The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is essentially brand new at this point, and there’s no denying that it’s one of the best smartphones you can buy.
But it has some weaknesses that could be improved with the next generation within a year. Here are some of the things we want to see with the Samsung Galaxy S25 Ultra when rumors start to swirl ahead of its expected 2025 release date.
A new design
It’s not that the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is an ugly phone (although its chunky 6.8-inch frame certainly makes it an acquired taste).
It’s just that the lineup has barely changed in aesthetic since 2021’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. That, in turn, wasn’t a million miles from the first member of the Ultra lineup, the S20, but we’ll give it a pass because the camera block was much less polished.
Granted, there are just different phones that can come out year after year, and Samsung has meanwhile been busy developing a whole new form factor with the Galaxy Z Fold line. But it would be nice if the company could shake things up a bit in 2025.
A boost in RAM
RAM is an area where Samsung has oddly taken a step backwards in recent years. The S20 Ultra and S21 Ultra could be configured with a whopping 16GB of RAM onboard, but that was removed in 2022 with the S22 Ultra, and it hasn’t returned in the two years since.
No, there’s not much to justify 16GB of RAM in a phone at the moment (and there was even less in 2020!), but it doesn’t hurt to be put to the test time when you pay a small fortune for a smartphone. . And on that note…
A more competitive price
Foldables aside, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is among the most expensive smartphones you can buy, starting at $1,299.99. And that comes to an even more massive $1,659 if you want 1TB of storage instead of the 256GB provided by the cheapest version (Samsung hasn’t supported expandable storage in its flagships since the family Galaxy S20).
In reality, we understand that a price drop is not on the cards, but we hope that it will at least remain static. Its current price makes it hard to justify against higher quality offerings from the likes of OnePlus and Google, and even the $999 Galaxy S24 Plus, which shares many of the same specs, makes it seem a little too expensive.
More S Pen tips
Bundling the S Pen with the S22 Ultra was a masterstroke, making the high-end Galaxy S a Galaxy Note in all but name. Being able to take out the S Pen to doodle and take notes is a brilliant USP that many consumers wouldn’t want to live without.
It’s even better with the S24 Ultra, where you can combine the S Pen with the ‘Circle to Find’ feature to quickly find individual items or text from an image with a little help from AI .
We’d love to see more innovations like this with the S Pen, making it a must-have accessory that endures after the initial novelty wears off.
Enhanced Remote Photography
The most controversial design decision regarding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra was replacing the 10x optical zoom with a 5x zoom.
Granted, this 5x had a much higher megapixel count (50 instead of 10), which allowed for very solid 10x optical quality cropping, but it’s not quite the same thing. It also meant Samsung lost a valuable selling point: 10x optical zoom was unusual, 5x zoom less so.
We’d like to see the 10x zoom return, but with an improved sensor and more megapixels. One rumor suggests we might get a variable optical zoom sensor capable of switching between zoom lengths for flexibility, which could free up space for the return of the 10x sensor. Crossed fingers.