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

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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Galaxy Alpha
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1860 mAh(11h 3G talk time)



1. NextGenTech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

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

3. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Where's my doritos?

21. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Way too much natrium in that.

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You could just say salt, you know.

35. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Or NaCl and be done with it!

43. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

19. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Dont forget about the premium battery ;)

40. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Or forget he is just trolling...

25. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

720p + pentile = not good.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Nope. It would even hardly make a small dent.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

8. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

9. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 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.

12. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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

16. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

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

20. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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

22. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

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

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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..

32. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

10. madi1978

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 21, 2014 this is your end.....always imititating what apple is. is a real copycat

42. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

ahh another apple old guy here

11. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

13. AlikMalix unregistered

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?

14. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

36. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

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