Samsung Galaxy S24+ review

GSMArena Team, 02 February 2024.

One UI 6.1 with Galaxy AI

Samsung's S24 family is launching with Samsung's latest One UI 6.1 on top of Google's latest Android 14. Despite the fairly small ".1" numbering update, One UI 6.1 brings some new stuff to the table - most notably Galaxy AI features, which we hope will eventually trickle down to other Galaxy models as well.

As part of its green initiative, Samsung is quite ambitious with the S24 generation, offering a massive seven years of OS, One UI updates and security patches. That's up from four years of OS updates and five years of security patches on the previous S23 flagship generation.

The Galaxy S24 devices can eventually expect to end their support cycle running Android 21, whatever that ends up being called. Hopefully, many S24 family devices will stay out of landfills for much longer, perhaps with a mid-cycle battery replacement. Here's hoping.

You can read more about the new One UI 6.1 features in our dedicated One UI 6.1 review.

Performance and benchmarks

Samsung went with a dual chipset arrangement for the Galaxy S24 generation. The S24 Ultra only comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset by Qualcomm. In contrast, the regular S24 and S24+ come with either the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 or Samsung's own Exynos 2400.

If you get an S24/S24+ in the USA, Canada or China, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be inside. For the rest of the world, including our review units, the S24 and S24+ come with an Exynos 2400.

As usual, Samsung remains mum on the topic, even going as far as not to mention a chipset in some of its official specs sheets. As far as the Korean giant is concerned, the two chips are feature and performance-equivalent.

Samsung Galaxy S24+ review

As we said, we have the S24 and S24+ here with the Exynos 2400 - a brand-new Samsung chip made on a 4nm 4LPP+ (EUV) manufacturing node. In terms of CPU configuration, you are looking at one primary ARM Cortex-X4 core, clocked at up to 3.2 GHz, two more 2.9 GHz Cortex-A720 cores, another three Cortex-A720 cores, working at up to 2.6 GHz and finally, four efficiency Cortex-A720 cores, working at up to 1.95 GHz.

On the GPU side, the Exynos 2400 has an Xclipse 940 GPU. It is based on AMD's modern RDNA 3 architecture. The whole thing is clocked at 1,109 MHz, offering around 3,407 GFLOPS of FP32 performance.

For some rough reference, that should be comparable to the iGPU performance of an 8-core Apple M1 chip or the integrated graphics of an Alder Lake Intel CPU.

In mobile terms, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3's Adreno 750 is rated for similar performance, and so is the Immortalis-G720 MC12 inside the MediaTek Dimensity 9300. There is an NPU on board, just like there is one inside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

The Exynos 2400 is paired with LPDDR5X RAM inside the S24 and S24+. The Galaxy S24+ is always available with 12GB RAM regardless of whether you get the 256GB or 512GB storage variant. That's a nice little upgrade over the 8GB of last year's S23+.

The base 128GB and 256GB versions of the vanilla S24 come with 8GB of RAM. You can also get the phone with 12GB RAM with 256GB and 512GB of storage. If you buy the base 8GB/128GB vanilla S24, you will end up with UFS 3.1 storage chips. We recommend getting the 256GB tier as a minimum so you can enjoy the faster UFS 4.0 storage.

The Galaxy S24+ is always available with 12GB RAM regardless of whether you get the 256GB or 512GB storage variant. That's a nice little upgrade over the 8GB of last year's S23+. Our Galaxy S24+ review unit is the 12GB/512GB version.

Let's start with some CPU benchmarks and GeekBench. The Exynos 2400 actually looks very comparable to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in this department. Both the single-core and multi-core scores of the two are the same (within the margin of error).

Let's start with some CPU benchmarks and GeekBench. The Exynos 2400 actually looks very comparable to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in this department. Both the single-core and multi-core scores of the two are within the margin of error.

