By Keerthi Chandrashekar ( | First Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:26 AM EST

(Photo : Nena.Se)

While the Galaxy S3 is still enjoying its continuing success, both Samsung and consumers are already looking forward to the next Galaxy S smartphone. The Galaxy S4 hasn't been formally acknowledged by Samsung, but it seems that the South Korean electronics company is already running tests on early builds. A few days ago, a Samsung Model GT-I9400 device showed up on NenaMark 2 benchmark results.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 bears the model number GT-I9300, and the Galaxy S2 went under GT-I9200, so a GT-I9400 model most likely indicates a Galaxy S4 device. Samsung also began testing the Galaxy S3 in December 2011 for a May 2012 launch, so the timing of the benchmark results seem to be right on time for a May/June 2013 Galaxy S4 release. 

The specifications indicated by the NenaMark 2 benchmark, however, will not be the final Galaxy S4 specs. It seems that the device was using a WVGA display resolution and a dual-core processor. The Galaxy S4 is reported to have a full HD display and a quad-core processor. User comments on SamMobile also state that the Galaxy S3 was originally tested under weaker specs as well.

Instead, the Galaxy S4 (based off leaks and rumors of course) is shaping up to be one incredible handset. It will reportedly sport a 4.99-inch 1080p display with 441 pixels per inch, a 2.0GHz quad-core processor, and even a 13-megapixel camera. The smartphone should also come with at least 2GB RAM and Android 4.2.

Samsung is widely expected to finally show off the Galaxy S4 sometime in Q1 2013. Some expect an unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2013 in late February, while others feel that Samsung will simply hold its own Galaxy S4 launch event a little later. Either way, keep an eye on this smartphone's details as  they leak out, as next year's Samsung vs. Apple showdowns should get a lot more heated.  

Thanks to SamMobile.

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