Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s next flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 will be announced one day before the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Eldar Murtazin, a blogger with a pretty good track record of leaking smartphone release dates and features, said in a tweet that the Galaxy S5 will be announced on February 23 at 18:00 p.m. in Barcelona. Murtazin leaked the release date of Galaxy S4 almost to the day last year. That lends credibility to his report.
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Samsung has to accelerate the release of Galaxy S5
There have been consistent rumors that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) will accelerate the launch of Galaxy S5 after the lukewarm sales of Galaxy S4. Last month, a Samsung VP told media that the company is likely to launch the device at MWC. But later, another company executive revealed officially that the Galaxy S5 will hit the markets by the end of April. That suggests a February-March announcement. For the past two models of Galaxy S series, the Korean electronics giant has held its own Unpacked events. An early release will give Samsung an edge over other Android vendors that are all planning to launch their flagship smartphones in the first quarter.
Galaxy Gear to accompany Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S5 is speculated to have a very different design from its predecessors. The device is rumored to sport a 5.2-inch 2K Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core chip, 3GB RAM, up to 64GB storage space. The Galaxy S5 will be powered by a 3,000mAh battery, while a 16MP camera with ISOCELL feature will give astonishing quality to images. KGI Securities recently said that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) will follow the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner. It is likely to feature the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
A Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) executive said that the Galaxy S5 will come with the next generation of Galaxy Gear smartwatch with enhanced technology and improved functions. The original Galaxy Gear was panned by users for its uninspiring design and tedious operation.