After months of speculations regarding their upcoming high-quality metallic smartphone, Samsung has finally outed the Galaxy Alpha.
The device has been officially announced by Samsung’s own Samsung Tomorrow blog
Samsung claims the Galaxy Alpha offers an “entirely new appearance,” However, the Galaxy Alpha is one good-looking device, and one that might help sway those glued to their iPhones due to better build quality. That metal frame is eerily familiar, isn’t it? The Samsung Galaxy Alpha also has dotted pattern on the “tactile soft back cover,” found on the S5, Samsung’s signature home button, and the little camera bump on the rear.
Specs-wise, It has a 4.7″ HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an Octa Core processor (4 cores at 1.8GHz and 4 cores at 1.3GHz), a 12MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K videos, a 2.1MP front camera, 32GB of on-board storage without a microSD slot (a rarity for Samsung), and the usual smorgasbord of antennas—WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and LTE Cat.6. Samsung also included their Fingerprint Sensor in the home button and a Heart Rate sensor next to the rear camera.
It measures 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7mm and weighs 115g, compared to the Galaxy S5’s 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm with a weight of 145g . The side effect of that size (and thickness) reduction is a terrifyingly small 1,860 mAh battery. Even the Galaxy S3, with a 4.8″ 720 display had a 2,100 mAh battery.
The Galaxy Alpha will go on sale at the beginning of September with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board. It will be available in 5 colors: Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue.
The device will be priced at approximately 130 thousand naira (€599) which kind of steep
Samsung’s intentions with the Alpha might have been to anticipate the upcoming larger iPhone 6 and provide a competing premium product before its launch, but it may have also just granted the wish of a few Android fans who want good specs in a more pocketable device. Two birds, one stone?