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacity options.

The entire Galaxy S24 range retains its OLED panels, but this time they vary a little more in size compared to their predecessors. The standard Galaxy S24 offers a 6.2-inch screen, while the S24 Plus goes up to 6.7 inches, both of which are a 0.1-inch increase over the S23 counterparts. The Galaxy S24 Ultra remains the largest at 6.8 inches.

The S24 series is not only bigger, but also brighter, with peak brightness levels up to 2,600 nits. The Plus and Ultra also have high-resolution 1440p displays, which is an improvement over the S24 Plus. However, the S24 only offers a 1080p display.

As for refresh rate, gamers will be happy to know that they all continue to offer a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. This ensures smooth scrolling and immersive graphics. The S24 Series also comes with larger vapor chamber cooling systems than their predecessors, with the S24 Ultra offering the largest – almost double the size of the S23 Ultra. That means your phone shouldn’t overheat during long gaming sessions and deliver peak performance for longer.

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The new S24 series comes with all kinds of native AI-powered tools, all running on Google’s foundational Gemini models. These AI capabilities will also roll out to the S23 series, Z Flip 5, and Z Fold 5 in mid-2024. New options include the Circle to Search feature, which lets you perform Google searches on everything that surrounds you, without having to change app. In our limited time playing with the feature, we found it legitimately useful. It worked well too; for example, we have not been able to confuse a fake plant with a real one.

Samsung has also introduced several new communication-related tools, such as Live Translate, which lets you translate text messages and two-way phone calls into 13 different languages ​​in real time. Transcript Assist lets you transcribe, summarize and translate voice recordings, while ‘tone tweak’ suggests text so you can make your writing sound more professional or informal, for example. Other notable writing features include the Notes Assist feature, which automatically formats and summarizes your notes with bullet points. Meanwhile, Android Auto summarizes incoming messages and suggests replies via voice commands, so you can focus on driving.

In terms of photos and editing, Samsung has introduced a new feature that lets you move, resize, or even delete subjects completely after taking a photo, like Google’s Magic Editor feature. If you accidentally take a crooked photo, you can also adjust the horizon levels and have AI fill in the edges to make it look better. Plus, you can now take HDR photos in third-party social apps and even upload HDR photos to Instagram.

When it comes to video editing, Samsung now lets you turn any video into a 120fps slow-motion video, regardless of the camera used or the original frame rate and mode. As previously mentioned, we personally tested this and were impressed with how well it transformed the 60fps video we shot.

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Samsung is also promising seven generations of OS upgrades and seven years of security updates when you buy one of its new Galaxy S24 phones. That matches the support period for Google’s Pixel 8 series. It’s also better than the S23, which comes with four generations of Android version updates and five years of security updates.

Like Google’s Pixel 8 series and the S23 series, the new S24 series runs on Android 14. That means you can take advantage of features like customizable lock screens. You can also log in to third-party apps with your fingerprint and use your phone as a webcam.

When it comes to cameras, the S24 and S24 Plus share the same specs as their predecessors. Their triple camera array includes a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 10-megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom, in addition to a 12-megapixel selfie camera.

The S24 Ultra offers the most capable system in the range with a 200 megapixel main camera and an improved 50 MP 5x telephoto. Like the S24 and S24 Plus, it also comes with a 12-megapixel ultrawide and 10-megapixel 3x telephoto, along with a 12-megapixel front camera.

In the US, all three phones are powered by a new, specialized version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Samsung phones. The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset powers the generative AI capabilities on the device while improving performance. The chipset also provides better ray tracing, making light reflections look more realistic in games.

If you don’t live in the US, you can only buy the S24 and S24 Plus with an Exynos chipset. Samsung claims that this should not affect the performance of the AI ​​capabilities on the device. However, the S24 Ultra comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 no matter where in the world you buy it.

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We still have to test how long each phone in the S24 series will actually last, so all we can say for now is the battery size. According to the spec sheet, the S24 has the smallest battery capacity at 4,000 mAh, while the S24 Ultra offers the largest at 5,000 mAh. That’s the same battery capacity as the S23 Ultra, which lasted us a full day comfortably. This year, the S24 Plus offers a battery capacity that almost matches that of the Ultra at 4,900 mAh. It should last almost as long as the Ultra, but we’ll see.

You can also charge all phones wirelessly, but there’s a caveat: the phones support Qi wireless charging instead of the newer, MagSafe-like Qi2, which is faster. When it comes to wired charging, Samsung claims that the S24 Ultra and the S24 Plus can charge to 65 percent in around 30 minutes using a 45W adapter. Meanwhile, the S24 can be charged up to 50 percent in the same time frame using a 25W adapter.

That’s just a glimpse at how each phone in the new lineup compares to each other. There are other differences too; for example, you can only get Wi-Fi 7 support if you buy the S24 Ultra. If you want to dive even deeper, you might want to check out all the relevant specs in the table below.

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