Samsung today announced a new phone, which is something they do a semi-regular basis. No, they didn’t pre-announce the Note 4, that is still scheduled for early September. They did announce the much rumored Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy Alpha is far from special when it comes to specs, but it could be the standard bearer for all Galaxy phones to come.
The Galaxy Alpha is built around a 4.7″ 1280×720 AMOLED screen. That is what you’d see in a large screen mid-range phone. Likewise, the SoC chip is a Octocore that combines a 1.8ghz quad core with a 1.3ghz low power quad core. Likewise a mid-range processor set. You’ll get a 12.1mp rear camera, LTE, the full range of sensors, and the latest I/O. It also borrows more than a few features from the GS5 including the fingerprint sensor and the health functions. All things being equal, this seems to be the kind of phone that we wouldn’t waste our time reporting on. However, things are not equal in this case.
The Galaxy Alpha usher’s in Samsung’s new design language for its Galaxy line. Gone is the all plastic construction you knew and didn’t love in the least. In the wake of competition like the iPhone and the HTC One M7 & M8, Samsung wanted something with a little more high end class. They tried that with the Faux leather cover on the Note 3 and GS5, but they’re taking it a bit further. The Alpha ditches plastic completely for a new design with a metal frame. The sides are bare metal while the front an rear are the the afore mentioned dimpled fabric. The design is attractive, though honestly a bit reminiscent of the iPhone 5/5S.
The phone itself will be available in some markets come early September. Full rollout will vary from market to market and carrier to carrier. The Galaxy Alpha will come in five different colors: black, white, silver, gold, and blue.
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