MetroPCS recently announced that it plans to release several new LTE-capable smartphones before the year's end and it appears that one of them has already been leaked. A device carrying the model number SCH-R940 is said to be heading to the regional carrier as the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G.

The handset bears a striking resemblance to Verizon's DROID Charge and will reportedly feature several specs that DROID Charge also offers, including a Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-mepapixel front-facing camera and pre-installed 16GB microSD card. While we may not have the full resolution of the Lightray's display, it is said that it will be able to connect to HD displays via its HDMI-out port. We also noticed that it features a Mobile TV/Dyle TV application and what appears to be a stowaway antenna.

While we hope that the phone ships with Ice Cream Sandwich or higher, from the looks of the rendered image, it will most likely be packing Gingerbread.

MetroPCS' executives have said the carrier's target price point for its new handsets will range from $99 – $149, and we suspect the Lightray's price tag will fall somewhere between those figures.

One member of the Howard Forums said the Lightray could be slated for a mid-August release.

[via: PhoneArena, Howard Forums]