We shouldn’t have to wait till the IFA event in September if the wait was for the long rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which has just got announced and the launch is imminent. The only excitement for the Samsung fans (which are declining by time lately) would be about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is about to get announced at IFA. The Galaxy Alpha flaunts a beautiful metal frame on the sides, while retaining the faux leather back, just like in the Galaxy S5.
The best part about this smartphone from Samsung’s perspective could be that it comes with a screen size which could become a direct competition to the next flagship from Apple, the iPhone 6. The new iPhone is rumored to be coming with the larger screen size compared to the previous gen. devices, thus the Galaxy Alpha will try to hit the store shelves before Apple makes the announcement. And as has been the case with Samsung, this device comes with dimensions comparable to a device which is similar and already out, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini.
Weighing just 115gm and having a thickness of just 6.7mm, this would be quite a sleek device. The 4.7-inch screen has under itself, the Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, and under the hood is an Exynos 5 Octa chipset, whose architecture is made of four Cortex-A15 cores clocking at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores clocking at 1.3GHz. The storage is limited at 32GB as there is no MicroSD slot, while the RAM provided is 2GB.
Similar to what is provided in the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Alpha will have a heart rate sensor, finger scanner and the S Health app would come pre-installed in the TouchWiz UI layered over Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. The phone will come with the compatibility with the latest Android Wear OS powered Samsung Gear Live smartwatch and the other previous smartwatches too. On the rear if the phone, is a 12MP shooter while the front has a 2.1MP selfie camera.
Connectivity wise, there is nothing left behind by Samsung as the device powers LTE Cat. 6 connectivity alongside Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and there’s Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity as well. One such thing which might hurt everything could be the battery, with the capacity of 1860 mAh, but let’s see how well Samsung has optimized the interface to make the battery run longer. The color options available are White, Silver, Gold and Blue.
Apart from S Health, there’s the Ultra Power Saving Mode (well known feature in the S5) which you would see pre-installed in the smartphone, and the entire bloatware will be there as well, just like in the other Galaxy series devices. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is said to be launching in September 2014, and that should happen in about 150 countries around the world. There are rumors that it might be launching on September 12th, and the price tag could be somewhere around RUB 25,000 (nearly touching the $700 mark), although the phones in Russia are usually higher in price when compared to the other markets.