Samsung Galaxy S24 series: first impressions

Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series handsets may look very familiar, but internal tweaks and AI-powered smarts may just give them the edge they need

Samsung Galaxy S24 series of phones next to one another
(Image: © Luke Baker / Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S24 series phones look a lot like their predecessors, but that’s no bad thing. Following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung is working to refine its flagship smartphones to perfection, and the S24 series might be the closest it has come so far. This year, a lot of the focus is on AI software enhancements, and these phones are packed with AI-powered productivity tools and image-editing tricks. The camera hardware is essentially unchanged, with only the S24 Ultra’s telephoto camera getting a proper upgrade, but with image processing this powerful, the S24 series may prove how little the hardware matters in 2024.


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    New 50MP telephoto camera with a larger sensor

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    Up to 4K 120fps video recording

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    Amazing AI-powered image editing tools


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    Most camera hardware is the same as the previous generation

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    Exynos processors in the S24 and S24+ may lag behind the Ultra

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Samsung’s hotly anticipated trio of flagship smartphones for 2024 have arrived right on schedule. They’re almost guaranteed to be some of the best Android phones of the year, and we couldn’t wait to see what the next generation has in store.

As was the case with the S23 series, and the S22 series before that, the S24 lineup sports a familiar look and feel. At a glance, it might be hard to tell that anything has changed at all. However, thankfully, there’s a lot more going on with these devices than first meets the eye – and there are upgrades to get excited about in almost every area.

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S24 Ultra rear cameras200MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom), 50MP periscope (5x zoom)
S24 / S24+ rear cameras50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom)
Front camera12MP
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy (S24 Ultra) / Exynos 2400 for Galaxy (S24/S24+)
Screen Size6.8in QHD+ (S24 Ultra) / 6.7in QHD+ (S24+) / 6.2in FHD+ (S24)
Storage128GB (S24 only), 256GB, 512GB, 1TB (S24 Ultra Only)
Battery5000mAh (S24 Ultra) / 4900mAh (S24+) / 4000mAh (S24)
S24 / S24+ colorsOnyx Black, Marble Grey, Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow (others exclusive to
S24 Ultra colorsTitanium Black, Titanium Gray, Titanium Violet, Titanium Yellow

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Luke Baker
Freelance Writer

Luke is a freelance tech journalist who has been working in consumer electronics for over a decade. His specialties include cameras, drones, computing, VR, and smartphones. Previously Features Editor at Pocket-lint, Luke can now be found contributing reviews and features to a variety of tech publications, as well as running a YouTube channel called Neon Airship in his spare time.