Samsung has brought a significant upgrade to the Galaxy Note 4, but not before killing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – which will cease production early in 2015.

Samsung is making some changes to their smartphone lineup. First off, say goodbye to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The short-lived, and high-end device will cease production in early 2015 – marking the end of the Alpha line for the time being. Right now, it wouldn’t appear as though Samsung has any plans to continue production of the lineup, but right now – Samsung has officially released the upgrade to the Galaxy Note 4.

The ‘Galaxy Note 4 LTE A’ as it’s called, is a seriously upgraded device, even though it looks identical to the previous device. It upgraded the 4G connectivity, and Samsung says that connectivity speeds will reach 450Mbps. The device also features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit chipset. JK Shin, Samsung’s CEO, pointed out that “We continue to set new challenges for the industry and push boundaries to take mobile technology to the next level and deliver the best possible customer experience.” Add in 4GB of RAM, and ultimately what users are left with is an incredibly snappy device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE A will undoubtedly be the fastest smartphone on the market for some time – with as early as it came onto the market in 2014. But, its competitors will not be launching until mid-2015, and some even waiting until late-2015 to launch devices that will deliver the same connectivity speeds that this device will bring to the table. While Samsung is breaking down the doors when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE A – Samsung is simultaneously shutting down production of the Galaxy Alpha.

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The all-metal smartphone was a shift and meant to be a high-end competitor to the sturdy phones that Apple has been continually putting on the market. However, after a tumultuous year – that wound up being the first smartphone to be shuttered after that disappointing year. Those within the industry pointed out that “The Galaxy Alpha will be produced until the materials currently in inventory are used up. It’s production will end by early February next year.”

It’s unclear right now what the replacement to the Galaxy Alpha will be in 2015. Many believe that the Galaxy A5 will serve as the replacement to the Alpha, and moving forward that will allow Samsung to work on the overall lineup more effectively – focusing on their flagship device launch in 2015.

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