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Most wanted Samsung Galaxy S5 featuresWill the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone offer enough to make you upgrade? We count down the most-wanted features.
All signs point to the unveiling of a new Samsung Galaxy phone at Mobile World Congress on February 24th. I know it feels like we just got the Galaxy S4 yesterday, but the S5 would seem to be just around the corner. So what can Samsung do to keep its flagship Android phone at the top of pack? IÃ?m Donald Bell, and in this Top 5 IÃ?ll be counting down the most requested features for the Galaxy S5. Starting off at #5: a faster processor. I mean, why not? I figure if Apple threw down the gauntlet with a 64-bit iPhone, Samsung ainÃ?t gonna take that lying down. Unlike Apple, though, Samsung is somewhat bottlenecked by what Android will support, but expect to see some serious charts and benchmarks trotted out for the S5 debut. At #4: a better screen. Samsung looooves going over the top with their screens. Not sure if theyÃ?re going to go much bigger without stepping on Galaxy Note territory, but rumor is weÃ?ll see an AMOLED screen boasting a 2k resolution -- 2560 x 1440. At some point weÃ?re going to need to upgrade our eyeballs to appreciate the increased pixel density. IÃ?m sure GoogleÃ?s working on it. Googly Eyes! At #3: better battery life. Android phones have been known to really push the limits of battery endurance, but the Galaxy S4 wasnÃ?t one of them. Not bad, but pretty much what you get with the iPhone -- words no Android fan wants to hear. The recently released LG G Flex has been able to pull down over 17 hours of intense use. ThatÃ?s more like it. Coming in at #2: a better camera. Now, the S4 already went over the top with endless features and 13mp sensor. ItÃ?s a great camera. So, what can Samsung do to raise the stakes? Maybe lean on lens quality. Maybe steal a page from the 42mp sensor in the Lumia 1020. Or, maybe that 2k resolution screen will just make all your photos look more amazing. Before we get to #1, let me take a moment to tell you what I donÃ?t want in the S5: more Samsung applications. Enough with all the S stuff. If you make an awesome and useful app, Android fans will download it. In the meantime, just let them enjoy Android instead of confusing it with all your S Ã?enhancementsÃ?. Also, TouchWiz? Samsung, are you really too proud to change this name? Were all the other names taken? Alright, and now, the #1 most wanted feature for the Galaxy S5 (as determined by me, so take this with a grain of salt): a fingerprint sensor. ItÃ?s rumored to have one, and I donÃ?t blame them. People went nuts for AppleÃ?s TouchID in the iPhone 5S. Maybe Samsung can up the ante with a retinal scanner or a DNA analyzer that unlocks your phone with a blood sample. Sounds fun. --------------- So there you go, five ways that Samsung can keep milking their Galaxy phone success for every penny. Be sure to join us over on CNET on February 24th for our live coverage of SamsungÃ?s Unpacked event, just to see if they make good. In the meantime, Top5.CNET.com. IÃ?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.