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Samsung Galaxy S24+ and S24 review: Better with AI

Samsung Galaxy S24+ and S24 review: Better with AI

Samsung Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24+ and S24 phones are smarter, and more helpful than before, thanks to several new AI-powered software features. The design, though, remains largely the same, and there are only minor hardware upgrades. Notably, the screens are now brighter, while the Samsung Exynos 2400 chip — found in the S24+ and S24 in most markets, including Singapore — is actually competitive with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 that's used by the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Overall, these are great flagship Android smartphones that caters to the masses rather than smartphone enthusiasts.

Quick specs

  • S24: 6.2-inch, S24+: 6.7-inch, both: Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (2,340 x 1,080 pixels for S24, 3,120 x 1,440 pixels for S24+, 1 to 120Hz refresh rate, 2,600 nits peak brightness)
  • Exynos 2400 with 8GB of memory (S24), 12GB of memory (S24+)
  • S24: 4,000mAh, 25W wired charging, S24+: 4,900mAh, 45W wired charging
  • Cameras: 50MP, 10MP telephoto (3x optical), 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP front

We have talked about the new Galaxy AI software features in our Galaxy S24 Ultra review. I also mentioned my top three here. Suffice to say, these AI features aren't exactly groundbreaking. Many are similar to the ones on the Pixel 8 phones. They are mostly useful, and work well enough. But outside of these software features, which may eventually come to the S23 phones, the Galaxy S24+ and S24 appear near identical to their predecessors. The screens are marginally larger (up by 0.1 inches), and the side rails are now almost entirely flat. It feels as if Samsung has now fully embraced the flat design popularised by the iPhone. But I don't mind since these phones feel slick and polished, without any hard edges or corners. My palms did often touch the bottom of the screen by accident while typing. I didn't use a case, though.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
From left to right: S24, S24+, S24 Ultra. Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

The screens are also much brighter, and top out at 2,600 nits. In addition, the refresh rate now switches between 1 and 120Hz — like the display on the Ultra. But it gets even better for the S24+. Its screen can now switch up to QHD+ resolution from FHD+. Or you can set it lower to HD+ in the settings. However, there's no such option for the S24. On the camera front, the S24+ and S24 have the same camera hardware as their predecessors. Unsurprisingly, photos shot in the day looked good with lots of detail and contrast. Night photos also get a brightness boost, and wasn't as noisy as some other phones. But the fun part here is the AI-enhanced photo editor. You can erase, resize, or move objects in the photo. The AI will also make suggestions, like removing reflections or remastering it, depending on the photo.

Samsung Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24
Circle to Search is especially handy for searching images. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Samsung has switched back to its in-house Exynos 2400 chip after picking Qualcomm for the S23 series. I was a bit wary given my experience with previous Exynos processors. But the new processor looks good so far. Performance has been competitive with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 used in the S24 Ultra. In fact, the S24+ is equal to the Ultra in Geekbench 6 with a single-core score of 2,132 compared with 2,094 (Ultra). The same goes for the multi-core (6,765 vs 6,637). The S24 also performed similarly. In 3DMark's Wild Life Extreme stress test, the S24+ produced a score of 13,668, though this declined by around 40% with subsequent runs due to thermal issues. The phone was moderately warm, peaking at 46 degrees Celsius in this benchmark.

The battery capacity for the S24+ and S24 have increased slightly, perhaps to account for the brighter screens. In any case, you should comfortably get a full day out of these phones. I mostly used the S24+, which typically had around 40 to 50% battery in the evening. In PCMark's battery life test, the S24+ lasted 11hr 13min, which is an hour short of the S24 Ultra. The S24 clocked 9hr 37min, which is still good. Disappointingly, the wired charging speeds are unchanged. It's the same sluggish 25W for the S24, and 45W for the S24+. These figures pale in comparison with other Android smartphones, though I guess Samsung is benchmarking itself against the similarly-slow iPhone. Overall, it seems as if Samsung has decided to focus solely on AI this year, with only incremental hardware upgrades for its flagship phones.

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The Samsung Galaxy S24 starts from S$1,288 (256GB). That's a S$100 hike for the base model, but you're paying for the larger storage (256GB instead of 128GB previously). Meanwhile, the base price (and the base storage) of the Galaxy S24+ remains unchanged at S$1,528 for the 256GB version. Personally, I prefer the larger S24+ for the display, and battery life. But the Ultra is the one to get if you don't mind its size, and price. Get them now from Shopee (S24+, S24), and Lazada (S24+, S24). As is often the case, Samsung sells several exclusive colours only at its official store.

Note: Review unit provided by Samsung.


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