Redefining Galaxy S24 Series: Competition and Performance on January 18th
Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S24 Series, has had a 5K render leaked ahead of its official launch next year. Samsung is going to use a top-end flagship with the Snapdragon, while the base model of the Galaxy S24 will get the Exynos.
Galaxy S24 Series Highlights
We now have a good idea of the design of the device. It looks quite similar to this year’s Galaxy S23 Series. There are some subtle changes, but the overall design remains the same.
|Samsung||Galaxy S24 | SM-S9210||Galaxy S24+ | SM-S9260||Galaxy S24 Ultra | SM-S9280|
|Codename||Muse 1||Muse 2||Muse 3|
|Screen||6.2″, LTPO FHD+ resolution, 2500 nits (peak) 1Hz to 120Hz||6.7″, LTPO QHD+ resolution, 2500 nits (peak) 1Hz to 120Hz||6.8″, LTPO QHD+ resolution, 2500 nits (peak) 1Hz to 120Hz|
|Build||Aluminum alloy||Aluminum alloy||Titanium Frame|
|Dimension||147 x 70.6 x 7.6mm, 233g||158.5 x 75.9 x 7.75 mm, 195g||162.3 x 79 x 8.7mm, 233g|
|Processor||Exynos (4nm) /Snapdragon (3nm, and 4nm) Xclipse 940 GPU, 4 nm LPP+, LPDDR5X RAM UFS 4.0 14.7x faster AI, and 70% faster CPU | 10-Core CPU with a Cortex-X4 at 3.1GHz||Exynos (4nm) /Snapdragon (3nm, and 4nm) Snapdragon 8 Gen based on TSMC N4P||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (3nm, and 4nm, codename pineapple) 1+3+2+2 CPU configuration|
|Configuration||Base: 8/128GB Max: 2TB|
|Camera||10MP 3x telephoto 50MP 1/2.52” sensor 0.7µm px 5x optical zoom 200MP ISOCELL HP2SX 1/1.3” (4-in-1 and 16-in-1 pixel binning)|
|Camera-Feature||Super Quad Phase Detection autofocus|
|Weight||233g (1g lighter, 233g)|
|Battery||5,000mAh Stacked Battery|
|Software||OneUI 6.1, Google Assistant with Bard|
Even the key specifications of the device have surfaced online. As always, the hardware on the device will be high-end, featuring a UWB antenna on the side panel below the volume key. When it comes to the display, the device will come with a dynamic 2x display featuring a 120Hz refresh rate.
This year, Samsung will maintain healthy competition in the processor market, which is usually dominated by Qualcomm. Samsung continues to narrow down the gap between the hardware and software of the device, where Apple has been dominating the Android market for several years.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Unpacked Event
The Galaxy S24 Series is expected to debut in January, and this time around, the event could be held in the United States, specifically in San Francisco, California, which is near Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.
Reportedly, Samsung is expected to announce the device early in January, most probably on January 18th, during the Unpacked Event, instead of announcing it on February 1st, 2023. Notably, this early date doesn’t align with the timing of the annual consumer electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas, which in 2024 will be running from January 9th through January 12th. But that doesn’t come as a surprise, as CES has never really been about phones.
Galaxy S24 Series with AI-Powered Assistant
Google has recently announced Google’s Assistant with Bard. This feature is available on the Pixel 8 Series. This new generational AI feature is said to offer the latest assistant with Bard. It is capable of handling multiple tasks, such as setting alarms and generating intelligent AI responses at the hardware level. It can help users plan a trip, prepare an itinerary, create a grocery list with ingredients for a specific number of people, and pull up missed emails. Additionally, this new assistant also works with image cues, apart from voice-to-text.
This won’t be limited to the tensor-powered pixel. Samsung’s Galaxy S24 will be the first to have the Assistant with Bard. The company will be rolling out the Assistant with Bard to select testers shortly, and it will be an opt-in experience within Google Labs, similar to the Search Generative Experience (SGE). Not only that, but the Assistant with Bard on Android and iOS mobile devices is coming in the coming months.
Google has a history of making exclusive features available only on Pixel smartphones, but eventually, they become available on other smartphones. With the APK teardown, Google might limit the Assistant with Bard experience to some phones at first, but it will be made available with future Android updates, expanding this feature to other devices.
One UI 6.1 to Get AI Performance Boost
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Series will get the Android 14-based One UI 6.1, which is said to boost AI performance. This means there will be new AI features, and the virtual assistant Bixby will receive increased focus.
