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All Galaxy Alpha design pictures and official press images: can it counter the iPhone 6?

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All Galaxy Alpha design pictures and official press images: can it counter the iPhone 6?
With its just 0.26" (6.7 mm) thin chassis, the Galaxy Alpha is a looker, and the most anorexic of all Samsung handsets in the Galaxy line so far. This thickness is even more impressive, considering that the handset sports a metal frame and side rim, yet keeps with Samsung tradition to supply a removable back cover and a replaceable battery.

It's the juicer that bore the brunt of the Galaxy Alpha designers' rage, as the company only managed to fit a 1860 mAh capacity unit in the 6.7mm handset, but let's not split hairs here before we've tested the actual endurance of the Alpha with this package. The Galaxy Alpha is obviously meant to meet the expectations that Samsung would release a well-spec'd handset with a more premium design, yet without straying away from the company's recognizable design language too much.



Whether or not Samsung succeeded, you can be the judge, as we are supplying all of the official press renders, PR images, and hands-on pictures that are fit to print in the slideshow below. It might also not be an accident that Samsung released a phone with a more upscale design and the same screen size of the rumored iPhone 6, and is planning to release it in mid-September, a bit before Apple's expected iPhone announcement. What do you think, can this design counter the eventual iPhone 6 offering?

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posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:51 15

1. NextGenTech (limited) (Posts: 59; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Yes.... PA want a samsung v Apple war in this one. Let me grab my popcorn.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:01 1

3. techspace (Posts: 633; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


lol...yes, they know how to make money.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:01 2

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Where's my doritos?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:32 1

21. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Way too much natrium in that.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:43 1

24. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


You could just say salt, you know.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:14

35. luis.d (Posts: 154; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Or NaCl and be done with it!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 13:22

43. andynaija (Posts: 460; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Had to look up what that meant. I actually learned something new today.
Natrium (Latin)=Na=Sodium=salt

http://goo.gl/JA4ReM

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:57 6

2. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


I'd pay up to $299 for alpha, but didn't expect it to be pentile crap'o'led. Yikes.

$600+? They must be kidding.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:05 2

7. Settings (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


If they want to beat Apple, the Alpha's price must be "premium" too.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:25 6

19. RuiBacelar (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Dont forget about the premium battery ;)

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:04 1

40. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Or forget he is just trolling...

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:44 3

25. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


720p
+
pentile
=
not good.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:39

33. sgodsell (Posts: 1222; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Considering the new Galaxy Tab S line of tablets is using a non pentile display. I would suspect they would not be using a pentile display for this device since its using a lower resolution.
Not to mention but Samsung already has other devices with bigger displays. Just look at the Galaxy line, Sx, Notes.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:02 3

5. GreekGeek (Posts: 779; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Nope.
It would even hardly make a small dent.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:04 1

6. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


The battery cover isn't exactly inspiring, but it looks like a pretty sexy device. Not sure if it'll sway iPhone users towards Android.

I'll still be going with the Xperia Z3 Compact. Not as svelte as either the Alpha or iPhone 6, but should have a much bigger battery (in comparison), and if they go with the 1080p screen, it'll trounce either phone in screen clarity.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:06 4

8. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Compared to those leaked iphone 6 photos, i take this.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:06 3

9. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 93; Member since: 13 May 2014)


This is not made to counter the Iphone 6. This is made especially to put the Iphone 6 in a bad light because it will have the same specs as the Alpha(old specs except cpu) and it will cost much more so people will incline more to buy Galaxy S5 or even Note 4.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:10 2

12. GreekGeek (Posts: 779; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


But the iPhone 6 has a 1704 x 960 resolution (supposedly)....a lot better than a 720p

Had SAMSUNG chose a FULL HD, it would have been a more compelling choice

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:12 1

16. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 93; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Yes but for that extra resolution which is still HD you pay a lot more.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:25 2

20. RuiBacelar (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Ahahah Full HD with a 1860 mAh battery, that'd be fun.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:33

22. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 93; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Ahaha...yes. It would have eaten the battery alive. HD is a good choice from my point of view regarding the battery size.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:47

26. rd_nest (Posts: 769; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Reviews are already in..

"HD video at full brightness with active Wi-Fi reproduced more than 11 hours..."

Not bad actually. Very good if you consider the battery capacity..

