Remember the mysterious Samsung Galaxy Alpha that started popping up on the radar soon after the Galaxy S5 went official? The very first rumors portrayed the device as even more high-end than the S5; however, as the phone kept leaking, it became clear that it might not be as premium as it was initially expected. Yesterday, Samsung put an end to the guessing game and announced the Galaxy Alpha that features metallic frame and octa-core processor. The handset will be coming to the stores in September.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Smartphone
What makes the Samsung Galaxy Alpha stand out is its appearance. While a few characteristic traits of the Galaxy lineup are easily noticeable, it’s evident that Samsung took a new approach when designing the Alpha. The phone’s case is made of metal; however those who hoped for unibody construction may feel a twinge of disappointment. On the plus side, measuring 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm and weighing in at 115 grams, the handset is slim and lightweight and feels relatively compact despite the big screen.
The front panel houses a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, as well as a 2.1-megapixel user-facing camera. On the back sits a 12-megapixel camera with lots of cool options such as Beauty Face, Selective Focus, Virtual Tour and more. Under the hood hides an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor (quad 1.8GHz + quad 1.3GHz) paired with 2 GB of RAM. It appears that in some markets the Alpha will be available with a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset. Most likely the model with the Snapdragon chip on board will arrive in the US.
The phone packs 32 GB of built-in memory and you will have to made do with that much because there is no microSD slot for storage expansion. The battery is surprisingly modest for a smartphone of such class and has a capacity of just 1,860 mAh. Samsung didn’t reveal estimated usage time, but something tells us that it’s not going to be too impressive. Luckily, the Ultra Power Saving Mode is present so hopefully low capacity won’t be such a nuisance.
Connectivity options of the Galaxy Alpha including LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps), WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO(2×2), Bluetooth 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB: USB 2.0, and NFC. The phone is not waterproof but it does have fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. The device will ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box together with Samsung’s popular apps and services such as S Health, Download Booster and Quick Connect. The handset will be available in five color options – Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will go on sale early next month in as many as 150 markets, so it obviously won’t be a limited edition phone as it was rumored before. Samsung wants the handset to be priced at 599 euros which is exactly the same as the Galaxy S5 and the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. We are not sure yet which US carriers will offer the Galaxy Alpha, but it seems like a safe bet that the phone will be available for $100-$200 on contract.