The Samsung Galaxy S24 family of devices is just around the corner as Samsung prepares for the official unveiling at Unpacked on January 17, and with just a few days left before the event we’ve got some exclusive leaks of official Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Ultra promo images that showcase some tantalizing camera and AI details. Samsung seems to be going all-in with AI this year and will incorporate fresh AI features to help enhance the user experience. “Galaxy AI is here” one image reads.
This suggests that Galaxy AI will be the official name, however, we won’t know for sure until Samsung reveals everything next week. That being said, if “Galaxy AI” is the focal point of one of the promo images, it’s a safe bet that AI will play a big role in what these devices can do. More to the point, AI appears to be at the very core of what makes these devices more special.
If you’re familiar with Google’s latest Pixel devices, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, then you’re aware that AI is a very big part of each device. Moreso than past Pixel phones It’s a huge selling point for Google, and the AI-based camera features are the biggest part of that. It’s unclear if Samsung will be baking AI into its cameras more than other parts of these devices, but based on the promo images, Samsung may be following Google’s lead and beefing up the camera with lots of AI magic.
Galaxy S24 promo leaks suggest AI camera feature to move or delete objects
One of the more exciting AI camera features in the Pixel 8 series was the ability to move, shrink, and completely delete objects from a photo in post-processing. It appears that Samsung will be giving the Galaxy S24 series the same capabilities. In one of the images in the gallery above, you can see a person on a BMX bike riding up a ramp. With the power of an AI-based “generate” button, the person in the image is moved to show them in the air as opposed to just barely touching down on the ramp edge. This makes for a more exciting shot.
You can also see a box around the rider, with anchor points for shrinking and rotating the subject prior to hitting the generate button. So it seems users will have a decent amount of control in adjusting subjects to get a better outcome for photos. To be clear, Samsung teased this feature in one of its promo videos about Unpacked. So there was already a hint this was coming. But the leaked image actually shows what the camera UI will look like if you use the feature.
Camera details confirmed: 200MP wide-angle lens, 2x Optical Quality Zoom, & more
Some of these camera specs have been leaked or rumored before. So this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about them. But this does appear to be the first time that actual details are showing up in a promo image. Two leaked images confirm the specs. One for the Galaxy S24 and one for the Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Starting with the Galaxy S24, it’ll feature a 12MP selfie camera on the front. Which is essentially the same as last year’s Galaxy S23. However, Samsung could be using a new sensor here. There will most certainly be some AI features the selfie camera can use now too. For the main camera setup on the back, the Galaxy S24 will have a 10MP camera with 3x Optical Zoom, a 50MP wide-angle lens camera with 2x Optical Quality Zoom, and a 12MP Ultra Wide lens camera. Last year’s Galaxy S23 had a 10MP camera as well, and it provided the telephoto lens capabilities. So the 10MP camera on the Galaxy S24 may also be a telephoto lens.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra bumps things up with a fourth camera on the back. The 10MP camera looks to be the same as on the regular Galaxy S24. The 12MP Ultra Wide camera looks the same as well. Where things get interesting is with the 50MP camera. This camera on the Galaxy S24 Ultra uses 5x Optical Zoom instead of 3x Optical Zoom. It also adds 10x Optical Quality Zoom. As for the fourth camera, this is the 200MP wide-angle lens and it features 2x Optical Quality Zoom. Then, of course, there’s the 12MP selfie camera on the front.
In terms of camera specs, there’s still some information that isn’t confirmed. Such as whether or not these are the actual same sensor hardware from last year. Still, it’s nice to know what you’re working with if you plan to upgrade to these. And the inclusion of AI features is sure to make for some more exciting images.
Samsung will adopt Google’s update strategy of 7 years of updates
In addition to the promo images, a few more leaked details showcase Samsung’s commitment to its flagship devices. For starters, Samsung will be adopting Google’s update strategy launched with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
This means that if you buy a Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, or Galaxy S24 Ultra, you’ll get updates for 7 years. Presumably, this means not just security updates, but updates with new features and updates for the OS version of Android. This is a big deal. Because with Samsung onboard, other smaller or less popular OEMs may adopt the same strategy for updates going forward.
The leak also mentions that Galaxy AI features will be free of charge until at least 2025 on supported Galaxy devices. This suggests that Samsung may be looking to charge for some features. And that would be a strange move considering Google isn’t charging for any of theirs. But, we’ll have to wait and see if Samsung’s plan is to charge for more advanced features or if it ends up looping all of them in under a subscription or one-time fee of some sort. Lastly, it seems that some AI features will require the user to login with their Samsung account credentials. It’s unclear what features might require this, however.
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