Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Rumor Roundup

Samsung sent out invites to an "Unpacked" event this month that's presumed to be the Galaxy S5 launch. CIO.com's Al Sacco rounds up a variety of GS5 hardware, software, design, price and release date rumors.

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Tue, February 04, 2014

CIO — The newest version of Samsung's most popular smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is expected to be unveiled Feb. 24 at two separate "Samsung Unpacked" events. The main Unpacked event is in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mobile World Congress Show, and will be simulcast for press at a New York City location.


 Invite to Samsung's Unpacked5 Event
Invite to Samsung's Unpacked5 Event

I received an invitation to the event last night, and though Samsung did not officially announce the launch of the Galaxy S5, the invitation starts with the title "Samsung Unpacked5," so I feel fairly confident in assuming the event will indeed be based around the Galaxy S5 announcement.

What can you expect at the event? First of all: me -- at least at the New York location. I won't be in Spain for Mobile World Congress, but I will be at the New York location. Second, expect some kind of elaborate performance at both events, maybe even a celebrity appearance or two, at least if the "Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event is anything like previous Samsung Unpacked events. The Galaxy S4 was launched at Radio City Music Hall last March amidst Broadway-show-like theatrics (Unpacked 2013 Episode 1), while the Galaxy Note 3/Gear launch event in Berlin Germany was simulcast at an extravagant event that took over New York City's Times Square (Unpacked 2013 Episode 2).

I was at both 2013 Samsung events, and I'll be in Manhattan for the next "episode." In anticipation, I rounded up a number of rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S5. Again, these are just rumors, but here's what the Internet suggests you can expect from the new Samsung Galaxy S5. (And we all know the Internet is never wrong...right?)

Samsung Galaxy S5's New Camera

What would a new Galaxy S device be without an improved camera? It's a near certainty that the device will have a new camera. Comments from Samsung officials during an analyst event in Seoul last fall reportedly suggest the Galaxy S5 could have a 16GB camera with a brand new ISOCELL sensor "able to deliver more color-accurate pictures, and [perform] better in low light conditions." (The Galaxy S4's 13MP camera is not exactly its strongest feature.)

Another rumor suggests the Galaxy S4 could have a 21MP camera, but the comments during the Samsung analyst event seem much more reliable.

Smartphone cameras are increasingly important these days, and they're one of the most-used features. While the focus is often on pixel count, the image sensor is just as important, if not more, at least past a certain point and for the average user. For example, the iPhone 5s has one of the better cameras I've used, and its megapixel count is just 8MP. On the other end of the spectrum, Nokia's Lumia 1020 packs a somewhat absurd 41MP shooter. So while a jump of just 3MP, from the Galaxy S4's 13MP camera to a 16MP camera on the Galaxy S5, may seem somewhat insignificant in comparison, a better sensor could drastically improve image quality.

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