Samsung Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: Avoid Making the Wrong Choice

Samsung Galaxy S24 (left) and Galaxy S24 Plus Joe Maring / Digital Trends
Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event has concluded, but with it brought the all-new Galaxy S24 series. While the Ultra is the talk of the city, you may also find yourself choosing between the standard Galaxy S24 and the Galaxy S24 Plus.
If you’re considering purchasing an S24 for yourself, you may be curious about the variances between the standard S24 and the S24 Plus, apart from the size. Fortunately for you, that’s where we come in. Here’s what you need to know.
Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: specifications

Samsung Galaxy S24
Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus

Display
6.2-inch FHD+
1080 x 2340 resolution
416 ppi
6.7-inch QHD+
1440 x 3120 resolution
513 ppi

Peak brightness
2,600 nits
2,600 nits

Dimensions and weight
5.79 x 2.78 x 0.30 inches
5.93 ounces
6.24 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches
6.95 ounces

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy

Memory and storage
8GB/128GB
8GB/256GB
12GB/256GB
12GB/512GB

Colors
Cobalt Violet
Amber Yellow
Marble Gray
Onyx Black
Jade Green (Samsung exclusive)
Sapphire Blue (Samsung exclusive)
Sandstone Orange (Samsung exclusive)
Cobalt Violet
Amber Yellow
Marble Gray
Onyx Black
Jade Green (Samsung exclusive)
Sapphire Blue (Samsung exclusive)
Sandstone Orange (Samsung exclusive)

Camera
50MP main
12MP ultrawide
10MP telephoto
12MP selfie
50MP main
12MP ultrawide
10MP telephoto
12MP selfie

Battery
4,000mAh
4,900mAh

Charging
25W wired
15W wireless
4.5W reverse wireless
45W wired
15W wireless
4.5W reverse wireless

Price
Starting at $800
Starting at $1000

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Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: design and display
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Both the S24 and S24 Plus have a new, updated design compared to their predecessors. The new design features flat edges and a matte glass back, similar to the iPhone 15. The flat sides make it a bit more comfortable to hold over longer periods of time.
The Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus look quite similar, even down to the color options. Speaking of colors, you can get the S24 and S24 Plus in these standard colors: Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow, Marble Gray, and Onyx Black. There are also three Samsung.com exclusive colors: Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, and Sandstone Orange.
The primary contrast between the S24 and S24 Plus is the size of the flat display. The base Galaxy S24 features a 6.2-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution and 416 pixels per inch (ppi), while the S24 Plus has a 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with 1440 x 3120 resolution and 513 ppi.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Joe Maring / Digital Trends
Apart from that, the displays are similar. They both use LTPO panels with a dynamic refresh rate between 1Hz to 120Hz. Samsung has also increased the peak brightness across all models, including the S24 Ultra, to 2,600 nits.
Once again, both the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus are practically the same apart from the size. If you prefer smaller, more compact phones, then the S24 is the way to go. But if you prefer a larger display, then opt for the S24 Plus.
Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: performance and software
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Samsung equipped both the S24 and S24 Plus with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chip. The cooling system on the S24 lineup has also been redesigned and optimized for improved heat dissipation.
There are some slight differences between the configurations for the S24 and S24 Plus. The base model S24 only has 8GB RAM, with 128GB or 256GB storage options. The S24 Plus, however, has 12GB RAM. It also starts at 256GB and goes up to 512GB storage. Neither one offers expandable storage.
The Galaxy S24 lineup comes with Android 14 with One UI 6.1 layered on top. Samsung has launched a whole slate of new AI-powered features via Galaxy AI with the S24 line. These new AI tools include real-time translation on phone calls and voice and text messages, intelligently summarized and formatted notes, generative photo-editing tools, Circle to Search, and more.
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Apart from the RAM and storage capacity difference, the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus are basically the same in terms of processor and software features. All of the AI tools are available on both devices, so you aren’t missing out on something if you go with the base model over the Plus.
Samsung will also offer seven years of major software upgrades on the S24 lineup, including the S24 and S24 Plus. This is a move to bring it in line with Google’s Pixel series. With a seven-year road map, that means both the S24 and S24 Plus should last up to Android 21.
Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: cameras
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On the camera front, the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus are practically identical. Both have a 50-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and 85-degree field of view with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12MP ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view, and a 10MP telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture, a 36-degree field of view, and 3x optical zoom range. The front-facing selfie camera is 12MP, with f/2.2 aperture and an 80-degree field of view.
One of the drawbacks of Samsung devices, in general, has been the oversaturation of colors from the resulting photographs. Thankfully, Samsung seems to have improved the algorithms behind color representation in photos, so the results should be more true to life than before. There have also been other improvements to lowlight performance, so night photos should be sharper, brighter, and overall better than before.
The camera systems on both the S24 and S24 Plus are practically identical, so one won’t be better than the other. The S24 Ultra, on the other hand, has the best camera system out of the entire S24 lineup.
Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: battery and charging
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The Galaxy S24 Plus has a 4,900mAh battery, whereas the regular Galaxy S24 has a 4,000mAh cell. That’s due to the size of the devices; the larger S24 Plus has more room for a larger battery cell inside, while the S24 does not. For comparison purposes, the S24 Ultra has a 5,000mAh battery, so the S24 Plus is very close to it-
For charging, the Galaxy S24 Plus is also better, as it offers 45-watt, wired fast charging speeds. The Galaxy S24, on the other hand, only has up to 25W charging speeds.
Unfortunately, Samsung decided not to adopt the Qi2 magnetic wireless charging standard for the S24 line, so wireless charging for both the S24 and S24 Plus is still capped at 15W. They both also have 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
Galaxy S24 vs. S24 Plus: verdict
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When it comes down to it, the S24 and S24 Plus are almost identical. They have the same overall design, cameras, and software features.
As you try and make a decision between the two, it really comes down to this: Do you prefer smaller phones, or do you want a larger display and more battery life? And, of course, don’t forget to factor in the cost — a larger phone also has a bigger price tag.
Aside from these factors, though, the S24 and S24 Plus will offer the same overall experience. In other words, you can’t go wrong either way.

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