The Galaxy S24 family has arrived, and in our opinion, each device of the trio has its own place in the spotlight. Typically, the Plus model tends to receive the least attention from buyers, and honestly, we anticipate the same trend this year. However, as we’ve mentioned several times this year, the S24+ is arguably closer to the Ultra in terms of features. A large QHD display and an almost identical-size 4,900 mAh battery sound quite appealing. Additionally, the S24+ is still significantly cheaper than the S24 Ultra, making the upgrade from a standard S24 to an S24+ more affordable.
Despite this, the Galaxy S24 maintains a clear advantage for those seeking a compact flagship device. Even if you don’t mind a larger device, the S24 is still the most cost-effective way to join the new S24 family with its Galaxy AI and seven years of software updates. Let’s compare the Galaxy S24 and the S24+ for those curious about the differences.
First, you can compare the complete specs sheets or proceed directly to our editor’s assessment in the text below.
Samsung didn’t significantly alter the footprint of either the S24 or the S24+ compared to last year. The Korean giant managed to fit slightly larger displays (6.2-inch and 6.7-inch, respectively), mostly due to the space savings afforded by LTPO tech.
The difference in size between the pair is quite substantial. The Vanilla Galaxy S24 remains one of the few compact modern flagships on the market. In contrast, the S24+ boasts a display almost as large as that of the S24 Ultra. The S24 is thinner and shorter than the S24+ and is also about the same thickness, weighing approximately 30 grams less. Notably, the S24 Ultra weighs 232 grams, a hefty 36 grams more than the S24+, making the S24+ a great choice for a large-display Samsung flagship that is both lighter and more compact.
The styling is identical between the vanilla S24 and the S24+. Other than the size difference, the two are externally identical. They even have the same color options: Onyx Black, Marble Grey, Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow, Jade Green, Sandstone Orange, and Sapphire Blue. Some of these are only available directly from Samsung’s store.
This year’s new design detail, shared between the S24 and S24+, is the matte finish, particularly visible on the middle frame of the phone.
Regarding the middle frame, its material has been upgraded from the S23 generation to Armor aluminum 2, designed to improve both drop and scratch resistance. Both phones also feature the excellent Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protective glass on the front and back, with the new Gorilla Glass Armor remaining exclusive to the S24 Ultra this year. Furthermore, both phones boast a full IP68 ingress protection rating.
Both the S24 and S24+ feature outstanding Samsung-made, Dynamic AMOLED 2X panels, boasting a remarkable 2,600 nits of maximum brightness.
In our standardized testing, the S24 achieved 785 nits on the slider and 1,401 nits in auto mode, while the S24+ achieved 781 nits on the slider and 1,452 nits in auto mode. Once the white patch was reduced, the brightness exceeded 2,000 nits, confirming that the advertised values are attainable.
Both phones also incorporate LTPO tech this year, which not only allowed Samsung to fit slightly larger panels in essentially the same footprint as the S23 and S23+, but also delivers improved dynamic refresh rate control. Samsung’s LTPO tech is excellent, and so is the company’s refresh rate switching logic, which even matches video playback framerate with the display refresh rate.
The only downside to the otherwise exceptional display is the reliance on 8-bit panels for the S24 and S24+, while many competitors have transitioned to 10 or even 12-bit panels. However, this is difficult to notice in practice.
The Galaxy S24 and S24+ both boast larger batteries compared to the S23 generation. The vanilla S24 has a modest 100 mAh increase, with a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. The S24+ has added 200 mAh over its predecessor, reaching a battery pack size of 4,900 mAh, almost as much as the 5,000 mAh of the Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Samsung didn’t boost battery capacity this year to achieve greater battery endurance, but rather to combat the seemingly higher power draw of the new generation of Exynos 2400 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chips.
Despite this, the vanilla S24 saw a slight increase in its Active Use Score compared to the older S23, achieving 12:06 hours out of such a compact phone. As for the S24+, it managed a slightly higher Active Use Score of 12:30 hours. This seemingly odd result makes more sense considering the added strain of driving QHD resolution on a much larger display.
