Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review: powerful camera phone is still so hot right now

But why does it feel slightly less thrilling than it could?

A Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra sitting on top of a pile of red chillies
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Our Verdict

The current top of the heap as far as Android smartphones are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra boasts some of the most powerful, well-made portable hardware you could ask for, with the ability to do almost anything you could ask of it. However, we are hoping there will be updates on the software side soon, lest it start to feel left behind.

For

  • Excellent cameras
  • Seven years of updates
  • S Pen is a great addition

Against

  • The price
  • The AI
  • The software

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There are ultra phones and then there are Ultra phones, and Samsung’s Galaxy Ultra series has always been at the top of the heap. Each annual release comes with top specs, a stylus that hides away inside its body, an awesome camera array and the ability to use it as a desktop PC if you really need to, yet isn’t any bigger than many other camera phone. It’s an expensive gadget, but one with so many uses you’ll wonder how you lived without it, until the next one comes along.

A Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra sitting on top of a pile of red chillies

(Image credit: Ian Evenden)
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Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
GPU:Adreno 750
RAM:12GB
Storage:256GB
Screen:6.8in Dynamic LTPO AMOLED, 1440 x 3120px, 120Hz
OS:Android 14 (One UI 6.1)
Rear cameras:200 MP, f/1.7 (wide), 10 MP, f/2.4 (tele), 50 MP, f/3.4 (periscope tele), 12 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
Front camera12 MP, f/2.2
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, USB 3.2 Type-C, NFC
Battery:5,000mAh, 45W charging, PD 3.0
Dimensions:162.3 x 79 x 8.6 mm
Weight:233g
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Geekbench 6:CPU Single-core: 2,273CPU Multi-core: 7,084
Row 1 - Cell 0 GPU: 14,765Row 1 - Cell 2
PCMark, Work 3.0Test: 18,498Battery: 17h9m
The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

The current top of the heap as far as Android smartphones are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra boasts some of the most powerful, well-made portable hardware you could ask for, with the ability to do almost anything you could ask of it. However, we are hoping there will be updates on the software side soon, lest it start to feel left behind.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.