Last updated: November 24th, 2023 at 15:10 UTC+01:00
The first alleged live photos of the upcoming Galaxy S24 Ultra have emerged, and they give me hope that the flagship set for a January 2024 unveiling will become the best S Pen phone we’ve had in years (or ever).
The last S Pen device I owned was the Galaxy Note 10, and although I liked the overall experience, I was never a fan of the curved Edge display.
Admittedly, the Edge display gave the Galaxy Note 10 a sleek look. The Note 10 was quite photogenic. However, beyond appearances, the Edge design made the phone slippery, and the S Pen experience suffered because of that curved panel.
Pairing a precision input device such as the S Pen with a curved screen never seemed like a good design choice in my eyes. The Galaxy Note 10 leaned a little too much toward style over function. And, seemingly, it will take a Galaxy S flagship to fix this problem the Galaxy Note has had for years.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra might be the best S Pen flagship in years
The Galaxy Note series was discontinued after the Galaxy Note 20, but its spirit lives on through the Galaxy S Ultra.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra was the closest Samsung got to a flat screen ever since the base Galaxy Note 20, but it looks like the Galaxy S24 Ultra will be the first to ditch the Edge display entirely.
Story continues after our Galaxy S23 Ultra review video
Judging by leaks, the Galaxy S24 Ultra will be the first S Pen flagship in years to feature a completely flat screen, which is bound to benefit the S Pen experience. And I’m all here for it!
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I’ve become a fan of flat screens ever since I got my Galaxy S22+. Even though this phone lacks S Pen support, I quickly realized just how much better off the S Pen would be if Samsung were to pair it with a flat display.
Whether or not the Galaxy S24 Ultra will offer any extra S Pen improvements or even higher accuracy/lower latency remains to be seen. But the fact that S Pen enthusiasts will finally be able to use their favorite accessory across the entire display surface without worrying about it slipping over a curve is a big boon already.
Personally, I got used to not having an S Pen on the S22+, and I will probably upgrade to the S24+ next year. But if I wanted to reintroduce the S Pen into my smartphone routine, I’d gladly pick the Galaxy S24 Ultra, based on what I’ve seen so far.