Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame, as an answer to the criticism faced by the company over its plastic design of its smartphones which has been blamed for the company’s recent struggles.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha runs on the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It sports a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display. The handset has a very sleek profile with dimensions 132.4×65.5×6.7mm and weighs just 115 grams. Just like its big brother Galaxy S5, Alpha sports a Fingerprint Scanner and a HeartBeat monitor.
Along with the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung also debuted the new Exynos 5430 SoC. It is the first smartphone SoC by any manufacturer to be based on the 20nm process. The 5430 is still using ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration, with a combination of quad-core Cortex-A15 clocked at up to 1.8GHz and quad-core Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.3GHz. All cores will be maxed out on the Galaxy Alpha to get the most out of the chipset. The shrink in die size makes the chip more efficient, thereby reducing power consumption.
There is 2GB of RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage, which is non-expandable. The Galaxy Alpha sports a 12-megapixel rear camera and also includes 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs an 1860mAh battery.
Apart from LTE CAT.6, other connectivity options include Micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS/EDGE, 3G, and NFC.
The company notes that the Galaxy Alpha at launch will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue colour variants.