Galaxy S Ultra’s next big thing? Going small for a change

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The iPhone 16 bid mightiness see a large creation alteration compared to erstwhile versions. The entry-level iPhone 16 and 16 Plus models will travel successful nan aforesaid 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes arsenic their predecessors. Bu tthe iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max will person 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch displays. That is, if each nan caller reports astir Apple’s 2024 plans for nan iPhone are accurate.

Meanwhile, a caller study claims Samsung is reasoning astir going successful nan other guidance pinch nan Galaxy S Ultra flagship. It won’t hap pinch nan Galaxy S24 Ultra, however. Instead, these mightiness beryllium semipermanent plans for Samsung. The first smaller Galaxy S Ultra mightiness get aft 2025.

The constituent of nan smaller Ultra is to compete pinch nan iPhone Pro size. But, strangely enough, each iPhones mightiness beryllium larger than they are now by nan clip this Ultra arrives. Apple’s 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch screens mightiness travel to nan non-Pro models aft nan iPhone 16 generation.

If each these reports travel true, we’re coming afloat circle here. Apple defended its mini iPhones for years earlier releasing larger iPhone 6 versions successful 2014.

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As for Samsung, nan Korean elephantine is ever speedy to punctual you that nan Galaxy Note made phablets popular, forcing Apple to transcript nan design. Samsung conveniently forgets that others made Note-sized Android phones earlier nan first Galaxy Note came to market.

Of course, it was so nan Note that made these bigger devices popular. And past Samsung folded nan Note into nan Galaxy S Ultra series, erstwhile surface size was nary longer an advantage for nan former.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Image source: Jonathan Geller, BGR

Why is Apple going larger?

Apple stuck pinch nan 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone sizes for a fewer years now, truthful nan move to larger displays mightiness look surprising. But reports opportunity that Apple wants to bring nan iPhone 15 Pro Max’s tetraprism zoom lens to nan smaller handset adjacent year. To do that, it needs much abstraction internally, truthful expanding nan size of nan iPhone is nan measurement to go.

But you can’t only summation nan size of nan iPhone 16 Pro. Do that, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 16 Pro Max is nary longer that large by comparison. So nan next-gen Max will get its ain size upgrade. That will thief Apple amended artillery life connected nan iPhone 16 Pro Max, astatine slightest successful theory.

Another logic to motorboat a larger iPhone Pro Max exemplary is to amended compete against nan larger Galaxy S Ultra. The Galaxy S24 Ultra should person a 6.8-inch screen, for illustration its predecessor.

Samsung already has a smaller Galaxy S phone

Every Galaxy S procreation features 3 devices. We person nan guidelines Galaxy S model, nan Galaxy S Plus, and nan Galaxy S Ultra. Unlike nan iPhones, nan same-year Galaxy S models do not characteristic nan aforesaid design. The Galaxy S and Galaxy S Plus look much for illustration nan iPhone. Take nan Galaxy S23 series. The regular exemplary and nan S23 Plus person level screens, level edges, and rounded corners.

The Galaxy S Ultra comes pinch curved broadside edges and level apical and bottommost edges. That’s because it features a built-in stylus. The S Pen is besides a unique creation detail, arsenic nan Ultra is nan only Galaxy S type that gets one.

That’s to opportunity that nan cheaper Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus will beryllium nonstop rivals of nan iPhone 16 Pros. But they won’t characteristic that built-in stylus.

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Plus, S23 Ultra, and S23.Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Plus, S23 Ultra, and S23. Image source: Samsung

Does a smaller Galaxy S Ultra make sense?

Rumors from Korea that leaker Revegnus picked up opportunity that Samsung is looking astatine reimagining nan Galaxy S creation aft nan Galaxy S25 series. That’s wherever nan smaller Galaxy S Ultra comes from:

There is circumstantial information to adhd a exemplary to nan existing FE lineup pinch enhanced performance, akin to nan iPhone Pro. (Possibly a smaller Galaxy S Ultra?)

By 2026, each iPhones should adopt nan 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch surface sizes. A smaller Galaxy S Ultra would person to characteristic a creation that’s 6.3-inch aliases smaller. If Samsung’s scheme is to compete against nan iPhone Pro better, that is. For comparison purposes, nan Galaxy S23 Plus features a 6.6-inch screen.

It’s excessively early to effort to conjecture what Samsung will do beyond 2025. Even if these discussions are real, there’s plentifulness of clip for Samsung to make a decision.

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After nan S25, a caller creation codification is group to beryllium implemented, and simultaneously, location are reports of nan consolidation of fund lineups for illustration nan Galaxy A series.

There is circumstantial information to adhd a exemplary to nan existing FE lineup…

— Revegnus (@Tech_Reve) December 13, 2023

I will opportunity that launching a smaller telephone pinch a built-in stylus mightiness not beryllium nan top of ideas. The S Pen eats up soul abstraction that tin utilized to amended artillery life. Sure, by 2026, we’ll get 2nm chips that should beryllium moreover much efficient. But nan artillery size discuss remains.

What’s definite is that Samsung should unveil nan Galaxy S24 bid successful early 2024 and make a large woody astir nan phone’s AI feature. That mightiness beryllium a much important improvement for nan Galaxy S statement than immoderate creation changes Samsung mightiness beryllium looking for.