Samsung Galaxy S24’s AI features could be locked behind a paywall


When using online services that are free, there is usually an option to pay for a more premium version of that service that comes with additional perks that some users might appreciate. But what if you were to pay for a product, but then be told you had to pay more to use some of its features?

That’s what Samsung could be planning to do with its upcoming Galaxy S24 series of phones, where a post on X by @Tech_Reve claims that Samsung is toying with the idea of charging users a subscription fee to use the on-device AI features.

Now, it was previously rumored that AI could be a big new feature of the Galaxy S24 phones. This was supposed to be a good thing as it could finally bring some features that would put it on par with Google’s Pixel series of phones, but if this rumor is true, we’re not sure if that’s such a good idea.

It is unclear why Samsung might want to charge for this. We know that companies like Apple and Google offer subscription services for things like cloud storage, music, and videos, but it’s fair because those are additional things that don’t necessarily take away from the user experience if users choose not to pay for them.

In this case, if Samsung is going to make a big deal about AI on its Galaxy S24 phones, locking those features behind a paywall just seems outright dumb. Hopefully it’s not true, but we’ll have to wait and see come January 2024.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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