Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features

REVIEW: S24 Ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment

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Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the S24 Ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features

The Galaxy S24 Ultra brought improvements and there is a lot to talk about it. Starting with the various artificial intelligence resources integrated into the system and without using the internet to work — the process is done on the device itself, thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor.

Another big news and surprise, since it was not leaked it's 7 years of updating the Android promised by Samsung. In 2022 it had already promised 4 years of updates for the S22 line + 1 year of security updates, and now it has gone further, something that only the Google offers in the Pixel line.

There is also an advance for those who publish a lot in Instagram e Snapchat. One of the main reasons people prefer iPhone to devices Android is the fact that the images published on Instagram through the devices Apple Lossless Audio CODEC (ALAC), be better than other smartphones, and this could be the end of this reign. Now images published on Insta and Snapchat are in native resolution, the result of a partnership between Samsung with both companies.

There's a lot to talk about and explore, come see everything I found about the South Korean's top-of-the-line device.

Design

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
The flat design made it prettier, in my opinion. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

A Samsung You got it right, he's very pretty! It is definitely a great combination of design and technology. The feeling you get when holding it is that you have a work of art in your hand. As incremental as the differences may seem compared to previous Ultra models, the improvements that were made resulted in the best result here in the S24 Ultra. We no longer have a bulging screen on the sides, now it is straight And very welcome, it makes it better to view the content. It's a matter of taste, but it looks prettier in my opinion.

Side by side, what has changed compared to the S23 Ultra? Be yourself.

Coincidence or not, after the iPhone 15 Pro (which we already have a review of) Adopting titanium in its construction, the S24 is made of the same material on the sides. The justification is to offer greater resistance and durability and reduce weight. The front is covered by Gorilla Glass Armor while the rear is Gorilla Glass. But the Samsung device uses Grade titanium 2, a material that is less resistant than the Grade alloy 5 employed in iPhone 15 Pro. It could be metal on the back too, in addition to helping to dissipate heat, it eliminates the fear of breaking when dropped.

It's a large cell phone, measuring 162.3 x 79 x 8.6 mm, weighing 232 grams. By way of comparison, the From Fold 3 It weighs a little more, at 271 grams. If you have small hands, you may have a little difficulty using it with just one hand, and its weight may bother you after long periods of time supported by your little finger. It was launched in 7 colors and the model I tested is gray, but there are black, purple, yellow, blue, green and orange versions.

The cameras are protruded from the body of the device and wrapped in a metallized ring that adds extra charm. At the bottom are the S-Pen, audio output, the USB-C 3.2 connection, as well as the drawer that houses up to 2 chips (nano-SIM) and no, it does not accept internal memory expansion via microSD card, unfortunately.

It's one of the few devices that you look at from any angle and see beauty.

It's always worth remembering, it is IP68 certified against water and dust, you can leave it in water at 1.5m for around 30 minutes, according to the manufacturer.

Fabric

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
The images on the screen are lush. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Although the Samsung Having not explored this in its promotional materials, the screen brought an advance compared to the main models: the anti-reflective protection is the best on the market. I didn't know I needed an anti-glare screen as good as the S24 Ultra's until I tested it. See below the comparison with other models for you to understand.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Now the screen behaves less like a mirror, and you can see the contents of it better. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

And you may wonder: why is this important? Well, if you use a dark theme, having a screen that reflects less helps you see its content better. Watching movies, series and consuming content in general is also better, as you see more of what is being shown, and fewer reflections.

Furthermore, the screen glass is also more resistant. I've been in situations where previous models would have easily scratched the screen, but the S24 remains undamaged and clearly eliminates the need for screen protectors.

A Samsung has always brought very high quality screens to its devices premium and almost everything remains the same as the S23 Ultra: 6.8 inch screen, resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels, refresh rate of 120Hz, but what changed was the maximum brightness, which jumped from 1.750 nits for 2600 nits. This means you'll get clearer images outdoors or in brightly lit environments.

Screen Specifications:

  • Dynamic LTPO AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 2600 nits panel
  • 6.8 inches (represents 88.5% of the front of the device)
  • Resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels (505 ppi) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Armor

The screen offers extremely high viewing angles with accurate color reproduction, regardless of the ambient lighting. Speaking of which, readability is greater in very bright environments thanks to the 2.600 nits brightness level.

