It’s looking ever more likely that Samsung will be showing off the new Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress later this month, and we may be in for Sammy’s own "one more thing" in the form of the Galaxy Gear 2.
The New York Times printed a fresh report that Samsung plans a relatively low-key event for the Galaxy S5 launch.
According to a smartphone industry informant, when the South Korean smart device maker introduced the Galaxy S4 with Broadway bombast, the performance fell to deaf ears.
The same source said Samsung is opting for a more business oriented "Unpacked 5" event at MWC later this month. At the same tradeshow, the upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Gear is expected to make a showing.
Function over form
Along with a lower key event, the Galaxy S5 is shaping to introduce less gimmicky features as the Galaxy S4 did with Air Gestures’ Kinect-like motion detection control the phone without touching the screen.
A new source briefed on the phone’s specifications says Galaxy S5 will play it safe by skipping out on the earlier reported Ultra HD 4K screen. Instead the new phone is purported to have more useful upgrades including a better 16-megapixel camera and a higher-performance 64-bit processor.
It seems that new handset is also being skewed to business users with an updated version of Samsung’s Knox security software.
Meanwhile, the Korean electronics firm is eager to split away from Android with a new Windows 8.1 Huron smartphone in the pipe and it will demonstrate the new Tizen mobile operating system at a separate event.
Excitement for the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been an up and down roller coaster ride, but we’ll have all the finalized details on the handset when it shows on Feburary 24.
- Find out what the Samsung Galaxy S4 was like in our review.