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Samsung Galaxy Alpha pre-orders begin in the U.K. on Aug 28

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha pre-orders begin in the U.K. on Aug 28
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the manufacturer's Apple iPhone challenger, will be available for pre-order in the U.K. starting on August 28th. With its metal chassis and 4.7 inch screen, the "premium" handset is designed to grab sales from the Apple iPhone 6, which is also expected to offer a 4.7 inch display. The resolution on the Samsung model is 720 x 1280, which works out to a 312ppi pixel density.

The Galaxy Alpha is powered by an octa-core Exynos 5430 CPU, with the ARM Mali T-628 GPU crunching graphics. It also features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. Of that amount, 25GB is available to the user. Like the iPhone, there is no microSD slot available for additional memory. Rear and front-facing cameras weigh in at 12MP and 2.1MP, respectively, and a relatively modest 1860mAh battery powers the handset. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed out of the box.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will launch in the U.K. on September 10th, at Samsung Experience Stores and at the Samsung Store in the Westfield Shopping Center in Stratford. Two days later, it will  be available from retailers like Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha's main competition, the 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6, will be unveiled on September 9th with a possible launch on September 19th.


source: AndroidGuys

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posted on 23 Aug 2014, 11:48 1

1. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 440; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I wanna see it in the states!

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:59

16. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Will NEVER happen. You'll have to import one for like $700 and use it on AT&T only, and probably just have HSPA+ data (no LTE).

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 13:55 2

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If Samsung means to challenge apple with this, then they mean to steal sales. Not releasing this phone in the USA, will hurt sales wise.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 14:25 4

21. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


This isn't the iPhone "killer " that the press is spewing everywhere. It's more of a design experiment and it'll never see the US market. We're one of the most avoided major markets in the world and "niche" devices like this never hit the US. And if it does, it'll be well into 2015. Like next summer.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 14:46

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good post +1

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 15:31 5

25. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


you people are really not smart are you, when it comes to marketing.
as a company samsung put this mid range metal banded phone out to see if it pre-sales that will tell them if its worth putting the money into the other lines they have, what people call a premium phone is stupid apple is not it have a metallic body sub par specs, htc to much metal slippy in hand z2 glass and metal all of these phone have one major thing in common that is they will all have a plastic or rubber case or bumper on them making them bigger and pointless touch id and other things, the alpha has a nice curve on the top and bottom of the sides so that it wont slid out of your hand easily if laying down or holding up, its 720 sceen maynot be a 1080p but the new super amoled is better for power and color rendition, the battery is a horrible size but they thought that since its a 20nm chip saving 35% battery consumption it would not hurt it mixed with the screen size.
it truth this phone is a smart market phone not all people want a 5 or bigger inch phone nor need to update facebook and instagram every 5 min to feel like there life is worth living they want to get online and text and phone and youtube videos, thats what this phone is pointing at. if you cant see that you should remove yourself from the tech industry

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 18:20 3

30. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Was that English?

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 14:19

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm pretty sure it'll be compatible with both AT&T/T-Mobile's bands for HSPA+ and LTE.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 14:22

20. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


They have no plans making a US version. It'd be great, but I doubt the compatible radios will be there.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 15:06 1

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They have in the past. HSPA if I'm correct worked with AT&T.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 21:14

33. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Yeah, that's what I originally said. HSPA for AT&T, but 2G only for T-Mobile and no US LTE. So again, if you're on AT&T it's doable, but at a very premium, unsubsidized price.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 22:04

34. DnB925Art (Posts: 420; Member since: 23 May 2013)


In many US cities, T-Mobile has 1900Mhz (from the failed AT&T merger/sale), so you would be getting HSPA+ in those areas with this phone.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 02:36 1

36. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


True, but it's few and far between. And it's much more reliable to have both 850 and 1900 bands like AT&T

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 11:50 1

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Not bad.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:19

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


why preorder? lets see the phone physically first

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:44

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3739; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Pre-orders are somewhat silly, but retailers like them for the usual reasons.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 11:51 4

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nice phone, but the N4 is gonna dominate Samsungs fall lineup. It'll do well though.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:24 1

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yeah! you are right... alpha, beta gamma is not going do same well as compared to monsterous note 4.... anyway its a nice try from samsung, they should have done it before with original gs5... in my view they are little late

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:27 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed, the s5 should had it all, too many variants make buyers hold off for the next one.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:52 2

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


beside holding, too many variants also create confusion for layman customers... everyone is not a PA user to keep an update about mobile phones world

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:53

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1, that's very true. What device(s) do you currently use?

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 15:54

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I have huawei mediapad x1 and the 2nd phone is bee... both are chinese budgeted phones

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 16:13

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Have to honest, I'm not familiar with either of them.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 16:42

29. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


me neither, after ditching my iphone I started looking into chinese phones and I am not disapointed bcoz they offer good value for money... infact my 3rd phone is also chisese, which is a feature phone and it give 15-20 days of use on a single charge

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 19:05

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's very impressive. Is that with heavy usage?

