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Liveblog: Samsung's Unpacked 5 event (could it be the Galaxy S5?)

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Liveblog: Samsung's Unpacked 5 event (could it be the Galaxy S5?)
It's time. Samsung is about to hold its Unpacked 5 event, here at MWC 2014, and you know what we're all expecting to see on that event. That's right - the mythic Galaxy S5 - an epic smartphone that should arrive to become the latest iteration of what's probably the most successful Android smartphone line.

Separated from the noise and bustle of MWC, Samsung has occupied its own corner of Barcelona - the Centre Convencions Internacional - and it's dedicating this space to Unpacked 5. Well, judging by all the preparation and the lovely setting, this is just bound to be an exciting event!

EVENT START TIME: 2 PM ET | 1 PM CT | 12 PM MT | 11 AM PT | 7 PM GMT | 8 PM CET

Live event tracker

13:59We're rushing to the demo area to bring you all about the Galaxy S5, the Fit and Gear 2. Stay tuned!
13:58Thanks for being with us!
13:58Aaand that's it
13:57"On April 11th, we will release these incredible devices in nearly 150 countries."
13:57That's all for David. We seem to be wrapping up here.
13:56Recapping everything we saw so far
13:56
13:56New premium Samsung headphones
13:55Covers and wireless charging options
13:55First heart rate sensor was supposed to draw applause... weird silence in the hall.
13:55
13:54Back to the Galaxy S5, world's first smartphone equipped with a heart-rate sensor
13:54
13:53
13:53
13:53Hey, built-in pedometer also
13:53Built in heart monitor too
13:53Compatible with 20 Galaxy devices
13:52Instant notifications and replies to messages, awesome
13:52You can swap the straps
13:51Curved Super AMOLED on a wearable device, just 27grams
13:51
13:50"Take a look at the perfect Fit"
13:50Now, time for a new option...
13:505. Protection from the elements
13:49Three times longer battery life, now up to 5 days
13:494. Longer battery life
13:49With Gear 2 you can sync with 17 Galaxy devices
13:49Gear 2 comes in a range of options with black, grey and orange Gear 2 Neo
13:493. More choices
13:49Samsung is releasing Gear 2 SDK so devs can create apps
13:48Gear 2 can control your TV with WatchOn - it has its own infrared!
13:48those numbers are for the five Gear principles
13:482. Extended ecosystem
13:48Gear 2 rocks 4GB of memory so you can use it as a standalone music player
13:47You also get your heart-rate
13:47New watchface options
13:46Gear 2 now comes with a home button
13:46Samsung moved the camera, the speaker, and the microphone to the bezel
13:46design improvements in Gear 2 were made with chic in mind
13:451. Wear the smart style
13:455 key areas
13:45He's rocking a Gear 2
13:45JD is off the stage and David is back to talk fitness
13:44
13:44This is great for keeping your most valuable items
13:44New Private mode, accessible only via a swipe with your very own finger
13:43Fingerprint reader works as authentication for mobile payments, so you don't have to type long passwords
13:42Enable it at 10% and your S5 would still be able to last up to 10 hours!
13:42Now, we love this! It turns your phone black and white, and leaves just the essential features

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:11 8

1. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


EXCITED NOT!
especially after the new leaks(http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Samsung-G​alaxy-S5-leaks-in-its-full-high-resolution-glory-w​aterproof-fingerprint-sensor-16MP-camera_id53033)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:24 4

14. akki20892 (Posts: 3655; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Note 3 little twin brother is coming. I mean design.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:00

37. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Samsung Galaxy lineup is what happens when a company plays it too safe. Today I decided to play a game about guessing phone names by their looks. Guess what. I failed. The moment I gazed upon a Galaxy phone, I was like: S4. No Grand. No Grand 2. No Galaxy Mega. F**k it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:10

45. emanuelwooten (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


its suppose to have 2 versions so hopefully that pos is the lame version of it and not the so called prime version

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:12 18

2. toink (unregistered)


