Samsung sure took its sweet time to bring the Galaxy Alpha to the market. The phone became official on August 13th, which was almost a month and a half ago, but the long wait finally paid off. The Galaxy Alpha for AT&T is now for sale in carrier’s stores with several payment options to choose from. Oh, and you won’t find the phone on any other carrier, as it’s AT&T-exclusive in the US.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha for AT&T
Users who are willing to stay with AT&T for the next two years can grab the Samsung Galaxy Alpha for the usual $199.99 with a new contract. If annual commitment is not your thing, you can pay full retail price of $612.99 at checkout and enjoy your new Galaxy handset with no strings attached.
Finally, you can choose to pay off the phone in monthly installments of either $25.55 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $30.65 per month with AT&T Next 12. In addition, as a part of AT&T’s promotion, a new line of Next service will be rewarded with a $100 bill credit regardless of whether you are a new or existing customer.
One of Alpha’s main selling points is its metal frame (available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, or Frosted Gold) which is a nice upgrade over the usual plastic casing that Samsung uses for its phones. The Alpha is also smaller than most smartphones released recently, as its 720p screen measures only 4.7 inches diagonally.
The handset is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and offers 32GB of internal storage which unfortunately is non-expandable. Other features include a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor and Ultra Power Saving mode. The last one will definitely come in handy, since Alpha’s battery has the capacity of a mere 1,860 mAh.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha may not have everything it was initially expected to have, but still it offers enough to satisfy the needs of devoted Galaxy fans. With its premium design and decent, though not perfect, specification the Alpha is an interesting device. That is, if you can get past its small battery and the lack of microSD slot.