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Galaxy S5 unveiling next month? Not so fast

Galaxy S5 Launch Date

Plugged-in Russian mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin reported earlier this week that Samsung planned to break tradition and unveil its 2014 flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, during a press conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain next month. Typically, Samsung’s hero phones get dedicated press events that do not coincide with larger shows. The Galaxy S5’s debut was to take place on February 23rd in Barcelona, according to the report, and the phone would showcase the beautiful new TouchWiz user interface we have seen leaked a few times. Things were looking up when Murtazin tweeted on Thursday that he had received an invitation to a Samsung presentation, however a followup tweet from the blogger tosses cold water on the whole thing.

“Samsung isnt [sic] sure about place/date of sgs5 anounce [sic] after yesterday leak,” Murtazin said in a post on Twitter. “They think about London again, info will be in a few days.”

Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S5 will feature a large display with 2K resolution, a new 64-bit 8-core Exynos processor or a quad-core Snapdragon processor depending on the model, a 16-megapixel camera with new technology that offers improved low-light photo quality, as much as 4GB of RAM, a huge 4,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

The S5 was also rumored to include an integrated eye scanner for enhanced security, but more recent reports suggest Samsung will instead take a page from Apple’s playbook and use a fingerprint scanner.

Zach Epstein

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