Samsung Galaxy S5 launch: February 24? Looks likely

Samsung Galaxy S5 launch: February 24? Looks likelyThis latest Samsung Galaxy S5 launch rumour had me skeptically furrowing my brow at first, but the more I look into it, the more credible it seems.

We’re told that the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch will go down on February 24, the first day of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014.

Ok, so, reasons to be skeptical. Samsung has a habit of milking its flagship launches, and as yet, with less than three weeks to this proposed S5 launch date, it’s said very little.

Also, in recent years, we’ve seen Samsung (and others) move away from MWC, instead hosting independent flagship launch events.

Furthermore, traditionally, Samsung hosts an event the day before MWC gets underway proper. Are we supposed to believe that Samsung will simply launch the Galaxy S5 on the Monday, with tons of other stuff going on around it? That’d be uncharacteristically modest after the all-singing, all-dancing BS surrounding the Galaxy S4 launch.

However! Having said all that, Samsung has fired out an invite to something called Unpacked5. Five, you say? As in… Samsung Galaxy S5?

Visible on the official @SamsungMobile twitter account, the South Koreans invite the world to witness something called Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 1, on February 24 in Barcelona.

The Verge adds that further invites specify the launch of Samsung’s “new flagship product”, though it could be a Tizen flagship, surely?

As for that mysterious ‘5’, a Samsung spokesperson teases: "We can't tell you what '5' means."

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:15

I'd bet on this being the S5 announcement. The bad-press backlash if it wasn't would be huge, especially since they've called it Unpacked5 (no idea how to format that as a "to the power of" 5 like Samsung have).

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:33

I hope that, whenever it launches, it flops.
Not because it's Samsung, or Android; but because: bite from reality sandwich.
Too many phones. Too many flagships. They have all gone nuts. Of course it's not a new thing - the K750 was hardly on the shelves when Sony Ericsson hinted at the k800...
But now it is no longer about well-placed rumours, hints and fuzzy 'leaked' photos.
Now there are full-on launches before the latest flagship has hit all markets.
And they often don't add much. Just enough to keep bloggers blogging, haters hatin' and fanbois drooling. But nothing that makes any sense to the majority of shoppers.

Take a fr*gging breather, people.
And then, of course, the term flagship is becoming a questionable tag, anyways.
Nokia's 'flagship' Lumias are only flagships because of ONE feature: the cameras. Anyone not
in need of 20MP+ may as well buy a, now, £90 HTC 8S - if WP is the desired OS.
Anyone who doesn't need 5 inches+ and a great camera, would be somewhat daft to not buy a Moto G instead of a 'flagship' that costs 3 times what the G costs.

Midrangers can now play GTA San Andreas. What more power can you need?
Most mobile smartphonery is about online crazes. Online services. If you're into photo and video sharing, guess what: Nokia's camera kings aren't your best choice. Oddly, the very best
camera phones have the worst photo editing and sharing apps. Hey, you need work-arounds to 'share' full-res Lumia photos. I know a lot of experienced techies who get frustrated trying to show off their pureview master pieces, because it's almost impossible to quickly share them without resizing and compressing the wow out of them.
Another issue: break your iPhone, and you'll get every part fairly quickly.
Break any of the one-a-quarter flagships and you're often screwed.
Colleague treated herself to a Lumia 1020. Though I had warned her, she managed to get a 5 cent sim-adapter stuck in the sim port. Removal damaged the port. Word from Nokia: We can't provide a spare part at this time. Expected availability? 6-12 weeks! This is Nokia. I can still get all parts for my antique E61. But a current flagship with a not very unusual hardware issue
(millions of people use sim adapters, thanks, *&^%*& Apple) - may as well treat it like a WiFi-only phablet, because, hey, spare parts? We haz a 1520 instead....
Same goes for other manufacturers.
Give us service, support, and ensure the apps needed to get with the hype are of good quality. ADEQUATE!
It's the web age... people are numbed to the next great thing that gets dismantled via Twitter hashtag within 5 minutes of its announcement.

