Samsung Galaxy S5 to come at a low-key MWC event: no Quad HD screen, no eye scanner


One of the most anticipated smartphones for 2014, the Samsung Galaxy S5, will come at a low-key event at the Mobile World Congress trade show, missing much hyped features like a sharper, Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) screen, and iris scanner, according to an inside source speaking for the New York Times.

Samsung is believed to introduce a new design for the Galaxy S5, as well as improved hardware, but the company’s goal with this launch will be to tap into the corporate segment with improved business features like the Knox security app.

The source has also confirmed that the new Samsung flagship will indeed be called ‘Galaxy S5’, in line with the ‘Unpacked 5’ theme of Samsung’s February 24th keynote. The event will lack the singing, dancing and fanfare of the Galaxy S4 unveiling, for which Samsung hired an orchestra and a theatrical troupe that made a huge show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Interestingly, Samsung is also said to have listened to criticism about the widely perceived to be gimmicky S4 features (like Air View), and has toned them down this time. The Galaxy S4 is said to have underwhelming sales and even to have been outpaced by the Galaxy Note 3, and that might have something to do with the lower-key event this year. A massive 10-year patent deal between Google and Samsung might have also caused this surprising shift in strategy.

Tizen is also allegedly still in the cards, but Samsung is expected to participate in a separate event to present the new operating system.

Finally, whispers are that Samsung will also introduce a new, upgraded version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, along with other devices at Mobile World Congress. We will be there covering the event live for you, so stay tuned.

source: NY Times

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