Samsung Galaxy Alpha Has a Sleek Metal Frame but Just a 720p Screen

By Gerald Lynch on at

The long-rumoured, often-leaked Samsung Galaxy Alpha has officially been revealed, somewhat surprisingly early considering that the IFA tech show is just a few weeks away. But the handset is an "alpha" in name only -- it may look a little slicker than the Galaxy S5, but it's actually sporting stripped-back specs.

More angular and, dare I say it, more iPhone-like than the Galaxy S5, the Alpha sports a metal frame with a textured plastic finish on the rear. Slim at just 6.7mm thick, its 4.7-inch display is running at only a 720p resolution rather than the full HD pixel count you'd expect of a true flagship device. An octa-core 1.8GHz processor or quad-core 2.5GHz processor will feature depending on territory, backed by 2GB of RAM, but battery capacity is just 1,860mAh, down almost 1,000mAh from the S5.

Running Android 4.4.4, the phone will offer 32GB of storage space and support microSD expansion. It also comes with the same heart-rate monitoring and fingerprint scanning sensors found in the Galaxy S5, with a 12MP camera on the rear. Cat 6 LTE is supported, allowing for theoretical mobile download speeds of 300Mbps.

No pricing yet, but expect to see it in white, gold, blue and silver shades come its September launch.