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 09:13

39. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


its on normal use... still on heavy use it gives 10 days easily... it depends on your definition of heavy use... I usually receive 20-30 calls a day each upto each 5 minuts and I dont consider less than 20 calls as heavy

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 07:28

37. Philipand96 (Posts: 79; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


In the UK two networks have already requested the Alpha.
EE & 3

Samsung Executives are aware of the Alpha physical appearance and the name Alpha, please

If you compare the iPhone5S to the Alpha you will see what upgrade is required for Apple to add (eg 4Mp to the camera) for the iPhone6 to the match the Alpha

The Alpha is firmly aimed at iPhone user who want a metal clad phone

Apple have already leaked that the 4.7" will retain an 8Mp camera, in addition whilst the Alpha has a removable battery the iPhone6 won't, the increase in battery capacity from 1560mAh to 1810mAh is approx a third required !

The display has increased 45% to 4.7 from 4" whilst the that battery represwent a 16% increase

The Alpha will be cost less and offer more than the iPhone 6, 32Gb non expandable

The Alpha is NOT a flagship as the specs were surpassed in early 2013 with the S4

Samsung Flagships always have MICROSD EXPANSION

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 09:18

40. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


so it is clearly to cater iphone6? what about the brand recognition iphone have? usually items are sold on their percieved value not the real value and iphone has very high percieved value in the mind of its users... what do you think alpha will be able to give any competition?

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 11:56

4. flaming-butthole (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


I call dips on the gold one.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:03 3

5. Smithy5995 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Aug 2014)


Not bad, this would be a nice upgrade from my S3. I just hope the price isn't to ridiculous. Under £300 would be nice.
Here's hoping CyanogenMod make a custom OS and Zerolemon make a custom battery, then it would be a perfect upgrade.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:08

6. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 440; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Let's hope a Zerolemon battery won't be a necessity for this thing.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 22:10

35. DnB925Art (Posts: 420; Member since: 23 May 2013)


TBH I actually like ZeroLemon batteries. They actually add the "bulk" I need. I hate phones that are too light and too thin. For me, it's hard to hold, believe it or not. Before I got the ZeroLemon battery on my Note 2, I had an Otterbox Defender case on it, and I love the bulk on it. Felt solid and easy to grip.

I also like the extra juice in the ZeroLemon. I watch a ton of videos on my phone (thank God I have Sprint and live/work in a strong 4G LTE area) so having a battery like the 9300mAh ZeroLemon is awesome. At the gym on the treadmill, I will do an hour of running while watching YouTube on 4G and I still have 90% left for the rest of the day ;)

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:32 2

10. D.Lamore (Posts: 196; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Waiting for it to arrive. Very good phone based on performance and design

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:42 3

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3739; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Samsung has really listened to customers and has done a great job with the Alpha and paid attention to a lot of important details.

For example, from the GSM Arena review it is plain to see that Samsung has put in the time to make sure audio output quality is good:

"The Samsung Galaxy Alpha does a great job as far as the quality of its audio output is concerned. The smartphone did a perfect job in the first test (the one where it's connected to an active external amplifier) and got amazing scores top to bottom. It also showed above average volume levels for an all-round audiophile pleasing performance.

Plugging in a pair of headphones didn't do much harm either - outside of the limited spike in stereo crosstalk, the output didn’t deteriorate even a bit. Outside of the HTC One mini 2, there's no better performer than the Galaxy Alpha in this class and let's face it - the HTC smartphone is better than just about everything else on the market right now."

With the right price, this phone should be quite popular.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 12:55 2

15. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


exactly, samsung listened to the customers and galaxy alpha is beautifully designed... I have'nt seen a nicely designed phone from samsung from a long time... I remember my old Omnia Hd, it was a beautiful phone and wave series was also pretty nice looking

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 13:56

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I had one on Verizon. It was WinMo.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:53

41. AfterShock (Posts: 2970; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That was the one with the cube shaped home button?

Odd, though I liked it in a way.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 14:44 1

22. samuraisoul (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


I'm so ready for September new iPhone and note 4 announcement.

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 15:54

27. fzacek (Posts: 2219; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This phone is such a disappointment, there are just way too many things wring with it IMO...

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 20:15

32. banglazbless (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


(Wring) with it? Anyways! You haven't use the phone yet but still you find problems already, Smdh.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 08:03

38. rickokim (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


LOLOLOLOLOL
are you serious samsung?
thanks to iPhone 5 and above for this revolutionary, bezel from iphone 5 and that gold one from iphone 5s :)
btw sammy, those bezel model is too old. Now iphone will be using rounded bezel like itouch 5.
Just copy it and be the best of plagiarism
think different.

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