Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra tipped to steal iPhone 15 Pro's biggest design upgrade

A render of the Galaxy S24 Ultra from the back in white
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We could see titanium frames and bigger screens introduced to different Samsung Galaxy S24 models when they arrive early next year, says the leaker Ice Universe.

First off, the Galaxy S24 Ultra model could use titanium for its side rails, as IU eventually explained after initially just posting an image of the Periodic Table. 

Titanium is an excellent material for premium smartphones, at least in theory, because of its high strength and light weight. Apple seems to agree, as we're apparently seeing the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max get titanium frames themselves later this year.

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The downside, however, is that titanium is expensive, with a corresponding price hike rumored to be coming to the iPhone 15 Pro line. Also while it's lighter than the stainless steel we see on Pro iPhones, it's still heavier than aluminum, a commonly-used material for phone frames. Samsung's been making a big deal of its light but tough "Armor Aluminum" smartphone bodies for several years now. so the introduction of titanium could mean the Galaxy S24 Ultra ends up noticeably heavier than the current aluminum-clad Galaxy S23 Ultra.

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Update Aug 4: The leaker Ice Universe says the Galaxy S24 Ultra is going to get a big telephoto zoom upgrade to fight the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Display upgrade rumored for Galaxy S23 Plus

That's not all that Ice Universe had to tell us. He's also alleging the Galaxy S24 Plus could have a larger display, moving from the Galaxy S23 Plus' 6.6-inch panel to a 6.65-inch one instead.

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A larger display could mean a larger body for the S24 Plus, which could in turn mean a larger battery, or at least extra space for other features Samsung may want to add. Currently the S23 Plus differs in display size, battery size, minimum storage capacity and charging speed to the basic Galaxy S23, so having some more features, perhaps borrowed from the Ultra models, could help differentiate the mid-sized Galaxy S phone more from its little sibling.

We've not heard too much about other upgrades for the Galaxy S24 series yet. From what the rumor mill has told us so far though, we should look out for faster charging, the same selfie camera (at least in terms of the sensor), and possibly the reintroduction of Snapdragon and Exynos versions depending on where in the world you buy the phones.

Samsung's likely to launch the Galaxy S24 series next February, if it sticks to its usual timings. That gives us plenty of time to hear more rumors pre-launch, including if other sources back up these claims of Samsung using a new material for the Ultra and a larger display for the Plus.

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Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.