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Metal-clad Galaxy F (Alpha) flagship to be announced on August 13th, will engage the iPhone 6 in a dogfight

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Metal-clad Galaxy F (Alpha) flagship to be announced on August 13th, will engage the iPhone 6 in a dogfight
Korean media is getting very specific about the potential release of the metal-clad Samsung Galaxy F flagship (or Alpha, as they call it), claiming that we will see it announced on the 13th of August, with availability scheduled to battle the iPhone 6 release in September. The Galaxy F is expected to be the first phone in Samsung's "luxury" line of upscale handset which will combine both beauty and brawn, featuring top of the line specs, like a Snapdragon 805 processor, or a Quad HD display, and at the same time coming with a more premium exterior.

Well, at least Samsung's understanding of premium seems to be a metal back cover and sides, judging from the leaked photos so far, while the general shape and feel remain those of the Galaxy S5, but let's not put the cart before the horse, and wait to see what Samsung will actually announce next month. Leaked specs on AnTuTu include the aforementioned Snapdragon 805, clocked at up to 2.7 GHz, a 5.1" Quad HD Super AMOLED panel, 3 GB of RAM, and a 16 MP camera on the back with optical image stabilization. If Samsung manages to indeed pull this off, and wrap it around with a premium metal chassis, it might have a veritable wonder on its hands, depending on the way that the Galaxy F/Alpha gets priced.

source: ETNews via G4Games

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posted on 14 Jul 2014, 05:45 10

1. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


so samsung thinks that metal back cover makes the phone luxury ? I think they should change the all design rather than adding metal cover. wave design 1000 times better than galaxy design

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 05:51 5

2. tech2 (Posts: 2159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


But sales of galaxy is '1000 times' better then wave. Design is subjective. You may not like the design but the 200 million galaxy S customers do.

Also, you just don't change a multi million brand's design just like that which people have started familiarising themselves with. No other OEM ever changes their flagships design significantly may or be Nokia, apple, Sony, hrc, etc.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:12 3

5. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Idont care of sales and I dont think ppl buy it for its design most of the galaxy users buy it bcuze its popular and everyone own galaxy phone just like iphone. and dont think 200 million owner like its design bcuze most of the ppl buy it for its specs.
you said sony and htc dont change their flagship design but sony did this z and htc did this with one M7 these were major changes.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:28 2

8. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


fact is most people like the galaxy or they wouldn't buy them. they aren't anymore powerful than the competition. I like the Galaxy S line, only thing better is Sony Xperia Z but Sony makes it very hard to get them.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:33 1

10. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


It is a true fact. Buyers of the yellow brand Samsung usually buy Galaxy, because they are told so, or because it used to be the best of Android. Phones like the iPhone, Lumia's, Sony's - yes, they are both functonal and beautiful. Samsung - naaah.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:05 2

19. willard12 (Posts: 815; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Are you sure this isn't an opinion rather than a "true fact?" If this is a "true fact " can you provide a link to the law telling people to buy a galaxy? Since Apple buys from Samsung as well, is it because of the same law?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:25 1

40. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I don't agree on the Sony though.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:02 1

18. Duketytz (Posts: 494; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


The Xperia Z series, HTC One series, Nokia Lumia Series and LG G series all have similar designs among them. This is called brand recognition. People want to be acknowledged that they are using a certain brand. It is so other people will know what phone you are using.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:22 4

20. tech2 (Posts: 2159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Classic, chicken came first or the egg, argument !

How do you know consumers buy because they're popular ? It could that they became popular because they're good. Ever wondered that ?

'most of the ppl buy it for its specs' where you got that from ? any evidence to back that up ?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:37 1

22. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


is there any reason to buy it ??? is it best looking phone out there ?? I think there is no need to any evidence galaxy series top selling android phone bcuze galaxy series has best specs not best design. and if u insist on evidence take a look at your comment you say

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 09:11 4

24. tech2 (Posts: 2159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Why is it so hard to understand that most people prefer function over form ?!

It has plastic for reason. Plastic doesn't block radio antennas. Read XDA and you'll see how many HTC and apple customers complain about poor signal.

It has curved and rounded edges which is better to hold. A buyer would instantly notice this when he/she is holding Z2 in one hand and GS5 in other.

Those dotted cover helps in better grip unlike slippery surface of M8 (smooth metal) and Z2 (glass).

Accessible battery is also an important factor.

