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Last week, Samsung introduced the S24 series of smartphones to world. If you're anything like me, you likely have been caught up in the excitement of the new phone, it's brand-new features and upgrades from previous Galaxy products.

But in an era of annual phone updates, is it worth rushing for the S24 or S24+? Let's take a look at some of the features to find out!

Hardware

There aren't many major changes when looking at the S24 & S24+ compared to the S23 & S23+. Both versions of the S24 are slightly larger than their S23 counterparts, they both feature 120hz, AMOLED screens. Though not everything is the same, there are two specific key changes in the S24 & S24+

The S24 & S24+ feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, the latest iteration of Samsung's powerful chipset. The S24+ exclusively offers a Quad HD+ resolution of 3120 x 1440 over the S24 2340 x 1080. Offering a higher resolution image on the S24+

Category S24 S24+
Operating System Android Android
Display 6.2 inches, 2340x1080 resolution 6.7 inches, 3120x1440 resolution
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Octa-core, 3.39GHz Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Octa-core, 3.39GHz
Memory 8GB RAM 12 GB RAM
Storage 128GB - 512GB 256GB - 512GB
Rear Camera 50MP, ƒ/1.8aperture, 10MP, ƒ/2.4aperture, 12MP, ƒ/2.2aperture, 50MP, ƒ/1.8aperture, 10MP, ƒ/2.4aperture, 12MP, ƒ/2.2aperture,
Front Camera 12MP, ƒ/2.2aperture, 12MP, ƒ/2.2aperture,
Ports 1x USB-C 1x USB-C
Battery 4000mAh/Wh, 4900mAh/Wh
Water Resistance IP68 IP68
Colors Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow, Onyx Black, Marble Grey, Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, Sandstone Orange Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow, Onyx Black, Marble Grey, Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, Sandstone Orange

Photography

Samsung has been a leader in mobile photography, and the S24 & S24+ are set to keep them on top… tho not because of interesting hardware changes.The only big difference between the S24 and S23 lineup is the 10-megapixel telephoto lens now can do dual telephoto shots, which will allow the phone to leverage its telephoto lens and wide-angle lens for improved picture quality.

While the S24 & S24+ don't have many photography-centric hardware changes, there are a number of impressive software features tied to photo/video capture and editing, along with interconnectivity across the Samsung user experience, and that is…

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Galaxy AI

Every time Samsung announces a new S-series of phones, they tend to focus on a key offering, the hook to draw users into upgrading. This year, it was Galaxy AI, Samsung's official foray into the AI realm, which the company says will "change how Galaxy mobile devices empower users."

We're really excited for Galaxy AI, from the photography capabilities like AI photo touchups, generative edits, and AI-enhanced stabilization to real-time translation for phone calls and inperson conversations. They will even have the ability to have Galaxy AI transcribe and summarize voice recordings on the device. These are just a few of the things Galaxy AI is set to add and improve… but there's one thing that current Galaxy users should keep in mind.

According to our friends at Engadget, Samsung has confirmed that some Galaxy AI features and capabilities will be coming to more recent Samsung devices, such as the S23 series, Zflip5 and Zfold5. While Samsung hasn't released any specific details on which features will be available or when this does mean that parts of Galaxy AI won't be exclusive to the S24 lineup.

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Verdict

Pros

  • New Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processesor
  • Impressive suite of Galaxy AI photography tools
  • Galaxy AI integration throughout the S24 experince

Cons

  • Minimal hardware changes over S23 | S23+
  • Minor photography hardware upgrades
  • Samsung is set to bring some Galaxy AI capabilities to last years devices

I've been a fan of Samsung devices for years, with my first being a Note 2 and my latest being an S23 Ultra. Samsung's won me over with the quality of their phones, and the S24 & S24+ continiue with this trend and are set to be some truly impressive phones... but this years iteration isn't convincing me to buy the latest version. There are minimal hardware changes to the S23 series, and while Galaxy AI looks to be a game changer, it's expected to come to the Z Fold5, Z Flip5, and S23 lineup.

I don't plan on ever using a non-Samsung phone, and while I'd happily recommend the S24 & S24+ to those who need a smartphone upgrade, I don't think any users with more recent releases like the S22/23 series or the iPhone 14/15 series need to rush out to pick it up, I know I won't be.

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Samsung Galaxy S24

The new Samsung flagship lineup doesn't change up their premium hardware significantly, but their software gets a big boost through AI.

Worth the Upgrade? - No

Do you agree with our S24 upgrade verdict? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. For more Samsung details, check out our Worth the Upgrade article on the S24 Ultra!

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