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Available in 13 different languages, the on-device AI function is offered via Samsung’s own generative AI training.

It also offers a “circle-to-search” function in which circling any part of an image on screen searches it in Google. Other features include AI translation and changing the tone of messages to casual, formal, business or social media.

There are also AI summaries and translation of voice recordings, “generative editing” of photos that fill in non-existent backgrounds, and a feature that turns real-time videos into slow-motion by filling in non-existent frames with AI.

On-device AI refers to generative AI functions that are downloaded to each user’s device after being trained, which do not need to connect to the cloud.

Companies like Qualcomm and Samsung are touting on-device AI as more secure for personal information, as it does not need to send data to the cloud for use.

AI SMARTPHONES

Just 5 per cent of smartphones shipped in 2024 will be AI-capable, but this will grow to 45 per cent in 2027, data provider Canalys forecasts.

In the long-term, “generative AI on devices is bound to have a significant impact on the smartphone market, especially in terms of user experience”, said Jene Park, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint.

However, this might not “immediately affect smartphone purchases”, Park added, as it takes time for generative AI functions to incorporate more and better data to increase value for consumers.

The Galaxy S24 series will be sold starting Jan 31. In Singapore, pre-orders began on Jan 18. 

In Singapore, the base Galaxy S24 is priced from S$1,288 and two higher-specification versions, the S24 Plus and S24 Ultra, from S$1,528 and S$1,928 respectively. In the United States, the same models are priced at US$799, US$999 and US$1,299, respectively. 

Samsung has kept the prices of the base model and Plus at the same level as last year’s. The price of the Ultra has been increased by US$100.

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