Samsung sends out invitations for likely Galaxy S5 event

By , Feb 3, 2014

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Outside of maybe Apple’s next-gen iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is probably one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014. The Galaxy line has gained a reputation for bringing about new and innovative features, and it has built up quite the following.

We were expecting to see the S5 appear sometime in March or April, but it looks like it could land much sooner than that. Samsung just sent out a round of press invitations for Samsung Unpacked 5, a media event to be held in Barcelona on February 24…

Here’s the press release from Samsung’s blog (via ArsTechnica):

“You’ve been waiting for a long time for this. Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 is coming up! 

At previous Samsung Unpacked events, we’ve shown you the ‘The Next Big Thing.’ On March 2013, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4, on September 2013, Galaxy Note 3 and Gear. These events were also live-streamed on official Samsung channels. Live blogging was also available on Samsung Tomorrow.

At the Samsung Unpacked 2014 on Monday, February, 2014 what can you expect to see? Mark the date and come visit us to see the unpacking of The Next Big Thing(?.. even the Samsung Tomorrow team doesn’t know yet), live on global.samsungtomorrow.com”

It doesn’t say so specifically, but the consensus is the event is going to be used to introduce the Galaxy S5. Granted, Samsung hasn’t unveiled a phone at Mobile World Congress since 2011, but it’s hard to imagine what else this Unpacked event could be for.

Rumors regarding S5 specs and features have been plentiful. The handset is expected to feature a 1440p display, a 64-bit eight-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery and a 16MP camera. And it’s expected to come in  metal and plastic flavors.

Samsung Galaxy S5 (concept, Concept Phones 001)

It’ll be interesting to see if these numbers hold true. The Galaxy line is by far the iPhone’s most direct competitor, and if these specs pan out, Apple certainly has its work cut out for it. The good news is, it’s planning some major upgrades of its own for iPhone 6.

But it appears Samsung will strike first. The Unpacked 5 (Episode 1, evidently) event is scheduled to begin at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific and will be livestreamed at http://youtube.com/samsungmobile. And obviously, we’ll be on hand for our usual recap.

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  • Sean Clark

    They should add more cores. That way it can do the thing.

    • Cameron Chao

      dont forget they overclock the cores when you run a benchmark. Sweet!

    • Wei

      yeah and include the tegra k1

      • Taf Khan

        Got to say the K1 does have some serious graphical capability..

    • Taf Khan

      More cores = Faster Crash Times

  • chiraagnt

    Let me guess, one major feature is a fingerprint scanner.. OH SNAP. Apple got there first.. Continue playing catchup scamsung

    • Dani Hayes

      Oh snap the Atrix already had it before the 5s. Continue to write before learning.

      • chiraagnt

        Well Apple is the one who really made a fingerprint sensor user friendly and available to all on such a convenient basis. I highly doubt it’s the Atrix that compelled Samsung to implement a similar feature :)

      • TheBeeNet

        And the HTC ONE MAX allowed the fingerprint scanner multiple functionality other than just unlocking the phone for security purposes.

      • J. Rockwell

        LMAO – Google “Atrix Fingerprint” and the next 7 recommended searches will be

        Atrix Fingerprint scanner broken
        Atrix Fingerprint scanner not working
        Atrix Fingerprint problems
        Atrix Fingerprint broken

        Just because you implement something first doesn’t mean you should be praised if the thing is a piece of junk.

      • Dani Hayes

        I’m not praising it just pointing out the facts. Just because it was garbage for some doesn’t mean they all are. I’ve been using iPhones since the 3G and cannot stand android.

      • Cameron Chao

        im pretty sure most of us knew the there were fingerprint sensor before the iPhone 5s. Apple were the first to actually make it work.

      • Raashid

        Please, quit propagating the BS. I’ve had a fingerprint scanner on my 2008 HP pavilion dv3510nr and it still works flawlessly today. Apple just advanced on it and made it more noob friendly.

      • Cameron Chao

        noob friendly? you must be shitting me, you mean if you have to take more effort to scan a fingerprint that is ‘not noob’? i had a fingerprint scanner on my laptop too, it had a bunch of features like to open files and such, but it was still a pain in the ass to use. Touch ID with jailbreak tweaks beats anything on the market.

      • Raashid

        No I mean the fact that I have to actually move my hand to a place not so common when using the fingerprint scanner on my laptop makes it “less noob friendly”. Not arguing that touchID is/isn’t the best, I’m saying it’s just an advancement on what’s been around and working for years.

        Maybe you didn’t literally mean it that way, but claiming “Apple were the first to actually make it work” is just naive.

      • mehrab

        Apple is the first to truly make it work on a smartphone

      • Raashid

        Naïve response as always…what’s up with you dude? You drop out of kindergarten or something? Starting to really pity this your non-stop idiocracy.

