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Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiling could be February 23 at pre-MWC event, new TouchWiz interface in tow

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Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiling could be February 23 at pre-MWC event, new TouchWiz interface in tow

Perennial leaker Eldar Murtazin spilled some beans today on the eventual Galaxy S5 unveiling, claiming that the flagship will be announced February 23 at Samsung's 6pm event in Barcelona, a day before the MWC expo officially commences.

The actual launch will happen in April, he claims, which leaves us a bit miffed as to why would Samsung unveil its flagship for the year so early, and then make it available for purchase two months later. What are we, in 2010? Samsung started doing its own thing a while ago, announcing the S line flagships at separate events in March, and releasing them shortly after, so we take the release date claim with a grain of salt. An actual MWC announcement is not out of the question, though, as we had a Samsung VP confirm a few weeks ago that would be the case indeed.

He says the specs are already known, leading us to the thought that they jibe with what we've heard so far on the handset - a new QHD display, new Exynos, 16 MP or 20 MP camera, and 2900 mAh battery with silicon electrodes that allowed Samsung to boost capacity, while keeping the footprint intact. We keep getting claims in our inbox today that this battery will last for days on a charge, but we find it hard to believe, as the silicon electrodes technology has been bandied about for years now, but the material still deteriorates too fast, and the best commercialization achieved so far with this technology is a 20% or so boost in capacity from the same unit. Not bad, but not breathtaking either.

Pricing is said to be in line with each and every flagship launch, which means in the vicinity of $600-$700 without a contract, and $200 on one, while Murtazin confirms a brand new TouchWiz interface will be in play, pieces of which we saw leaked over the weekend. It reminds strongly of the Magazine UX Samsung already introduced with its new PRO line of tablets, but tailored to the screen realities of a smartphone, of course.

source: EldarMurtazin (Twitter)

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posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:38 1

1. galanoth (Posts: 426; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


I don't buy it. Wasn't there an article of a Samsung Exec saying no GS5 at MWC.
Announcing before means they would have it at MWC.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:47 1

27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I think Sammy will have a different event after MWC for S5 announcement and not during MWC. I want OIS for S5, rest of the things Sammy will put together in it.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:39 17

2. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Current S4's 13MP outperforms z1's 20MP.
S5's 20MP is coming.watch out

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:54 7

5. serge327 (Posts: 73; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


i dont think so

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:57 9

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


Watch out? LOL. Sony ain't got time for that. The camera on the Z2 will blow the camera on the S5 out of the water, just like what the Z1 did to the S4.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:35 4

10. MrPhilo (Posts: 52; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Well the S4 was released before the Z1 quite a few months, so I wouldn't be surprised.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:26 14

19. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


how the hell did z1 blow the s4 out of the water?!. I own the z1, camera is pretty much sh*t. They only time you can get a good picture is when you take it outside and hold it really really still.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:57

21. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


what about video?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:19 1

25. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


In Video the z1 is pretty good. Not Note 3 good but it really does will with video. Clear and crisp image, Sound i'm not sure, my older s3 sucked with sound in recording and OFC the Z1 is better but i have nothing to compare directly with.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:59 1

22. Teja171 (unregistered)


Nonsense, i don't agree with you.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:59 5

29. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


buzz off.nobody cares

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:48 2

3. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Waiting for sweet February.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:01

24. Teja171 (unregistered)


well only 10 days away !

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:52 2

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


Waiting for the exciting February. MWC hell yea!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:57

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


BS. This guy is dead wrong.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:02 4

8. Wishmaster91 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)


I'm not excited for this!
I'll think I'm going to convert to Lumia 1520. I'm done with samsung's gimmicks, lags...

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:57 1

20. ibrahem7731 (Posts: 44; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)


They will have new touchwiz and 64 bit and I dont think that it will lag any time
Wait until to see the reviews that would be better

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 08:44 1

34. HouTexan (Posts: 446; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Bye bye.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:14 1

35. adecvat (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


1520 old specs (again) and no apps :)

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:25 2

44. znellu (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I know that there is no point in correcting you, but still, are you sure that you know what specs the 1520 is having. If you call 1520 old, then LG G2 and Nexus 5 also should be old in your opinion..

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:00

36. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Not a bad choice.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:14 2

9. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


HTC one 2.......dat is all.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 04:19 14

14. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


one 2 cha cha cha, three 4 cha cha cha...
♪┏(・o・)┛♪┗ ( ・o・) ┓♪

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 07:08 1

30. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


new HTC cha cha?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:35 1

11. Diezparda (Posts: 879; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


will new magazine touch wiz avaiable to my galaxy Note 3? i would be happy if they do...

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:59

23. Teja171 (unregistered)


Custom roms !

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 04:15 5

13. twens (Posts: 1054; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Who has tried the kitkat update for the note 3? Just flashed mine yesterday and I must say Sammy did a great job with the update. Phone is so smooth and battery life OMG! Is so good. Sammy has done a great job with the update. Not even a single lag and the keyboard is so responsive now.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 04:22

16. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Samsung stock roms provide better battery and general smoothness than custom roms in my experience. But best are the MIUI roms which have good battery but unbelievably smooth and buttery performance. I use a SGSII btw and currently on Asnet MIUI v5.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 04:34

17. kevkyle (Posts: 104; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Bring it ON", )

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 04:58

18. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Eldar Murtazin is an idiot.
There ain't any way Samsung will announce it before MWC and then launch it late April.
The announcement is slated to happen mid march and we all know that.

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