Samsung hints at Galaxy S5 launch at MWC

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Manufacturer plays on the number ‘5’ in an invite sent out to the media for event taking place on February 24

Samsung has hinted it may unveil its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, after an invite was sent out to the media for its ‘Unpacked 5 event’.

Unpacked 5 is taking place on Monday 24 February in Barcelona on the first evening of the trade show. MWC is expected to attract more than 70,000 attendees.

Samsung has traditionally launched the latest additions to its Galaxy S smartphone range at events outside of MWC. The only exception was the Galaxy S II, which was unveiled at the event in 2011.

However, its Unpacked events have always been associated with headline product launches, with the use of the number ‘5’ in the invite adding to speculation the S5 will be unveiled.

Details on the handset’s possible specifications are scarce, but reports suggest it could in two models – metal and plastic, with the former coming with more advanced specifications.

Features rumoured to be on the S5 include a 16-megapixel rear and two megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM and an iris scanner that can scan eyes to unlock the device without typing in a passcode.

Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said last month that it would announce its first flagship device by April and to expect a successor to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, was released on April 27 and less than a month later, Samsung announced it had broken the 10 million unit sales milestone, making it the manufacturer’s quickest selling mobile device.

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