      • mehrab

        Chill dumbtard

      • Kurt

        Pantech Vega has more features and works as well and came out before iphone 5s. But it’s placed on the back. Blah

      • wackyrrific

        With the new device launch Samsung spammers like you are back in action, dirt is back again

      • Raashid

        With every competitor device launch, fanboy idiocracy begins accelerating with numbskulls like you. Idiocracy has began accelerating again.

      • wackyrrific

        you are dirty in the same way like samsung is

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Google “iPhone Fingerprint” and the results will be

        iPhone 5S Fingerprint Security Can Be Easily Broken
        iPhone 5S Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner Is A Fail for 20% of Users
        iPhone 5S Fingerprint Issues
        iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor ‘hacked’ within days of launch

        Just ’cause you see a few problems online, doesn’t mean it never worked for many others.

      • Cameron Chao

        consider the amount of people who bought an iPhone, consider the fact that it said 20% fail, consider the fact that the web is full of positive reviews on the iPhone touch ID too. Atrix scanner only had negative reviews.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Atrix scanner only had negative reviews? Sounds like you either suck at searching or only read Christian’s reviews, I presume the latter. Here’s some user (http://cnet co/1blrXpl) feedbacks. I see quite a lot of positives…think those are fake?

      • Kurt

        A Pantech vega phone was released last summer that had more features. Not only can do what iPhone can you could also scroll and select elements. iPhone came after with less features, but it’s most well known.

      • wackyrrific

        Samsung spammers like you are back in this site :)

      • Taf Khan

        Pantech phones suck balls… You know how good Pantech was how? Did you check its features? Tut tut

      • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

        What a lot of dislikes. Looks like someone got mad

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        It’s no surprise, mindless zombies don’t like facts that don’t make their master look all supreme.

      • Matt

        The fingerprint scanner can be hacked into, but you have to take severe measures to do so, also if we talk about android OS as an operating system than it is no brainer that I could be hacked like this

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        K, thanks for the interesting but pointless reply…

      • Matt

        Any time.

      • Ketan

        Clean your fingers and touch screen ID works flawless. Use common sense.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Sounds like you missed the last paragraph, here it is again kitty:

        Just ’cause you see a few problems online, doesn’t mean it never worked for many others.

      • Ninja Banana

        hahaha true

      • Maxim∑

        oh snap, the atrix used a conventional scanner that read the surface on the finger and required you to swipe down linearly. Lets not even talk about accuracy

        5S has 360 readability, scans sub epidermally, also he was dead right look at what Samsung is doing, im shocked!…..

      • wackyrrific

        Spamsung is claiming that this is innovation, the innovation of copying ;)

      • N&LH

        Samsung is the best company in copying

      • D1squs

        Oh snap. Another samesung fandroid lurking around an apple blog and got butthurt. Now you can cry! Huhuhu

      • Dani Hayes

        Hmmm…you must a fapple fanboy. I have the 3G, 4, 4s, 5s, iPad 2 and iPad air. Zero android devices. Hmmm, but I must a Fandroid….makes sense.

      • Jonathan

        Good one. xD I got my evening laugh.

      • Dani Hayes

        Fan droid here.

      • Matt

        Gotta love them haters.

      • Jonathan

        LOLOL

  • ap3604

    “The handset is expected to feature a 1440p display, a 64-bit eight-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery and a 16MP camera.”

    4gb of RAM + 4,000 mAh battery? Riiiiiiiight…

    • Maxim∑

      it wont have 4GB of RAM, the Note/Pro tablet series has 3GB. For them to put 4GB would make no sense

      4,000 mah… lol

      16MP probably will happen

      it wont be 64 bit thats impossible thanks to Androids fragmentation and developers being extremely slow to update

      It will be 8 core Exynos but only 4 cores can be turned on at once. Exynos is crap, Qualcomm is a lot better for Android

      • Brandon Miranda

        The concept of Exynos is cool but I don’t believe Samsung has perfected it. Believe me, I think they have a good idea but there executing it in all the wrong ways. You know?

      • Maxim∑

        I blame touchwiz lol, I think the hardware of the S5 will most likely match what was announced on the galaxy tab pro at CES.

        I guess the “next big things” will be more software and whatever they did to counter touch ID

      • Brandon Miranda

        Yes. They will probably call it S I’d. Seeing as everything they steal from Apple is rebranded with an S.

      • N&LH

        They have stolen the iPhone ad when they introduced Galaxy gear and even the adapter. So, imagine what a cheap company Samsung is, they cannot make an ad and adapter

      • Brandon Miranda

        Well I have to disagree with the ad part. They over spend on marketing.