GeekBench 6

  • Multi-core
  • Single-core
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
7343
Dimensity 9300 512GB, 16GB RAM
iPhone 15 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
7237
Apple A17 Pro 256GB, 8GB RAM
iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
7172
Apple A17 Pro 256GB, 8GB RAM
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
6926
Exynos 2400 512GB, 12GB RAM
Realme GT5 Pro Realme GT5 Pro
6783
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 1TB, 16GB RAM
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
6747
Exynos 2400 256GB, 8GB RAM
ROG Phone 8 Pro ROG Phone 8 Pro
6632
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 1TB, 24GB RAM
iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Plus
6618
Apple A16 Bionic 128GB, 6GB RAM
iPhone 15 iPhone 15
6526
Apple A16 Bionic 128GB, 6GB RAM
Asus Zenfone 10 Asus Zenfone 10
5698
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM
Xiaomi 13 Ultra Xiaomi 13 Ultra
5556
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB 16GB RAM
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
5327
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 256GB, 8GB RAM
Galaxy S23+ Galaxy S23+
5261
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 8GB RAM
Oppo Find X6 Pro Oppo Find X6 Pro
5082
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM
Galaxy S23 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
5077
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 12GB RAM
Realme GT5 Realme GT5
5045
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 1TB, 24GB RAM
Sony Xperia 1 V Sony Xperia 1 V
4916
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 256GB, 12GB RAM
OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12
4784
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 512GB, 16GB RAM
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
4518
Dimensity 9200+ 512GB, 12GB RAM
Pixel 8 Pro Pixel 8 Pro
4492
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 12GB RAM
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
4451
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 256GB, 16GB RAM
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
4404
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 8GB RAM
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
3964
Exynos 2200 128GB, 8GB RAM
Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon) Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon)
3947
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 128GB, 8GB RAM
vivo X90 vivo X90
3906
Dimensity 9200 256GB, 12GB RAM
iPhone 15 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
2926
Apple A17 Pro 256GB, 8GB RAM
iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
2922
Apple A17 Pro 256GB, 8GB RAM
iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Plus
2627
Apple A16 Bionic 128GB, 6GB RAM
iPhone 15 iPhone 15
2606
Apple A16 Bionic 128GB, 6GB RAM
Realme GT5 Pro Realme GT5 Pro
2229
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 1TB, 16GB RAM
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
2201
Exynos 2400 512GB, 12GB RAM
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
2192
Dimensity 9300 512GB, 16GB RAM
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
2177
Exynos 2400 256GB, 8GB RAM
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
2028
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 256GB, 8GB RAM
Asus Zenfone 10 Asus Zenfone 10
2028
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM
Xiaomi 13 Ultra Xiaomi 13 Ultra
2000
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB 16GB RAM
Galaxy S23+ Galaxy S23+
1997
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 8GB RAM
Sony Xperia 1 V Sony Xperia 1 V
1956
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 256GB, 12GB RAM
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
1939
Dimensity 9200+ 512GB, 12GB RAM
Galaxy S23 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
1913
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 12GB RAM
Pixel 8 Pro Pixel 8 Pro
1766
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 12GB RAM
vivo X90 vivo X90
1705
Dimensity 9200 256GB, 12GB RAM
Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon) Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon)
1672
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 128GB, 8GB RAM
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
1668
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 8GB RAM
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
1611
Exynos 2200 128GB, 8GB RAM
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
1581
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 256GB, 16GB RAM
Oppo Find X6 Pro Oppo Find X6 Pro
1532
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM
Realme GT5 Realme GT5
1525
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 1TB, 24GB RAM
ROG Phone 8 Pro ROG Phone 8 Pro
1383
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 1TB, 24GB RAM
OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12
940
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 512GB, 16GB RAM

There is still no touching Apple's Bionic line chips, even the older A16 in single-core performance, while the difference between the Exynos 2400 and the Apple A17 Pro in all-core performance is pretty negligible. The MediaTek Dimensity 9300 seems to have a noteworthy lead in multi-core testing. But even that doesn't necessarily translate into tangible real-world results.

When it comes to comparing with last year's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, as found inside the Galaxy S23 and S23+, we definitely get a nice bump in performance.

As for any tangible difference between the smaller S24 and the bigger S24+, we wouldn't say there is anything beyond an insignificant difference between the two with burst CPU loads, as expected. Any difference in cooling potential will show up in the thermal-throttling test.

AnTuTu is a much more compound benchmark that also takes into account things like memory and storage. In the older V9 test, there does seem to be a bit of a gap between the regular S24 and the S24+ in favor of the plus, even if it's not that large. Then again, V9 also positions some Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 devices higher than the S24+ and its Exynos 2400, so we wouldn't necessarily trust these results.

The newer AnTuTu V10 paints a more believable and expected performance picture with a few Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 devices overtaking the Exynos 2400-equipped Galaxy S24 and S24+ by a bit, though not by a lot. There is practically no difference between the two S24 models.

The Dimensity 9300 is leading the pack, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 devices are trailing behind.

