Been wondering what Samsung might have up its sleeve for Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 later this month? If you guessed “Galaxy S5,” then you’re spot on, at least according to The New York Times.
A source speaking to the NYT claims that Samsung will showcase the Galaxy S5 at its Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 event on Feb. 24, which just so happens to be the first day of Mobile World Congress. The event is expected to be much more “low-key” than the Galaxy S 4′s Radio City Music Hall debut and is also likely to include the debut of a new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The tipster went on to confirm that Samsung’s next flagship will be known as the “Galaxy S5.”
A separate source that’s reportedly been informed on the Galaxy S5′s specs today offered up some details on the goodies that Samsung will be packing into its next flagship. The device is expected to bring with it an improved camera, speedier processor and some unnamed “design enhancements.” An updated version of Samsung’s Knox security software is also reportedly coming, but outside of that, it sounds like Samsung will be focusing less on unique software features like Air View than it has in the past.
But enough about which features the Galaxy S5 will include. What about the ones that won’t make the cut? According to the NYT’s tipster, neither an eye scanner nor a high-res WQHD display will make the cut.
While most major smartphone launches took place at trade shows like CES and MWC, we’ve seen device makers steadily make the switch to dedicated events in recent years, which give them the chance to decide exactly when and where their new product will be shown. It’s interesting to learn that Samsung is planning to take things back to its Galaxy S II days by showing off the Galaxy S5 during MWC, but it could be a smart move since Samsung can take advantage of the fact that most mobile journalists will already be in town, but it can still hold its own shindig as well.
What do you think of the Galaxy S5 as it’s been described in today’s leak? Are you thinking about making the device your next daily driver?