And,oh, that little problem (don't look at the unicorn, man....) that we are all broke...

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 13:59

And yet for all your ranting and continual references to no one having any money it'll sell ridiculously well.
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too and often that one you just mentioned the camera. The K750 case in point isn't it, people weren't flocking to it because of the joystick on the front.

Also you do realise that most are broadly oblivious to all this anyway, maybe you need to take a break from phones and trying a new one every other week I'm not sure it's good for you.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 14:29

And yet for all your ranting and continual references to no one having any money it'll sell ridiculously well.
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too and often that one you just mentioned the camera. The K750 case in point isn't it, people weren't flocking to it because of the joystick on the front.

Also you do realise that most are broadly oblivious to all this anyway, maybe you need to take a break from phones and trying a new one every other week I'm not sure it's good for you.

All fair points. I'm well aware of the fact that my usage isn't representative. But: isn't that kinda making my point, rather than yours? The vocal bloggers who talk up all and any pseudo news.
That next super app, that must have feature? Their phone consumption has nothing to do or in common with, say, most of my real life acquaintances who think "iPhone" is the generic term for touchscreen gizmo...
And: the SGS4, contrary to your suggestion, did not sell as well as hoped for. It still sold a lot, yes. But not that well. And I dare suggest the iPhone 5c (or something like it) would have sold a lot better 2 years ago. Also: look at the 2nd hand market. Two or three years ago you could buy any new release, use it for a couple of weeks and then sell it on at very little loss. Now?
You can get a week old Z1 or SGS4 for 60% of its new price... Even iPhones are no longer safe from time's impact on resale value.
So, I don't think I am completely 'off'... Though, yes - my musings may now and again be irrelevant in the greater scheme of mass consumption-ism. But seriously? The world 'economy'
has no impact? Really? Are you saying Sony and HTC's mobile units are in trouble, but people's financial 'issues' have nothing to do with that?
I know young mothers who, on a Friday think, "groceries for the weekend or that
over-priced schoolbook for my kid?" You believe upgrading from her cracked 4S is high on her list?

As to your other suggestion: I have actually cut back on trial and error. The Moto G I tried ended up in my hands by coincidence. Not because I wanted to use one.
I still, mostly, use an N9 although lack of support for online services apps makes it more and more frustrating. That, and, it's kinda bug*ered...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 14:35

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:17

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.

Jan's right, lots of flagship feature phones were well rounded devices. The K750i was a genuinely good phone, as was the Samsung D900i. They're just two which I can think of off the top of my head.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:18

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.


All that random nonsensical ranting above and that's all that gets?

yes the s4 didn't sell as well as they may have hoped but wasn't exactly lacking in sales. I'll definitely agree the 5c would have sold really well 2 years ago yep but then it is last years phone not 2 years ago one.

HTCs problem remains that people would rather buy Samsung. There's no shortage of buyers for phones, seems the market is still growing year on year? Was less spent on phones in total last year than previous year?

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:20

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.

Jan's right, lots of flagship feature phones were well rounded devices. The K750i was a genuinely good phone, as was the Samsung D900i. They're just two which I can think of off the top of my head.


Look at that now and see what else extra they had over other devices of the era? Precious little. Not sure the d900 even sold well.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:24

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.


All that random nonsensical ranting above and that's all that gets?

yes the s4 didn't sell as well as they may have hoped but wasn't exactly lacking in sales. I'll definitely agree the 5c would have sold really well 2 years ago yep but then it is last years phone not 2 years ago one.

HTCs problem remains that people would rather buy Samsung. There's no shortage of buyers for phones, seems the market is still growing year on year? Was less spent on phones in total last year than previous year?

