The thinnest Samsung Galaxy to date goes official

Previous leaks pointed out Samsung would indeed release a metal-clad device, and the gadget became official today. As it turns out, all the leaks about the device were accurate. The newest member of the Galaxy family, the Galaxy Alpha, has been announced in Russia where customers can pre-order it along with bonus accessories.

Having a metal build and a 4.7" screen, the device strongly resembles the iPhone. Given the iPhone 6 will also have a 4.7" model, it seems like Samsung wants to rival Apple under equal terms, at least design wise. Apart from the metal body, the device looks like the flagship Galaxy S5 in terms of styling, having the somewhat classic physical button like the other Galaxy models. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the device is not water resistant, although it does have a fingerprint scanner.

Regarding the specifications, the device comes with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels and an Exynos 5 Octa (four cores running at 1.8GHz and four at 1.3GHz) processor. It features 2 GB of RAM and comes with KitKat 4.4.4. Although there is 32 GB of internal storage, no microSD slot is available. A 12MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front- facing shooter along with 4G+ LTE connectivity are also included. A 1860mAh battery powers the handset and it is just 0.26" (6.7mm) thick, crowning it as the thinnest Galaxy to date.

Some notable features include the processor power, which scores higher than Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) on AnTuTu benchmarks. If you are in need of speed, 300mbps of downlink can be achieved with Galaxy Alpha thanks to its 4G+ connectivity given your carrier supports this. Lastly, the camera on the device is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video if you are into high quality video shooting.

The new Galaxy Alpha is priced at $689 USD, which places the device firmly between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Mini. The Galaxy Alpha will be released on September 12th.

​Source: phonearena | images via Samsung

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"Samsung's answer to iPhone 6".

This clearly shows just how biased the press have become and how influenced their tiny minds are by the Apple marketing machine. This is Samsung's "answer" to a question Apple hasn't even asked yet?

In the real world, Samsung have released this phone. Apple hasn't released anything. So surely, if/when the iPhone 6 arrives it should be Apple's answer to Samsung? Cause first, effect after. Question first, answer after.

Cut it out.

"A 1860mAh battery powers the handset and it is just 0.26" (6.7mm) thick, crowning it as the thinnest Galaxy to date."

If I'm not mistaken, it could be the thinnest smartphone to date--not just Galaxy.

techbeck said,
Not bad. Now get rid of that annoying/ugly button and it will be a decent phone...cept for TW of course.

Why don't you like the button? I personally prefer physical buttons.

Fezmid said,

Why don't you like the button? I personally prefer physical buttons.

As a WP user who regularly hits the capacitive "Search" button by accident, I tend to agree.

great going samsung, bringing nothing to the table for yet another year

I read the specs, and thought......yep, just like all the other smartphones on the market

might as well buy a higher spec'd, lower priced oneplus one

JHBrown said,
Looks nice.

I think so. The confused fanboys at the Verge are going apeshit about the similarity to the iPhone 5S yet calling it "ugly as ######".

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
this is not a good looking phone. Also how many galaxy's is samsung gonna release. it seems like every week theres a new one that looks like the previous one.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Retailers want to offer a lot of choice. Samsung figures they might as well Ensure a large part of that offering is theirs. Ithas worked for them so far and I'm sure it will work in the foreseeable feature.

Seriously when you browse the selection of the average retailer in my country about 1/5 of the offering is a Galaxy model. Samsung knows that besides 'iPhone' the average consumer doesnt really care too much what brand they have. They just buy a Phone that fits their taste, so Samsung makes sure they have something for everybody.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
this is not a good looking phone.

I have to agree, at least with the lighting the photos above are taken in the corners appear to bulge out

Ronnet said,

Samsung knows that besides 'iPhone' the average consumer doesnt really care too much what brand they have. They just buy a Phone that fits their taste, so Samsung makes sure they have something for everybody.

Samsung knows the average consumer doesn't have a clue and won't use 1/4 of the phones functions and will take whatever the sales person tells them "fits their needs" which as they are the current big seller is what they are pushed to sell.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
this is not a good looking phone. Also how many galaxy's is samsung gonna release. it seems like every week theres a new one that looks like the previous one.

I think this is a good move for Samsung to make against Apple. Although the timeline may feel rush, or as though they are shorting their customers by releasing so many new flagship type phones, this is Samsung trying to defend and capture more of the market. Apple started to move in on their (and other android manufacturers) market share by creating different iPhone size offerings, so they have to react and release something that pushes back into Apple (ie metal build) and keeps them on the map as far as still being relevant. Not to mention, I've heard a lot of iPhone users say they dislike the Samsung Galaxy series due to the plastic feel.