It's been leaked and we all hate it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:20 8

9. hateftotti (Posts: 146; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I bet Samsung will surprise all of us tonight ;)
Trust me

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:26 6

16. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I trust you, but if you're wrong, I will no longer trust Samsung.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:53 3

22. hateftotti (Posts: 146; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Tnx.I will do the same if there will be no surprise ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:28 1

27. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


I stopped to trust Samsung after bought SM-P605 and last Samsungs device I buy.
Multitouch, screen shaking issues on all Note 8, Note 3, Note 2014 WiFi/LTE and Samsung give a sh*t to release fixes for them.
They missed to copy Apples, customers support and release updates fixes too.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:12 1

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 3? What is this bug/issue you speak of?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:58 1

25. abdane (Posts: 478; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I really hope you are correct, if Samsung didnt surprise us, or at least didnt change the design and build material... i will no longer trust them and it's either The all new HTC One or the G3 for me :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:31

30. Ashoaib (Posts: 2431; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I hope

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:38

39. Cicero (Posts: 500; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


I hope! For the sake of the game!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:13 16

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Who the hel* gives a shi* now that we have the Z2? It's unbeatable! S5 SOOOO UGLY Only HTC can compare to Sony in the Android world!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:19 5

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't forget LG, Oppo and Huawei.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:22 4

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Whoops forgot about LG! They have great devices since G2! Oppo and Huawei are nice, but I think the Chinese have still a lot to catch up in the quality, support and software sides.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:13 2

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


S5 > Z2 I'll assure you that.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:18 2

35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Assure whatever you want, but please only to yourself. Even you know your wrong. Your EGO is just too high to admit you're wrong.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:59 1

36. christophersalse (Posts: 98; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Says the troll who just couldn't resist commenting on an article of a phone he was never interested in.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:13 1

4. nightfox11 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


im excited hopefully the Galaxy S5 Prime gets announced cant wait!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:14

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


xcited indeed, galaxy s5 will take the crown.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:16

6. evarod48 (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


technology is awesome, I love seeing what new designs companies have on their new products. If you are someone that just bashes new phone concepts then I feel for you.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:18 1

7. UglyFrank (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


We know the prime will be the main flagship and it will be close to their patented design hopefully

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:20 2

10. FoneAddict (Posts: 209; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


S5 = S4 = S3 absolutely ZERO design innovation across 3 generations! WTF Samsung!!!

I'm still in SHOCK by those leaks of the S5. It they turn out to be true then RIP Samsung, it's time to let others like Sony, LG, HTC pave the way!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:21 2

11. Patorikku (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Excited only to watch the samflop.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:22 5

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Whatever, just bring it on and we'll see. If the S5 really looks like the ugly one in the leaked picture today, you're out, Samsung.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:24 5

15. tech2 (Posts: 2463; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That's what u said last year but they end up selling 40 mil units. I'll take your insult as a good luck charm ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:32 2

18. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I don't care with those 40 million buyers, I only care about Samsung's design. They'll have to change the design to get even more than 40 millon buyers. The Wave I, II, and III is still the best Samsung design ever, and they should have implement that design on their flagship line.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:47 2

21. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


So? What does that 40 million buyers have to do with this? The most important things on a phone are the features, design, hardware and user experience, not sales. With that being said, I still think that Samsung needs to catch up on the design of their phones, they improved a bit on their Note line with the faux leather back which is a welcome edition but they still need to improve more. Just look at Sony, HTC, LG, Oppo, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE, their phones look good. Samsung should learn from them.

