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Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now official: metal-made and the thinnest Galaxy yet

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now official: metal-made and the thinnest Galaxy yet
After months of endless leaks, rumors and speculations, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has finally gone official. Samsung unveiled the Alpha, a premium handset with a metal frame that also happens to be the thinnest in the Galaxy lineup so far, at an event in Russia, and that’s also the first market where consumers will be able to pre-order the new gadget.

The Galaxy Alpha’s metal build and sleek profile, as well as its 4.7-inch screen size, position it as a direct rival to the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 that is also expected to ship with a 4.7” display and a metal body. Apart from the metal frame, though, the Alpha looks a lot like the Galaxy S5 in terms of design with similarly position buttons and overall styling. The Alpha has also got a removable plastic back cover with a slightly different, denser pattern. The new handset has a fingerprint reader just like the S5, but it's not water-resistant.

Here’s a quick overview of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha:

- 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280-pixel
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
- Exynos 5430 (octa-core, four cores running at 1.8GHz and four more at 1.3GHz)
- 12-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front cam
- 32GB of internal storage, no microSD card slot
- 4G+ LTE connectivity, Cat. 6 with 300Mbps down/50Mbps up speeds
- 1860mAh battery
- 0.26” (6.7mm) thick

What sticks out most in these specs is the speedy octa-core Exynos 5 system chip that Samsung uses in the Galaxy Alpha, and we've already seen some impressive benchmark results: the Galaxy Alpha AnTuTu score comes in at around 37k, more than the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8). Connectivity is also well taken care of with a category 6 LTE modem that delivers '4G+' speeds of the impressive 300Mbps on the downlink, if your carrier supports this.

Another interesting addition is the 12-megapixel main camera that is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second. It's the first time we're seeing a 12-megapixel sensor in a Samsung Galaxy series phone and we're looking forward to telling you more about it soon.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha price is set at $689 (24990 rubles) off-contract, right between that of the flagship Galaxy S5 (costing $827, or 29990 rubles) and compact Galaxy S5 'mini' (priced at $555, or 19990 rubles).

The Galaxy Alpha release date is set for September 12th, but it's already up for pre-order and Samsung is bundling some bonus accessories for the first to place a pre-order.

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posted on 13 Aug 2014, 03:44 36

1. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Great job, Sammy ! Premium + functionality. Nice

That's how its done, folks. Not just make the phone 'premium' by putting it in a metal shell and cripple users with inaccessible battery and poor signal reception.


posted on 13 Aug 2014, 03:56 7

6. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

It was supposed to cripple iPhone sales but keeping the plastic back cover means that it wont. (Consumers prefer metal) Anyway this phone feels like a Z3Compact rival rather than iPhone...

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:06 9

18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

If you want a metal battery cover then just buy a metal battery cover. Problem solved! It's your business if the reception suffers.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:18 1

34. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

Uhh, no. First, buying a new battery cover would cost around $35 and as this phone is already quite expensive, I'd rather take an M8 than this. The only disadvantage there is the camera but at least I can put in a MicroSD.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:52 2

68. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

$35? I don't think I've seen one more than $10 on amazon. Now, the lack of memory expansion makes this a no go for me.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:32

77. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

amazon is very picky when it comes to countries other then america !

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:16 4

31. Danini1112 (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)

How can you be sure about "consumers prefer metal" ? LOL

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:24

37. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

Because user ratings for metal clad devices are always higher than plastic devices. Plus even if they use plastic (I have no problem with either) they should have used the soft matte plastic finish or the leather finish Sammy used on Note 3. That looks better than this perforated look. Sammy has been losing sales ground and keeping the same back as their last major device (which got heavily criticized because of the design) I'd say this is not a good move.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:18 4

55. shahrooz (Posts: 785; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

Consumers prefer metal? look how popular HTC one and M8 are among other "CHEAP PLASTIC" android phones. pfff....
You can't assume everybody likes metal chasis just because you like it. Man oh man this is becoming like a religion. Debates in the comment section of phonearena are like religious debates... no logic nor scientific facts at all in 99% of them.

I'm not saying consumers prefer plastic over metal, I'm saying most of them don't **** care at all!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:00

79. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

That's cause Sammy and Nokia have larger reach. Did you even read my comment? I have no problem with plastic as long as it feels good and looks good. This perforated look is passable in white but i would prefer a faux leather back to this. This argument you present is like the theory of evolution. It's just a theory. Not a fact. Sure plastic phones sell more but give anybody a choice between an S5 made of metal and one with this perforated look, he'll choose metal. Why? Cause it feels good, it looks better and it's heat dissipation is better. Sheesh. Fanboyism is one thing but talk about logic. Why do you think HTC One won the best phone of the year for 2013? Cause it was better designed and it felt better in the hand.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 09:18

91. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

you forgot to add IMNSHO....

