Samsung Galaxy S5 launch: As it happened at MWC 2014

Samsung has been teasing its next flagship handset ferociously ahead of MWC, and all signs point to the Korean tech titan stealing the show in Barcelona with the launch of the Galaxy S5.

Don't miss: ITProPortal MWC live blog

This is without question one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year and it speaks volumes that Samsung has opted for an MWC launch again, having previously unveiled the S3 and S4 at standalone events.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S4 review

So what are we expecting this evening? The Galaxy S5 rumour mill has been working overtime, and the world's next big smartphone could be waterproof, pack a new 64-bit Exynos chipset, or even feature iris recognition technology.

Elsewhere, it's being speculated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a 5.2in display, come with an enhanced 16-megapixel rear camera, and pack 3GB of RAM.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S5 rumour roundup

Stay tuned, as we're just about to hop across town to secure our place at tonight's blockbuster Samsung Unpacked 5 event. This is your one-stop shop for everything Galaxy S5 tonight, so keep us tabbed and let us know what you think by dropping us a comment or trolling us on Twitter.

Will the Galaxy S5 be the best smartphone ever made or just another disappointing bit of plastic tat? We're about to find out.

  • 24 February
  • 20:33

    Wow, what a night! You'll rarely have a dull one in Barcelona but this was something different entirely. Stay tuned over the coming days as we post our hands on previews and reviews of Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy gadgets

  • 20:14

    Bowled over?

  • 20:14

  • 20:05

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    We're off to get our grubby hands all over the new devices, so stick with us for more.

  • 19:59

    And done! Thanks for tuning in!

  • 19:57

    On April 11 these devices will come out in nearly 150 countries (but not the US)

  • 19:57

    Finishing up. This is the most efficient Samsung presentation in ALL OF HISTORY.

  • 19:57

    Samsung Galaxy Gifts are content rewards for S5 users, you know, promotional stuff.

  • 19:56

    Broad line of covers, wireless charging options, matching headphones for Galaxy S5.

  • 19:56

    "We've worked out the workout, ladies and gentlemen. Now that's fitness."

  • 19:54

    GS5 comes with ANT+ for various sports sensors. Coach app gives you lifestyle tips: exercise, food, sleep, stress and weight.

  • 19:54

    Gear Fit works with 20 devices. Built in heart rate sensor. Your fitness data is analyzed on the S5 with new S Health app.

  • 19:52

    Gear Fit weighs 27g, Changeable hypoallergenic straps. Instant notifications, reject call, control alarm, quick reply.

  • 19:51

    Now a Gear Fit demo video. World's first curved super AMOLED wearable touchscreen.

  • 19:50

    Gear 2 has 3-day battery life, 3x Gear 1. IP67 water and dust resistant.

  • 19:50

    Gear 2 SDK being released. Gear 2 Neo is lighter and slightly less expensive. Gear 2 works with 17 Galaxy phones.

  • 19:49

    "Gear 2 was developed as part of a long term vision." Can control TV via IR blaster. Health, lifestyle, social, commerce & ent apps.

  • 19:49

    Applause for the 4GB of music storage.

  • 19:48

    You can set your own background, change the font, get instant notifications and heart rate. 4GB storage for music and videos.

  • 19:48

    Strap comes in black, brown and orange, designer versions also available. Now physical Home button on Gear 2.

  • 19:48

    "Design improvements in Gear 2 were made with simplicity and chic in mind." Now removable strap.

  • 19:48

    Park is back to talk about staying fit. He fondles his Gear 2. "Gear 2 represents progress."

  • 19:47

    Private mode stores documents and images under a fingerprint lock, like an image of your passport

  • 19:46

  • 19:43

    Finger scanner uses your fingerprint as the ultimate password. Encrypted on device, never shared. Secure payments via PayPal.

  • 19:42

    Ultra power saving mode: at 10% battery it can last 24 hours in standby. Monochrome mode with minimal background processes.

  • 19:42

    Not waterproof. Don't keep it underwater. "But if it does get wet, it'll be good."

  • 19:41

    Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistant (so much applause again!) "You don't have to be resistant to water!" Play music in the shower!

  • 19:41

    "Download booster" allows for a gigabyte down in 30 seconds by merging LTE and Wi-Fi.

