Samsung sparked a wave of new rumours concerning its imminent Galaxy S4 mobile phone after unveiling an octa-core processor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.
The South Korean manufacturer's current flagship S3 handset features a quad-core CPU, so inclusion of this new technology in the next-generation device would be a significant improvement.
Owners might be able to benefit from loading applications more quickly, speedier web browsing and smoother performance during multitasking.
Google's latest operating system, Android Jelly Bean 4.2, is likely to operate the device, with upgrades to future platforms rumoured.
The S3 already incorporates the latest Near Field Communication (NFC) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technologies, so these are almost definite inclusions.
Samsung might opt to also include the latest wireless charging capabilities, putting the device in line with competitors like the Nokia Lumia 920.
Rumours are circulating that the handset will provide a 13-megapixel camera, five-inch FHD screen and a 3,100 mAh battery.
Posted by Claire Marshall