Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which is also known as the iPhone killer from Samsung, will go on sale in select countries on September 12, 2014. The countries that receives Galaxy Alpha early includes United Kingdom along with few others. While the device will be available in Canada from September 26th, United States will receive the device on a further date. Date of availability in countries like India is also uncertain.
The price of Galaxy Alpha in UK is £549. In Canada the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will cost 699.95 Canadian dollars (US$638) without contract. On contract the price will be 149.95 CAD. Canadian carrier Bell is already taking pre-orders for this device. The price of Galaxy Alpha in India is expected to be around Rs. 40,000.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha became popular overnight just because of its beautiful metallic design. The device is also the slimmest ever phone from Samsung measuring just 6.7mm in thickness. This is also considered as the Samsung’s move from the plastic body towards metallic designs. Samsung had always received criticism over the plastic bodies they used even on the flagship devices like Galaxy S series and note phones.
Samsung features a 4.7 inch display that offers HD resolution (1280 x 720p). It is a SUPER AMOLED display that offers 16M color depth and ~312 ppi pixel density. It is powered by Samsung’s own Octa core Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset. The chipset features Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 along with Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. There is 2 GB RAM in this device.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes in 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage options. There is no microSD card slot for further expansion. The device offers usual connectivity options along with 4G LTE network connectivity.
The rear camera features a 12 MP sensor, and is capable of recording 2160p videos @30fps, 1080p videos @60fps and 720p videos @120fps. geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, panorama and HDR are the other camera features. The front camera comes with a 2.1 MP sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available in Charcoal Black, Sleek Silver, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold and Scuba Blue colors. The device runs Android 4.4.4 Kitkat out-of-the-box. It features Samsung’s features like hear rate monitor and Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified). Overall dimension ranges 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, and it weighs just 115g. The battery is of 1860 mAh capacity.
Key Specifications and features of Samsung Galaxy Alpha
- 4.7 inch SUPER AMOLED HD Display (1280 x 720p)
- ~312 ppi pixel density
- Metal frame
- Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
- Octa core Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset
- Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB/ 32GB internal storage memory
- 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm dimension, 115g weight
- Android 4.4.4 kitkat
- 1,860 mAh battery
- 12 MP rear camera
- 2.1 MP front camera
- Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
Samsung recently launched Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge during the IFA 2014, which is being held in Berlin. International availability of Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be around the same time when these two devices hits the markets.