AnTuTu

  • v9
  • v10
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
1475105
Dimensity 9300 512GB, 16GB RAM 1260 x 2800 px
ROG Phone 8 Pro ROG Phone 8 Pro
1422240
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 1TB, 24GB RAM 1080 x 2400 px
Asus Zenfone 10 Asus Zenfone 10
1314458
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM 1080 x 2400 px
Oppo Find X6 Pro Oppo Find X6 Pro
1294797
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM 1440 x 3168 px
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
1290977
Exynos 2400 512GB, 12GB RAM 1440 x 3120 px
Xiaomi 13 Ultra Xiaomi 13 Ultra
1268538
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB 16GB RAM 1440 x 3200 px
Galaxy S23 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
1241531
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 12GB RAM 1440 x 3088 px
Galaxy S23+ Galaxy S23+
1234077
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
1231075
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 256GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
1218977
Exynos 2400 256GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
1214085
Dimensity 9200+ 512GB, 12GB RAM 1220 x 2712 px
vivo X90 vivo X90
1163712
Dimensity 9200 256GB, 12GB RAM 1260 x 2800 px
Realme GT5 Realme GT5
1140632
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 1TB, 24GB RAM 1240 x 2772 px
Sony Xperia 1 V Sony Xperia 1 V
1127931
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 256GB, 12GB RAM 1644 x 3840 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
945809
Exynos 2200 128GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon) Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon)
940921
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 128GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
926801
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2400 px
Pixel 8 Pro Pixel 8 Pro
924853
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 12GB RAM 1344 x 2992 px
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
2104997
Dimensity 9300 512GB, 16GB RAM 1260 x 2800 px
ROG Phone 8 Pro ROG Phone 8 Pro
1806875
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 1TB, 24GB RAM 1080 x 2400 px
OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12
1775565
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 512GB, 16GB RAM 1440 x 3168 px
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
1774819
Exynos 2400 512GB, 12GB RAM 1440 x 3120 px
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
1696727
Exynos 2400 256GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Realme GT5 Realme GT5
1583810
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 1TB, 24GB RAM 1240 x 2772 px
Asus Zenfone 10 Asus Zenfone 10
1583804
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 512GB, 16GB RAM 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy S23 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
1472142
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 512GB, 12GB RAM 1440 x 3088 px
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
1470464
Dimensity 9200+ 512GB, 12GB RAM 1220 x 2712 px
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
1464257
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC 256GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
1329993
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 256GB, 16GB RAM 1264 x 2780 px
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
1158631
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2400 px
Pixel 8 Pro Pixel 8 Pro
1151243
Google Tensor G3 128GB, 12GB RAM 1344 x 2992 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
1134250
Exynos 2200 128GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon) Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon)
1129280
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 128GB, 8GB RAM 1080 x 2340 px

What about GPU performance, then? Well, the Adreno 750 inside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 does seem to pull more frames in the older and less stressful Wild Life and Wild Life Extreme tests.

The Dimensity 9300 and its Immortalis-G720 MC12 seem to do about as well in these tests, and the Exynos 2400 and its Xclipse 940 do lag a bit behind.

3DMark (offscreen)

