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Samsung has officially announced that its Unpacked 5 – Episode 1 event will take place on the opening day of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) gathering, which is February 24th, adding additional speculation regarding the possible introduction of the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

It seems that its rival Apple has started a trend by issuing event invites that contain subtle hints to what could potentially be announced at the event. Samsung’s Unpacked invitation features the number ’5′, leading many to believe that it will introduce the future of the Galaxy S series.

The release of the Unpacked 5 invitation has come courtesy of the official Samsung Mobile Twitter account. Technology enthusiasts, as well as those who can’t wait to see Samsung’s chosen direction, have been invited to ‘mark their calendars’ to ensure that they don’t miss out on the announcements that could shape Samsung’s experience during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It really shouldn’t come as any surprise by now, but Samsung is choosing to remain tight lipped regarding the finer details of the event, choosing instead to throw a number of hints out and let the public come to their own conclusions.

There is definitely no guarantee that this year’s Unpacked event will be used to introduce the next-generation Galaxy S smartphone. With that said, the world’s largest smartphone vendor has made sure to include a number of subtle nudges to push our mindsets in that direction. The number ’5′ on the event invitation seems unnecessary if the Galaxy S5 wasn’t going to play some part in the process.

The latest Galaxy S smartphone has always been considered to be Samsung’s cash cow, so unless they have an internal change of product focus then it looks like February 24th will be the day we meet the S5.

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We’ve been hearing for quite some time now that Samsung wanted to get the Galaxy S5 into the marketplace before April of this year. Lee Young-Hee of Samsung has already confirmed in an interview that the Galaxy S5 will have a strong focus on the display, as well as the “feel of the cover”. The final technical specifications of the purported device are yet to be confirmed, but you get the impression that Samsung has recognized the need to try and step away from the cheap, plastic exterior that has managed to taint the legacy of the devices that have come before it.

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