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:53 1

69. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

But polycarbonate phones sell magnitudes more than metal phones.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 14:31 1

106. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Aluminum phones suck. I hate how damage prone they are...

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 15:07

108. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

But Z3 Compact will probably have a 1080p display and will be water resistant so still the Alpha is no match.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:00 3

8. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

Well making the battery tightly integrated is a big advantage in terms of capacity, you don't have to bother with that removable mechanism and fit in battery in that space instead. That enables a thinner, higher capacity battery device overall.

Btw what you meant with that "poor signal reception" ?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:02 2

10. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Good point. But I'm not sure if that would lead to a better battery. If you look at the recent leaks even iPhone 6 will sport a similar battery size inspite of having an inaccessible battery door.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:38 2

45. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3584; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

I think he is referring to the iPhone's poor signal reception.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:47

48. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

and also HTC One:


posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:04 3

52. LikeMyself (Posts: 460; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

It's funny to see how Sammy fans are being trolled by Samsung! The fanboys are much worse than iBoys and iPhones are at least improving! Catch it now, low quality PLASTIC unlike the Note 3 which can be called a premium Samsung device!
2014 = EPIC FAIL for Samsung and epic troll for Samsung duckers!
Congrats! Samsung trolled you and Sony and HTC made Sammy red with shame! Good for you duckers!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:33 5

82. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I lost braincells reading your comment.

Samsung sells more phones in one QUARTER than HTC and Sony does combined in one YEAR. I'm pretty sure they're not red with shame but hey that's just me.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 01:25

115. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)

Am sure to you sales represents top notch or the best right? Samsung puts in far more money into marketing than any one else, may the I phone can compete with them in marketing alone. They have done their homework well, gotten their distribution channels well sorted Sony on the other hand just got into their stride last year and see how far they have come in a year, Sony expects to sell 50 million xperias mostly the z series this year. With no availability in the USA. If you do some research you will find alot of people do want Sony but cause of their less than average distribution channels they won't sell as much plus the fact that Samsung spends so much more in marketing. Everything is in cycles and one thing u should know nothing last forever. Samsung's dominance may soon be over, they definitely don't make the best phones any longer. The last time they held that crown was in 2012 with the S3

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:57 2

71. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

So are you talking from experience or are you going to link us to internet threads all day long?

"I have One, Nexus 4, iPhone 5, they all have the exact signal level at any given location. Unless you're blocking the antenna causing attenuation.
Also, you should be monitoring RSRP and RSRQ. Not RSSI if you're on LTE. Get SignalCheck Pro and do some testing."

From the xda link you provided.

From my own testing the One can hold it's signal the same or better than the plastic Butterfly S, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and many more.

Do you want to play the forum links = facts game? Just a breeze search on google also revealed the S5 is not oblivious to this "poor signal".

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:36 2

83. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

LOL you're joking, right? The HTC One M8 can have the same signal as the S5? Nope. Try again buddy. HTC M8 radios are inferior to the S5's.

Let me ask you - do you want to play the forum links = facts game? Just a breeze search on google also revealed the M8 is not oblivious to this "poor signal."

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 13:41

105. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

And where did i mention the M8 and S5 on my comment? That's right i didn't. I was talking about the M7 but whatever makes you feel better about yourself.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:15

102. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3584; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

I for one am talking from experience. At work I support over 100 iPhone users and the number one complaint is signal loss and bad reception. I talked to 3 mayor providers in my country about this and they all say the same, the iphones are the top 3 smartphones with signal issues.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:56

70. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Phones are already too thin. What he meant might have been that while polycarbonate is radio invisible, aluminum will interfere with radio signals.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:30

40. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Won't be a match to the iPhone 6.
Get rid of TouchWiz and bring this design to Note 4 and I'm sold.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:31

41. RuiBacelar (Posts: 153; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

It's premium, it's nice, it has a crappy battery and that cammera hump in the back...

Could've ben better. I'd rather have a 7mm phone and 2300 mAh at least!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 05:45

65. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Even with this battery tests have shows following results:

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

Not bad, ha!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 04:42 2

46. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

A very good step forward by Samsung. Hoping to see more premium devices from Sammy in near future. Good luck Samsung........

I agree about Alpha being a mid - range device but wait for the Note 4 :)

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