It hasn’t been a particularly well-kept secret considering it has leaked out all over the place and been rumored on the ‘net for several months, but we now know when and where the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled.
Galaxy S5 to be unveiled on February 24
As suspected for some time, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has announced today that the event which it is dubbing ‘Unpacked 5’ will take place at the Mobile World Congress on February 24. This is in line with what has been expected with regards to the release date, with the most likely date for the Galaxy S5 hitting the shops still looking to be around April time.
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This is a huge smartphone release for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930). Having already ambitiously signaled their intention to usurp Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) this year, the Galaxy S5 will really decide whether or not this will be achieved during 2014. Whether or not this will be achieved is debatable, but what can be said is that the company has been building up the momentum with Galaxy releases for quite some time. The Galaxy S2 was the first Samsung release to really challenge the iPhone, back in 2011, and the two subsequent releases since then have further enhanced the quality of the product and shown that Samsung can deliver a smartphone that is at least as good as Apple’s iconic offerings.
Announcing this arrival at the World Mobile Congress is a bit of a change of tack for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930), given that the Korean hardware giant usually announces such new tech releases in its own dedicated events. It’s hard to imagine Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) following suit and releasing an iPhone in any other format than during its own singular platform. Previous Galaxy unveilings have taken place in New York and London, and many tipped a return to the UK for this release, until the rumor mill began grinding out the story that Samsung was to take a different approach for the Galaxy S5.
Many pundits are wondering, then, why Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has moved away from what has been a successful approach for them in the past. There could be any number of reasons for this, but the most likely to me seems to be that Samsung really wants to make this release stand out. It may seem odd to do this by not holding your own specialist launch event, but it’s evident from some of the spec rumors and leaks that we’ve been hearing that the Korean company is pulling out all of the stops in order to really make this a release that can blow away consumers. By releasing it in the middle of a massive international event, Samsung will have the opportunity to create a real street buzz, which will be essential if they intend to convincingly top the iPhone.
New leaks give spec details
In addition to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s revelation regarding the date that the Galaxy S5 will be released, new, important and credible rumors have also surfaced today regarding what we can expect from the Galaxy S5. While we heavily suspect that there will be multiple models of the smartphone when it is released in what will probably be early April, the core structure of the smartphone will remain pretty stable between these separate devices, so any clues as to what to expect remain extremely valuable.
The latest leaks regarding the Galaxy S5 have come from top South Korean brokerage KDB Daewoo Securities. This prominent company has outlined the details regarding at least one of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 models in a recent note to clients, which has now appeared on the ‘net. We know from the past that this particular firm has been pretty accurate with regard to unveiling tech details ahead of release.
According to the release note, the Galaxy S5 will be an extremely spec-packed release that will indeed have the edge over the iPhone in technical terms. Of course, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always relied on style, swagger and street buzz to sell its products, and will doubtless have something spectacular up its sleeve for the iPhone 6. But the latest leaks from KD B Daewoo do indicate what we’ve suspected about the S5 for some time; this will be a serious performer.
The leaks suggest that the Galaxy S5 will have a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon chipset, or an octa-core 64-bit Exynos SoC with 2GHz processing power. This would appear to be reliant on the region in which the phone is released, as has been the case with other Samsung products. The AMOLED display is predicted to be 5.25 inches, and as has been reported previously the screen will have a 2K resolution. Other specs include 3GB of RAM as standard, storage options which will range from 32 to 128Gb, a 16-megapixel rear camera (which contradicts recent suggestions that the Galaxy S5 would have a 21-megapixel camera), and a pretty huge 3,200 mAh battery. Additionally, as expected the leaks point to the Galaxy S5 possessing an entirely metallic casing.
Certainly all the pieces are falling into place for the Galaxy S5 release now, and we only have to wait a couple of weeks to hear from the horse’s mouth just how accurate these latest leaks are.