  • Wild Life (1440p)
  • Wild Life Extreme (2160p)
  • Solar Bay (1440p)
OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12
17633
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1440 x 3168 px
Realme GT5 Pro Realme GT5 Pro
17358
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1264 x 2780 px
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
16675
Dimensity 9300 Immortalis-G720 MC12 1260 x 2800 px
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
14351
Exynos 2400 Xclipse 940 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
14082
Exynos 2400 Xclipse 940 1440 x 3120 px
Asus Zenfone 10 Asus Zenfone 10
13507
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1080 x 2400 px
Oppo Find X6 Pro Oppo Find X6 Pro
13360
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1440 x 3168 px
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
13220
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1264 x 2780 px
Xiaomi 13 Ultra Xiaomi 13 Ultra
13106
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1440 x 3200 px
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
12780
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC Adreno 740 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23+ Galaxy S23+
12654
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC Adreno 740 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
12241
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC Adreno 740 1440 x 3088 px
vivo X90 vivo X90
11976
Dimensity 9200 Immortalis-G715 MC11 1260 x 2800 px
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
10967
Dimensity 9200+ Immortalis-G715 MC11 1220 x 2712 px
iPhone 15 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
10015
Apple A17 Pro Apple GPU (6-core graphics) 1290 x 2796 px
iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
10012
Apple A17 Pro Apple GPU (6-core graphics) 1179 x 2556 px
iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Plus
9933
Apple A16 Bionic Apple GPU (5-core graphics) 1290 x 2796 px
iPhone 15 iPhone 15
9927
Apple A16 Bionic Apple GPU (5-core graphics) 1179 x 2556 px
Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon) Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon)
9919
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Adreno 730 1080 x 2340 px
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
8638
Google Tensor G3 Immortalis-G715s MC10 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
8494
Exynos 2200 Xclipse 920 1080 x 2340 px
Pixel 8 Pro Pixel 8 Pro
8476
Google Tensor G3 Immortalis-G715s MC10 1344 x 2992 px
Sony Xperia 1 V Sony Xperia 1 V
6316
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1644 x 3840 px
OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12
4972
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1440 x 3168 px
Realme GT5 Pro Realme GT5 Pro
4970
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1264 x 2780 px
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
4932
Dimensity 9300 Immortalis-G720 MC12 1260 x 2800 px
ROG Phone 8 Pro ROG Phone 8 Pro
4584
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
4365
Exynos 2400 Xclipse 940 1440 x 3120 px
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
4183
Exynos 2400 Xclipse 940 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
3852
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC Adreno 740 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23+ Galaxy S23+
3830
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC Adreno 740 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
3790
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550-AC Adreno 740 1440 x 3088 px
Xiaomi 13 Ultra Xiaomi 13 Ultra
3750
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1440 x 3200 px
iPhone 15 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
3746
Apple A17 Pro Apple GPU (6-core graphics) 1290 x 2796 px
iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
3712
Apple A17 Pro Apple GPU (6-core graphics) 1179 x 2556 px
Oppo Find X6 Pro Oppo Find X6 Pro
3696
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1440 x 3168 px
Asus Zenfone 10 Asus Zenfone 10
3682
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1080 x 2400 px
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
3640
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1264 x 2780 px
Realme GT5 Realme GT5
3594
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1240 x 2772 px
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
3567
Dimensity 9200+ Immortalis-G715 MC11 1220 x 2712 px
vivo X90 vivo X90
3453
Dimensity 9200 Immortalis-G715 MC11 1260 x 2800 px
iPhone 15 iPhone 15
3084
Apple A16 Bionic Apple GPU (5-core graphics) 1179 x 2556 px
iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Plus
3025
Apple A16 Bionic Apple GPU (5-core graphics) 1290 x 2796 px
Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon) Galaxy S23 FE (Snapdragon)
2557
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Adreno 730 1080 x 2340 px
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
2450
Google Tensor G3 Immortalis-G715s MC10 1080 x 2400 px
Pixel 8 Pro Pixel 8 Pro
2436
Google Tensor G3 Immortalis-G715s MC10 1344 x 2992 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
2356
Exynos 2200 Xclipse 920 1080 x 2340 px
Sony Xperia 1 V Sony Xperia 1 V
2047
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1644 x 3840 px
Galaxy S24+ Galaxy S24+
8743
Exynos 2400 Xclipse 940 1440 x 3120 px
Realme GT5 Pro Realme GT5 Pro
8637
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1264 x 2780 px
OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12
8637
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1440 x 3168 px
Galaxy S24 Galaxy S24
8631
Exynos 2400 Xclipse 940 1080 x 2340 px
ROG Phone 8 Pro ROG Phone 8 Pro
8374
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Adreno 750 1080 x 2400 px
vivo X100 Pro vivo X100 Pro
7994
Dimensity 9300 Immortalis-G720 MC12 1260 x 2800 px
iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
6525
Apple A17 Pro Apple GPU (6-core graphics) 1179 x 2556 px
iPhone 15 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
6523
Apple A17 Pro Apple GPU (6-core graphics) 1290 x 2796 px
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
5375
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Adreno 740 1264 x 2780 px
Xiaomi 13T Pro Xiaomi 13T Pro
5005
Dimensity 9200+ Immortalis-G715 MC11 1220 x 2712 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
4612
Exynos 2200 Xclipse 920 1080 x 2340 px
iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Plus
4249
Apple A16 Bionic Apple GPU (5-core graphics) 1290 x 2796 px
iPhone 15 iPhone 15
4216
Apple A16 Bionic Apple GPU (5-core graphics) 1179 x 2556 px

The gap in performance between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 in the S22 generation appears to be a bit bigger than the difference between the Exynos 2400 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 even though comparing performance across generations with different OS and benchmark versions is not ideal. Also, we are yet to see how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 performs inside the S24 and S24+ in particular, but the initial results are promising, and, this year, the Snapdragon and Exynos do kind of seem a bit closer in performance to each other.

