SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED the rumoured Galaxy Alpha, which arrives touting a metal casing, an octa-core chip and the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system.
As rumours had suggested, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has an iPhone-style metal frame, which measures in at just 6.7mm thick. However, despite speculation suggesting it would rival the iPhone 6 with a full metal shell, the Galaxy Alpha retains the perforated plastic rear of the Galaxy S5, and will be available in the four same colour options.
Of course, it's not all about looks. Under the bonnet, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha features Samsung's octa-core Exynos 5 chip, while it will also be made available with a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, configuring it with support for 300Mbps Cat 6 LTE speeds. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 1,850mAh battery and 32GB of internal storage in the handset, which doesn't have a microSD card slot.
As expected, the Galaxy Alpha isn't much of a match for the LG G3, touting a lowly 4.7in 1280x730 resolution HD display. It does match its flagship predecessor, however, with a fingerprint scanner in its home button and a heart rate sensor on its rear, along with a 12MP rear camera.
Samsung VP of the IT and mobile division Rob Orr said, "Built with the consumer in mind, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality.
"Combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features you'd expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device, the Galaxy Alpha is perfect for those that want style without compromising on performance."
Samsung has said that the Galaxy Alpha will be available from the beginning of September with EE promptly announcing that it will be selling it, but there's no word from either on pricing yet. If a premature listing from Mobilefun is to be believed, it likely will retail for around £550.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy Alpha release date, price and features roundup. µ