The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra finally ends a trend that should never have existed

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After nine years of curved screens in the best Samsung Galaxy, the brand banishes them with the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra


They are now official, the wait and the endless flow of leaks are finally over: the Samsung Galaxy S24 has officially seen the light. These three new phones, the Samsung Galaxy S24, Samsung Galaxy S24 and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, they timidly evolve in design while placing special emphasis on Artificial Intelligence. And there is one aspect where a special break arises: the Ultra says goodbye to the curved screen. At last.

Given that AMOLED panels are very thin and can be manufactured on a deformable sheet, Samsung decided to innovate in its smartphones with an element that debuted on Samsung Galaxy Note Edge nine years ago: the screen with curved edges. On that first edge only the symmetry was broken on the right side, but soon the rest of the models became infected with curves. The Samsung Galaxy S Edge, for example, also the later Samsung Galaxy Note. And in many other smartphones, the curved screen remained a sign of premium range. In the past, because their inventor has banished them from his catalogue.

Hold on, there are (no) curves coming

The Edge jumped from the Note family to the S with an Edge variant that began with the K. That mythical Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge It offered a distinctive appearance, it attracted attention thanks to those profusely curved screen sides, was manageable due to its dimensions and also because of the grip of the aforementioned curves as it molded to the contours of the hand. Yes, right angles are not very comfortable. But…

Curved screens may add distinction to the phone and an extra touch of design, but they end up offering more inconveniences in use than advantages. Starting with spare parts: changing a broken curved screen is much more expensive than an uncurved screen. In addition, clicking on the rounded areas of the panel becomes complicated, they lose a certain response to the touch, the curvature of the screen alters the colors and the image looks warped in those areas, something that especially affects the use of the smartphone horizontally. Why keep an item just for aesthetics?

Samsung was removing the curves from its catalog, leaving a last stronghold, like the French village that continues to resist the enemy. With an Ultra that was taking on Note features, especially with the integrated S Pen, it seemed that the curves would remain a hallmark. And no, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra definitively says goodbye to a design aspect that has been in the Samsung Galaxy since 2014 without the brand having found a truly useful function.

The curved screen distorts the image at the edges, alters the colors in those areas, is more fragile and more expensive to repair. And the advantages? Aesthetics, not much more

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra integrates a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with maximum QHD+ resolution that boasts dynamic refreshment from 1 to 120 Hz thanks to LTPO technology; with a peak brightness that amounts to 2,600 nits. This screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Armor, a glass that increases resistance against scratches. And yes, one of the news related to the phone is an absence: the Ultra’s screen has straight edges.

A construction that is reinforced by the absence of curves on the front

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

The combination of materials is typical of the most premium range, there is no surprise here. Yes, the absence of curves is surprising, as we have already said, as well as the detail of including the latest from Corning to protect the front. And another notable element: just like the iPhone 15 Pro, The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra boasts a body made of titanium. The IP68 certification against dust and water is maintained.

With Samsung guiding its best phone to new limits in resistance, it is logical that it has decided to make sacrifices in design, thereby breaking the heritage of previous models. Although it seems positive to us: The curved screen adds more disadvantages than advantages. We won’t miss her.

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