      • Austin

        It doesn’t matter how many MP you have on a phone. It matters how well the phone can extract the photo. I think its funny how my friends with the S4 and Nokia (with the 41 MP camera) still can’t produce the stunning picture that my 5S can take and it only has a 8 MP.So MP doesn’t mean anything if you can’t extract a great photo.

      • Brandon Miranda

        So unbelievably true. I tell my buds this all the time. Look at the HTC One. 4 megapixels and takes decent pictures. Mind you no where near as good as 5S but still stunning photos. Goes to show. You don’t need all the pixels. If you execute it in a more proper fashion as Apple did then boom.

      • Kurt

        Nokia’s cameras are much better than ours. Look at the detail in shadows its incredible.image very happy with the iPhones cam. It’s not the best but it is close.

      • tocsin

        it wont be 64 bit thats impossible thanks to Androids fragmentation and developers being extremely slow to update” I would like to know what you mean by this because I think there’s a good chance it could be 64 bit. Even though Google hasn’t made android 64 bit yet Samsung could do it itself because android is open source or they could be working with Google and the gs5 could feature the newest version of android ( i know scary for nexuses right?). Also what do you mean by devs being Slow to update apps, apps won’t have to be updated to make use of 64 bit they will do it automatically!!

  • Richard Gomez

    Reading the specs make this god of all smartphones i will believe it once i see it

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    Samsung phones are way too overspec’ d. Just a 12 mp camera, 32-bit quad core 1.8ghz processor and 2 gigs of ram is enough. Though i would definetely take the 4000mah battery!

    • Maxim∑

      Samsung doesn’t optimize anything they just throw more and more hardware. Touchwiz barely runs on 2GB of RAM and lags horribly on the S4 at every corner.

      • Brandon Miranda

        So true. I tell everyone thinking about buying an S4 this. It lags. They reply, as always. It faster than iPhone. I say. No its not, 5S destroys it and that speed you get? Yeah it last for about a week. Than it lags miserably.

    • Brandon Miranda

      Everybody knows their only putting 64-bit chips just because of Apple. There is no need for it in Android but Samsung will go out of its way to put it there for the reason of “Apple did it so let me do it” and ” If we put this chip in here people will think are phones are the best”. Samsung, their is no needs for a 64-bit chip!

      • Raashid

        There is no need, but there have been hundreds of fanboy comments boasting “it’s 64-Bit, so it’s better” , so, why not make yours better too by incorporating 64-Bit in it?

      • Brandon Miranda

        Woah buddy did I hit a nerve their? We have gain from our 64-bit processor Samsung on the other hand, does not. Android is not 64-bit. There is no need.

      • Raashid

        Andorid is not 64-Bit? Then what’s this (http://bit ly/1gIfeon) about? You weren’t expecting to find the news here on iDB…were you? iOS wasn’t 64-bit b4, now it is, things change…

      • Brandon Miranda

        Why is it 64-bit you may ask? Because Apple did it. I remember reading the report on how the Android team compiled it to 64-bit for no other reason than to be able to say it is 64-bit. 64-bit is not needed for Android. It is not necessary. I admit neither for iOS but the reason I make a big point out of this is not because I am a fanboy or anything but they did it only because Apple did it. Otherwise I bet you we wouldn’t have 64-bit Android in till maybe 4.5/6.

      • Kurt

        You’re obnoxious

      • Brandon Miranda

        Am I?

      • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

        Because it is not practical for use in phones yet. It’s only needed if you want to use more RAM. That’s all I know. I think it’s just a marketing technique by Apple.

      • Raashid

        True, it’s just for future proofing like in the 5s I guess…

      • Rowan09

        Developers said it does allow them to do more for games so it’s more than a marketing technique and as Raashid stated below it’s for future proofing.

  • Michael Hulet

    This is going to be a horrible release year for dyslexics.. The 2 most popular phones are the 5S and the S5

    • Brandon Miranda

      Oh god. Don’t even get me started.

    • Jonathan

      I see what you did there.

  • Brandon Miranda

    You guys are good. I mean really good. Only blog that posts about the other side. Had something like this happened yet be Apple. The Android Authority guys could care less. You guys do the job and right.

    • Rowan09

      I’ve been on some of those Android websites and they post and bash Apple all the time.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Thank you. They are very bias. Also, there articles are rarely informative.

      • erod434

        I disagree, the vast majority of android blogs are informative and include information about roms and rooting much like IDB includes info about jailbreaking. There may be the occasional bias, but the same can be said about any ios blog as well. I enjoy reading about both perspectives to choose my next device and while I love ios on my iPad, I find that the freedoms offered by android suit me better on a phone. I even saw an android blog have an editorial about giving ios a shot for 6 months, something you would never see on an ios blog. So please inform yourself before making judgments.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Actually, if you could provide me the link to that post and iDB is outrightly bias. I honestly can’t say I’ve seen a post on iDB that was biased. Sadly, the same can’t and shan’t be said about AA.

