Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by TM
Samsung has launched the Galaxy S24 Ultra, a top-tier phone priced at $1,299, featuring a new titanium finish and advanced AI tools. This model stands out for its durability with a titanium frame, making it robust, although slightly heavier than some competitors. The 6.8-inch 1440p display maintains high resolution but opts for a flat screen, departing from the curved edges of previous models.
The phone’s camera system has undergone changes, with a notable shift to a 50-megapixel 5x zoom camera on the back. The innovative use of lossless crop zoom enhances image quality at 10x compared to the previous model. The S24 Ultra also introduces AI-powered image and video editing tools, allowing users to manipulate photos and convert videos into 120fps slow-motion after recording.
The device is equipped with various AI features, leveraging both local and cloud-based capabilities. Notably, it incorporates Google’s Gemini foundational models on-device, providing a comprehensive suite of AI perks. The AI tools extend to image and video editing, translation features, and enhancements in the voice recorder and Notes app.
One unique feature demonstrated is the ability to turn any video into a 120fps slow-motion video after recording, showcasing the device’s advanced AI capabilities. The S24 series introduces a Circle to Search feature from Google, allowing users to circle items on the screen for quick searches.
Translation features are integrated into phone calls and text conversations, supporting 13 languages. The keyboard app suggests text based on the context, making conversations more casual or professional as needed. The voice recorder now offers live transcriptions with speaker labels and translation capabilities.
Samsung plans to bring these AI capabilities to previous models, including the S23-series phones and the Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 in the future. The Galaxy S24 Ultra boasts a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chipset in all regions, with the S24 and S24 Plus limited to the US. Wi-Fi 7 support enhances connectivity.
Despite its advanced features, the S24 series lacks Qi2 wireless charging, sticking to plain-old Qi. However, Samsung compensates for this by joining Google in offering seven years of OS upgrades, including security updates, providing long-term value for users.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra is available for preorders, starting at $1,299 for 256GB, with shipments commencing on January 31st. The device aims to provide a high-end experience with durability, advanced AI capabilities, and an extended support period.