Samsung may adopt a different strategy with the launch of its next Galaxy S flagship smartphone if the latest rumor turns out to be accurate.
According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, Samsung will be launching the Galaxy S5 on February 23 at Barcelona which is a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 kicks off.
Murtazin also shares that the handset will be available towards the end of April. Murtazin has a decent track record with his leaks. He was among the first to confirm the launch date for the Galaxy S4 last year.
The launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been a hotbed of discussion recently with multiple reports claiming different launch dates. An Italian journalist claimed a reliable source told him a March launch event is scheduled in London.
Dong-hoon Chang, the EVP and Head of Design Team for Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications division confirmed to Korean news site inews24 that the Galaxy S5 will be announced at MWC 2014. Another Samsung's senior executive, Lee Young Hee revealed in an interview with Bloomberg that the phone will be released by April alongside the Galaxy Gear 2.
It is odd that Samsung will schedule the launch of its flagship smartphone a day before MWC 2014 since there would be a number of other product announcements by competitors at the annual event. In addition, the past two launch events had been held after MWC.
The specs of the Galaxy S5 have apparently been leaked; SamMobile claims the smartphone will come in a metal and a plastic variant. It also will sport an AMOLED display (2,560 x 1,400 pixels) and a 16-megapixel rear camera. Earlier today, we also reported on a possible interface facelift that the Galaxy S5 may be getting.