Samsung wants the S24 smartphone to be smarter with AI

Samsung wants the S24 smartphone to be smarter with AI

Samsung keeps launching its flagship phones earlier and earlier. At its Unpacked event this morning, Samsung took the covers off its Galaxy S24 family of smartphones.

For anyone who has been watching the Samsung S series smartphone launches for a while, it won’t come as a surprise that there are again three flavours of the S24: the 6.2-inch Galaxy S24, the 6.7-inch S24+ and the premium 6.8-inch S24 Ultra.

Aside from screen size, there are other differences between the models too. In Australia, the S24 Ultra will be powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, while the two smaller phones come with a Samsung Exynos processor.

The S24 comes with 8GB RAM, compared to the 12GB on the S24+ and S24 Ultra models. You get IP68 water resistance across the board.

Just like in previous years, Samsung has packed the better camera experience into the S24 Ultra. The other two phones boast a three camera setup, including a 50MP f/1.8 main snapper, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra wide lens and a 10MP f/2.4 optical zoom lens up to 3x.

The S24 Ultra, meanwhile, has four cameras. It’s main lens is a 200MP f/1.7 wide angle, with a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 10MP f/2.4 3x optical zoom lens and a 50MP f/3.4 5x telephoto lens.

Circle to search being shown on a galaxy S24 device

But it’s the AI that’s special this year

2023 was the year that “AI” became part of everyday conversations, but 2024 is shaping up to be the year it actually does something.

The S24 family of cameras all come packed with neural cores, so they can use AI functions without needing to be connected to the Internet. This is important as Samsung has included a number of AI features to help the process along.

Think things like live translation, which can translate a voice call in real time between two different languages.

Or Note Assist, which will provide you with an AI-generated summary of your own notes. A Transcript Assist app also allows you to get a transcription of audio recordings on your device.

Chat Assist will allow you to rewrite your messages in different tones, or change words for you.

Then there’s “Circle to Search”, an integrated function that allows you to circle anything on the phone’s screen and it will search Google for the either the image or text in your circle.

AI also helps you edit photos

Just like Google’s Pixel 8 offers impressive AI-driven editing features, the S24 range will use the phone’s smarts to deliver better editing for all photos and videos, regardless of whether it was shot on the S24 device.

The phones offer things like Instant Slo-mo, turning any video into a slow-motion by interpolating extra frames to the video to make it look like it was shot in slow-mo.

Galaxy S24 pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S24, S24+ and S24 Ultra are all available for pre-order now, with availability on 7 February 2024.

The S24 and S24+ come in both 256GB and 512GB versions and four different colours: Amber Yellow, Cobalt Violet, Marble Grey and Onyx Black.

The S24 Ultra also has a 1TB version across its four colours: Titanium Black, Titanium Grey, Titanium Violet and Titanium Yellow.

Samsung Galaxy S24 256GB$1,399
Samsung Galaxy S24 512GB$1,599
Samsung Galaxy S24+ 256GB$1,699
Samsung Galaxy S24+ 512GB$1,899
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra 256GB$2,199
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra 512GB$2,399
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra 1TB$2,799