Samsung Unpacked 5

Update (24 FEB 2014) : I started writing this update 5 hours before the start. I was up since 4am brimming with excitement. By 2pm I had already taken a bath and was wearing my favourite blue shorts. Below are the key points I took away from the event followed by some screenshots from the live stream. The event started @ 3pm TT time and more than 304,000 viewers tuned in to the YouTube live stream which started off with beautiful music from an orchestra.

  • Samsung has been one of the major contributors to the mobile industry's high growth.
  • More than 200 million customers have chosen the Galaxy S devices.
  • Our customers want beautiful design and performance, simple and powerful camera, faster and seamless connectivity, durability and a device to help them stay fit.
  • Download booster software.
  • Fitness tools combined with Gear Fit device.
  • Ultra power saving mode.
  • Modern and refreshing design.
  • People inspired innovation.
  • We will focus on what matters to consumers.
  • Improving human life is at the heart of Samsung.
  • New collection of settings icons.
  • 5.1" full HD super amoled screen with local contrast enhancement or super dimming and adaptive display.
  • Longer battery life with 2,800 mAh battery.
  • Fast focus hybrid AF 16MP camera with HDR mode and selective focus.
  • Full LTE coverage and Wi-Fi MIMO (802.11ac)
  • Water and dust resistant.
  • Finger scanner for security, private mode and payments. Encrypted and never shared.
  • Improved Gear devices and ANT+ support.
  • Heart rate sensor on the S5.
  • Wireless charger and other accessories.
  • To be released on April 11 in nearly 150 countries.

My overall impression : I have used the Note1, S3 and S4 and had good experiences. Samsung is in a good position as a major player, all they have to do is listen to the consumers. I asked my social streams "What do you want to see in the Samsung Galaxy S5?" and got the following responses. Several were addressed by the S5. For me I wished the S5 had OTA radio and TV.

  • Them ditching the thin plastic design for something with more of a premium feeling - Zafir
  • Fast updates - Randall
  • Waterproof and drop ability, no cases pls - Arthur
  • A fat battery that allows 5 to 6 hours of screen time and for them to ease off the skinning and keep it stock-ish - Warren
  • Native android lol - Kern
  • Less Samsung extraneous 'stuff' installed on the phone - Andre
  • Better battery life, base on tech advance and features all I really want is better battery life - Anonymous
  • Less junk, more pure android experience - Kevin
  • Cheaper price. Lol - Warren
  • Colours and thinner and a smite bigger too - Daman
  • Fingerprint sensor, that seems to be great security if it works correctly. The usual points of smoother UI, longer battery life etc - Angel
  • Better battery life - Stephen
  • Maybe no Android at all? - Mark
  • New material. I'm done with the cheap plastic look - Hugh
  • An LCD3 screen. I hate AMOLED screens - John

Thanks for all the comments. Greatly appreciated. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.























Update (22 FEB 2014) : Samsung has announced their next version Gear devices ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014. It's the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo running Tizen instead of Android.





Update (21 FEB 2014) : Samsung Unpacked 5 Trailer.





Update (20 FEB 2014) : Read today that the Galaxy S5 might be released on March 13th.



Update (19 FEB 2014) : Today the Samsung Exynos twitter account teased us with an image. Is this the 64-bit SoC and is it destined for the Galaxy S5. That would be major cool if so.



Update (11 FEB 2014) : New teaser image hints at redesign TouchWiz UI.





Update (23 FEB 2014) : Summarising some of the rumoured specs of the S5 I have read. What others have you read about?

  • Retina scanner
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3GB RAM
  • 2K display
  • 20 MP ISOCELL camera
  • Android 4.4 Kit Kat
  • Revamped Touchwiz
  • Metal body
  • Rapid charging batteries
  • 64-bit processor
  • Stereo speakers
  • 128GB version
  • No physical home/back/menu buttons
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Cheaper price
  • Water and dust proof
  • Dedicated camera button





Samsung has sent out invitations for their event as part of MWC 2014. Maybe we will see the Galaxy S5 at the February 24 event. I will be tuning in to the live stream and live blogs and updating this blog post. Then we'll have to see when the device becomes available in Trinidad.

8 comments:

  1. not impressed much at all...

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    1. was expecting the 3gb RAM, a fully functional octacore processor, OIS, less cheaper looking body, wireless charging out of box...

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  2. slight update as expected, really wish the native android experience was a real option as the play store edition is expensive

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  3. Enjoyed watching it. Was expecting better specs.

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  4. Will wait for camera comparisons and so on before jumping on the bandwagon. But it seems like a nice choice.

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