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Samsung needs to focus on build quality and a better battery for the Galaxy S5 if it wants to banish the spectre of lukewarm reviews and lacklustre sales that greeted its predecessor, a poll of tech fans reveals.

In a survey of 1,311 uSwitch Tech site users, a whopping 41.69% named a longer-life battery as the feature they’d most like to see when the Galaxy S5 lands at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 24th.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mock-up

The finding underlines the extent to which resource-hungry smartphones’ under-strain batteries remain a major bugbear for many consumers, especially as manufacturers continue to add more and more features and spec-sheet sizzle to their handsets.

Interestingly, in at number-two on our readers’ wishlists was a metal build, with a whopping 31.92% of the vote. That suggests that if rumours are true that the S5 boasts a more premium construction than earlier plastic efforts, it’ll likely be welcomed with open arms by punters.

The third most-popular addition would be a Touch ID-style fingerprint scanner (8.02%), something that most analysts agree is almost certain to feature as Samsung bids to keep up with Apple's iPhone 5S and the HTC One Max.

A better camera was top priority for 7.56%, while 4.84% of our sample would like to see a larger screen that would further blur the lines between Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets and the Galaxy S range.

Samsung Unpacked 5 invite

Less welcome by some way were more of the novelty user-interface features that featured on the Galaxy S4 and which less charitable reviewers dubbed mere bloatware that’s unlikely to be used more than a few times.

Nowhere was that more evident than the fact that just 3.18% of those quizzed want more eyeball-tracking features (think: SmartScreen), while an even more paltry 1.59% are up for more floating-finger features.

Last and very much least was the all-but-certain-to-happen revamped homescreen. Although leaked photos of the redesign seemed to be well received, the BlinkFeed-esque redesign was named a priority by only 1.2% of respondents.

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