Samsung sets Galaxy S24 launch for Jan. 17; here’s what to expect
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Samsung sets Galaxy S24 launch for Jan. 17; here’s what to expect

Too good for CES —

The S24 Ultra gets a titanium body, while the smaller models look like an iPhone.

The Galaxy S24 render from OnLeaks. This sure does look familiar.

Enlarge / The Galaxy S24 render from OnLeaks. This sure does look familiar.

Samsung is gearing up to launch its next big flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S24. The show has officially been announced for January 17, with Samsung’s reservation website promising “Zoom with Galaxy AI is coming.” Of course, 2023 was the year of generative AI, and Samsung’s interest in the technology is a safe bet.

The show will launch the Galaxy S24, which has already leaked quite a bit, with the big news being a new titanium body. The iPhone made titanium the hot new thing recently with the launch of the iPhone 15, and Samsung has taken notice. The best leak so far has been from Windows Report, which scored official press images of the phones. (The report is no longer online due to a DMCA takedown, which is a good sign of its legitimacy.)

The Windows Report photos showed the smaller Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus are getting flat metal sides, reminiscent of the classic iPhone 4/iPhone 15 design. Samsung’s usual design of rounded corners and individual camera lenses complete the phone design, and while they look nice, they also look a lot like an iPhone. Older leaks claimed these two cheaper phones were getting titanium bodies, but well-known Samsung leaker Ice Universe says only the bigger model will be titanium, and these cheaper models will be aluminum.

  • Apparently official images of the Galaxy S24. This is either the normal or plus mode.

    Windows Report

  • Here’s the ultra model., which has rounded sides and a flat screen.

    Windows Report

  • The normal model (back) and ultra model (front).

    Windows Report

The Ultra model was also included in the leaks, and besides being made out of titanium, the sides aren’t changing as much. They’re still rounded, putting the phone in line with previous Ultra models. The front display seems to finally be flat, ending years of a curved screen along the long edges, which would distort videos and other content that got near the edge of the display. The new display is a perfect rectangle and looks much different in press images compared to the old model. One user on X, David Martin, even received legitimate-looking live images of a Galaxy S24 Ultra, and the display looks flat.

Of course, in the US, the new Samsung phone will have Qualcomm’s latest chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and it sounds like some international versions will get the Exynos 2400 SoC. The Ultra is still expected to have a 5000 mAh battery, with the biggest change being a RAM upgrade to 16GB.  The Plus model is supposedly getting a bigger 6.7-inch display and a 4900 mAh battery, making it much closer to the Ultra model than usual.

We’ll know a lot more once January 17 rolls around.

Ron Amadeo
Ron is the Reviews Editor at Ars Technica, where he specializes in Android OS and Google products. He is always on the hunt for a new gadget and loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He loves to tinker and always seems to be working on a new project.