The Galaxy Alpha has had its share of rumors that have been stated, then retracted in favor of news ones, then some of the features lost in the rumors have been reaffirmed. As for the device itself, it’s shaping up to be a head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone 6.
UK retailer MobileFun published information on the Galaxy Alpha yesterday, then retrieved it. As has been said before, August 4th was rumored to be the day of the Galaxy Alpha announcement, but sources now say that August 13 is the time in which Samsung looks to announce the new smartphone.
The MobileFun price listed was 549 euros (USD$920) for the 32GB Galaxy Alpha. The specs are what we’ve come to know about the Galaxy Alpha, with one exception: the device will measure at 4.7 inches instead of the 4.8-inch display we heard so much about. The display size alone makes this an iPhone 6 competitor.
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The HD screen resolution of 1280x 720p was a valid rumor that’s now been confirmed by MobileFun’s specs, as was the 12MP rear-facing camera. The display will still be Super AMOLED, however, so it’ll still have colors that “pop” out from the display – even if Apple looks to increase its Retina screen resolution for the iPhone 6.
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The Galaxy Alpha will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5 octa-core processor, Samsung’s most powerful processor chip to date, and it looks as if Samsung wants to use its own octa-core chip for the handset.
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We’ve always wanted Samsung’s octa-core processor (now running 8 cores simultaneously) to make its way around the world, but Samsung’s been content with using Qualcomm chips for users outside of its hometown and other regions. We hope the Galaxy Alpha is the start of the prevalence of its Exynos processor in other parts of the world.
Even with the Galaxy Alpha specs and price leaks, the device will only retain metal sides but won’t have a full metal body as had previously been rumored.
Does the Galaxy Alpha sound like something you’d introduce to a friend or family member? If not, what would you like to see from Samsung in the future?