Everything Samsung Announced at Its Galaxy Unpacked 2024 Event

Everything Samsung Announced at Its Galaxy Unpacked 2024 Event

  18 Jan 2024

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Key Takeaways

  • Samsung unveiled the flagship Galaxy S24 Ultra and its less expensive siblings, the S24 and S24+.
  • Besides high-end hardware, the S24 lineup packs cutting-edge software features like Galaxy AI and Google’s Circle to Search.
  • Samsung teased a health-focused smart ring before ending the Galaxy Unpacked event.

As expected, Samsung showcased its flagship smartphone lineup for 2024 at its Galaxy Unpacked event in January. On top of that, the company focused on AI during the event and teased a new product it’s working on. We’ll discuss them all below.

1. The Galaxy S24 Ultra

The Galaxy S24 Ultra is Samsung’s flagship smartphone for 2024 and will compete against the likes of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Google Pixel 8 Pro with its cutting-edge hardware.

For starters, the Galaxy S24 Ultra sports an updated design with sharp corners and flat edges, ditching the curved sides of its predecessors. The side rails are made of titanium instead of aluminum, just like the iPhone 15 Pro models.

Camera-wise, Samsung has ditched the 10x 10MP telephoto lens from the S23 Ultra for a new 5x 50MP telephoto lens. This makes sense, as a 5x telephoto lens is more useful in real-life scenarios. The rest of the camera hardware is identical to its predecessor.

It’s powered by the 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, so even though it packs the same 5,000 mAh battery, Qualcomm’s claimed 20-25 percent efficiency gains could allow it to last a bit longer.

The S24 Ultra will be available in four standard colors from January 31, 2024: Titanium Gray, Titanium Black, Titanium Violet, and Titanium Yellow. Pricing starts at $1,299.99 for the 256GB model with 12GB of RAM. You can find more exclusive color options like Titanium Green, Titanium Blue, and Titanium Orange on Samsung’s S24 Ultra order page.

2. The Galaxy S24 and S24+

If you don’t want to splurge on the top-of-the-line Galaxy S24 Ultra or want a slightly more compact phone, the S24 and S24+ are excellent value-for-money options.

Compared to their predecessors, the S24 and S24+ feature slightly thinner bezels, resulting in screen sizes of 6.2 and 6.7 inches, respectively. The sides have been flattened out, which resembles modern iPhones.

The displays are better on both models, as they can go up to 2,600 nits, just like the S24 Ultra. The bigger S24+ also gets the same QHD screen as the top-of-the-line variant.

Nothing has changed on the camera side of things, as these models pack the same hardware as the last-generation models. However, it’s powered by the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip as the S24 Ultra, so you can expect up to 30% faster performance as Qualcomm claims.

Both models also pack a slightly bigger battery than the previous year’s counterparts, at 4,000mAh for the S24 and 4,900mAh for the S24+.

Like the S24 Ultra, the S24 and S24+ will also be available in four standard colors from January 31, 2024: Onyx Black, Marble Gray, Cobalt Violet, and Amber Yellow. Samsung’s S24 purchase page offers the exclusive color options Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, and Sandstone Orange. Pricing starts at $799.99 for the S24 and $999.99 for the S24+.

The S24 starts at 128GB of storage and comes with only 8GB of RAM, whereas the S24+ starts at 256GB of storage and gets 12GB of RAM like the S24 Ultra.

Samsung’s flagship smartphones for 2024 are powered by artificial intelligence. “Galaxy AI” is Samsung’s fancy term for this; you’ll notice its presence in stock apps like Voice Recorder, Notes, Photos, Messages, and Phone.

For instance, in the Phone app, Galaxy AI can translate and transcribe phone calls in real-time for both participants. Samsung is confident enough in this feature that you can mute the other person’s voice so you only hear the AI-translated audio.

In the Notes app, Galaxy AI can generate summaries of your notes, fix typos, translate the text, and automatically format the content into bullet points. Galaxy AI can also transcribe, translate, and summarize your recordings in the Voice Recorder app.

Galaxy AI is also neatly tucked away in the Gallery app. You can use it in the photo editor to move or remove objects from an image, similar to Google’s Magic Editor, which is one of the most underrated features of the Pixel 8. To access Galaxy AI, all you need to do is tap the sparkles icon in any of these apps.

The Galaxy S24 lineup also gets Google’s Circle to Search feature, which allows you to long-press the Home button and search for anything displayed on your screen. For example, you can tap or circle an object on the screen to quickly look it up on Google.

4. The Galaxy Ring

Galaxy Ring showcased at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event

Towards the end of the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung announced that it is working on a smart ring, dubbed the Galaxy Ring. Although Samsung didn’t share any further details on this product, you can expect it to compete against popular smart rings like Oura and Ultrahuman.

In 2024, it seems that Samsung is heavily relying on AI to push its products forward, just as Google did with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in 2023. Regardless, the Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra pack all the high-end hardware you’d expect from a smartphone in their price range.

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