Those anticipating Samsung’s next major smartphone may not have to wait much longer. A new rumor suggests that the company may unveil its Galaxy S5 on Feb. 23 just before Mobile World Congress, although the phone isn’t expected to hit store shelves until April.
The tip comes courtesy of Eldar Murtazin, editor-in-chief of Mobile-Review.com who has been known to leak Samsung information in the past. Murtazin posted to Twitter that the phone will be announced in Barcelona on Feb. 23, adding that a new TouchWiz UI is in tow and pricing will remain the same as Samsung’s previous flagship. There’s no telling whether or not this information is accurate, but Murtazin did correctly report that the Galaxy S4 would be unveiled on March 14 in February 2013.
Murtazin’s tweet follows a slew of images posted by reliable Twitter leakster @evleaks which show what claims to be a new TouchWiz interface. The screenshot appears to be Samsung’s own version of a Google Now-like service that displays various types of notifications in a tiled format.
This includes information about your most recent workout, messages from friends, the status of your flight, concert information and sports scores. Considering Samsung introduced its My Magazine and Magazine UX features on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note Pro, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more software additions with the Galaxy S4 successor.
It’s unclear exactly what to expect from the S5, but persistent rumors suggest it will sport a QHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display, an improved 16-megapixel camera and iris scanning technology. Samsung may release two versions of the S5: one with a more premium metal build running a 64-bit Exynos 6 processor and another less expensive model with a plastic body and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip.