Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung is supposedly going to launch its Galaxy S5 smartphone on 23 February in Barcelona. UPDATE: see our first Galaxy S5 review, plus: Samsung Galaxy S5: Release date, specs & price.

News surrounding the Galaxy S5 smartphone is hitting new heights as a launch date has been suggested by Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin. He states that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S5 at 18:00 on 23 February in Barcelona. See also: New Samsung Galaxy S5 UK release date, rumours, new features and leaked images.

This suggests a Samsung Unpacked 2014 event a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off where most of this year's smartphones and tablets will be on show.

Read: What smartphones to expect at MWC 2014: What will Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Nokia launch?

Murtazin says that the Galaxy S5 will get a release date in April and will hit shops at the same price as its predecessor, £630. It will also launch with a new version of TouchWiz user interface with a different name, which ties in with the homescreen which has been leaked. See also: Samsung Galaxy S5 homescreen software to mimic Google Now.

Samsung typically launches its flagship Galaxy S devices at dedicated events so to launch it effectively at MWC would make for a change. Other rumours have hinted a return to London for the Galaxy S5 so perhaps the 23 Febraury Unpacked 2014 event will be for rumoured devices including the Galaxy Note Neo and Galaxy Note 3 Lite.

We'll have to wait and see. The Galaxy S5 is tipped to come with a 2K QHD screen, 20Mp camera and an iris sensor. It's heavily debated whether it will come with a plastic or metal design.

A rival to the Galaxy S5 will also be arriving in June, according to Murtazin, who says that the next-generation iPhone will possibly hit the market. Meaning a much shorter cycle for Apple after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launched in September last year.

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