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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date Is February 23, at MWC 2014

As the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date nears, the tech blogs are flooded with rumors about the next-gen flagship smartphone developed by the South Korea-based company. The latest one is about the Galaxy S5 launch and it comes from Eldar Murtazin, the well-connected Russian blogger.

Murtazin tweeted that the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date has been set for February 23 and that the highly-anticipated smartphone will be unveiled at 18:00 in Barcelona. It’s not just a coincidence that MWC 2014, a tech event held in Barcelona, will open its gates for the public on February 24.

Eldar Murtazin has not always been accurate with his rumors, but since the Russian blogger was the one to guess the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S4, it’s worth paying attention to his S5-related report. In the same tweet, he also mentions that the price of the Galaxy S5 will be the same as the one of its successor and that the rumors about the smartphone’s technical specifications are accurate. He even confirms that the the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be make its market debut late April.

Is Eldar Murtazin’s report accurate? If you asked me, I would say no. Let me tell you why. Not long ago, during CES 2014, one of Samsung’s executives have confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be launched in March – April time frame, of course, without mentioning whether it’s the smartphone will be introduced or released on the market in the respective time frame. Let’s say that the Samsung exec said that the Galaxy S5 will be released on the market in April (which coincides with Murtazin’s report that says it will be launched late April). But why would Samsung do that? If the Galaxy S5 is indeed introduced late February, like Murtazin claims, then the buzz created around its launch event will wash out in two months, making the South Korean company lose some of the potential customers.

The Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4 are undoubtedly two of Samsung’s best-selling smartphones and both were released on the market in less than a month after the launch event. If you show a product to your customers, then make them wait two months until they are able to purchase it, the excitement fades out, making you lose some of them. We all know that Samsung doesn’t want that.

As about the Samsung Galaxy S5 specifications, Murtazin says we already know them. The rumor mill speculates that the device will pack a 5.25-inch QHD AMOLED screen, 3 GB RAM, 64-bit octo-core Exynos 6 / quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 16 MP rear-facing ISOCELL camera, fingerprint sensor (some rumors even talk about iris scanning technology), and that it will be available in two body versios: plastic and metal.

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