  • 19:41

    "We need fastest network to sustain high traffic volume." 8 LTE bands in any given region. 2x Wi-Fi speeds with ac MIMO, phone 1st

  • 19:40

  • 19:38

    "Selective focus" lets you fake shallow depth of field using a filter.

  • 19:38

    Fastest ever AF for a smartphone. [Applause] Real-time, instant HDR with HDR preview on Galaxy S5.

  • 19:38

    Larger camera sensor than the S4, new companion chipset for image processing. Capture moment in 0.3 secs.

  • 19:37

    Now, camera. New fast autofocus, new HDR mode for pix/vids, selective focus. Hybrid AF with phase detection AF. 16MP.

  • 19:37

    Significantly increased battery to 2800 mAh, 10 hours LTE surfing and 12 hours video playback.

  • 19:37

    "Super dimming" for dark rooms, 2 candelas per square metre.

  • 19:37

    New algorithm to analyze and segment the display under changing light conditions. I've seen this, it's awesome.

  • 19:36

    Icons are larger, more visual, easier to navigate.

  • 19:36

    Refined UI "so it's clean, vibrant, with a unique geometric pattern inspired by the prism effect of diamonds."

  • 19:35

  • 19:33

    Great cam, fastest network, protected for your life, stay fit. These are the messages today. "We hear you." 5 qualities of the GS5.

  • 19:33

    "We are listening. We hear you want a device to fit your modern lifestyle, designed with a glam look."

  • 19:33

    Euro VP Jean-Daniel Ayme is coming up. Notice: no crazy MCs. No actors. No second-tier celebrities.

  • 19:31

    Gear Fit has "iconic design" with curved screen. Will check your heart rate when you're exercising. Notifications.

  • 19:31

    Quick Gear 2 and Gear Fit demo. "Designed to balance individual style with personal life ... [they] are chic personal devices."

  • 19:31

    The back has a "unique perforated pattern" which is "modern and refreshing."

  • 19:31

    "You will get longer operating time with ultra power saving mode." More applause.

  • 19:30

    IP67 water and dust resistant. The crowd goes wild!

  • 19:30

  • 19:27

    Dedicated fitness tools designed to work with the Gear series. Built in heart rate sensor. Real time fitness coaching services.

  • 19:27

    "It gives consumers the top 3 most wanted camera features. Fast autofocus, enriched color with advanced HDR and improved user exp."

  • 19:25

  • 19:23

    LTE Cat 4, fastest and most stable Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi/LTE bonding.

  • 19:21

  • 19:19

    Press releases have been distributed and Samsung has been punished for its timekeeping. The Galaxy S5 has landed.

  • 19:06

  • 19:00

    We hope to be back with some more visuals soon

  • 18:56

    We're in to the auditorium! And right on cue, the Wi-Fi has gone all congested like...

  • 18:44

    There's some atmospheric music kicking off in the background now - are we about to get things properly moving?

  • 18:38

    The crowd is suitably massed. You might even call it a throng. In about 30 minutes, the biggest mobile event of the year will get underway - make sure you're with us every step of the way

  • 18:37

  • 18:36

    Don't forget to check out our MWC 2014 live blog, which features all the best news, analysis, and gossip from the world's biggest mobile event

  • 18:07

    It's still cocktails and canapes time down here in Barcelona - stay tuned, as the main event kicks off at 20:00 CET (19:00 GMT) and we're expecting some crazy things to go down. In fact my foot is already numb with excitement.. Or maybe that's just the lack of a proper press room and sitting on the floor. You decide.

  • 17:50

    Famous last words but the Wi-Fi here isn't terrible - yet

  • 17:49

  • 17:47

    And we're in! The cerveza is flowing at Barcelona's Centre Convencions Internacional and here's a wee teaser photo to whet your appetite ahead of tonight's big launch

  • 17:25

    What are we going to see from the S5?

    16-megapixel camera?

    IP67 dust and water resistance?

    5.24in AMOLED screen with a QHD 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution?

    Stay tuned to find out!

  • 16:46

    Wondering what Samsung has in store for us? Check out these (ostensibly) leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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  • 16:33

    Hello and welcome to the official ITProPortal Samsung Galaxy S5 launch live blog - we're just about to speed across Barcelona to secure our place at tonight's blockbuster event, so stay tuned!