Samsung announce the “premium” Galaxy Alpha

A premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been rumoured for ages now, with images getting leaked and leaked and leaked over the last few weeks too. Samsung have decided that now is the time to finally announce it, no big event and certainly no tap dancing.

It isn’t just another variant of the Galaxy S5 it’s a whole new device, with a lower spec and seemingly a different type of customer. Here are the specs.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Product Specifications

– LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
– Display 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
– Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
– Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
– Camera 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
– Video UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
– WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
– Bluetooth 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
– Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor,
Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint
Sensor, HR Sensor
– RAM : 2GB
– Internal Memory : 32GB
– Dimensions 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g
– Battery 1,860 mAh

So it’s got a smallish battery, no expandable memory, a metal frame, plastic backplate, a 4.7″ display and all of the Samsung software you’d expect. Are they defining a new genre or are they targeting potential iPhone customers? I’m personally not sure.

As regards price and availability Samsung have the following to say. They just missed out how much it’s going to cost.

The Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September. At launch, it will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, with available colors to be determined by market. 

Personally I think it looks nice, it’s a good direction for Samsung to be moving in. Hopefully this design ethos will pass over to the upcoming Note 4.

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