AI is a buzzword thrown around a lot these days and Samsung certainly hasn’t shied away from it in the new Galaxy S24 series.
In fact, the smartphone maker is making a big fuss calling it the “age of AI.”
And having tested the Galaxy S24 Ultra over the past few weeks, it’s easy to see why: there’s a lot to write home about.
The S24 series isn’t cheap, especially the top-tier Ultra we tested, and some of the key AI features won’t be exclusive forever either, so is it worth it? Read on for our full verdict.
The Ultra screams premium with its titanium body, a first for the Galaxy S series, following in the footsteps of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Titanium is stronger than regular aluminum, so your phone is less likely to suffer serious damage, especially since the screen has a new Corning Gorilla Armor glass that Samsung says is “the most scratch-resistant yet” .
While I haven’t dared to damage the S24 Ultra, this YouTube video suggests that it survives just fine.
I’m using a gray model, which is a pretty safe color but looks elegant; Other options include black, purple, yellow, blue, green and orange.
If you’re an Android fan, it really is the best of the bunch.
At 232 grams (just two grams lighter than the S23 Ultra), the smartphone fits comfortably in my hand and doesn’t feel too heavy.
The 6.8-inch screen is gorgeous, but it doesn’t change much from its predecessor, except for being much brighter.
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Samsung has gone big on features this year, and of course, it’s all in the name of AI.
As a bit of a language buff and French speaker (albeit a bit rusty), I was really looking forward to trying out the new live translation tool.
It basically translates what you hear and vice versa, so even if the other person doesn’t have an S24, they will benefit from this feature, which is pretty nifty.
However, you must be prepared and download the language first: one unexpected call from Spain without Spanish previously installed and you will have no help.
Sure enough, the AI translation works reasonably considering it’s real-time, but there were some slight errors in detecting the correct word.
All of these new advantages will surely put a strain on the battery, but I was pleasantly surprised.
You have to speak pretty clearly and for some reason he didn’t like my name…sigh.
Other than that, I think it can be of some help during the holidays, as long as there aren’t too many voices talking. At the moment, only 13 languages are supported, but there will be more in the future.
Then there’s Chat Assist, which works in all apps as long as you use the Samsung keyboard.
It also allows you to translate text but you can also change the writing style, so it will adjust the tone to make it more or less formal, for example.
I don’t really see myself using something like this that often; I don’t tend to think informally when writing an email to my editor, so I won’t need AI to make it more appropriate, but it might be somewhat useful to others.
I love AI Note Assist’s summaries that can break up long texts into a quick, enjoyable read for me.
Then there’s Circle to Search, which lets you draw literally anything you see on the screen or through your camera and it will instantly search for what it sees on Google. I used it to identify a cushion I saw and wanted, and it worked.
However, Circle to Search isn’t exclusive to the S24 or even Samsung, it’s actually a new feature from Google that just rolled out to the Pixel 8.
As for the other AI features, Samsung plans to roll them out to some newer older Galaxy S models sometime this year.
Samsung is also considering charging people for the privilege of using its collection of AI tools, although a company boss told The Sun they will remain free until at least the end of 2025.
The place where everyone is most likely to use AI features is in their photography.
There are plenty of high-quality cameras on the back, but the specs haven’t changed much from the S23 Ultra.
The real changes come behind the scenes, where artificial intelligence and software improve results, especially in things like low lighting.
I decided to try it out at the Gravesham Light Festival, where there were a lot of dimly lit environments around the illuminations.
A haunting area of dry ice and amusements captured by vibrant colors and extremely detailed objects.
It also impressed with low-light video.
Then there are the AI editing features where you can remove objects and generate what might be behind them.
In a concert photo I was able to remove the head of the person in front and replace it with the singer’s shoes; They looked nothing like the actual footwear I know she wore, but no one else would know better and it certainly improved the image. .
AI has the power.
The S24 Ultra also packs some major tech upgrades under the hood with a powerful new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip and generous 12GB of RAM that kept everything super smooth and fast.
All of these new goodies will surely put a strain on the battery, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip and larger 5000mAh battery meant it lasted into the second day with moderate use.
It’s also worth noting that Samsung has committed to providing seven years of software updates for the S24 series, so you can rest assured that your investment will last longer.
Galaxy S24 Ultra: quick information about the sun
- Fantastic camera, especially in low lighting.
- Long duration battery
- 7 years of Android software updates
- Smooth performance
- Not all AI features are exclusive and there may be a charge to retain them in the future.
- It is expensive
It’s all priced at a premium, starting at £1,249, which is a big ask for most, although Samsung’s trade-in program, where you trade in your old phone, could save you a few hundred dollars.
AI tools are great, but I don’t think I’d be willing to pay more for them.
That said, the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s impressive night-defying camera, big battery, and solid premium styling outperformed the iPhone for me.
And if you’re an Android fan, it really is the best of the bunch.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have changed since then.
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