Anyway, any type of content is very beautiful to be enjoyed on this screen.

Cameras

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
It's a spectacular set of cameras. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

The fourth camera in the Ultra line releases the photographer within you and is the main asset of this device.

Compared to last year's model, the rear cameras had a lens “downgrade”, with the loss of the 10x Telephoto, compensated with a larger 50MP sensor upgrade. The choice appears to be correct due to the Samsung, as tests indicate that there was no loss of quality in Zoom, while at the same time there is an increase in image quality.

The photos are taken with HDR by factory setting in the ultra HDR format of the Google. Samsung partnered with the Instagram and the Snapchat so photos and videos are published in native quality, so what you see in the gallery will finally be what your followers see too.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Rich detail, depth and solid colors are captured by the S24 Ultra. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

HDR+ works very well balancing the bright areas with the darker areas. You can capture images with great colors, rich details and contrast, without blowing out bright areas when focusing on dark regions of the scene.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
The S24 Ultra takes photos rich in details, colors and contrast Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Daytime photos, in brightly lit environments, look like paintings.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Having a cell phone with a good optical zoom allows you to make unique records. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Portrait mode continues to do a great job. See Bytes, Showmetech's mascot. Even with his hair, the cell phone managed to separate the background from the foreground without looking too artificial.

The Ultra line has a laser sensor to help with focusing, but I confess that in my tests it left something to be desired. It was supposed to make the process faster and more precise, but for objects around 20 centimeters it wasn't so good.

Another thing I noticed is that when changing the resolution of the photos, the cell phone records better brightness in higher resolutions, and it was supposed to be the opposite in theory, since it supposedly adds 4 pixels to create one with more brightness.

5x zoom – iPhone 15 Pro Max x Galaxy S24 Ultra

We compared the zoom on the main cell phones in the Apple Lossless Audio CODEC (ALAC), e Samsung, see for yourself the differences between each person’s records. Both devices have an optimal maximum zoom of 5 times.

10x zoom – iPhone 15 Pro Max x Galaxy S24 Ultra

Unfortunately, the ultra line lost the 10x optical zoom, but according to Samsung, the artificial intelligence present in the device manages to do an improvement job and compensates for the “downgrade".

100x zoom

It is a feature that exists, but still needs to be improved. It can be useful in some situations, but don't expect exuberant photos like the others the device is capable of taking. But yeah, it's impressive to be able to do that.

I lived in a building and whenever I cooked I saw people standing on top of the balcony of another building that was about 300 meters from mine. They always stood still, always! With the 100x Zoom I discovered that they weren't people.

What I saw with the zoom of my S22:

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
S22 Zoom. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

What I discovered with the S100 Ultra's 24x zoom:

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
100x zoom of the S24 Ultra Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Photos at night

It's sinister what cell phones are capable of doing at night, especially in outdoor environments with low light. On one side we have what I could see, and on the other what the cell phone recorded with night mode active.

Indoor environments and with some amount of light, the results are even better, with little graininess, check it out:

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Pro mode at night

If you know how to configure the ISO, exposure time and other items in Pro mode, you can even take photos like this:

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features

For you to try it out, I set the ISO to 1600 and the exposure to 30 seconds. Place your cell phone on a tripod and activate the timer (so as not to shake the device when pressing to take the photo). It is essential that the sky is not covered and that you are not in a big city. The more isolated, the better.

Ah, still about the Pro mode, it works on the 4 rear cameras and the front. Unlike some old devices that didn't work with the ultrawide camera.

Rear camera specifications:

  • 200 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.3″, 0.6µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • 50 MP, f / 3.4, 111mm (telephoto periscope), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
  • 10 MP, f/2.4, 67mm (telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Super Steady video
  • Records videos in 8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 1080p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS

Regarding videos, the S23 brought super optical stabilization to videos and it continues here. You know those blurs in videos? So, the work that the optical lens does stabilizing is surreal, the videos are very stable. Still on videos, I missed super slow motion, which records videos at 960fps.

