Samsung has moved away from MWC for its S-phones, for two consecutive models now. The Galaxy S II was the last S-phone launched in Barcelona, after which the S III landed in London, and the S 4 in New York. We’ve seen more and more OEMs move away from shows, following Samsung’s and Apple’s examples, but a recent rumor puts Samsung, and its upcoming Galaxy S 5, right back on the show floor.
Eldar Murtazin’s predictions weren’t always accurate — though he predicted the S 4 launch accurately — , and there’s no way for us to verify this Galaxy S 5 launch date bit either; time alone will tell. He took it to Twitter to let people know that the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be launched on February 23, in Barcelona. He claims to not only have the hour of the event pinned down, for 6p local time, but also an end of April availability, with specs already rumored, new TouchWiz, and the same price tag.
What do you think? Does it make sense for Samsung to get back to trade shows with major releases? The South Koreans have no problem at all gathering the media and filling up any venue they choose for an event, regardless of the location in the world. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for OEMs to schedule special event a couple of days prior to trade shows.
Source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter)