NY Times confirms Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 launch. Murtazin chimes in with more specs

February 5, 2014
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The Galaxy S5 could feature a 3,200-mAh battery and Snapdragon 805 processor, claims Eldar Murtazin, while the New York Times confirms the S5 would launch at a low-key event in Barcelona.

While few had doubts that Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona would see the launch of the Galaxy S5, it’s always good to have confirmation from an authoritative source. It doesn’t get any more authoritative than the New York Times, which reported today that the Galaxy S5 and the Gear 2 will indeed launch in Barcelona on February 24. Moreover, according to people familiar with the matter, the event will be less flashy than last year’s Broadway extravaganza, which had tap dancing and awkward musical skits.

Like with the event, Samsung will be dialing down on the flashiness of the Galaxy S5, which will have fewer new software features. The NYT confirms the 16MP camera and the absence of the iris scanner, a feature that seemed plausible a few weeks back. There’s little new information overall, and the report is in line with prior statements from a Samsung VP, who said the Galaxy S5 will be a “back to basics” device.

We’re still three weeks to the announcement, but we already have a relatively complete image of the Galaxy S5. That’s especially true for its spec sheet, which is now filled with most of the important specs. This week, Eldar Murtazin, the Russian blogger who predicted the S5 would launch at MWC, tweeted that the Galaxy S5 would feature the following specs:

  • 5.24 inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display, 560ppi
  • Snapdragon 805/Exynos 6
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of storage
  • 16MP rear, 3.2MP front camera
  • 3,200 mAh battery

Interestingly, the NYT piece says the Galaxy S5 won’t have a Quad HD (2560×1440) display, which is at odds with every report and rumor we heard so far. Even Samsung hinted it would use a Quad HD display on 2014 flagships, so we will be very surprised if the S5 turns out to be just Full HD.

Murtazin’s specs seem to corroborate with a report issued by a Korean securities company last week. Whether the blogger picked the specs from that report or used his own sources, we don’t know. These specifications do seem very plausible, however.

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