Samsung is currently working double time on a new high-end smartphone intended to challenge Apple’s iPhone 5 head to head. Tech and social media news site PopHerald received “credible” information from Asian sources saying that a new Samsung superphone is due to be released either in August or September this year.

Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 will be released some time in September. If true, Apple’s latest iPhone will clash directly with Samsung’s upcoming superphone. But, there’s no surprise there, as iPhone 5 rivals are already starting to pop up here and there.

The upcoming iPhone 5 competitor from Samsung is said to carry similar specs to the Samsung Galaxy S II and may be branded as the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus. Though, another source mentioned that Samsung might deviate from the Galaxy brand. Regardless, the sources of the rumor say that Samsung’s upcoming superphone may include the following specs:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread (which already includes support for Google Talk with Video)
  • dual-core Samsung Exynos SoC processor (1.4 GHz)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI

Granting that the upcoming smartphone does not deviate much from the specs of the current Samsung Galaxy S II, it can carry over several of the Galaxy S II’s high-end design features such as its 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen (with Super AMOLED Plus), its Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion up to 32 GB, and its ultra-slim build.

And, since the Samsung Galaxy S II comes with an unlocked bootloader, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus may also come with an unlocked bootloader, which makes it easy to hack and mod with CyanogenMod. Who knows? Samsung may send CyanogenMod developers free handsets again.

What’s your take on this rumored iPhone 5 rival from Samsung?