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

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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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)

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41 Comments

1. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I wanna see it in the states!

16. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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).

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

21. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post +1

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

30. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Was that English?

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

20. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

33. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

34. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 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.

36. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not bad.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why preorder? lets see the phone physically first

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 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

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 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

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

39. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 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

37. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 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

40. Ashoaib

Posts: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 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?

4. flaming-butthole

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

I call dips on the gold one.

5. Smithy5995

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 23, 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.

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