But can people really afford their new phones? They pay them off over 2 years via a contract and struggle to meet their other financial requirements because they see their high-end phone as "essential", like electricity or running water. Phones have become like cars; people own models they can't really afford by paying them off over time (contracts for phones and PCP or leasing for cars) whilst simultaneously struggling to keep up with their other outgoings.

Having an S4 or an iPhone 5S is like people's "need" to have that new Audi A4 or new BMW 3 Series, they used to be high end products which only people who could afford them bought, but now they've become mass market products which everybody "needs".

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:27

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.

Jan's right, lots of flagship feature phones were well rounded devices. The K750i was a genuinely good phone, as was the Samsung D900i. They're just two which I can think of off the top of my head.


Look at that now and see what else extra they had over other devices of the era? Precious little. Not sure the d900 even sold well.

The D900 made 2006's top 20 best selling phones list. Admittedly it was only in 19th place, but it was still a damn good all-rounder.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:51

PS:
As for flagships weren't they always based on pretty much one feature in the feature phone era too No, that is not correct. Sorry.


All that random nonsensical ranting above and that's all that gets?

yes the s4 didn't sell as well as they may have hoped but wasn't exactly lacking in sales. I'll definitely agree the 5c would have sold really well 2 years ago yep but then it is last years phone not 2 years ago one.

HTCs problem remains that people would rather buy Samsung. There's no shortage of buyers for phones, seems the market is still growing year on year? Was less spent on phones in total last year than previous year?

That is why I said the "5c ...or something like it"!!!
The N95 had more than just a good camera in its days. Sony Ericsson combined walkman and cybershot... Add then new stuff like WiFi, GPS etc... A lot more combinations of features 'back in the days'! Remember the k750 wasn't even 3G!!!! Yet, although there were loadsa 3G devices available back then, it stood out.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 15:57

And yes, the market still grows, but mainly in the so-called 3rd world. Growth slowed big time in EU/USA.
Also: I clearly referred to boom times of smartphone hipness when ordinary folk were trying out new devices just so... I don't consider it "random ranting" when I point out that fewer people
can or want to spend money that way these days.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 18:50

But can people really afford their new phones? They pay them off over 2 years via a contract and struggle to meet their other financial requirements because they see their high-end phone as "essential", like electricity or running water. Phones have become like cars; people own models they can't really afford by paying them off over time (contracts for phones and PCP or leasing for cars) whilst simultaneously struggling to keep up with their other outgoings.

Having an S4 or an iPhone 5S is like people's "need" to have that new Audi A4 or new BMW 3 Series, they used to be high end products which only people who could afford them bought, but now they've become mass market products which everybody "needs".


That's not really anything new either. People were getting phones they couldn't afford to pay for upfront a decade ago, I worked with lots of them. Even further back I recall my parents having a vhs machine on pay monthly. Besides there's an entire industry built around encouraging people to want what they can't afford and a few more that rely on it. If people really stop buying these we are in even **** tbh.

Not sure if it's that your stuff has become less special that's the crux of that thought...

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 18:52

Look at that now and see what else extra they had over other devices of the era? Precious little. Not sure the d900 even sold well.
The D900 made 2006's top 20 best selling phones list. Admittedly it was only in 19th place, but it was still a damn good all-rounder. [/quote]

What was number 19 last year would we think it successful?

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 18:56

The N95 had more than just a good camera in its days. Sony Ericsson combined walkman and cybershot... Add then new stuff like WiFi, GPS etc... A lot more combinations of features 'back in the days'! Remember the k750 wasn't even 3G!!!! Yet, although there were loadsa 3G devices available back then, it stood out.


Well generally SE had one or the other who could want both?
Yeah the k750 stood out because of the camera... It had nothing else remarkable.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:03

And yes, the market still grows, but mainly in the so-called 3rd world. Growth slowed big time in EU/USA.
Also: I clearly referred to boom times of smartphone hipness when ordinary folk were trying out new devices just so... I don't consider it "random ranting" when I point out that fewer people
can or want to spend money that way these days.