Like previous generations, the vanilla S24 only supports Samsung’s 25W Super Fast Charging standard. The S24+ on the other hand, is rated for 45W Super Fast Charging, similar to the S24 Ultra. Despite the notable difference in charging speed, the disparity is not as dramatic in practice.
In testing, the S24 reached 29% charge in 15 minutes, 59% in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 1:15 hours. The S24+, on the other hand, charged to 41% in 15 minutes, 74% in 30 minutes, and reached a full charge in 0:58 hours. It is worth noting that while the Galaxy S24+ supports the faster 45W charging standard, the cable that comes with the phone is only rated for 3A and is not capable of achieving such speeds. However, Samsung seems to sell all of its 45W chargers with an included 5A cable.
In addition, neither phone includes a charger in the box, so consumers will need to purchase one separately. Samsung’s Super Fast Charging is PD-based, so any good PD charger should work, but a Samsung-branded charger is recommended to ensure it has the correct PPS profiles.
Beyond wired charging, both the S24 and S24+ support 15W Qi/PMA wireless charging and 4.5W reverse charging.
Both the Galaxy S24 and S24+ feature a hybrid stereo speaker setup with a dedicated bottom-firing speaker and an amplified earpiece acting as the second speaker. In our testing, both phones attained a Very Good mark, notably better than the previous S23 generation. Despite their difference in size, the S24 and S24+ have practically identical audio systems in terms of loudness and sound quality.
You can compare the sound of the two phones in controlled acoustic conditions with the samples below; ensure you have your headphones on and the volume is at maximum.
After offering the S23 generation exclusively with Qualcomm chips, Samsung has now reverted to its two-chip solution for the S24 and S24+. The S24 Ultra still only utilizes a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, with the option of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 or an Exynos 2400 chip inside your S24 or S24+, depending on your region. Our initial testing was performed on European S24 and S24+ units running the Exynos 2400 chipset. For reference, our S24 review unit is the 8GB/256GB version, while our S24+ unit is the 12GB/512GB configuration. We advise avoiding the base 128GB S24 since it uses slower UFS 3.1 storage.
While we have yet to test the Snapdragon version of the S24 and S24+, preliminary results indicate that Samsung’s chipset is very close in overall performance to Qualcomm’s flagship. There may still be differences in thermals across the chips, although Samsung has mentioned an upgrade in vapor chamber cooling solutions across the S24 lineup to account for increased heat production by the new chipsets. Despite the reasonable thermal-throttling behavior of the Exynos-equipped S24 and S24+, we expected slightly better performance. Nonetheless, the phone’s surface does not become uncomfortably hot under load, and the S24+ appears to handle heat slightly better on the whole. Additionally, the S24+ and S24 manage almost identical performance scores, though the S24+ posts slightly higher results on average, likely due to all units coming with 12GB of RAM, whereas the regular S24 is limited to 8GB (excluding a specific version in China).
The Galaxy S24 and S24+ retain the same camera hardware as last year’s models. This includes a triple setup on the back and a better-than-most selfie unit.
- Wide (main): 50MP Samsung ISOCELL (S5K)GN3, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, f/1.8, 24mm, PDAF, OIS; 4320p@30fps, 2160p@60fps
- Telephoto: 10MP Samsung ISOCELL (S5K)3K1, 1/3.94″, 1.0µm, f/2.4,67mm, PDAF, OIS; 2160p@60fps
- Ultrawide: 12MP, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, f/2.2, 13mm, fixed focus; 2160p@60fps
- Front camera: 12MP, 1/3.2″, 1.12µm, f/2.2, 26mm, PDAF; 2160p@60fps
Samsung galaxy S24 daylight samples: 0.6x • 1x • 2x • 3x
Samsung galaxy S24+ daylight samples: 0.6x • 1x • 2x • 3x
The S24 and S24+ capture nearly identical photos across the board. Photos taken in broad daylight are of excellent quality, offering great detail, contrast, and dynamic range, with colors that are vibrant but not overly saturated. The S24 generation introduces slightly more contrasty images compared to the S23 generation, with a more restrained processing this year resulting in a grainier texture and a more natural rendition of detail.
Samsung galaxy S24 low-light samples: 0.6x • 1x • Night mode • 3x