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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 Release Date Confirmed by NY Times

Earlier today, we’ve brought you a new round of leaked Galaxy S5 specs courtesy of Eldar Murtazin, while the journalists at New York Times write that Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone will see the light of day during a  low-key event in Barcelona.

Even though most of the tech blogs and media outlets are sure that Samsung’s Unpacked event at MWC will be about the Galaxy S5 release (given that the number “5” appeared a couple of times on the invitations), it’s nice to have confirmation from a trustworthy source. New York Times notes in today’s edition that both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Gear 2 will be launched by the Korean company in Barcelona on February 24. The reputed publication also writes, quoting sources familiar to the matter, that the Galaxy S5 launch event will be less garish than the S4’s Broadway show.

Rumor has it that the Korean company would cut down the Galaxy S5 software customizations and that its UI would be closer to stock Android than TouchWiZ, as a result of a pact between Samsung and Google made at CES 2014.

New York Time’s article also confirms some of the rumors that mad the headlines over the past couple of months. According to them, the S5 will come with a 16 MP primary shooter and it won’t sport an iris scanner.

Even though there are about three weeks left to the announced, we already know most of the technical specifications of the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 specs were also confirmed by a trustworthy source, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted that the handset will pack a 5.24-inch AMOLED screen with 2560×1440 resolution and 560 ppi, quad-core Snapdragon 805 / octo-core Exynos 6 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of native storage, 16 MP primary camera, 3.2 MP user-facing camera, and a 3,200 mAh battery.

The surprising thing is that New York Times writes that the Galaxy S5 would not arrive with a QHD (2560×1440) screen which contradicts all the rumors that hit the web so far. Furthermore, Samsung hinted they would integrate QHD screens on their flagships launched in 2014, therefore we are expecting the S5’s screen to go past full HD resolution.

Reports coming from Tawainese media say that both Samsung’s and LG’s 2014 flagship device will come with fingerprint sensors, so don’t be surprised to see one equipping the Galaxy S5, especially because the Koreans want to compete against Apple’s iPhone 5S.

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