Apple season has come and gone, Pixel week is almost upon us, and while there’s still a handful of months to go before Samsung unveils its upcoming Galaxy S24 series, it seems that there’s already a healthy amount of rumors, leaks, and speculation flooding the internet. Samsung’s Galaxy flagships never fail to steal the spotlight when it comes to Android, and it’s only logical to see folks scrambling to get whatever info they can on the unannounced devices.
It’s important to note that these leaks aren’t exactly official, since Samsung itself has not released any information on its upcoming flagship device, which is only logical. Still, what can we hope to expect once the South Korean tech giant announces its new flagship Android champion?
Refinements to Design
While Samsung has mostly stuck to using a curved display for its highend S-series (and previously, the Note series) devices, it looks like the company will go the way of the Pixel this time around, eliminating the curved display on the S24 Ultra, at least according to leaks from @OnLeaks and tech site SmartPrix. While Google finally decided to ditch curved screens on its high-end flagship, it’s not the only manufacturer to do so, as seen in the design render above. Should this prove to be true, we might see the S24 Ultra debut with “normal” flat sides instead, a big change from the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Curved screens have been a thing ever since the introduction of phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge several years ago – while Samsung originally launched its curved-display phones with unique features that made use of the edges on the screen, the feature has since been adopted by a wide range of rival manufacturers such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, Motorola, and more. It’s been rather divisive however, as critics of the feature have questioned issues regarding discoloration and the actual usability of curved-edge displays.
Additionally, there’s word that we might get a Titanium frame on the S24 Ultra, not unlike the new iPhone 15 Pro series devices. While Apple was the first to introduce Titanium on its devices, Samsung seems to be determined to follow suit and use Titanium on the S24 Ultra’s frame as well, at least according to leaker Yogesh Brar. This would signal another change from the S23 Ultra, which uses a specially-designed aluminium frame.
In addition to the new design, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is of course expected to feature Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which will hopefully be a big improvement over the current 8 Gen 2. That’s not to say that the 8 Gen 2 is a disappointment, however – it’s actually one of the best mobile SoCs that we’ve seen in a while, powering all the major flagship Android phones on the market this year, including the entire Galaxy S23 lineup.
In addition to the new Qualcomm chipset, leaks also indicate that the S24 Ultra is expected to a massive 200-megapixel main sensor, which if true will be the highest-resolution camera sensor ever in a Samsung smartphone (or any other phone for that matter). Other reports claim that Samsung is working on new display technology which will supposedly reduce power consumption and improve battery efficiency. This should be interesting to see, given the rumors of a 120Hz 6.8-inch LTPO display on the S24 Ultra.
As for its announcement, no specific launch date has been given, but there are reports that Samsung might launch its S24 series phones a bit earlier, and given that the company typically announces its S-series devices around January or February, an early January launch might be in the works. With all that being said, we have to stress that these are just leaks at the moment – nothing is of course “official” unless Samsung says so, but it’s nevertheless exciting to predict what Samsung has in store for fans next year.