The Samsung Galaxy S5 will launch on 24 February

This invitation strongly suggests the Galaxy S5 will make its thunder-stealing entrance at Mobile World Congress
Hello Samsung Galaxy S5 - Unpacked 5 event announced for 24 February

Samsung surprised our inboxes this morning with an invite to its Unpacked 5 event. Look at it. Look right at it, and try telling us that it doesn't scream 'Galaxy S5 launch' right in your face.

The date is only one day off tech soothsayer Eldar Murtazin's 23 February launch date leak, and it looks like Samsung is going to suck all the attention away from the competition on the first day of Mobile World Congress.

With a 2,560 x 1,400 QHD / 2K screen, a camera upgrade, rumoured fingerprint recognition tech and plenty of new software tricks, the Galaxy S5 has a very good chance of reclaiming the number one spot on Stuff's Top 10 Best Smartphones list.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5: specs, release date, price – everything we (think we) know

HTC, which has launched many of its previous flagships at MWC, is expected to save its big HTC One 2 (M8) reveal until a March launch event in New York. It's understandable - who'd want to get lost in the S5's noise?

Samsung's also providing a live stream of the launch itself. Preferably minus the singing and dancing, although we wouldn't count on it.

So mark the date on the calendar and check back for the full details when it goes live at MWC 2014.

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