Nov 26th, 2012

It’s that time of the year, guys. Now that the Nexus 4 has passed (and fizzled?), we look towards the approaching new year. Tech blogs are already abuzz of the next, next generation of smartphones, the most noteworthy of those being Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S4. If Samsung follows their yearly launch schedule — and we have no reason to believe they wont — the device could be a mere 6 months away (give or take). That means any minute now we can expect the leaks to start trickling in and today, we may have the first by way of a benchmark popping up on NenaMark’s website.

Known only as the GT-I9400, the device’s model number as revealed in the benchmark hints that it could the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300). Of course, one look at the reported specs from the device and its low-end 800×480 resolution display and 1.2GHz Mali-400 GPU (found on the current quad-core Exynos) leads us to believe that this could also be nothing more than the rumored Samsung Galaxy Grand (Baffin), the phone version of Samsung’s 5-inch Galaxy Player which passed through the FCC a few days ago.

While we’re still a ways off from the actual launch of the device, these specs could be nothing more than (extremely) early test hardware. It’s possible Samsung is simply using lower-end hardware to test out a new version of their TouchWiz software running on Android 4.2? That or someone is pulling our leg here. No way to be sure, but in the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more deets.


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