Samsung Electronics’ latest Galaxy S24 series, which was launched globally on January 17 at the Unpacked event in San Jose, California as Samsung’s artificial intelligence smartphone, with Galaxy AI, has broken the company’s presales record in Korea, selling 1.21 million units in just a week.
After the device launch, Samsung announced presales for the Galaxy S24 series from January 19 to January 25 in Korea which sold 173,000 units per day on average with the Galaxy S24 Ultra being the most popular model in the series, leading with about 60 percent of the total units sold. Local reports indicate that the Galaxy S24+ was the second most popular purchase at 21 percent followed by the Galaxy S24 at 19 percent.
The latest presale record was the highest in Samsung’s Galaxy history and not only surpassed the previous one held by the Galaxy S23 series of 1.09 million units during its presale week, but all of its Galaxy smartphones.
The new Galaxy S24 and 24+ and the star of the show S24 Ultra have been touted as Samsung’s best smartphones ever. The S24 and S24+ come with new LTPO displays with 1-120Hz variable refresh rate which are known to consume lesser power hence longer battery endurance. The S24+ has a flat 6.7” display which is now upgraded to QHD+ resolution while the smaller S24 packs a 6.2” which retains the FHD+ resolution. Both have a peak brightness of 2,600 nits with Vision Booster up from last years 1,750 nits.
Both of them are powered by a choice of latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 ‘for Galaxy’ chipsets (have higher clock speeds) or the new Exynos 2400 depending on region. Differences come in when looking at RAM, all S24+ configurations now have 12GB of RAM and either 256GB and 512GB while the S24 base configuration starts at 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
Running on that hardware is Android 14 and One UI 6.1 out of the box. Interestingly, the whole Samsung Galaxy S24 series will receive a whopping 7 generations of OS updates and 7 years of security patches which means they will still be getting support into the 2030s.
The S24 and S24+ feature a 50MP main (f/1.8 lens with OIS), a 12MP ultrawide (120°) and a 10MP tele camera with 3x zoom (f/2.4), the front-facing camera has a 12MP sensor (f/2.2 80° lens), same as last year but Samsung has backed in new AI imaging features.
The Galaxy S24+ battery has 200mAh more capacity (4,900mAh) with charging speeds of 45W wired, 15W wireless with Qi charging while the S24 also has a slightly larger battery – 100mAh extra bringing its capacity to 4,000mAh which charge at 25W wired and 15W wireless.
In terms of pricing, the Galaxy S24 starts at $800/€900/£800 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Galaxy S24+ starts at $1,000/€1,150/£1,000 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The global official release date for the Galaxy S24 series is scheduled for Jan. 31.