The August 13 launch date for the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha is real, the new smartphone with Android 4.4.4 KitKat is just announced today, said to be "new design approach" with metal frame around the side of the phone. The back cover remains in plastic like other Galaxy series.
The Galaxy Alpha is a mid-to-high-end model, powered by a Exynos 5430 Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) processor and paired with a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display. There is a 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage but for the first time, this Galaxy model does not come with a microSD card slot – probably due to the restriction of the external storage in Android KitKat. Samsung did not list a 64GB version for more storage space, although it was mentioned in the past rumors.
Galaxy Alpha Specifications:
- OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Size: 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm
- Weight: 115g
- Display: 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
- Processor: Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Storage: 32GB, no MicroSD card slot
- Camera: 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front), supports UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
- Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2) / Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC
- Battery: 1,860 mAh
- Others: Fingerprint Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
At 6.7mm thickness, the 4.7-inch size and 115g weight will fit nicely for one-hand operation compare to other 5.x-inch smartphones. Other specs include a 12 megapixel camera, 2.1 megapixel front facing camera, 4K video recording @ 30fps, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 1860 mAh battery. Like the Galaxy S5, finger print sensor is integrated on the home button, with another heart rate sensor at the back.
Available in early September, the Galaxy Alpha will launch with Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue colors – depends on your region.