Samsung officially unveiled its first metal clad Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha this week. It comes with a metal frame which is inspired from the iPhone and a perforated leather back akin to Galaxy S5. Making things more interesting is the amazingly thin profile of the handset and a weight of 115 grams. Read on to find out the detailed specifications, details and our take on the device.
“The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market. With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics.
- 4.7″ Super AMOLED with 720p resolution – 312 ppi
- 2 GB RAM
- 32 GB Non Expandable memory
- Exynos 5 Octa Core processor – four Cortex-A15 cores (1.8GHz) and four Cortex-A7 cores (1.3GHz)
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz with S Health and Ultra low power mode
- Fingerprint reader, Heart Rate sensor
- 12 MP Primary Camera , 2.1 MP Front camera
- LTE – Category 6 Compatibility
- Dual Band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- 1860 mAh Battery
Pricing, Availability and Color Options
The phone will be launched in 150 countries across the globe in September with the price tag hovering around 600-650 US Dollars. Color options include Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver and Scuba Blue.
Although Galaxy Alpha sounds like a promising device with a sleek profile and perfect screen size, Samsung needs to price it right. Also, it will be interesting to see how Samsung uses its software optimizations to churn out a full day’s worth of battery backup from such a small battery. Contrary to popular belief, Galaxy Alpha is not a competitor to iPhone but a mere change of plans from Samsung inspired by consumer demand. What do you think about the device? Let us know and post it in the comments.