All the above points I mentioned is not about specs but about 'design'. It is unfortunate that some people only categorize design as 'pretty' and nothing else. Design entails much more then mere looks.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 09:33 1

25. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


I understand y ppl prefer function and I have no problem with that also I said that ppl prefer galaxy bcuze of its specs there is no doubt about that. your comment is right these points are very logical I m not saying different thing from you. yes design is very different thing its more than just looking but this article points that 'pretty' factor so I think samsung should do more than metal cover that what Im thinking

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:21

39. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1096; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


There is only one good reason, and that is cost: plastic is cheap. Actively tuned antennas give equal or better reception on metal-bodied phones. Plastic, however, is much cheaper to cast than aluminum, which is a cost savings to Samsung, and of zero benefit to you.

Aluminum also has superior thermal properties and allows for a broader thermal envelope, resulting in better performance for longer. Just look at Galaxy S5 stress tests, and it only takes a couple of minutes for thermal throttling to kick in. Not so on the aluminum One and 5S. THAT is function and form.

Finally, consulting XDA for actual engineering is like asking the IRS the best way to hide unclaimed income. For every person over there with a modicum of intelligence, there are 1000 full-blown retards. The threads are littered with them, and there are quite a few themers posing as Devs among that number.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 17:00 1

45. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


you just became my favorite person on this whole site please continue (tried giving extra thumbs but it would only click on and off lol)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 12:22

52. Dinged (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)


I don't agree with people who fall for design solely. But....most people prefer design over function. Many times sales marketing beats outs functionality .... look at Bose, Beats, Dyson and Iphone. Generally..it was design and marketing that lured people to these products first and made them hits.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:49 1

34. kyan- (Posts: 36; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


"Idont care of sales"

You'll make a great businessman for samsung/apple/any company

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:00

36. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Im just a customer...

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 19:35

51. John2014 (Posts: 34; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


Samsung user getting smaller bit by bit. Do you know why?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:10 4

4. Iodine (Posts: 422; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


They think that adding thin layer of metal around the sides without even thinking about build quality will suddenly make their wallets thicker.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 07:44 2

15. Ashoaib (Posts: 2264; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


iphone 6 is going to sell like hot cakes, I dont think samsung f is going to cripple any iphone 6 sale

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 07:45

17. willywanta (Posts: 34; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


i had samsung wave 2. It felt really good in the hands. The battery was removable too.
Actually the s5 is also very well built. It feels warm and solid to touch. I wish samsung used metal rim instead of plastic in s5.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 14:20

42. Cicero (Posts: 395; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


This is my complaint too. The only one.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:08

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Judging the Samsung Fseries on a pound-for-pound, features-for-your-money basis though misses a key issue though; this is a phone that’s been built to impress a certain type of buyer primarily with its premium construction quality, materials and classy design. That desirability factor is the crucial selling point for the Galaxy F - even if the features don’t match up to its high-end billing.

Dragontrail Glass, Sapphire glass
Metal, Ceramic, 10layers Stainless Steel,. Aluminium

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 05:52

3. EgyDroid (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


"will engage the iPhone 6 in a dogfight"....
Yeah...A price dogfight.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:23 6

6. Iodine (Posts: 422; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


What an easily predictable desperate action by samsung.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:29 4

9. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


so desperate for the market leader.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:26 4

7. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Well, this is surely my next phone.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 06:33 5

11. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This is where I give Samsung credit. They recognize the serious threat that a larger iPhone will bring instead of waiting another 7 months while Apple out sales every Android phone. No one is going to win but Apple this fall but it's better to do something than nothing at all.
Every Android OEM should be afraid of a larger iPhone. I see so many people switching.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 07:35 2

13. Bozzor (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Agreed: true that a lot of Android/Samsung users are very happy and won't switch, also true that many only went to Android for a larger screen. 4.7 inches will hit a sweet spot for many, and the 5.5 iPhone will hurt the Note, though how much remains to be seen.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 07:16

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2689; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Need a fresh design Sammy for next S6. Your all devices looks same with different screen sizes.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 07:45 1

16. express77 (unregistered)


Agreed. And better speced low/mid range phones.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:17

30. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


They are going with the current design after enormous market research by highly educated people in their department. Sammy won't change their iconic design language unless they are highly pressured to do so.
We might see it in the GN4 since GS5 isn't selling too well.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:10

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Like the :oppo7, BB3, L925, Huawei P6, Z2, boxy edge to edge design.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:11

28. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Like the :oppo7, BB3, L925, Huawei P6, Z2, boxy edge to edge design.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 07:43

14. express77 (unregistered)


I am fine with plastic phones if they look good like G2, G3 and lumias. But metal phones will be always welcomed.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:31

21. tiara6918 (Posts: 1438; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This will flop, the iPhone 6 will be the best selling phone this year. Just imagine how much hype it has even a year ago, compared to the galaxy f. Try your luck next time sammy