Son_Of_Dad said,

Samsung knows the average consumer doesn't have a clue and won't use 1/4 of the phones functions and will take whatever the sales person tells them "fits their needs" which as they are the current big seller is what they are pushed to sell.

I thought that went without saying. But Samsung could pull of that trick with a small selection of phones, just look at Apple. But while customers may be clueless they still have their own taste. So what Samsung is doing is offering multiple devices from low to high-end so if someone doesnt like the Galaxy S5 there is anotehr Galaxy in the same price range that fits their taste.

offroadaaron said,
Samsung iPhone

More like Apple's versión of Samsung and others... Copying much Apple?

Steve Jobs' own words:
“We have been ‘ShameLESS' about stealing great ideas”.

Original iPhone = Samsung's S700 Mp3 Player
iPhone 4 & 4S = LG's Prada
iPhone 5c = Lumia 620Panorama + Folders = Android
‘iPhone' the name = Linksys' iPhone®
‘iOS' the name = Cisco's Internet OS (ios)
‘Apple' the name = The Beatles
Notification Bar = Maemo
Slide to Unlock = Neonode N1m
Mouse GUI = Xerox
Reject calls with SMS = Symbian
iMaps = Google Maps (Opps)
Fingerprint sensor (Cracked) = PCs (Safe)
Multitasking = webOS
Copy/paste = WinMobile
Ping = Facebook, Twitter
iPad = Samsung´s Photoframe
iPad Mini = Dell Streak
iPod = Creative Technology and Walkman
Pinch to zoom = Samsung
iMessage = BlackBerry Messenger
iCloud = Dropbox + Onedrive
iOS Minimalistic = Windows Phone.
Smartphone Optical Stabilization = Nokia
Siri (Clippy) = Xiaoi Bot + Nuance
App Store = Ubuntu Software Center
Multitouch Smartphone = Bought another company
Bigger Screen smartphone = Everybody else
MacBook Air = HP's Sojourn
Macsafe = Asian Crockery
Thunderbolt = Intel
OSX, iOS = Unix
Newton = Psion Series 3, HP 95LX
Apple Logo = Genesis 1:6, 3:6
Aluminum = Cheapest Metal
Plastic = ($$$ Reinforced Polymers)
Security = Buy a new one...

VHMP01 said,

More like Apple's versión of Samsung and others... Copying much Apple?
Steve Jobs' own words:
“We have been ‘ShameLESS' about stealing great ideas”.

Original iPhone = Samsung's S700 Mp3 Player
iPhone 4 & 4S = LG's Prada
iPhone 5c = Lumia 620Panorama + Folders = Android
‘iPhone' the..............
..........Security = Buy a new one...

Ohh mmmy gwaad!!!

PS: Learnt a new word today: erudite

VHMP01 said,

More like Apple's versión of Samsung and others... Copying much Apple?

Steve Jobs' own words:
“We have been ‘ShameLESS' about stealing great ideas”.

I'm a big fan of your list. I really am. Like, I love how a good chunk of it is wrong or misleading. My favorite bit is how you claim that Apple stole the idea for a maps app from Google, because we live in a reality where Atlases and Mapquest never existed, but then knock Apple for acquiring a company to help develop the iPhone. What's funny is that Google acquired their maps app from a company, but that seems to be OK. We're being critical of Apple here, so we must move the goal post. We must also claim they stole Thunderbolt from Intel, when in reality, Apple co-developed Thunderbolt with Intel.

Also, I didn't know Apple stole the idea for the iPhone from a Samsung digital camera. I mean, some of your examples are reaching. Really reaching. So I'm surprised that you didn't reach all the way back to Alexander Gram Bell for that one.

Robot Emas said,
Don't buy this phone guys, its still in Alpha, not even in Beta phase. Waiting for Samsung Galaxy GDR

LOL weird naming on their part...alpha testing metal?

Nashy said,
Looks like an S2.

This is what I exactly thought. Doesn't look anything like an iPhone. I really liked the S2's design. :)

I picked one up cheap last week to play with and put a 4.4.4 ROM on there with Dorimanx Kernel. Still runs great and their most ground breaking phone to date. Much prefer the looks of the S2 over the S3-S5.