Samsung has received a lot of flak in recent months, especially after the arrival of phones like the HTC One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z2.
These phones have taken the design language to the next level and their desire to offer premium materials has been appreciated by many. Samsung, on the other hand, has largely been relying upon polycarbonate materials for its phones, even at the high-end spectrum. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a phone that attempts to change this aspect.
The design philosophy of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha maybe not significantly different compared to its predecessors. It features the same single physical button that is flanked by touch sensitive buttons. An advantage of having this design is that the entire 4.7 inch display is available to the user rather than a small portion of the bottom being dedicated to the on-screen buttons like many Android phones nowadays. The display uses the same Super AMOLED technology and due to its slightly smaller size, it is able to do away with just 720p of native resolution. Even with this resolution, it has a pixel density of closer to the iPhone 5S.
The biggest change on the Galaxy Alpha compared to other Samsung phones is the extensive use of metal, like the HTC One M8. It appears that Samsung has been listening to the criticism of all, as the phone products high-end materials running throughout the edges. Criticism, though, still remains with the fact that polycarbonate materials are used for the back cover. Despite largely relying upon metal, the phone weighs at just 115 g.
Some of the latest popular features found in Samsung phones, like the fingerprint sensor, have been carried over to this device as well. However, the water and dust resistant features that made its way in the Samsung Galaxy S5 misses out in the Galaxy Alpha.
Unlike most Samsung phones, the Galaxy Alpha does not come with an external memory card slot and it was imperative that Samsung offered a substantial amount of internal storage. Here too, the phone differs from its predecessors by offering only a 32 GB storage option, with no other variants.
The Galaxy S5 came with a 16 megapixel camera that is regarded as one of the finest in the smartphones launched in 2014. Rather than carry the similar camera, the Galaxy Alpha uses a slightly smaller 12 megapixel camera. Even then, it offers most of the features found on the Galaxy S5 like 4K video recording and HDR modes. A front facing 2.1 megapixel camera provides enough support for taking self-portraits.
North American models will come with a Snapdragon 801 processor that has already been seen in a number of phones. This quad core processor, which is clocked at 2.5 GHz, coupled with 2 GB of RAM will provide the Galaxy Alpha with more than sufficient power to handle future versions of the Android OS. Currently, the phone is expected to come with the latest 4.4.4 version when it hits the stores on September 12 for a price of around $700.
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