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Samsung to unveil Galaxy S5 in late February

South Korean market leader to introduce new flagship at special event during MWC

Samsung to unveil Galaxy S5 in late February
Samsung will face stiffer competition than ever in 2014.

Samsung is to pull the curtain back on its new flagship handset, the Galaxy S5 at a special event on 24 February, during Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

The South Korean handset vendor, which is the global number-one in smartphone shipments, circulated invitations to a "Samsung unPacked 5" event. The company was expected to launch the new S series after MWC, as it did last year with the S4, but weak holiday-season sales of the S4 led to a change in schedule, Reuters reported.

Samsung will face stiffer competition than ever in 2014, following Apple's stronger presence in China, through its iPhone distribution deal with China Mobile, and stronger offerings from Chinese smartphone makers Lenovo (which has already announced its purchase of Google-owned Motorola Mobility) and Huawei.

The S5 will likely carry a bigger screen, as the phablets (smartphones with screens from five to 6.9 inches) subcategory proves a growth area for the industry. Also expected is a more powerful sensor in the main camera and biometric functions such as iris recognition or a fingerprint scanner, to compete with Apple's iPhone 5S. Additionally, it is possible that Samsung will release a new iteration of its Galaxy Gear companion wristwatch.

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