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:33

32. Iodine (Posts: 372; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


The same review concludes that it won't be able to get you trough a full day without recharging.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:07 2

10. madi1978 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)


Looool.....samsung this is your end.....always imititating what apple is. doing....it is a real copycat

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:51 1

42. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 202; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


ahh another apple old guy here

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:09 1

11. neela_akaash (Posts: 146; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Now here comes the pictures from Samsung's photographers. Who can make anything, beautiful..

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:10 1

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 421; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I wonder where I've seen that chizzeled metal band around the phone before? But that protruding camera in the back - that's ugly.

But overall nice looking phone TBH. If it wasn't for that protruding camera and "Samsung" writing all over front and back (but thats samsungs design language), what u gonna do, right?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:11

14. techspace (Posts: 633; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


it looks like the a small galaxy note 3 with an iphone rim,it looks better than the other galaxies but i don't think it will counter the iphone 6....even apple couldn't counter the galaxies and the lumias with the iphone 5c,it's not so easy to make people shift loyalties.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:11 3

15. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No, definitely not. This isn't a flagship, this is a high end device that came out from nowhere, but with weird specs and a beginner-skilled made thin device.

Many people will prefer the Z3 Compact or the iPhone 6, or maybe the Ascend P7 if they want a premium device with high end specs.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:40

36. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4303; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Exynos chips have always tended to outperform Snapdragons released at about the same time.

Problem is that Cortex-A15 has been a dud in terms of power consumption, which is why it hasn't been seen in anything but a small percentage of mainline phones. Even in tablets where its poor power efficiency is less of an issue, Qualcomm Kraits have been dominating.

big.LITTLE helps a bit here, but the truth is - at peak performance, Krait is far more power efficient than the A15, which means that it takes longer for a Krait to hit thermal throttling limits and can run for longer on battery. What's the point of having that insane peak performance if you can't sustain it without overheating or killing the battery?

Snapdragons didn't have such a clear advantage when it came to Scorpion vs. Cortex-A9, or even dual-Krait vs. quad-A9 which is why Exynos 4210 and 4412 dominated Samsung's handset lineup in their heyday - but the A15 has been a failure outside of the tablet and Chromebook market.

Samsung will claim the reason for Krait dominating their handset lineup is LTE in public documentation, but the Note 2 and international LTE GS3 (I9305) proved that Samsung can hang a Qualcomm LTE modem off of an Exynos CPU.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 09:31 1

39. Cicero (Posts: 360; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


That's a comment! +1

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:13 1

17. mayur007 (Posts: 410; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


nothing can be said as i phone 6 will be bigger but still it will look like that it has been stretched like b4..

it will be .75inch wider from 5s overall nd 1.3 inch taller(screen)

to me it will be a strechable version iphone,

and to me yes it can,counter, it has android, metal body, good looks, the best it has removable battery,

but 720 is a deal breaker at 600$ shou;ld have been 1080 atleast

rest wait for iphone 6 so any one can be sure.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:19

18. mayur007 (Posts: 410; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


but 720p in 2014 at 600 is a no no, so i dont think it will match as iphone 6 will have much more resolution than this,

720 p in samaung and non removable battery and no external storage in iphones are deal breaker for me

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:41

23. supa_dupa (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This phone is a joke...pretty ugly..they ruined the "metal idea"...

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:16

29. a_tumiwa (Posts: 264; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


other than japanese phone, all metal phones are ugly, i think american and korean company need to learn from japanese how to design well

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:11

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 11217; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gs2 reborn.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:28

31. register (Posts: 74; Member since: 02 Aug 2014)


Nope. GS2 was the king of specs when it came. But this phone is just disappointing.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:09

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 11217; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Looks wise. Gs2 reborn.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:15

28. a_tumiwa (Posts: 264; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


they need release Pink color... because this phone is oriented for girl

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:26

30. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2005; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Disappointing from Samsung. Hope they don't turn out another decline next quarter.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:19

37. tiara6918 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Everything was perfect but they ruined it with the pricing. It should have been more expensive than the s5. People buy iphones because of it's very high price tag and they use the phone as a status symbol. Samsung ruined the alpha with just the pricing itself, too bad.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:26

38. tokuzumi (Posts: 275; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


As long as the phone is profitable for Samsung, it is a good idea. They also must be marketing the phone to women. Almost all the press photos above were of women.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:08 1

41. Tarzan (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Like if you came for the girl in the picture. I know, I did :D

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 17:04

44. gigaraga (Posts: 921; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Great minds think alike ;D

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 20:45

45. jshan (Posts: 191; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


If they want to beat apple they have to bring up own OS . Not only material like apples .. Cz this android .. (Sighs) ....

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