Frontal camera

Photos with the front camera are a little better than those of the S23 Ultra, with the camera knowing how to blur the background better when taking portraits.

Natural skin tones, good detail, vivid colors and portrait mode highlight the foreground well from the background, giving the feeling that it is a natural effect, not a software one.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features

Front camera specs

  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Dual video calling, Auto-HDR, HDR10+
  • Records videos in 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

processor and hardware

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy is the most powerful processor currently available for Android. Image: Disclosure/Qualcomm

O Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Qualcomm brought several very interesting new features and in the S24 line launched in Brazil, only the Ultra contains it the S24 and S24+ got the Exynos 2400, from its own Samsung. The two companies repeated the partnership and here we have Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy, a version that did not have the differences officially presented.

Thanks to the processor, the device is capable of live translations, photo editing with artificial intelligence, significant improvements in night photos through AI, in addition to giving the S24 Ultra compatibility with Wi-Fi 7, Ray Tracing and other features .

The device sent to me heats up a lot, whether playing games like Asphalt9, but especially while charging at 45W. Two other people I know who have the S24 Ultra have not complained about this, not even while charging at full power. I didn't test the S23 Ultra, but according to a friend's report, even with intense use while charging, the device doesn't get very hot.

It is strange to notice that the new processor heats up, as the Samsung informs that they “We practically doubled the dimensions of the Galaxy S24 Ultra's vapor chamber to improve heat dissipation.” When playing Asphalt9 on the graphics at maximum or minimum the cell phone becomes warm, but when you stop playing quickly it cools down.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Speaking of games, there are long-awaited new features, the main one being improved Ray Tracing to generate more realistic graphics and images. There are no crashes or delays, the performance is exceptional, as is to be expected from a product in this price range.

I think that in 2024 we no longer need to talk about scores from synthetic tests like AnTuTu and so on, but for those who care, here are the Geekbench scores.

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features

Regarding storage, there is something new: the adoption of UFS 4.0, a standard launched in 2022 that offers twice the speed of UFS 3.1, used in older devices. This means that your cell phone will open large files and games more quickly, in addition to saving photos and videos with less time. delay.

Main technical specifications of the processor and other components:

  • 8-core CPU (1×3.39GHz Cortex-X4 & 3×3.1GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.9GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.2GHz Cortex-A520)
  • Adreno 750 GPU (1 GHz)
  • UFS 4.0 storage of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, all with 12GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, tri-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE
  • GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • NFC
  • USB Type-C 3.2, DisplayPort 1.2, OTG
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

System and interface

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Smooth, fast and responsive system. And with 7 years of updates. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Android 14 that already comes from the factory combined with Samsung's One UI 6.1 interface, it is responsible for bringing several improvements to the device. Starting with the settings panel, for example, which is better divided and lets you customize how it will look in compact and expanded form. More important functions, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Screen Brightness and Device Control are separated for easier access.

For those who are always changing their wallpaper, you can also use AI to create unique wallpapers for the S24 Ultra. To do this, you access the wallpaper selection area, select the “Generative” mode, then choose a theme and customize it to your liking, with key words or terms. When finished, S24 gives you several options of the same theme to choose from. 

Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
Artificial intelligence will even help you with wallpapers. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

And the lock screen is now even more customizable. Borrowing much of what the iPhone gained from the latest iOS update, you can add widgets, choose fonts and sizes, and even choose to leave the wallpaper active in AOD (Always On Display) mode.

It's been years since the Android x iOS duel stopped bringing big differences between performance, fluidity and crashes. On the S24 Ultra, everything works very well, quickly and very responsively, as expected.

Samsung will still offer 7 years of system updates, the first time we've seen this outside of Google's Pixel line.

Artificial intelligence

A Samsung and the Google came together to launch several AI features and this was the big focus during the S24 line launch event some functions here really impress.

The ones you will use most are the image editing options, which allow you to blur backgrounds, move items in the photo, erase people and objects or even generate additional areas of the image to enlarge it. The AI ​​even creates hands, shoes, whatever is necessary to fill areas of the photo. You can also edit videos, transforming any video you record into a slow motion video. This is very practical and creative!

