Published on January 17, 2024, 2:50 pm
Samsung Unveils Galaxy S24 Series with AI Enhancements
Samsung has officially announced its latest flagship smartphone line, the Galaxy S24 series. The lineup includes the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra, with prices starting at $800, $1,000, and $1,300 respectively.
As anticipated, Samsung is placing a strong emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) in this release. While phone manufacturers have been discussing AI for nearly a decade now, the technology is predicted to become even more influential following last year’s generative AI explosion.
In the case of the S24 line, the AI enhancements primarily focus on image editing. Samsung highlights that these innovative tools make it easier for users to perform simple edits such as erasing, recomposing, and remastering photos. Additionally, Edit Suggestion uses AI to recommend suitable tweaks for each photo. For more creative control and freedom, Generative Edit employs generative AI to fill in parts of an image background. It is worth noting that any usage of generative AI during the editing process will add a digital watermark to the image and its metadata.
Another exciting feature announced in conjunction with Google is Circle for Search. This feature allows users to circle a piece of text using their finger or an S-Pen to trigger a Google search on that word or phrase. While Google typically launches these kinds of features exclusively for its Pixel devices, this collaboration marks an interesting departure from recent tradition.
Google’s Gemini Pro model will also be leveraged on the Galaxy S24 series. With this model, Samsung’s Notes, Voice Recorder, and Keyboard apps will offer improved summarization features by utilizing Gemini Pro’s advanced capabilities. Moreover, Google’s Imagen 2 text-to-image diffusion technology enables enhanced photo editing capabilities through Generative Edit within the Galaxy S24 Gallery app.
Notably, AI isn’t limited to post-production alone; it also plays a role in capturing shots, furthering the trend of computational photography. Samsung introduces “ProVisual,” a new imaging engine that is part of the Galaxy S24 series’ ProVisual Engine functionalities. This comprehensive suite of AI-powered tools aims to enhance image capture abilities and maximize creative freedom, from setting up a shot to sharing it on social media. Gone are the days of shaky and pixelated images taken from afar. The Quad Tele System on the Galaxy S24 Ultra, featuring a new 5x optical zoom lens, delivers exceptional optical-quality performance at various zoom levels, thanks to Adaptive Pixel Sensor technology.
Furthermore, the Galaxy S24 Ultra features 60% larger pixels than its predecessor, enabling better low-light shooting capabilities branded as “Nightography.” Optical image stabilization (OIS) has been enhanced to reduce blurry photos, while the image signal processor (ISP) offers improved noise processing for clearer videos in low light.
The Super HDR feature is another notable addition that allows users to experience HDR effects in real-time previews without having to wait for post-processing. Additionally, Samsung plans to open up its HDR offering to third-party app developers.
Most of these AI capabilities are made possible by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. The chip not only enables advanced AI features but also enhances camera performance, gaming experiences, ultra-fast connectivity with Wi-Fi 7, and reliable authentication with Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Gen 2 technology.
In terms of storage options, the Galaxy S24 Ultra comes in capacities of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The Galaxy S24+ offers choices between 256GB and 512GB storage options, while the standard Galaxy S24 provides either 128GB or 256GB.
Display sizes vary across the lineup: the S24 sports a 6.2-inch display, the S24+ incorporates a larger 6.7-inch display, and the S24 Ultra features a 6.8-inch display. All three models offer adaptive refresh rates for their displays, ranging from 1 to 120 Hz, and boast an impressive peak brightness of 2,600 nits. Moreover, Samsung has integrated “optically enhanced” Corning Gorilla Armor glass to improve scratch and drop resistance.
On the sustainability front, the Galaxy S24 Ultra uses metal made from 40% recycled steel and incorporates 100% recycled rare earth elements in its speakers. Additionally, at least half of the cobalt used in the device’s battery is recycled, and the packaging consists entirely of 100% recycled paper.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy S24 series are now open, with availability scheduled for the end of the month. As Samsung leads with AI enhancements in its latest flagship smartphone line, it sets a precedent that other manufacturers are likely to follow in incorporating generative AI and other AI-powered features into future device releases.