Reportedly, Samsung is also developing its own generational AI, which will be integrated into Bixby. Undoubtedly, this will make the Galaxy S24 Series impressively fast across the board, but we have to wait for the launch in comparison to its peers.
Galaxy S24 Plus Benchmark
Samsung’s Galaxy S23+ appeared on the Geekbench Benchmark database with the SM-S926B model number, which is rumoured to be equipped with the Exynos 2400 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM and bundled with 256/512GB of onboard storage. The device is running Android 14, and the results show 2067 points in the single-core test and 6520 points in the multi-core test on Geekbench.
Samsung Foundry will handle the manufacturing of the SoC, which features a 4nm architecture and implements AI-based functionalities in its latest SoC. This will allow Samsung Business to manage costs and potentially negotiate better prices with Samsung. On the other hand, Samsung is not completely skipping the Exynos for the second time in a row. Instead, Samsung will offer the Exynos 2400 SoC model on the standard Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ bases.
Samsung has been developing Exynos SoCs for over a decade. Samsung is the second company, after Apple, capable of producing processors. However, due to the complex engineering challenges involved, it makes more sense for mobile brands to outsource chips to Qualcomm and MediaTek. Samsung’s Exynos 2400 SoC offers notable improvements over the older Exynos 2200 SoC in terms of both general performance and AI performance.
The split in chip options could potentially sway consumers towards opting for the Snapdragon model. Previous Exynos SoCs have been criticised for their performance and heating issues. Samsung officially unveiled the new processor, the Exynos 2400, during the 2023 SLSI Tech Day event. Samsung promises 70% faster CPU performance and up to 14.7% faster AI processing compared to the Exynos 2200. The new SoC is likely built on the new 4nm LPP+ process and features a 10-core CPU, with the prime one being Cortex-X4 at 3.1GHz. Additionally, it is combined with LPDDR5X RAM, UFS 4.0 storage, and a new Exynos 5300 modem.
Samsung is probably going to use titanium for the build of the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus, although it may source titanium from third-party vendors. Overall, the device would be less likely to bend or break if dropped, and it would also be more resistant to scratches and dents.
Galaxy S24 Ultra Benchmark
The Galaxy S24 Ultra is set to receive notable performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC (codename Pineapple). This SoC is expected to be incredibly fast, surpassing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Galaxy S23 Ultra. It has appeared on Geekbench’s CPU benchmark database with the SM0928U model number, revealing early benchmark results. This is the second time Samsung has opted for Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon instead of its own Exynos for its high-end, performance-oriented smartphone.
According to the early benchmark, the Galaxy S24 Ultra achieved 2,234 points in the single-core test and 6,807 points in the multi-core test. This includes a single Cortex-X4 CPU core, 3 Cortex-A720 CPU cores, 2 Cortex-A720 CPU cores, and 2 Cortex-A520 CPU cores.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra will exclusively use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC, while the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus will have both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and the Exynos 2400 SoC, depending on the region. The SoC will be paired with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage based on UFS 4.0. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be the first processor in an Android smartphone to use a 3nm architecture. Currently, Apple’s A17 Pro SoC on the iPhone 15 is the only 3nm SoC available in the consumer market. Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC will be unveiled at the Snapdragon Summit on October 24th.
Even though there will be 2TB of storage and the Qualcomm Powered Soc to be released in all markets, the device itself is said to come with a 6.81” AMOLED display featuring a flat design, Quad HD+ resolution, and a 120 Hz refresh rate. It will have 2500 nits of peak brightness and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. 3C certification has also revealed that the device will offer 45W fast charging. The Galaxy S24 Ultra will feature a 50MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom.
These benchmarks for the device are still in a very early stage and still need further optimization. Furthermore, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is expected to receive a camera upgrade with a new 50MP lens with a 4x periscope lens and a 10MP sensor for the zoom lens. Additionally, the Galaxy S24 Ultra will have a titanium build for a more premium feel, dropping the aluminium chassis and making the device lighter. The price of the device is also expected to have a possible price hike for the entire lineup. Despite titanium being heavier than aluminium, Samsung claims to have found a way to make the Galaxy S24 Ultra lighter than its predecessor. Titanium is also a strong and durable material that offers better resistance to bending, breaking, scratches, and dents compared to aluminium.
In addition to this, Samsung is also going to release the Galaxy Ring Health tracker alongside the Galaxy S24 Series during the Unpacked event. This event will also present Samsung with a fresh opportunity to show off its anticipated XR headset. Since the details about the Galaxy S24 Series are not confirmed yet, it is advisable to take them with a grain of salt and wait for some confirmation.
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