Samsung just officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Alpha with an announcement on their website that pretty much confirms many of the details we were expecting. You are getting a very decent addition to the Samsung Galaxy range with a 4.7 inch display housed in a metal frame powered by a pretty powerful Exynos 5430 quad-core processor.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F is the first premium smartphone from Samsung to use a genuine metal frame. In terms of design and color schemes you are getting the same four colors that now make up the standard options for Galaxy devices; black, white, gold and blue – all four of which will be available at launch. Although the frame is made of metal, the rear panel retains the company’s trend of using covers made of plastic. With 6.7 mm height and only 115 grams of weight, the Galaxy Alpha falls into the category of extremely thin and light.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F has a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, so you are getting a 720p HD resolution, but not Full HD. Under the hood you have the new Exnos Octacore 5430 SoC, which features four ARM Cortex-A7 cores at 1.3 GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked to hit a maximum of 1.8GHz. There is a 12MP camera on the rear and a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front. The battery turns out to be a relatively small 1860mAh unit. In terms of operating system, the Galaxy Alpha as you would expect runs Android 4.4.4 “KitKat”.
In terms of availability the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will start to ship in September, available internationally for somewhere in the region of 500 – 600 Euros.