Samsung Galaxy Alpha has seen its fair share of rumors in the past few days, appearing in a handful of leaked images to give us a glimpse of what the handset may look like. It seems Samsung has decided to finally put an end to all these rumors, and announced the metal-clad Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The device looks quite different from other Samsung devices which are currently available in the market — it seems Samsung finally decided to move away from its traditional design. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy S5.
1. Metal Design
Samsung has finally decided to give the Samsung Galaxy Alpha a different look, something more premium with a metallic frame, ditching its traditional design patterns. The back may look similar to the Galaxy S5, but it appears to be more stylish and good looking. The handset measures 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm and weighs only 115 grams so you can rest assured that it won’t be hefty in your pocket.
2. Display, Processor and Other Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display boasting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. There’s an octa-core processor (quad 1.8GHz and quad 1.3GHz) with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on board. It’s disappointing to see that there’s no microSD card slot for expandable storage, a different move from the Korean OEM since most of the flagship devices of the company are accompanied by memory card support.
The handset comes with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat as its operating system out of the box, with a 1,860 mAh battery — the battery capacity is way lower when compared with the Galaxy S5, and we’re not sure if it will be able to provide a decent battery time, only time will tell. On the connectivity side, the device comes with LTE support, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, and USB 2.0.
As rumored before, the handset comes with a 12MP camera on board with 4K video recording capabilities at 30fps, and features beauty face, dual camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range), panorama, selective focus, shot and more and virtual tour. Again, there’s no optical image stabilization on the device, and it’s even lower than the one found in the Samsung Galaxy S5.
4. Pricing and Availability
Samusng Galaxy Alpha is set to hit retail in early September in many markets, and will be available in four different color options: Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue. There’s no word about the pricing, and it seems it will be released at the time of availability.
As a reminder, don’t expect it to be cheap since Clove, a UK-based retailer, has already started taking pre-orders for the device for £499.99 including VAT. Things tend to be a little more expensive in the UK, but it will not be too cheap in other markets, possibly around $500-600 is our guess.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha looks great in images, even the specifications are not that bad, but it all depends on the pricing. Samsung must choose a competitive price if they want to attract more customers. The company is also expected to launch their flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, next month which will come with a high price tag as well. Anyway, every device has its flaws, and Samsung Galaxy Alpha appears to have some as well. It will be interesting to see how the device will perform once it launches in various markets.