It’s just a few days until Samsung launches the Galaxy S24 Ultra. It is unbelievable that we are so close to the launch date. We have our first look – or technically second look – at the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra’s live photos and they show some amazing details about this phone. But before jumping into that, let me tell you about the color shown here. It is actually called Titanium Gray. We have seen it last time as well, but that was under a different kind of lighting situation where it was kind of faded.
This is where it is properly lit and visible. And this gray color kind of reminds you of the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s titanium color, but it is much more golden compared to that, if that makes sense. Now, I have cleaned this image up a little bit so that you can see everything properly.
Now, if you look closely, then you can actually see it is the same kind of camera setup as the current Galaxy S23 Ultra, because it has the same number of cameras and almost the same sensors, but there are changes. You know that I have made several videos on them, like the new 200 MP camera with up to 2x lossless zoom, thanks to sensor crop.
This will also allow a technology called ISOCELL Zoom Anyplace that will track the subject even without moving the phone. And it will save the zoomed footage simultaneously with the WIDE perspective video that is captured from the main camera. Pretty cool, right? But we can also see the biggest camera upgrade: the 50 MP 5x zoom camera. Now, it is visible here as a periscope setup, nothing else, but this is going to be a 5x camera. It will have the same technology called sensor crop that will allow you to take 12.5 MP photos using the sensor crop technology at 10x.
So you are getting a much better 12 MP 10x photo than the last generation. Plus, it will also allow you to zoom up to 100x if you are thinking about that. Maybe better 100x than before, because this phone is all about the AI.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S24 ultra will have 8K video recording capabilities for the 5x 50MP zoom camera as well and on top of that you will be able to shoot 4K 60FPS from all the cameras and you will be able to switch lenses while recording it and then unlike the current system it will allow you to zoom up to 20 X while recording 4K 60 FPS
And if you look at the back properly, then it is clearly visible that this is a flat back panel. This phone is going to be flat from the top, the bottom, the sides, the back, the front – every single way, except the side frame will be slightly curved for a better hand grip. But that’s probably it. At the front, though, I have cleaned this image up also and we can clearly see something else. If I turn up the exposure a little bit more, then we can see that this phone has the slimmest bezels on any Samsung so far, yes. And the best part is that they are symmetrical this time at the top, the bottom, and the sides. There isn’t a chin anymore on this device. This is freaking cool.
Plus, if you look at it properly, the panel is also flat. We have seen it last time as well. Now, there might be some confusion that the bezels are curved. Yes, they are going to be slightly curved but because the bezels are thin, you are not going to notice it at all. I mean, it’s not a curved display anymore, it’s totally a flat display.
So that’s all the things that we can see from these photos. Now, let’s talk about something else that we know so far. We are hearing that the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is going to have a slightly lower clock speed for the prime core. It’s 3.3 GHz instead of 3.4 GHz for the Cortex-X4 core inside the Galaxy S24 Ultra. I don’t know why that is the case, but that’s what we are hearing.
Also, we are slowly but surely getting to know that the S24 Plus in certain markets will also be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 For Galaxy chipset like India aside from US and Canada. Which might make many people happy, though. But the S24 for the base model will be powered by the Exynos 2400 processor worldwide except US and Canada. But don’t get discouraged by that either, because in certain markets you have no other options, but you will still enjoy great performance at the peak level.
You might be wondering how the Exynos 2400 chip compares to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip in terms of performance. Well, we have some early benchmarks from Geekbench that show the results for the Galaxy S24+ and the Galaxy S24 Ultra with both chips as well as a newer results. Let’s take a look.
The Galaxy S24+ with the Exynos 2400 scores 2193 points in single-core and 6895 points in multi-core tests. This is a significant improvement from the previous scores of 2067 and 6520, respectively. The Exynos 2400 has a 10-core CPU configuration, with a high-performance Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.21 GHz, two Cortex-A720 cores at 2.9 GHz, three Cortex-A720 cores at 2.6 GHz, and four Cortex-A520 cores at 1.96 GHz. The Exynos 2400 also features the Xclipse 940 GPU based on AMD RDNA 3 architecture, which promises exceptional ray tracing capabilities for immersive gaming experiences.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scores 2297 points in single-core and 7104 points in multi-core tests. This is slightly better than the previous scores of 2234 and 6807, respectively. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has an 8-core CPU configuration, with a prime Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.4 GHz, three Cortex-A720 cores at 3.15GHz and two of the same cores at 2.96 GHz, and four Cortex-A520 cores at 2.27 GHz. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also features the Adreno 750 GPU, which supports variable rate shading and ray tracing for realistic graphics.
As you can see, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 still has the lead over the Exynos 2400 in both single and multi-core performance, but the gap is smaller than before. The Exynos 2400 looks really powerful, but we are still talking about the peak performance here. It’s not the same as the sustained performance, which depends on many factors like cooling, optimization, and software. We will have to wait for the real-life tests to see how these chips perform under sustained load.
We also have some other information about the Galaxy S24 series that you might be interested in. Samsung is reportedly launching two new fast chargers for Galaxy devices: an updated 45W charger and a 50W dual charger that can charge two devices at the same time using USB-C ports. The Galaxy S24+ and the Galaxy S24 Ultra will both support 45W fast charging, unlike the Galaxy S24, which will only support 25W max fast charging.
We also have some leaked pricing for the Galaxy S24 series in Italy, which shows the same prices as the previous leaked EU pricing. The Galaxy S24 will start at 899 euros for the base 8GB UFS 3.1 128 GB model and go up to 959 euros for the UFS 4.0 256 GB model. The Galaxy S24+ will start at 1149 euros for the base 256 GB model and go up to 1269 euros for the 512 GB model. The Galaxy S24 Ultra will start at 1449 euros for the base 256 GB model and go up to 1809 euros for the 1 TB model. That’s quite a lot of money.