Galaxy S5 Release Date Confirmed for Unpacked Event in Barcelona

Picture: Android AuthorityGalaxy S5 Concept

The Galaxy S5 could be unveiled and possibly released at a low key event in Barcelona, Spain.

The New York Times is reporting that the S5 will launch in that fashion and that it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Gear 2 smart watch on Feb. 24. The event will be a bit less flashy than the Galaxy S4's unveiling, according to those familiar with the matter.

The Times also confirmed that the device would feature a 16-megapixel camera and would not have the rumored iris scanner on board. This report is in line with a previous one that quoted words from Samsung's VP who said the S5 will be a "back to basics" device.

The first picture taken with a Galaxy S5 camera might have been leaked last week.

@evleaks posted up a picture of what could be the first sample image taken with the Galaxy S5. It doesn't reveal anything about the S5's camera quality, but it does confirm that the device will feature a 16-megapixel sensor which jives with many recent reports.

The image was shared from the Flipboard news and social curation app by a user known as @123fliptest around three weeks ago. There is also EXIF data on the photo that reveals the resolution of the original file which was 5,312 x 2,988 which makes it around 16-megapixels.

The data states that the picture was taken with a SAMSUNG-SM-G900V which could be Verizon's version of the Galaxy S5.

Another leak delivered courtesy of Sam Mobile reveals that the Galaxy S5 will launch for all major U.S. carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. It will also be available on all major carriers in Japan, Europe, China and South Korea.

The Galaxy S5 is also rumored to feature a new music player that will be deeply integrated with social media.

This app is called "Friends Music" and appeared on a patent the company recently received. This does not officially confirm that it will be featured on the device, but there is a good chance.