Samsung Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress?

by: Shawn IngramFebruary 3, 2014

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Samsung just announced its first Unpacked event for 2014, and it looks like we’ll be starting off with the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch on February 24 at Mobile World Congress.

The invitation says the probably Galaxy S5 launch event will take place in Barcelona at 8 p.m. local time, which translates to 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. Like all other Samsung Unpacked events, this one will be streamed on Samsung’s YouTube channel so those of us who can’t make the trip out to MWC can watch the announcement as it happens.

There’s no real teaser image for the next Samsung flagship in the invitation, but there are a couple conspicuous “5”s in the invite. If that’s not a hint at the coming of the Galaxy S5, we don’t know what is. The S5 is the next major device we’re expecting from Samsung, so it only makes sense that it would launch at the company’s next big event. And the timing is just about a year after the launch of the Galaxy S4.

Recent rumors for the Galaxy S5 say the phone will come in two models, one with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, and one with an eight-core Samsung Exynos 5430 and 3GB of RAM. The phone is expected to have a 5.2-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 16MP rear-facing camera. There’s also a strong possibility that Samsung will include a fingerprint scanner to better compete with Apple’s iPhone 5s.

What we don’t know is how the Galaxy S5 will play into Samsung’s recent agreement with Google to scale back its Android customizations. Several screenshots have leaked of the new UI that will replace TouchWiz, but they came before the agreement. Samsung may change the UI from those images to look more like stock Android, which many Android fans would no doubt like.

Are you ready for the Galaxy S5?

  • Jayfeather787

    Not happening. Samsung likes attention and will likely do it after or before MWC on their own event.

    • Jaun Lombard

      Correction: “Samsung can afford attention”

      Believe me…even Sony and LG will do the same if they could afford it…dont blame Samsung because they advertise their products, but yeah…I think this will be an ATIV event or something!

  • MadCowOnAStick

    21 MP rumor…

  • dahvie

    Will not buy it happy with my sony xperia z1s

    • steve jobs

      I sold my z1, overrated and battery sucks even WITH root and all the tweaks

  • Balraj

    20 days more
    Best thing is only Samsung can launch in multiple countries in almost a month
    Not much of a difference between usa release date & other countries
    Something HTC or Sony or lg can’t do
    All the best Samsung :-)

  • wezi427

    Why wouldn’t the Snapdragon version have 3GB of RAM?

    • MasterMuffin


      • Wezi427

        As the high end phones come out, why wouldn’t 3GB become the standard? They can’t say because of the cost, I think most people would expect it.

        • Jaun Lombard

          I think it is a typo…it will be 3 RAM or more…

          • wezi427

            I would hope so. Rumors!

  • AndroidBoss

    Great, hope it’s a good phone. But that Snapdragon 800 will be old by mid 2014.

    • Mozaik

      no touchwiz shit plz

      • AndroidBoss

        Yeah, or at least a better Touchwiz with no lags and faster app launching.

    • Bernie Mills

      No idea what they are thinking!

  • Brandon

    I’m so excited!!!!

    • Jay

      And I just can’t hide it!!!!

      • htcLOLZ

        I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!!

        • MasterMuffin

          And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I want you?

          • You guys freaking rock. We’ll be there and will produce some awesome videos for you! Let us know what you want to see so we can plan for it!

          • MasterMuffin

            Eeeeverything please :)

  • dandroid13

    I just hope they keep rooting still easy apart from the Knox fiasco, stock rom + Xposed is a killer for me, else I’ll get a Nexus 5. But I still prefer Sammy hardware.

    • Jay

      ‘Killer’ as in deal breaker, or ‘killer’ as in it’s awesome? Wanam’s Xposed and Nova launcher on stock rom is all I need. Getting around Knox is a pain in the ass though…

      • dandroid13

        I tripped Knox long ago, couldn’t care less, Sammy fixed my old GS2 brick-bugged under warranty so I’m fine with it. Of course Wanam is awesome, that’s why I dont use custom roms as much as in the past.

  • Aki I.

    Am I the only one who thinks a snapdragon 800 s5 would be foolish to produce?

    • Jaun Lombard


  • Luka Mlinar

    Ow man, not another Unpacked event. I still have nightmares from when they unpacked the S4. Almost died of boredom that time.

  • Looking at the approach Samsung has taken with their apps (leaked) , I really want to see how S5 will look like and what tricks does Samsung have up its sleeve now. I just can’t wait!

  • yama

    Yea like s4 you will get the snap 800 version and some months later they will release the snap 805 version hahahah

    So fucking gay idea by samsung.

  • systemupdate

    Can’t wait to go back to Android! iOS sucks! I have never used my phone less… Should have stuck with S4.
    Come to Papa!

  • Bernie Mills

    Yesss!!!! The wait has been long and tiring. Samsung rules!!!

  • hulk

    I hope the screen is not bent

  • brandon maruszczak


  • Denis

    Estonians independence day, no work, no school, just new samsung