Yes but if no one has money and no one is buying it wouldn't be growing at all it'd be plummeting like a Nokia 6230 dropped by a mad parachuting from space guy.
Ordinary(ish) people are still doing that, follow the threads on hukd, you are just older and aren't part of it any more and also get to try them out for nowt. If no one was doing it there wouldn't be an ever increasing number of places on the high streets here stocking top end 2nd hand phones almost as soon as they launch.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:10

But can people really afford their new phones? They pay them off over 2 years via a contract and struggle to meet their other financial requirements because they see their high-end phone as "essential", like electricity or running water. Phones have become like cars; people own models they can't really afford by paying them off over time (contracts for phones and PCP or leasing for cars) whilst simultaneously struggling to keep up with their other outgoings.

Having an S4 or an iPhone 5S is like people's "need" to have that new Audi A4 or new BMW 3 Series, they used to be high end products which only people who could afford them bought, but now they've become mass market products which everybody "needs".


That's not really anything new either. People were getting phones they couldn't afford to pay for upfront a decade ago, I worked with lots of them. Even further back I recall my parents having a vhs machine on pay monthly. Besides there's an entire industry built around encouraging people to want what they can't afford and a few more that rely on it. If people really stop buying these we are in even **** tbh.

Not sure if it's that your stuff has become less special that's the crux of that thought...


I disagree. There is a marked change from 2 or 3 years ago.
Yes, people still buy phones they don't need and cannot really afford. But less so.
I follow the 2nd hand market closely. And have done so for 10 years plus. It has never been
like this in the past 10 years. It's not the end for mobiles or 'civilisation', but I bet 3 years ago more people would have felt an urge to try something like the SGS4 or the One or Z1 just for the heck of it.
And had they sold it on after a week of meh, they wouldn't have lost close to 50%.
After Christmas... a week after Christmas here in Ireland you could get a 5c at 60% of its payg price. (the 5s is a different story here, because it only very recently became available on payg).

As to the k750... yes, camera aside it was so-so - but I was mentioning it in the larger context.

And all together: the success of phones like the budget Ascends, or now the Moto G speaks
for itself. Sure, the G is much better than say the Ace a few years ago... ah. well.
Enough of my randomness :p You won by stamina.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:27

And all together: the success of phones like the budget Ascends, or now the Moto G speaks
for itself. Sure, the G is much better than say the Ace a few years ago... ah. well.
Enough of my randomness :p You won by stamina.


Crappy budget phones have always sold though, look at the 3310. Argh don't mention the ace!

Treab  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:30

but the ace was awesome when you activated the secondary camera...

That said i have liked my samsung phones... my s2 which failed was fixed by sammy in its second year and if my note 3 breaks im sure sammy will fix it... so god knows why it would take nokia 6-12 weeks to send a part...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:31

Ah, yes... the Ace's easteregg camera.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:35

but the ace was awesome when you activated the secondary camera...

That said i have liked my samsung phones... my s2 which failed was fixed by sammy in its second year and if my note 3 breaks im sure sammy will fix it... so god knows why it would take nokia 6-12 weeks to send a part...


Hey, just to be clear - I didn't start this to be hatin' on Samsung. They were just an example - and their butter churn's the busiest. The G aside, if I had to use an Android device, it'd be an SGS4 or a Note 2 or 3. Maybe that Z1 Compact, but not if it has those stupid shatter-proof sheets to ruin perfectly good Gorilla Glass.

Treab  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:35

Ah, yes... the Ace's easteregg camera.

Bringing it back janny ;)

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:36

Two of the bigger phone trends I recall in the feature era were in crap phones too, both motorolas as it happens, hmmm.

The chocolate which was popular despite it's crapness in pretty much every way I could see and the v3 which was slim and erm yeah...

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:54

z1 compact does seem rather tempting next year when the newer version is out and it's half the current price and running Licorice Allsorts or Maltesers

Treab  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:56

please let it be called maltesers

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