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:16

29. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


The iPhone is a status symbol. iPhone buyers are attracted to the Apple brand as a prestigious status symbol or fashion accessory, for the same reasons people like Rolex watches or Prada bags.
The iPhone is a smart phone for dumb users. The iPhone is supposed to be easy to use, so novices are attracted to it for that reason.
iPhone users are ignorant. iPhone buyers don't know what Android phones are capable of, or how unnecessary iPhone limitations are.
iPhone users are suckered in by skillful marketing. iPhone users are brainwashed Izombie,victims of Steve Jobs' reality distortion field. Product announcements, commercials, packaging, TV and movie product placements and other marketing campaigns by Apple have convinced users that it's a better phone. The iPhone's assumed superiority is marketing-driven perception.
The iPhone is the most popular phone and most recognizable brand. Some iPhone buyers want the biggest-selling phone for the same reason people go to Starbucks instead of the locally owned coffee shop or choose Nike shoes instead of a brand they've never heard of -- big brands and popular products are attractive for their own sake to some people.
The iPhone is associated with a famous person. Everyone knows who Steve Jobs was, and the founders of Google aren't as famous. Some people are attracted to products associated with a well-known person in a culture of celebrity worship. This effect has been magnified by Jobs' death and the media coverage that followed.
iPhone users will buy anything Apple sells. In the minds of iPhone users, the "halo effect" of other Apple products, including the iPod, carries over to the iPhone.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:28 1

41. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1096; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


"The iPhone is a smartphone for dumb users." Nice generalization, but a complete fallacy, since the iPhone is the phone of choice for the educated in every single survey done on the matter. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, and professionals of all stripes choose the iPhone. Methinks the lad doth protest too much to elevate himself and his choice.

That is not to say that there aren't plenty of idiots on iOS. When you are selling the most popular smartphone on the planet, a sizable portion will be meatheads. That is not iPhone specific, either. The XDA forums are populated by morons who cannot read or write, and judging by popular disclaimers, don't even really have a clue which phone they own.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 15:12

43. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


+1
Thanks for dumbing it down for him.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:50

23. nctx77 (Posts: 532; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


This will not work. It's to little, to late at this point. Samsung lost a lot of the momentum last year with the S4. The Galaxy F should have been the S4. You can't offer a phone with a metal band with the same design and expect it to compete with the iphone 6. Also, the specs sound like a glorified Note 3. The general public don't even care about specs anymore. Phone from 2012 and beyond are fast enough. What is the selling point of this phone? They are basically admitting that the s5 is garbage.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:22

31. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


They are aiming to steal some of the potential iPhone 6 customers. That's why they are keeping the F a secret so that Apple hopefully cannot respond quickly enough to it.
They are aiming for curious customers rather than regular Samsung brand buyers.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:26 1

32. na7noo7 (Posts: 263; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Introducing Samsung Galaxy F, the F stands for Fail.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:13 1

37. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


It could also stand for fashion, fabulous, fantastic, fabliaux, fancy, faithful, fantasy, and much more.

I have no idea what you learned in your English class, but the world fail is not the only word that starts with f.

The point is, your a quintessential, outdated troll.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:47

33. Rain017 (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


its just made of metal design wise it look the same well aside from the not so different back cover i think samsung should retire that kind of design its so old not so good in phone may actually mistaken galaxy s4 to s5 even that one by just simply covering the heart beat sensors poor design hope they can make a design exclusive for their flagship

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:56

35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6567; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I never rush out buying new devices. Cause technology will always get better. For myself I'm still waiting for Samsung foldable phones/tablets in this case YOULM. so I went with the Z1 and got lots of compliments from my Z1

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:19

38. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You'll have to wait till next year or the year after for the foldable devices from Samsung. unless they feel pressure from competitors, they will never introduce a foldable device to the market.

Chances are LG will be the first company to introduce a rollable/bendable device.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/lg-flexible-display-screen-can-be-rolled-into-a-tube-1.2704029

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 16:25

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


Galaxy F*cks after Galaxy S*cks

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 17:00

46. maccess (Posts: 624; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


More like your life f*cked because you're s*cks..

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 17:02

47. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


hey, I was gonna say that.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 17:32

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


You could write that in your resume.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 18:54

50. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


iJelly

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 17:50

49. fzacek (Posts: 1837; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


So this is going to be Samsung's flagship line and the S line will just become the mid-high-end smart phones that nobody cares about...

posted on 13 Sep 2014, 15:07

53. ryane84 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


when is it going to be available to buy for Verizon and at&t

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