An entry for a Galaxy Nexus smartphone with a new processor, the TI OMAP4470, has been found on the Nenamark benchmarking website.
The new processor runs at 1.8GHz and is a faster iteration of the OMAP4460 which runs on the current Galaxy Nexus and which is underclocked from 1.5GHz to 1.2GHz.
The OMAP4470 also comes with a superior PowerVR SGX544 GPU compared to the SGX540 on the OMAP4460.
Altogether, the OMAP4470 should run significantly faster than the OMA4460. According to Androidandme, the update could also include a camera with a higher pixel count, pushing it from five megapixels to eight megapixels.
It would make sense for Samsung to launch a newer version of the Galaxy Nexus, since the smartphone is already behind the new generation of super smartphones set to debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month.
In addition, it is difficult to justify the price premium over the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation XE which have a similar set of features.
As to why Samsung is still using Texas Instruments when it has its own Exynos processors (including the fabulously fast dual core Cortex-A15 Exynos 5250), we're not sure.