Samsung recently unveiled its Galaxy S24 series, and the highlight of the show was the suite of AI features dubbed Galaxy AI. While many were excited about the prospect of getting their hands on these cutting-edge features, it turns out that you won’t necessarily need to upgrade to an S24 to get them.
Samsung has confirmed that many of the Galaxy AI features will be coming to older devices, including the Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9 series, within the first half of 2024. This means that if you already own one of these devices, you won’t need to upgrade to enjoy the benefits of Galaxy AI.
However, there is a catch. Not all of the Galaxy AI features will be available on older devices. Those that require on-device processing, such as the ability to enhance photos and videos using machine learning algorithms, will likely be exclusive to the S24 series, which sports a powerful new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. On the other hand, features that rely on cloud processing, such as Bixby Routines and scene detection, should work just fine on older devices.
It’s worth noting that while the Galaxy AI features will be available on older devices, they may not be entirely free. According to the fine print on Samsung’s website, the company will only provide the features for free until the end of 2025. After that, users will need to pay up to continue enjoying the benefits of Galaxy AI.
Overall, while it’s great to see Samsung bringing its Galaxy AI features to older devices, it’s important to remember that not all features will be available and that there may be a cost associated with using them after 2025. Still, this move represents a step forward for Samsung and its commitment to providing cutting-edge technology to its customers, regardless of whether they have the latest and greatest hardware.