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Samsung's metallic Galaxy Alpha briefly goes up for preorder at an iPhone 6-worthy price tag

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Samsung's metallic Galaxy Alpha briefly goes up for preorder at an iPhone 6-worthy price tag
A certain UK online retailer that has leaked a thing or two prematurely before, posted a preorder page for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha handset, which is widely expected to be an exquisite Android phone with metallic chassis - something that has been off-limits for Samsung so far. Judging from the leaked photos in the last few days, the Galaxy Alpha will pretty much blend in with the current design paradigm of Samsung in terms of shape and texture.

The retailer lists it as having a metallic finish, though, so there's a hint in the right direction for those who are jonesing for something more premium to arrive from Samsung in terms of design. The Galaxy Alpha specs that are cited in the listing, corroborate with what was leaked these few days already - a 4.7" Super AMOLED display with the decent 320ppi pixel density, and an octa-core Exynos processor 5433 processor that allows it to outperform older devices like the Galaxy Note 3. The rest of the specs include a 12 MP rear camera with "super-fast autofocus", 2 MP front-facing one, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of non-expandable internal memory. Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a heart rate sensor should complete the feature list.

The big new additions to Samsung's mobile portfolio that will come with the Galaxy Alpha, seem to be the 6mm thin card-like metallic design, and the fast Exynos processor, which recently scored more than Snapdragon 805 on AnTuTu, and is expected to be present in the Galaxy Note 4 as well. This chipset hasn't been announced yet, but is widely expected to support LTE cat. 6 download speeds of up to 300 Mbits, if your carrier is up to those, of course. 

All in all, the Galaxy Alpha is shaping up to be a strong contender with powerful internals, somewhat more premium design than the usual Samsung fare, and display panel that won't take an excessive toll on the battery life, so it might be an enduring athlete in that regard, too. Unfortunately, the preorder price tag for the handset has been pegged at the whopping £549 ($926) without subsidies, so we sincerely hope this is just a random preorder tag, and not Samsung's attempt to counter the iPhone 6 launch with something that has similar screen size, design and thickness, as well as a similar premium price tag. In any case, August 13th isn't far away, and that's the rumored date for the Alpha's announcement, so we should know more pretty soon.

source: Mobilefun.co.uk (cached) via CNET

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posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:03 1

1. cas_shekhar (Posts: 24; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Dirty.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:12 1

29. UglyFrank (Posts: 1602; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Everybody needs to stop saying $926 dollars, that is not the US cost. That is the UK cost, we pay more for our phones.
Also a 1850mAh battery is embarrassing.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:05

2. galanoth (Posts: 425; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


I think it goes $600 full price.
Just to compete with Apple.
Their Tab S line pricing is directly competing with Apple.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:13 2

3. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I could buy 2x s801 phones with that price.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:19 7

4. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Samsung are you shi**ing me? Why would you put a 720p display in your "ultra premium" phone that costs more than $900? Unacceptable...

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:14 1

12. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)


because it will actually feature full RBG this time :D:D

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:22 3

13. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


A full RGB 720 P display would be rather close to a 1080 pentile display, so they world put in a 1080 Pentile instead of RGB 720p for marketing purposes. This is probably an Pentile 720p out of galaxy S3 as it doesn't have "plus" moniker in the super amoled like galaxy S2 with RGB and also because samsung was unable to make a RGB amoled display with more than 300 ppi so far.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:34 3

16. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)


You realise Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has 2560x1600 full RGB amoled? They for sure can make full RBG amoled with more than 300ppi. And no, they wouldn't dare use the S3's screen. It was horribly saturated and probably isn't all that power efficient by today's standards. They've been trying to market their "accurate" panels lately...I'm placing my bet on 720p full RGB amoled with very good colour accuracy :)

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:35

26. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


and I guess it has 720p pentile. if so iphone 6 is better choice

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:45

18. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It won't cost even near to that, everyone knows that.
This is the same story during every release, and you guys keep getting fooled.

Some retailer will always do similar stuff, which in no way represents the actual market price.

And a quick advice about Samsung phones, don't buy it on launch week. Get it 3 months later, get it for 20% less price. Everyone knows this, yet they spend so much just to get it immediately.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 13:37

31. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This thing isn't worth any more than the Moto X...

