Samsung Galaxy Alpha price and release date: cheaper than an S5

Samsung Galaxy Alpha price and release date: cheaper than an S5
Samsung took the stage today, and announced its long-awaited metal handset, the Galaxy Alpha. Well, metal is an overstatement here, as just the frame, side rim, home key and camera lens bordering are made out of the hard stuff, but it's still a more premium development, compared to the usual plasticky contraptions the company churns out.

In any case, besides the unorthodox for Samsung design, the Galaxy Alpha is decked-out in the specs department, too, featuring powerful Exynos or Snapdragon processors with LTE Cat. 6 cellular modems, allowing up to 300 Mbps download speeds - if your carrier is up to those, of course. A hearty 12 MP camera is placed on the back, and 2 GB of RAM, as well as 32 GB of storage round up the pretty offering. About the only disappointment is the 1860 mAh battery, but the screen is with HD resolution, so this juicer might turn out to be enough for a decent battery life.

How much will it cost, though, and when will the Galaxy Alpha be available? Well, it turns out that the rumors about the release date being in September turned out to be true. The Galaxy Alpha will go up for preorder in Russia this Friday, August 15th, and will be launched on September 12th for the equivalent of $690, which is a sixth cheaper than the Galaxy S5 there. This is Russia we are talking about, though, and popular smartphones tend to be rather expensive at launch there, so in Europe and the US we can reasonably expect the Galaxy Alpha to pop up for a tad below the 600 USD or EUR mark, barring any carrier subsidies. Of course, that doesn't preclude the good ol' UK retailers to put it up for preorder at the hefty 500 pounds sterling price tag, but we all know how things on the island country go when it comes to electronics pricing.

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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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8 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Wait, what? another Samsung Alpha news? that's only 5 in a row, maybe one more for good measure? no?

2. NextGenTech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

"About the only disappointment is the 1860 mAh battery," Don't understand yes although poor in this age you love the worser Apple 5S battery in your reviews... Come on.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Still expensive Cheaper doesn't equate to being a good/better buy.

4. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

1. Too expensive 2. Mid-range specs 3. Not fully metal (only Apple and HTC can build premium metal device) 4. Ugly look. 5. Anemic battery 6. No Boom sound stereo 7. Touchwiz

5. HoPhonTab

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Good looking phone but at that price Lol 1860mah battery lol samsung galaxy s3 have a higher battery capacity

6. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I bet this wont be a best seller device >.

7. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Matches Z13C. So why would anyone still want the Z13C? (esp since Z1C with poor display and camera)

8. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

A nice , powerful compact phone with a very good Camera. Pocket Sized Phone. Need a thicker Alpha to enable larger Battery and SD card. 2 or 3 mm thicker and we have Alpha Pro -will Samsung do it ? And they need to remove hardware Home button in 2015. Really.

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