According to invites sent out this morning for an “Unpacked 5″ event, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be unveiled on February 24 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This event comes a little bit sooner than anticipated (the S4 was unveiled in March last year at a standalone event in New York), but it’s well within the margin of error. The Galaxy S5, according to the rumor mill at least, is expected to have a high-resolution screen (possibly 2560×1440), an all-new aluminium chassis that finally does away with Samsung’s love affair for plastic, and a fingerprint or retina scanner. If the Galaxy S5 is unveiled in Barcelona, it will probably be released some time in March.
Galaxy S5 hardware specs
Rather unusually for a smartphone, the Galaxy S5′s hardware spec is still quite nebulous. Most reports agree that the Galaxy S5 will receive a higher-res screen — possibly as high as 2560×1440 (560 ppi, if the screen size remains at five inches). Beyond that, it’s mostly guesswork. The S5 will almost certainly have a beefy SoC — but odds are, it probably won’t be a 64-bit chip (except for Apple’s A7, there simply aren’t any 64-bit ARM chips ready to go). RAM-wise, there are a few reports that the Galaxy S5 might be the first smartphone with 4GB of RAM.
It’s also possible that the Galaxy S5 will be curved, like the special edition Galaxy Note 3, but we think it’s probably too soon for that technology to hit the mainstream — especially if the S5 also has a super-high-res display.
Galaxy S5 software
Given that Android 4.4 KitKat was released in October last year, it’s a fairly good bet that the Galaxy S5 will run Android 4.4. When it comes to the user experience, it’s not clear whether the Galaxy S5 will feature TouchWiz, the new Magazine UI, or something else entirely.
Galaxy S5 price
The Galaxy S5 will almost certainly be priced equivalently to the Galaxy S4 — though if manufacturing costs go up due to the higher-res screen and aluminium chassis, there could be a small price increase. We would expect a launch price, off-contract, around £550/$650. On-contract, in the USA, it’ll probably be the usual $200.