Plus, once you move up to the modern Solar Bay test with its ray tracing workloads, the difference between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and the Exynos 2400 seems to practically disappear, which is encouraging to see.

Thermal-throttling

The Galaxy S24+ crams a lot of power inside its body, but at least there is a bit more room to work with than on the vanilla Galaxy S24. Unsurprisingly, the bigger S24+ managed to handle the heat output of the Exynos 2400 slightly better than its smaller sibling.

Samsung did say that it is upgrading its vapor chamber cooling solutions across the S24 lineup - possibly to account for the increased heat production by the new chipsets.

After running some actual torture tests, we can say that the S24+ performs about as well as we expected in the thermal department and about or perhaps slightly worse than last year's S23+ model. So Samsung clearly expanded the vapor chambers out of necessity rather than in pursuit of better-sustained performance.

The phone eventually throttled down to around 64% of its total CPU performance and around 52% of its GPU performance.

Thermal-throttling - Samsung Galaxy S24+ review Thermal-throttling - Samsung Galaxy S24+ review Thermal-throttling - Samsung Galaxy S24+ review
Thermal-throttling

We've definitely seen better, but we wouldn't say we are disappointed either. The decline in performance is gradual, with no sudden and jarring dips. Also, while the phone's frame got quite toasty in our testing, it was never too hot to hold.

Connectivity

The Galaxy S24 and 24+ are dual-SIM 5G devices. They can do concurrent SA and NSA Sub-6 on two SIM cards. Depending on the market, you probably won't get to choose your actual physical SIM configuration. Most regions seem to get two physical Nano-SIM slots and an option to attach an eSIM card through software.

Variants do exist with a single physical Nano-SIM slot and eSIM as the only "second line" option. And as far as we can tell, at least some US units are eSIM only, without physical slots.

While rumors did point in the opposite direction, the S24 and S24+ lack satellite connectivity.

There is no microSD card slot on the SIM tray either device.

Samsung Galaxy S24+ review

For local connectivity, the S24 and S24+ get Wi-Fi 6e. At least it is tri-band Wi-Fi 6, which means you get to benefit from the fresh new 6GHz band. Wi-Fi 7 is only available to the S24 Ultra, though.

Bluetooth is version 5.3 with LE support. You get NFC on board, but there is no FM radio or IR blaster.

We also tested the capabilities of the USB ports on the phones. Both the S24 and S24+ have Host/OTG support. Also, both of their ports offer Display Port 1.2 over USB Alt mode. Regarding data transfer, the Type-C ports are backed up by a USB 3.2 Gen 1 connection, which tops out at 5 Gbps transfer speeds - not too shabby at all for a smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24+ have a pretty long list of on-board sensors. There is an STM LSM6DSVTR accelerometer and gyroscope combo, Sitronix STK33F11 light sensor, an AK09918C magnetometer, and an STM LPS22DFTR barometer.

To our surprise and disappointment, there is a virtual proximity sensor - Samsung Palm Proximity Sensor V2. It works quite reliably to turn off the display while in calls. Technically there does seem to be an actual hardware proximity sensor inside the phone, but it appears to be inaccessible by any third-party app without workarounds. The dialer appears to use the sensor, but that's about it. These Samsung proximity oddities aren’t new, however, and seem to date back at least to the S23 generation, where every phone, including the Ultra, has the same Samsung Palm Proximity Sensor V2 sensor that behaves in the same odd way.

Reader comments

  • Shahar
  • 10 Jul 2024
  • nRq

If you can get the Snapdragon model then yes, the S24+ is better than the S23+ in almost any aspect :higher res screen, more RAM, faster CPU, etc. If you can only get the Exynos version, than maybe consider the S23+ or ultra.

  • Mohsin
  • 05 Jul 2024
  • 6p{

Yery nyce mobile.

  • AENON
  • 08 Jun 2024
  • CbE

Is the s24+ worth over the s23+? Or heck even comparing to s23 ultra, is it worth to get the new "flagship" + model rather than getting the same model type of previous year? I have been using a simple mid range samsung model for almos...