Samsung Galaxy S24-series – smarter and faster (smartphone specification comparison)

The Samsung Galaxy S24-series launch focused on its AI capabilities. Like Google, with its AI-feature-driven Pixel 8/Pro, it wants you to focus on what it can do for you versus ‘speeds and feeds’.

What is AI?

There is no doubt that AI is creeping more and more into the Android ecosystem. Things like AI camera processing, battery management, Google Lens, Gboard, Maps, Chrome, Search, RCS Messages, and more have AI underpinnings, so what makes the Samsung Galaxy S24-series that much smarter?

Well, like the Google Pixel 8/Pro, Samsung AI is powered by, you guessed it, Google Cloud. It is the first Google partner to use Google’s Deep Mind Gemini Pro and Imagen 2 Vertex. It has incorporated these AI features into its Galaxy apps – camera, phone, keyboard, etc.  That means you will need a Samsung Account and an active mobile data internet connection for any off-device processing.

Note that Samsung states, ‘Galaxy AI features will be provided free of charge until the end of 2025 on supported Samsung Galaxy devices.’ We need to know which features and what the costs will be.

While AI is the way to the future, it also needs lots of processing power and fast 5G mobile data. There will be a digital divide between the cost and capabilities of a smartphone and now an AI phone.

If you want to know more about AI, read What is AI (Artificial Intelligence), how will it affect me? (simple guide). Here is an overview What is Samsung Galaxy S24-series AI all about? We will look at Samsung’s AI in more depth during the review.

Samsung Galaxy S24, S24+ and Ultra key differences

Before you get buried in specs, there are a few fundamental differences. Ultra has:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 System-on-a-chip (SoC) – the fastest flagship processor of 2024. S24 and S24+ get the Samsung Exynos 2400 (SoC), which has different CPU, GPU, NPU and 4/5G modem performances. Reviews will show if there is a significant gap or not.
  • Titanium frame. S24/+ gets an aluminium frame.
  • Gorilla Glass Armor and S24/+ get Gorilla Glass Victus 2 screen protection and glass backs.
  • Ultra and S24+ get 12GB RAM versus S24 8GB.
  • Four rear cameras 200+50+12+10MP. S24/+ get 50+10+12.
  • Ultra/S24+ has 45W cable charge (not supplied) and S24 has 25W (not supplied)
  • Ultra/S24+ have Ultra-wide-band chips, and S24 does not.

Samsung Galaxy S24-series specifications

ItemS24 UltraS24+S24
WebsiteProduct pageProduct pageSame as S24+ – select S24
RRP 18/1/223 Excludes any pre-order pricing256GB $2199
512GB $2399
1TB $2799
256GB $1699
512GB $1899
256GB $1399 512GB $1599
ColoursRetail: Titanium Grey, Violet, Black, Yellow
Online: Titanium Blue, Green, Orange
Retail: Cobalt Violet, Onyx Black, Marble Grey, Amber Yellow
Online: Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, Sandstone Orange    
Same as S24+
Size162.3 x 79.0 x 8.6mm x 232g158.5 x 75.9 x 7.7mm x 196g147.0 x 70.6 x 7.6mm x 167g
Screen6.8”, 3120 x 1440, 8-bit/16.7m colour, 120Hz adaptive refresh, 2600 nits peak, LTPO AMOLED 2X6.7” same6.2” same
Screen protectionGorilla Glass ArmorGorilla Glass Victus 2Same
StylusYes suppliedNoSame
ProcessorQualcomm SD8 Gen 3, 4nm, 1×3.3GHz + 5×3.2GHz + 2×2.3 GHzSamsung Exynos 2400, 4nm, 1×3.2GHz + 2×2.90GHz + 3×2.60GHz + 4×2.0GHzSame
GPUAdreno 750 1GHzXclipse 940Same
Modem/4/5GSIM+eSIM X75 4×4 MIMO DSDA (Dual sim, dual active) 10/3.5GbpsSame Exynos 5300 2×2 MINO. Not sure about DSDA.
45W PD 3.0 charger not supplied.
15W Qi wireless
4.5W reverse charge
25W PD 3.0 charger not supplied. Same
CommsWi-Fi 7 BE EHT320
BT 5.3
GPS Dual
USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 OTG
Dex cable/wireless
Wi-Fi 6E AXE HE160
SoundStereo earpiece and bottom-firing speakerSameSame
Camera Rear200.0 MP + 50.0 MP + 12.0 MP + 10.0 MP50.0 MP + 10.0 MP + 12.0 MPSame
Camera Front12MPSameSame
Android14 and UI 6.1
7 x OS upgrades
7 x years of security patches
Same, but with a disclaimer, ‘ The new update policy may not apply to every Galaxy S24 model or region’.Same
AI FeaturesSubject to a review.SameSame

CyberShack’s view – Samsung Galaxy S24-series pack serious hardware and smarts

We review almost every new smartphone, and there is no doubt that the Galaxy S24 Ultra is a great device. Its differentiator to the S24/+ is the Stylus and now the Qualcomm SD8 Gen 3 (and all that means).

The S24 and S24+ are also great devices, although purists are already making SoC comparisons. On synthetic benchmarks, the Snapdragon is well ahead of the Exynos. But these benchmarks don’t relate to real-life, everyday use like phone antenna signal strength and battery life/use, which more than 70 CyberShack tests clearly show.

Google set the AI trend with its Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. Read

Will Samsung do it better? I suspect so, if only because it sells many more devices, and its owners seem happy to be locked into the Samsung ecosystem. But it is pleasing to know that both use Google Cloud and its AI smarts.

Even more pleasing is that other makers like OPPO and Motorola have AI devices ready to roll. And that non-AI smartphones and even feature phones still have a bright future for those who don’t want or cannot embrace AI.