There’s no doubt Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is the biggest current star of the Android universe, but that doesn’t mean things will stay that way for much longer. If there’s something we’ve learned being around the latest and greatest gadgets, it’s that fame is fleeting, which is why we’re already curious to see when the S3 will be dethroned as the Android king.

Even more importantly, what phone will have the “muscle” and “mojo” to steal the spotlight from Samsung’s “beast?” Will it be another Sammy device, like the Galaxy Note 2? The HTC One X+? The Motorola Razr Maxx HD? Or LG’s Eclipse?

Neither of these super-phones is yet official, so it’s almost impossible to try to predict their future form against the S3, but they all look like winners to us. The LG Eclipse in particular seems like a force to be reckoned with, especially now that it has been approved by the FCC and is just about confirmed as coming by the end of October.

We have known for a while that LG will be releasing the Eclipse on at least two of the major US carriers, Sprint and AT&T, and now we’re starting to get an idea which one of those will have the honor of unveiling the monster phone first.

The Eclipse we just spotted over at the FCC is codenamed LS970 and it features CDMA/EVDO/LTE compatibility, so this bad boy is definitely heading to Sprint. That doesn’t necessarily mean that AT&T’s version of the phone, the E970, isn’t itself hidden somewhere under a pile of other FCC certification docs, away from all the spotlight. Still, it does seem more likely that Sprint will be coming out with the phone first.

The LS970’s FCC filing doesn’t reveal much about the upcoming super-phone’s spec sheet, other than some standard connectivity features, like GPS, Bluetooth and dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi. Fortunately, earlier rumors have pretty much sealed most of the Eclipse’s “equipment,” which will almost definitely include the following:

  • 4.67-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 314 ppi pixel density
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 “Krait” processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage
  • 13 MP rear-facing shooter with 1080p video capturing
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • NFC
  • User-removable 2,100 mAh battery
  • 132 x 8.9 x 71 mm dimensions
  • 142 grams weight

There’s no doubt that if it were to come with the above spec sheet, the Eclipse would beat the S3 in terms of raw power by a mile. That GPU/CPU duo would probably be one-of-a-kind (if the HTC One X+ won’t have anything to add to that), considerably upping the ante from S3’s dual-core chip and Adreno 225 GPU.

On the other hand, please keep in mind that we’re not yet dealing with confirmed information about the Eclipse, so the phone might not actually be coming with so much oomph. Or it might also be coming with Jelly Bean on board, which would make it that more impressive. Either way, we’ll keep you posted on LG’s future flagship Android smartphone.