See this example, the cell phone filled in the rest of the image and it was perfect, you can hardly tell that it was created by AI:

In photos you can:

    • Remaster (improve quality);
    • Blurred background;
    • Remove reflections;
    • 24h timelapse;
    • Delete objects;
    • Move objects.

    And, for those who work with a cell phone, the functions linked to the keyboard are very practical. Samsung and voice recording and note-taking apps. You can summarize entire texts with them, organize them into main topics and even transcribe audio into text, or vice versa.

    Another really cool resource, created in partnership with Google, is the circle to search. With it, pressing the base of the screen and then circling any area of ​​it, the Google do research on the topic. It is excellent for identifying products and knowing where to buy them or obtaining more information about photographed tourist attractions.

    Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
    Real-time translations. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

    And, for those who want to chat on apps like WhatsApp, or make calls, with real-time translation, these functions are also available. In the chat app conversation, you type and the Samsung keyboard takes care of publishing the sentence in 2 languages ​​at the same time. And during the call, it listens to each participant, performs voice translation and also displays the results on the S24 Ultra screen. The result is not perfect, but it is very useful.

    A Samsung reported that the S23 line will receive the AI ​​functions present in the S24 line.

    Battery

    Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
    It's great that you can use your cell phone without worrying about the battery. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

    It was positively surprising. Total battery did not increase continues with 5.000 mAh but its management means that the S24 lasts longer when unplugged.

    I took it off the charge at 18:35. I played 1h of Asphalt9 with maximum graphics, 1h taking photos, 1:30h of social media (Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) and at 22:23 I still had 70% battery. Additionally, 15 minutes of playing Asphalt9 mirroring the Xreal augmented reality glasses that uses the cell phone battery only sucked 6% of the battery.

    We have a 5000 mAh lithium-ion battery here, capable of charging at 45W wired or 15W wirelessly. The company informs that in 30 minutes of charging it offers 65% battery. There's also 4.5W wireless reverse charging to charge headphones, a watch (I've done this at the gym) and even another cell phone.

    Ah, the 25W charger already comes in the box.

    Price

    S24 ultra on red background
    The biggest villain of the S24 Ultra. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

    R$ 8.999,00 It's the price to pay to take this machine home. There are ways to reduce this amount, you can give your cell phone in exchange, use coupons, in Facebook groups I saw people who managed to pay something around R$5.400,00 using several coupons and giving a device in exchange.

    Conclusion

    Review: s24 ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment. Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the s24 ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
    iPhone 15 Pro Max is the Galaxy S24 Ultra's main competitor. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

    The set of improvements brought together a considerable evolution compared to previous models and makes the Galaxy S24 Ultra the ideal choice for those looking for the best smartphone on the market. Design premium, impeccable screen, spectacular camera set, powerful processor, advanced artificial intelligence features and long-lasting battery make the S24 Ultra a true monster of mobile technology.

    Worth to buy?

    The answer to this question varies where you come from. If you are an owner of a Galaxy S23 Ultra, you can wait another year to exchange. But, if you have other versions of the S23 or even other smartphones in the Galaxy line, the exchange can be worth a lot, especially due to the improvements in cameras, screens, battery and new artificial intelligence tools.

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    Source: Samsung, Qualcomm, QSMArena

    Text proofread by: Pedro Bomfim

    REVIEW: S24 Ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment

    REVIEW: S24 Ultra, the most powerful cell phone of the moment
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    Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the S24 Ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
    Build quality, system, cameras, features, in practically everything the S24 Ultra is superior to its main competitors. It's a truly incredible device — and packed with AI features
    10/10
    total Score
    • Design
      10/10 Excellent
    • Fabric
      10/10 Excellent
    • Cameras
      9/10 Amazing
    • Hardware
      10/10 Excellent
    • System
      10/10 Excellent
    • Ressources
      9/10 Amazing

    Pros

    • Anti-glare screen lamination
    • Useful AI Resources
    • Very beautiful new design
    • Excellent battery
    • 7 years of update
    • Send high quality photos to Instagram and Snapchat

    Cons

    • Price
    • Grade 2 titanium (could be grade 5)
    • It shouldn't get hot, but it can happen

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