The Samsung Galaxy S23 line may only hit the market in February 2023, but that hasn’t stopped us from looking forward to what the Samsung Galaxy S24 might bring to the mobile table next year.
Samsung’s latest flagships are three of the best phones money can buy right now (read our Samsung Galaxy S23 review, Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus review, and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review to find out why), and early signs suggest that the next few entries in the label’s popular S series will continue. The brand pushes the boundaries of mobile photography performance and battery life.
Naturally, we’re still far away from the release of the Samsung Galaxy S24 and its siblings, but nevertheless we’ve put together this one-stop shop guide to all the latest news and rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S phones.
Samsung Galaxy S24: release date
Given that Samsung only lifted the lid on the Galaxy S23 line, we don’t expect to see the brand’s Galaxy S24 smartphones released until 2024. However, we can make an educated guess about when these devices might appear.
Samsung debuted its Galaxy S23 phones in Galaxy Unpacked in February, with the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra all on sale from February 17th. The Samsung Galaxy S22 range was unveiled around the same time last year, so we’re expecting next year’s Galaxy Unpacked event — which will likely fall in either January or February — to host the launch of the Galaxy S24 line.
It should be noted that we don’t know yet if Samsung will once again launch three Galaxy models in the S24 line – the vanilla S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra. The company has stuck to a strategy of launching a 3D every year since 2020, but The Elec reports that Samsung may be preparing to drop the Plus variant due to “polarization of the flagship product market” and “the stagnation of the entire smartphone market.”
Samsung Galaxy S24: Price
Needless to say, but since we don’t even know which phones will definitely make it to the Samsung Galaxy S24 line, there’s no word yet on Galaxy S24 pricing.
Using this year’s Galaxy S23 phones as a marker, we can safely assume that the vanilla S24, S24 Plus (which may not arrive at all) and S24 Ultra will cost at least $799.99 / £849 / AU$1,349, AU$999.99 / £ £1,049 US / AU$1,649 and $1,199.99 / £1,249 / AU$1,949, respectively.
Samsung Galaxy S24: news and specifications
If Elec’s claims above about the lack of a Galaxy S24 Plus are to be believed, you’ll likely have to choose between the Galaxy S24’s 6.1-inch screen and the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s 6.8-inch screen (and that’s assuming these phones adopt the same display sizes as their predecessors).
Unless Samsung rocks the boat, we’d expect the vanilla model to stick with the S23’s 120Hz AMOLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels), with the S24 Ultra sporting the S23 Ultra’s gloriously dynamic AMOLED 2X panel (1440 x 3088 pixels), as well as a dynamic refresh rate that can range between 1 Hz and 120 Hz. That could go up to 144Hz this time around.
Interestingly, the actual appearance of both phones may be very different from what we are used to. Samsung recently appointed Hubert H. Lee, the former chief design officer at Mercedes-Benz, to lead its smartphone and smartwatch design division from 2023 onwards, so the S24 and S24 Ultra may deviate from the recent Galaxy S models in terms of aesthetics.
Under the hood, both phones will almost certainly be running Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon chipset, which looks set to be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 come 2024. Each model in the Galaxy S23 line runs a customized version of Qualcomm’s already-amazing Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, so from The Galaxy S24 and S24 Ultra are likely to be more powerful than their predecessors.
In fact, a recent leak suggests that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be significantly faster than the 8 Gen 2, with a Galaxy-specific chipset released to beat the upcoming Apple A17 Bionic “on paper”. In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S24 and its larger siblings could be faster than the popular iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra (although those speed gains are likely to be minimal).
Snapdragon gen 3 really powerful Bigger leap compared to last gen Obviously the major contributor was the armament itself, especially the X4 and 1,4,3 configi, as it is thought almost certain that the gen3 for galaxy will beat the frequency of 17 bionic “on paper” up to 3.7 + gigahertz mobileMarch 3, 2023
For a more granular, dropout RGcloudS Claims that the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will boast two high-performance Cortex-X4 cores clocked at 3.7GHz, four low-frequency cores, and three efficiency-focused cores. For comparison, the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has a clock speed of 3.2GHz, which means its successor looks about 15% more powerful.
It’s currently unclear if the Galaxy-specific version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be faster, but 3.7GHz is nonetheless a significant increase over the S23’s 3.36GHz clock speed.
As for the phone’s cameras, tipster Ice Universe claims that Samsung will replace the S23 Ultra’s telephoto sensor with a “new solution” on the S24 Ultra, while the phone’s main camera will “remain the same.”
The Galaxy S24 Ultra is expected to replace the proximity sensor and adopt a new solution. I think the main camera will remain the same or change a little.December 28, 2022
Recently, another tweet From RGcloudS it is suggested that the S24 Ultra will adopt a “Gen4 optics” zoom camera design to “significantly improve” the phone’s zoom capabilities.
In practical terms, that could mean a wider 2.5-2.9 aperture and 150x digital zoom capability on the S24 Ultra, offering better low-light performance than its predecessor and beating out its already impressive 100x space zoom capabilities.
There’s been no word yet on the camera setup for the standard Samsung Galaxy S24, but the headline-grabbing photography tech is almost always reserved for the high-end phones in Samsung’s Galaxy series.