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Samsung testing successor to Galaxy S III, powered by new Cortex-A15 processor

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Early this week the Korea Times reported that Samsung was already working on the Galaxy S IV, which the company quickly denied as not true. Thanks to a leaked benchmark result, we now have evidence that Samsung is testing a new Android smartphone that appears to be the successor to the Galaxy S III.

A device with the codename “Samsung TE4″ was spotted by Rightware and it features some hardware we have never seen in an Android phone. The most notable highlight of the device is the Exynos 5 Dual processor, which includes 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 CPU and Mali-T604 GPU.

We have already covered the Exynos 5 in-depth, so you can check out our previous work if you want to read up. I first saw the Exynos 5 demoed in a Samsung reference design tablet at CES in January 2012 and I believed we would see the chip in one of Samsung’s flagship tablets or smartphones. That hasn’t happened yet, but Samsung said several times they would be the first to offer a chip based on ARM’s new Cortex-A15 CPU core.

There is no way to tell what this “TE4″ really is or when it will be released, but a leaked benchmark normally comes from a test device that might appear soon.

If you want to see what the Mali-T604 GPU can do, check out the demo video below from Siggraph 2012. ARM was on hand to show off its new GPU and it ran it through several benchmarks to compare it to the older Mali-400 found in the Galaxy S III.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions and get your hopes up, but Samsung has long been rumored to be one of the manufactures of the next Nexus. It would be pretty awesome to see the Exynos 5 in a smartphone this year, but I think early 2013 is more likely.

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