      • erod434

        By biased I don’t necessarily mean in a negative way that is bashing android, I mean that you can see the author has an inclination for ios over everything else, which is right in line with the goals of this site and is why I come here. Also I do not read android authority so I cannot comment on your views of that site, but what I have seen from droid-life, android police, and others I have seen no bias other than the others view for android much like IDB.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Well AA outright bashes Apple.

      • erod434

        There are plenty of apple sites that bash google continually and especially Samsung, so what’s your point? For every biased android site you can find, there is a biased apple site. Supplying one android site that bashes apple doesn’t say anything about comparing apple sites vs android sites as a whole in their bias.

      • Brandon Miranda

        I apologize but can you supply me with links to Apple blogs besides iDB and TiP? I like to expand my reading portfolio.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Also I agree with you upset I’m vice versa in a sense. I love having my jailbroken iPhone because of the prestigiousness and the simple flow and speed of things but as of recently, I have been super pleased with my Nexus 7. It is amazing. I like it a lot. Yet I still do not know if I would give it up for an iPad… Although I do with no regret recommend to even to most die-hard iOS fans (like my self) to go out and buy and try a Nexus 7. Its amazing.

      • N&LH

        I have question for you. How did you come up with the IDB is bias? Second question, what is the problem when the majority of the comments, bashing Samsung!!. or you are crying because most of the comments have been written in this thread are facts. We have not lied about anything

      • erod434

        This site is dedicated to apple and therefore, by its very nature is slanted at least a little bit to favor apple. However, the writers here do a great job of being impartial while maintaining an apple focus which I was I come to this site quite often. I never said anyone lied I am not accusing anyone, just stating my opinion.

  • Jonathan

    On the day of the event:

    • Maxim∑

      lol Samsungs audience is horrible, they never clap. nothing the actors literally had to say “lets give a big applause for the galaxy gear”

      • Sean Clark

        I’d say that’s pretty common, though. If you took a shot every time Steve Jobs asked the crowd “Isn’t this cool?” during a keynote you’d be in the E.R.
        It’s just part of engaging the crowd.

      • Rowan09

        The S4 event was just horrible, they spent more time on some horrible acting, instead of telling people about the product. We’ll see if they do better this year.

    • Wei

      don’t be like that Jonathan, I’m sure Samsung will have some good shit up it’s sleeve

    • Clinton Braun

      bwahahahahahaha! and i’ll bet that guys only there for the free all-you-can-eat buffet!

    • WolfgangHoltz

      Did not know that Apple already had its iPhone 6 event, but now I know why.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        just… stop typing… forever…

  • Dante Arellano

    Same shite androide 64? Hello! I’m usining 64bite since let me see 6 moths ago.

    • N&LH

      If the OS does not support 64 bits then they cannot have 64 bits chip

  • Steve

    Here we go with those same old Shamesung shite.

  • Alain Vasquez

    Need help, any of you installed ”
    Alkaline
    after installing it, i notice it wont let me Send pictures On Imessage. is there anything i can do ? i already uninstall Alkaline and that dint work :/

  • n0ahcruz3

    Those specs…

  • Jeremy

    Even as an apple fan, I get excited for when new phones get released cause I like to see what other companies can bring to the table :)

    • Mohsin

      To the one person who down voted: what is wrong with this comment?

  • Rowan09

    I heard they weren’t doing a 64 bit processor but a 32 instead.

    • N&LH

      How can they put 64 bits chip and the OS does is not 64 bits!!

  • leart

    Samsung should make a phone with the name: phone-i s5, straight to the point

  • N&LH

    Really interested to see what are the useless features in S5? and I hope the phone does have lag

    • erod434

      If you know that your not going to buy it why would you wish others who might buy it to have a bad experience. It seems pretty sad.

      • N&LH

        I have never ever wished for anyone to have a bad experience with their phone. As usual Samsung is the first company to put useless features in their devices. If you wanna blame, then you need to blame Samsung for giving its users a bad experience.

  • s0me

    came here for the Samsung hate comments you fanboys are so smart

    • N&LH

      what is the problem to write negative comments ?

      • s0me

        do you fell better or what?

      • N&LH

        I am not a kid to feel better when I write a negative comment on a product.

  • http://boyangeorgiev.tumblr.com/ Boyan Georgiev

    The 5S vs The S5 :D

  • Ketan

    64 bit processor copying iphone 5s, what do you expect from samsung. Always copy apple!!!!!!!!