Samsung's metallic Galaxy Alpha is now available to buy (in select markets)

Samsung's metallic Galaxy Alpha is now available to buy (in select markets)
Right on time, Samsung today started selling the Galaxy Alpha, which thus becomes the company’s first global Galaxy smartphone to feature a body that’s partially made out of metal.

For now, the Alpha is available to buy only in a few countries - like the UK and Russia - but customers in other markets should be able to get it pretty soon, too. As you may know, the Galaxy Alpha is far from being affordable. It costs £549.00 in the UK - that’s only £30 less than the Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy Alpha is certainly Samsung’s best weapon (if we may say so) against Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 - which can be pre-ordered starting today, ahead of its September 19 launch. The Alpha is slightly smaller and thinner than the iPhone 6 (6.7mm vs. 6.9mm), while offering a similarly-sized 4.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels. Other features include a 12 MP rear camera, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, octa-core Exynos 5 5430 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and a 1860 mAh battery. You can find out much more about the handset by checking out our Samsung Galaxy Alpha hands-on.

Earlier this week, Samsung officially confirmed that it would launch the Galaxy Alpha in Canada (starting September 26). It has yet to say anything about a US release, though we heard that the handset would be available via both AT&T and T-Mobile. We’ll let you know when we hear more on this.

source: Samsung UK via Twitter

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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. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The gold one is sexy.

6. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Which iPhone you're gonna get? iPhone 6 or the 6 plus?

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

After the disappointment I don't think he's gonna get either. We'll see though.

10. Mels13

Posts: 117; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

none-only Note Edge !

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Note 4 broski. 6+ in January if I want to switch things up a bit. ;)

18. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

thats what I think

34. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Or wait for the 6s next September

39. JMartin22

Posts: 2379; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Watch out for the tasteless bandaid jokes

51. qerimm

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

but not the back of the phone. It looks actually horrible!

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That battery life is atrocious though.

4. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

this phone is answer to iphone6 so it has the same specs. nobody care about battery life ( in samsung)

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Most reviews actually say that its pretty good so far, just gsmarena.

56. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And you have tested it? Or seen the reviews? Samsung has the one of the best battery optimizations.

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

meanwhile the xperia z3 compact scores endurance rating of 101hr in gsmarena test!!!!!!...... sony does it again in battery department by providing class leading b battery backup....

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

z3 compact is a beast which puts iphone 6 and alpha to shame

20. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

How shame is that? Did you read the new iPhone 6 Plus which OUT OF STOCK in preorder online. alpha is shame, LOL. Lmao iDroid.

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

how shame is that? no problem, I'll explain it to you how... z3c has a very beastly and latest hardware... whereas ip6 or 6plus has ancient hardware... ip6 & 6plus are midrange phones with hefty price tag, whereas z3c is a good value for money and is not like ripping off its customers unlike apple.... this is how z3c put ip6 and 6plus to shame... well about sale numbers, these are high bcoz we still need to educate people that they are wasting their money on a midrange device... when they will be educated and realized then sale numbers will start falling and apple will stop ripping off

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Actually both the Alpha and iPhone 6 have bleeding edge internals and the Z3 uses the same processor as a 7 month old GS5. The rest of the Z3, except maybe the screen, is pretty up to date though. But still, the most important part, the CPU, the iPhone 6 and Alpha are well ahead. All three have mid range screens though in the 720p range. They all really should have been 1080p.

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

about screen, I will give higher marks to aplha bcoz its Super Amoled and what I have seen, samsung nearly perfected it recently surpassing LCDs... LCDs have nothing new in their sleeves, LCDs seems kinda stuck at one place at the moment

41. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

As long as the phone is smooth and no lag, why bother to have quadcores, or whatever core it is? Or higher ram? You shouldn't only compare phones with on paper specs, user experience is very important. Do you think most people will understand or even care quad cores with 1.2 GHz or 2.0 Ghz or whatever it is? They only know, this phone is smooth or slow !

42. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

so by your way, Z3c is pretty fast... while iphone is damn slow bcoz slow hardware will surely give slow real time experience ;) plz dont waste money on over priced midrange phone

50. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

My iPhone 5s is so damn fast without those quadcores or extra RAM. I don't have any slow issues. And it's my own money that i spent, i bought a phone, i like the os, i like the build quality. You have problem i spent my own money to buy a phone? LOL.

59. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Same here! My iPhone 5s speed like nothing even it's 8mp camera puts other 13 or higher mp cameras on shame . If you ok to spend some big moneys on a smartphone then u better go for a iphone which is real deal .. That expenciveness isn't a problem for have the best on our hands .. My thoughts ..

52. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Practically, WP8.x offers an UI which runs as smoothly as that on iOS. Have you tried that? More cores is not a bad thing as long as the cores take care of different tasks simultaneously at their appropriate paces. Besides, more cores mean that the adopting device is well prepared for the more stringent demands by consumers in the future! In contrast, lesser cores and lower clock speed (such as the A7 & A8) means that bottleneck could come sooner!

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Alpha beats the iPhone 6 in almost every category so I wouldn't talk really if I were you. It's more compact, thinner, lighter, has a bigger battery, looks better etc. Samsung basically designed every detail including the sept 12 release date to troll the iPhone 6 by beating in all areas. So if the Alpha is a shame, the iPhone 6 is a crying shame.

53. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Whoever buying the iPhone6 fits this analogy. A passenger paying for the first-class ticket of a trans-atlantic/pacific United Airline flight only gets a seat in the economy-class (at most economy-plus) section inside the airplane cabin.

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Z3C: Best overall compact flagship Z3: Best overall full size ~5 inch flagship Sony smartphone battery life in 2014 in general is leaps and bounds better than we expected and they should keep pushing to refine what is arguably the most important feature in any mobile device. Samsung and Apple should sit and take note. They should have made a Z Ultra successor (1080p at 6 inches is fine or maybe a well made QHD display) to trade blows with the Note 4 for the phablet throne!

19. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

now you have used a little over exagerration... well apple do need to take note and it is already taking notes from samsung's chapters... while no need to take note for Note 4 bcoz it gives note and sony need some for its ultra as well... Note 4 is putting everything to shame include z3, ultra or what ever

29. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I guess I was giddy. The Note 4 is the phablet king by blood and merit no doubt and everyone is taking notes from it right now. On the other hand, the Alpha was essentially a dimwitted GS5 Compact. Battery life was disappointing on the Exynos version (Z3 Compact put phablets to shame as the smallest 100 hour phone on GSMArena while the Alpha couldn't even beat the iPhone 5s at 52 hours), it doesn't have the GS5's camera sensor, it doesn't have ingress protection like the GS5 and it doesn't have a microSD slot. And it's too expensive. That's where Samsung should be taking notes from Sony.

22. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Dude check this out (maybe you already did) Z3C review. Simply Epic battery life. And finally Sony tone down their camera's post processing and the result is Z3C can capture much better image than z2. Especially 20mp in broad daylight. I compare Z3 camera samples with Galaxy alpha's camera samples and i'm finally convinced that Z3C took much better image ( only exception : alpha's panorama shot is way way better than Z3C) . Most of the Z3C sample images are even better than GS5. Sony now should improve their panorama shot and add raw capture support to make Z3C even more awesome.

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