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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1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

2. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

5. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

i dont think so

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

10. MrPhilo

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

19. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

21. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what about video?

25. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

22. Teja171 unregistered

Nonsense, i don't agree with you.

29. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

buzz off.nobody cares

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Waiting for sweet February.

24. Teja171 unregistered

well only 10 days away !

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Waiting for the exciting February. MWC hell yea!

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

BS. This guy is dead wrong.

8. Wishmaster91

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 21, 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...

20. ibrahem7731

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 17, 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

34. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Bye bye.

35. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

1520 old specs (again) and no apps :)

44. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 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..

36. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not a bad choice.

9. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

14. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

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

30. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

new HTC cha cha?

11. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

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

23. Teja171 unregistered

Custom roms !

13. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

16. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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.

17. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Bring it ON", )

18. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 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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