The much rumoured Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been given a release date today in an announcement by Samsung, which also details the specs and hardware which powers this amazing new smartphone. Let’s take a look through them now.
First off, the heavily speculated about display that Samsung has long kept under wraps, a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen with an active resolution of 1280 x 720. The screen gives the Alpha a pixel density of just 313ppi, which while lower than the iPhone 5S and other current offerings from Samsung, does provide amazing colors and impressive resolution.
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On the hardware front there’s the amazing octa-core (quad 1.8GHz + quad 1.3GHz) or 2.5GHz quad-core processor running the show, although European and North American releases may only receive a 2.5GHz quad-core version of the phone, with the octa-core model, at first, being available only in Asia. It’s alright though, as soth models will come with a hefty 2GB of RAM, meaning that for the time being the Alpha will be able to cope with resource heavy apps such as games.
So, whilst the screen won’t be much compared to other phones coming soon, the phone does include some other cool features, such as a new fingerprint scanner, which allows users to up the security ante with just a swipe of their finger over the home button. Also included is a heart rate monitor located under the camera flash which ties into Samsung’s own health app.
Speaking of the camera, onboard is a 12MP rear camera for photography, and a 2.1MP front camera for selfies and video calling. Samsung has also packed the phone with camera software features such as DR, Dual Camera, Beauty Face and Panorama options, plus the ability to shoot ultra quality UHD 4K video (3840 x 2160 at 30fps) with the rear camera.
The Alpha itself is made up of a plastic metal hybrid outer shell in the form of a band that runs around the outer edge of the device, giving it that metal wow factor of the Galaxy S5 everybody’s been raving about recently, plus the dimensions of the phone closely match the Galaxy S2, at 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7mm. The phone also weighs in pretty light at 115g.
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The operating system included with the Alpha is Android 4.4 KitKat, which resides in the phone’s decent 32GB of memory, so you’ll have ample space for those 4k videos. If you need any more content you can also use inbuilt CAT 6 LTE to access 4G networks at up to 300Mbps. Battery life is expected to be none too bad either, with an 1860mAh battery included.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is expected to arrive globally this September, presumably price similarly to the Galaxy S5. We’ll get a pricing report up when info arrives. Here’s the announcement video showing it off.
Source: Samsung Mobile on YouTube