After a few long weeks of leaks, Samsung has finally made the Galaxy Alpha official. While it’s not the most impressive device to come out of the South Korean giant, it’s easily the best designed. It does carry some designed elements from the Galaxy S5, but with on major difference, the metal frame. The rest of the design is almost identical to the Galaxy S5 with the plastic dotted back cover as well as the signature home button we’re accustomed to from Samsung. On of the things that really suprises me about the design of the phone is just how thin it is. At only 6.7mm, it’s about a millimeter thinner than the iPhone 5S.
The spec sheet on this device is pretty interesting. Most would expect Samsung’s first metal device to pack on the specs, but this is actually a mid-range device. With a 4.7″ inch, 720p display on the front, this is not a big phone at all. Inside is an Exynos Octa-Core processor along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Unlike Samsung’s past, this phone doesn’t bring expandable storage via a microSD card. Android 4.4.4 KitKat is on board with Samsung’s usual TouchWiz skin on top. Around the pack of the phone is a 12MP camera along with a heart rate sensor. On the front is a 2.1MP camera and a fingerprint sensor. Powering all of this is a 1,860 mAh battery.
The Galaxy Alpha will go up for sale in September with Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. 5 colors will be available as Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue. The device has been confirmed for release in Russia, but US availability is unknown right now.
This phone is almost certainly Samsung’s attempt to create a direct competitor to the upcoming iPhone 6, but I’m not sure it’ll do the job. I don’t really think that Apple’s customers will be drawn to this device. If they are looking at a Samsung device, it’s probably the Galaxy S5 or Note 3 thanks to their bigger screens. Either way, let’s just hope this design is seen in Samsung’s flagships next time around. You gotta admit, it looks dang good.