Finally, we see Samsung out a handset that packs a premium metal finish – but apart from that we are looking at a spec line that somehow fails to overwhelm, which somehow equates to the relative lack of fanfare building up to the launch of the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The premise itself is interesting – a premium looking phone, with not-so-premium specs. Let’s take a closer look.

The main processor is the Exynos 5 octa-core beast (quad 1.8Ghz + quad 1.3Ghz), which will push pixels to a 720p HD display. Compared to the full HD of the Galaxy S5, this is a step down. The processor is backstopped by 2GB of RAM, and 4K resolution video capture. An update to the launch information says that the Galaxy Alpha will be launched with a Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU in the US.

The most notable spec on the list is the 1,860mAh battery, a full 1,000mAh less than the Galaxy S5. This means that you would really need the ultra-battery saving mode that is available on the Android 4.4 KitKat TouchWiz UI. And just maybe because of the metal binding around the sides of the new device, Samsung chose to forgo the microSD expansion slot. The Galaxy Alpha comes with 32GB of internal storage.


Does this point to a new design aesthetic to be followed by the Galaxy Note 4? There might be a possibility. The Galaxy Alpha is scheduled to arrive in September in variants of black, white, gold, silver and blue – although there is no word yet on the pricing. Are you impressed? Talk back to us in the comments section.