By far the most important news were related to the device’s release date.
Invitations were sent out by Samsung to an event called “Samsung Unpacked 5,” set to take place on February 24th at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The traditional keyword “Unpacked” featured a small “5”, which has led many to believe that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S5.
Citing an industry source, The New York Times also reported that the handset will be presented in a “relatively low-key event,” along with a new version of the company’s Knox security software.
The source denied the rumors about the implementation of an eye scanner or a Quad HD, or WQHD, display.
Screenshots of the S5’s new interface were published by SamMobile, revealing new versions of the Samsung apps S Health, S Voice and WatchON.
The site noted that the apps apparently suggest a “flatter” design that the new UI may introduce.
A report by KDB Daewoo Securities detailed the specs of the highly-anticipated device.
They include a 5.2 or 5.25-inch AMOLED display with WQHD resolution, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor or an octa-core 64-bit Exynos chip, a 3200 mAh battery and a 16MP camera.
Android 4.4 KitKat will power the smartphone which will come in different storage capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
The firm expects the smartphone to be launched in Q1 or Q2 this year.
Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin added to the anticipation by revealing many of the device’’s possible characteristics in a tweet.
He wrote that the S5 could bring a larger 5.24-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 3 GB of RAM, a 3200 mAh battery, a digital 16 megapixel rear camera and a 3.2 megapixel cam on the front, and 32/64GB of memory.
He also expects an S Band bracelet, a new version of S Health, and new accessories to be made available along with the device, as well as “a lot of software for smart home.”