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:44

28. tiara6918 (Posts: 2027; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This is a test whether they think majority of the smartphone consumer will care about the specs sheet when they buy a handset or not. I hope this is the final price tag since galaxy phones tends to easily depreciate in value after just a few months while the iphone takes more than that to get a price cut. People buy iphones because it is used as an status symbol because it is the most expensive handset in the market. They also buy because it has very good resale value. Now if samsung has experimenting done right here, then the iphone will finally see a real so called "iphone killer"

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:25 1

5. tuannd2103 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Just needing to cover with the metalic hood, SS's so good with software

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:33 1

6. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Just the band around the phone is metal? Seems like the back is still plastic. I was hoping it would be like the HTC One and iPhone and be almost all metal.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:50

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


You can kiss my hairy ballz SAMSUNG!
720p is just too ludicrous for its hefty pricetag. Remember we're already on the Quad HD - era!
If you wanna compete with the iPhone you gotta do a lot better than that.

I smell FAIL on this one.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:29

15. AlbertAribe (Posts: 154; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)


Out of sale again like the Galaxy S5.

I would rather buy the Galaxy S5 compare to this Galaxy Alpha. ONLY my opinion because I have iPhone 5S.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 04:11 1

19. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


they should have put 1080p display with full rgb.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:12 3

23. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


this is the most ludicrous fanboy comment. so samsung should put Quad HD to be able to compete with apple screen that even lower than 720p?!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 18:52

33. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


but if they want to compete to iphone tho, they have to lower the price of alpha, with good design + the same as specs as iphone. that I won't be complaining. this Alpha is gonna fail bigtime. 720p is okay but the price is not... why would i want to buy samsung, if is priced as iphone's? if i have to choose i will buy iphone than samsung. the only thing why I wont buy iphone is because of it's price to specs ratio.. but this samsung retards are pricing the same sh!t as iphone's definitely dumb move. almost same specs with the same price tag? no way, i will buy iphone instead....

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 22:49

35. AlbertAribe (Posts: 154; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)


Absolutely gonna fail. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S5 that those Korean expected to be the best Samsung phone because they introduce the Heart rate senson, water and dust proof but nothing is happen.

Well, good luck for Samsung Galaxy Alpha and still in Apple iPhone and iPad Mini because I love everything in everyday.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:56 2

8. chrisditya (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)


Fail or not, it just handset. and many people will buying.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:00 1

9. danidin (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 May 2014)


galaxy s2 - is that you???

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:01

10. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Really do they think heads will turn to this before the iPhone 6. Wake up the Motorola x+1 will have a better chance.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:14

11. mayur007 (Posts: 563; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Apple wanna be samsung...

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:23 1

14. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


$926 WTF Sammy?!!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:34

17. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


oh WTF ?

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 04:22

20. Siapaya (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


wut? $926? I dont wanna buy plastic for its price

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:01 1

21. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


320 ppi screen are already hard to discreet with 441ppi screen for example and it will result better at battery life and benchmark performance. that is smart rather than just gimmick. I like reasonable phone better than phone fulll of gimmick that stupid people like to brag.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 11:40

36. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


You're right. But as Promise7 wrote; it should have been made more like the HTC M8. This phone just has a metal rim (even a cheap Jiayu G4 has a steel rim around the screen). The cover is just plastic unlike the iPhone 4/s and high-end Sony Xperia's whom uses glass. Plus it still has all the gimmicks. The heartbeat-monitor is crap. By installing it in the phone nobody will ever buy their complementing smart-whristband (which also measures heart-rate). Samsung are fools. They just flood the market with crap and keep the best devices for themselves in Korea. Fock them!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:10 1

22. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I guess the high price tag has something to do with the ultra revolutionary Exysnooze 5433

But.. is it any better than the old Snapdragon 800?

doubt it.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:21 1

24. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


no! because it is supposely a premium device just like apple. annd just so you know proccessor are cheap cheaper than screen part for example. and exynos already scored better than snapdragon 805 duh. read the article first before troll.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:51

25. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I like this. for once screen resolution are not gimmick I bet for better battery life and performance, amoled are great to read at night with black background, size are perfect thinner and more compact than galaxy s5. and it is first top line metal phone from samsung. just great!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:27 1

27. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2074; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This is the UK. Flagship phones are usually at that price. The iPhone 5s is over £700.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 13:02

30. aditya_sarin (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


No 1080p no buy

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 16:10

32. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


non-expandable memory?

B-B-Bye bye

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 19:08

34. Dude2014 (Posts: 436; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


720p? Stupid phone. RIP Samsung

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