“With the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung hopes to steal the upcoming iPhone 6’s thunder”
Always wanted a Samsung smartphone, but held off because of the plasticky construction? Well, the South Korean chaebol’s latest offering in the Indian market might just change your mind. Dubbed as the Galaxy Alpha, it’s the first device from the numero uno smartphone manufacturer to sport a metal frame.
But it’s not just the build, the Galaxy Alpha also has another purpose – stealing the thunder away from the recently-launched iPhone 6. Just like the upcoming iPhone, the Alpha is built around a 4.7-inch display, which features a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels (~312ppi). The device is also quite lightweight at just 115g, and features a slim body measuring 6.7mm. Despite the hullabaloo about its metal body, we should point out that only the edges of the smartphone are metallic, and the rear still gets the same old dimpled plastic finish. The handset is available in multiple colours including black, gold, and white.
Powering it up is Samsung’s own Exynos 5430 processor with two quad-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex A-7 clusters, running at different clock speeds of 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. The chipset is accompanied by 2GB of RAM. The handset features 32GB of built-in storage, but there’s no provision of expanding it further as there’s no microSD card slot. In the camera department, the smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel sensor at the back with an LED flash, as well as a 2MP front-facing snapper. The rear shooter is capable of recording 4K videos.
Connectivity-wise, the handset phone has support for the usual options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. As a plus, it also supports Indian 4G networks. The OS on offer is the latest iteration of Android, i.e. 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. The Galaxy Alpha sips juice from a sealed 1,860mAh Li-ion battery.
The device also comes with a fingerprint sensor and a heart rate monitor, just like the Galaxy S5 (review | cheatsheet). It will go on sale in the first week of October, bundled with 5GB of free 4G data on Airtel for the first two months. Priced at Rs 39,990, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is surely a premium offering, but then you can’t put a price on style. Or can you?