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Samsung Galaxy S4: coming "soon" with an Exynos 5 Octa processor

The eagerly anticipated successor to Samsung's hit Galaxy S3 smartphone will arrive "soon," according to a leading figure at the electronics giant.

Remarks attributed to JK Shin, Samsung's head of mobile communications, recently confirmed an MWC debut for the Galaxy Note 8.0, though the top exec was less specific about the arrival of the Galaxy S4.

In the report, published by Korean publication News1, Shin said that the firm's next flagship handset was in the off, but refused to be drawn on an exact release date.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been frequently tipped with a launch at Mobile World Congress, though Shin's ambiguity has been interpreted by some as evidence that the annual Barcelona mobile showcase can be taken off the watch list.

In other S4-related news, benchmarks purporting to show the next-generation Samsung handset have surfaced courtesy of fan site SamMobile.

The alleged Antutu benchmarks show two S4 variants - the GT-I9500 international model and the SHV-E300S Korean iteration - running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and sporting a processor assumed to be Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa SoC.

Launched at CES 2013, the Octa is clocked at 1.8GHz according to the test (see images, below), which is far from definitive - a number of folks have already commented that they feel the would-be S4 benchmarks are mere fiction as opposed to a genuine leak.

Hopefully, Shin's announcement means that more reliable information is on the horizon.

In addition to Jelly Bean and the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, the Galaxy S4 is also thought to feature a 13-megapixel camera and flexible 4.99in display.

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