The Samsung phones that have good designs in my opinion are the Wave series, Galaxy S2, and the Note 3. That's all.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:38 1

28. 1701nino (unregistered)


Yea,but if look closely samsung was not happy with their sales numbers,it showed that their growth started to decrease,for any great tech company thats a huge warning,i mean just look at nokia or blackberry they had huge sales numbers but when the boat started to sink it turned into titanic.I think todays flagship can't have just features,people demand great and quality design,most people(non tech) consider smartphones fasion accesories,thats why you see sony and apple rise,htc barelly but it is a shift.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:31

17. Mube007 (Posts: 121; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Flop event ugly s5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:44 1

19. Technobri (Posts: 78; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


If the crap design is true than I'll be looking into sony z2..but ill probably have to jump ship to get it since I doubt It will be heading to sprint

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:45

20. umerkhan (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Disapointment!! Sammy FugLY GS5..Samfung's design team sucks BADLY...But i still hope that those leaked pics aren't legit...But it doesnt seem dat way..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:53 2

23. Dude2014 (Posts: 182; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Facepalm incoming

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:58

24. melcruz66 (Posts: 23; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


I hope the S5 has better features than the Z2. If not im buying the Z2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:12

26. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


i really hope these are not real, or are at least the cheaper varient of the s5, i have been a samsung fan since s2, had s3, was happy to upgrade to s4 even though the design changes were fairly small, however, looking at this device, makes me feel like it is only an updated s4 with very little or no design consideration taken into account,
rumour has it that there is 2 devices to be shown, so i am hoping that the S5 premium will also show its head tonight, and that they have in fact changed the design language or i am afraid my money will go to one of the other companies this year.
it is to similar to the past 2 devices to be considered a flagship, much like sony z2, its just a slight tweak to the hardware and then charge premium rates for already in use current tech. i will wait and see before complaining, the one saving grace is the addition on micro usb 3.0 port like note 3, but that is really not anything to get excited about when designing a new device.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:04 1

29. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


i think the design would be different bcoz s5 is waterproof ..that is it will not hav that plasticky leather back as on note 3.....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:34

31. Mube007 (Posts: 121; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Ntng spl in s5 designing...chinise designers are 100 times better than koreans engnrs.i m sure it will be a big flop event,if it is real s5 than its my promise u samsung that z2 will sell like a hot cake following lg g3 and htc one 2 u r no whr in my taste....gud night fds

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:56

32. iMemo (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


I bet Samsung's S5 won't be able to beat the Z2.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:53 1

40. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I bet it will! It will have higher resolution, more features and now it's water and dust proof just like z1 and z2 so Sony no longer holds that advantage, but I think the build quality crown will stay with Sony.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:17

38. lalajani (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Bla bla bla GTS(go to sleep)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:57

41. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


well now expecting same old plastic and minor design changes

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:00

42. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


I bet the nexus5 will still overall be the best

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:01

43. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


i have a live stream here.http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=34173

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:09

44. mobi_user (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Late by 5 mins, that means "some song" is still patching the phone.lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:24

46. techaman (unregistered)


Ok he'll f ing no it's ugly as duck no one will buy this am getting HTC or nothing

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:26

47. techaman (unregistered)


And now officially committed business suicide by releasing this ugly phone

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30

48. techaman (unregistered)


They are not listening at all we want design we don't want plastic ugly crap now you just made every customer in the world mad don't want to buy this and it's Major biggest flop in the end Samsung

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:40

49. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


The dotted back design is F*ing ugly. Thank god I got the note 3. What the HLL were they thinking. Please be a premium model and make this the garbage model... otherwise... Apple is about to dominate even more...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:42

50. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


"Download booster" new feature combines LTE with Wi-Fi

Look ... now you can blow your data limits even while on wifi!

Water resistant! wow.... too bad it isn't ugly resistant!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:52

51. youlookfoolish (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Feels like a retread. Becoming cyclical like Apple. This phone is not exciting.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:54

52. amozhi (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Not a smartphone at all

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:01

53. tlsmithsr (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


No price point on the Gear 2, Neo, or Fit?!.. I can understand not giving a price on the G5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09

54. BillyBoy (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Now sony has a nice shot to make a splash. For the first time. Same for htc. Samsung S5 can be HTC's savior.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:11

55. mobi_user (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


apart from the heart rate monitoring accessory there is nothing new. Do not know who is going to play with heart rate monitor.

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