Gizmodo has received a tip of a new Samsung phone heading to Verizon’s LTE networks very soon, with a early January CES launch on the cards.

According to he tipster, the new Samsung LTE 4G smartphone will feature a first for a Verizon device – a front-facing camera, the device currently runs Froyo and Samsung’s custom UI TouchWiz.

There’s not much else to go on other than a decent shot of the screen (no Mr Blurrycam here), leading us to think its not quite a leak but possibly a very tightly controlled marketing exercise by Samsung.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) commences at the beginning of January, we are sure that this 4G beauty will be among a number of new devices unveiled by the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers.