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Samsung Galaxy Alpha pre-empts the iPhone 6 with metal frame and 4.7-inch display

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As expected, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Alpha, its first premium smartphone with a metal frame. The compact smartphone with a 4.7-inch display, pre-empts Apple’s iPhone 6, which is also expected to be launched with a 4.7-inch display along with a bigger 5.5-inch display variant. The display size isn’t the only similarity between the iPhone and Galaxy Alpha, which too comes with chamfered edges that will certainly pique the interest of Apple’s lawyers. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests

Moving beyond the physical similarities, the Galaxy Alpha comes across as a high-end compact smartphone that Android sorely lacks. The Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, an octa-core processor on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with two sets of 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors. It comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage but no microSD card slot. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp

The Galaxy Alpha also sports a 12-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. If its performance is anywhere close to what we have seen on the Galaxy S5, we would be pretty satisfied. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Samsung’s promo photos suggest it will be available in black, white, gold, silver and blue colors. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model

The official Galaxy Alpha specifications suggests it is an LTE smartphone, but we don’t have any word yet whether they will work on Indian LTE networks. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner and ultra-power saving mode, both of which were first introduced with the Galaxy S5.

There is no word on when Samsung intends to make the Galaxy Alpha available in the market or at what price, though the official press release says it will start shipping in September. We believe that pricing would be extremely crucial for Samsung to make it big with the Galaxy Alpha. The company could fall in the trap of pricing it competitively with the iPhone, which won’t work in Android ecosystem.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Specifications

Network

LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)

Display

4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)

AP

Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)

OS

Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)

Camera

12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)

Camera
Features

Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range),
Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour

Video

UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1,
Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video Format : MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV,
MKV, WEBM

Audio

Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+,
WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Audio Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA
AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF,
IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Additional
Features

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Download Booster

Quick Connect

Private Mode

Google Mobile Service

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google
Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play
Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice
Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
USB: USB 2.0
NFC

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor,
Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint
Sensor, HR Sensor

Memory

RAM : 2GB
Internal Memory : 32GB
No micro SD Slot

Dimension

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g

Battery

1,860 mAh

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  • Published Date: August 13, 2014 2:31 PM IST
  • Updated Date: August 13, 2014 3:21 PM IST


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