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Friday 25 July 2014

Samsung 'to unveil Galaxy S5 on 24 February'

Sophie Curtis

Published 04/02/2014|11:09

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Samsung has indicated that it will take the wrapping off its brand new Galaxy S5 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 24 February.

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An invitation has been send to journalists to attend an event at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, entitled 'Unpacked5'. Rumours had previously been circulating in the Korean press that manufacturing of the Samsung Galaxy S5 would begin in Vietnam in January 2014, with a view to releasing the handset at the end of the quarter.

The highly-anticipated Galaxy S5 is rumoured to have a 5- to 5.2-inch HD screen that would give the smartphone a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. Howeverm it is very unlikely that it will be curved or flexible like the recent Galaxy Round and LG G Flex.

Back in September, Samsung's co-chief executive Shin Jong-Kyun told journalists in South Korea that the company's next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality, like Apple iPhone 5s, but it is not known whether this will arrive with the Galaxy S5. Other leaks have pointed to octo- or even quad-core chips instead. 4GB of RAM has also been tipped.

A couple of leaked images suggest that the S5 might be designed with a combination of aluminium and the faux-leather look of the Note 3, giving it a more premium feeling than the plastic Galaxy S4.

Samsung's TouchWiz user interface is also getting a big refresh by the look of some of the leaked images. The revamped interface features brightly coloured tiles with sports results, messages from contacts, flight updates, fitness monitor, maps and local events.

There have been a couple of rumours suggesting that the Galaxy S5 will launch running Samsung's Tizen operating system, but this is highly unlikely. It is generally assumed that the S5 will arrive running Android 4.4 KitKat – although Samsung might launch a Tizen device in parallel.

The camera is expected to get an upgrade, with most rumours pointing towards a 16-Megapixel lens, with optical image stabilisation.The S5 is also rumoured to feature eye scanning technology – a move which would help the South Korean smartphone maker gain the edge on the Apple iPhone 5s' fingerprint sensor.

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