The invites are out and the rumour mill has been churning away. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is on its way, with the company's Unpacked event taking place tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We'll be at the event to relay all of the juicy details as they unfold, but we've already got a laundry list of new features we'd like to see from the Samsung’s next flagship handset.
Whether it's from "supply chain sources" or "people close to the situation," everyone seems to have a say when it comes to the most hotly anticipated Android smartphone this year. If Samsung follows a similar route to last year, we'll likely see the fastest processor, a slight bump in screen size, a slimming of bezels, and possibly even a quad HD display. And with Apple making waves with its Touch ID sensor, we wouldn't be surprised to see a Samsung alternative to the fingerprint-scanning technology.
We polled everyone in the office, including Android and iOS users alike, to find out what people expect from this year's flagship smartphone. Then we debated, and compiled this list of the top seven features we're dying to see in the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Quad HD display
Let's start with one of the more popular rumours going around: An upgraded display. The S5 is purportedly set to sport a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, which will offer some amazing levels of detail. Some might say that this is going a bit over the top – but one thing’s for sure, we can’t wait to see just how sharp and crisp the S5’s screen is.
Sturdier body and screen
Despite years of derision, Samsung has yet to produce a device that truly wows from a design standpoint. Thin and light is nice, but we'd like to see something more substantial, something more luxurious. Metal alloy or sturdier polycarbonate would be a good start, and a stronger sapphire screen would do wonders for Samsung's reputation.
Point-and-shoot level camera
The Galaxy S4 took fine pictures with its 13-megapixel camera, but companies like Nokia and Sony are really starting to push the boundaries of mobile photography. I want to see a big point-and-shoot class sensor with megapixels to spare for lossless digital zoom. Optical image stabilisation is also a no-brainer here. The current rumour is the S5 will have a 16-megapixel snapper.
Stock Android option
Samsung's TouchWiz skin has its place, but there's nothing quite like a clean build of Android as Google intended it. Samsung already showed it's willing to play ball with a Google Play Edition of the S4 in the States, so why not give consumers the choice up front (and in the UK, too)?
Epic battery life
What good is all that power and flexibility if you're scrambling for an outlet come midday? The Galaxy S4 had pretty solid battery life, but we'd like to see something that approaches the marathon longevity of phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung has made its screens bigger and better, but have you tried watching a video or listening to music through the built-in speakers? Samsung should take a page out of HTC's book and rethink its speakers for the S5.
No bloatware or redundant content stores
South Korea recently mandated that all bloatware be removable by users. How about Samsung extend that courtesy beyond the confines of its home turf? Apple's been doing it for years. And while we're at it, how about we finally dispense with the redundant app and media stores?