Samsung Galaxy S24 review: petite performer

Samsung”s latest compact flagship sure looks a lot like the old one, so what’s new? Here’s everything I learned after living with it as my main device

Samsung Galaxy S24 phone held in a hand
(Image: © Luke Baker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S24 is an excellent flagship phone in a compact package. If you prefer a phone that’s a little more pocket-friendly but still wants top performance, then you won’t be disappointed. However, with very few hardware changes since last year, it’s hard to get too excited, and savvy shoppers will likely get a better deal by picking the S23.


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    Compact and portable

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    Up to 8K30 / 4K120 video recording

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    Powerful AI image editing software

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    Brighter LTPO display


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    Camera hardware is the same as the previous generation

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    Storage options are limiting

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    Charges relatively slowly

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A couple of months back, we took Samsung’s Galaxy S24 Ultra for a spin, and the top-tier flagship phone impressed on all fronts. However, not everyone wants such a massive, heavy and expensive device burdening their pocket. If you like the idea of something more compact, but don’t want to lose out on features and performance, then Samsung’s most compact flagship phone might be the one for you.

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Rear cameras50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom)
Front camera12MP f2.2 with autofocus
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 3 (US), Exynos 2400 (UK/EU)
Screen Size6.2in AMOLED FHD+ 120Hz
Storage128GB, 256GB
Colour optionsOnyx Black, Marble Grey, Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow, Jade Green, Sandstone Orange, Sapphire Blue
Dimensions147.0 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight167g (5.89 oz)
Apple iPhone 15

Apple iPhone 15
If you’re not married to the idea of an Android phone, Apple’s iPhone 15 offers very similar dimensions and also provides flagship power and top-notch photography. It does lose out on a telephoto lens, though.

Xiaomi 14

Xiaomi 14
The Xiaomi 14 is another great contender for the best compact flagship crown. It’s a little bigger, and a little more expensive, but offers a larger main sensor, faster charging, and more storage options.

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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.