For those Samsung critics, the first line of offense has always been the plastic shells used on their devices. Samsung has been long rumoured to silence the critics with a metal build Galaxy device and finally without much fanfare and their usual boisterous media event, the South Korean conglomerate today quietly unveiled Galaxy Alpha.
Clad in an all metal body and shedding all the plastics, the Galaxy Alpha does look elegant and handsome but what could put down it is the internal specs which is underwhelmed to call it a flagship device. May be Samsung is testing waters with this device before it clad its true flagship devices in metal.
Surprisingly we talk ab0ut a 4.7-inch device which goes against the Samsung’s usual tendency to bring a bigger the better display for its flagship devices. Also the 720 pixel resolution underwhelms it and hey have we not settled for 1080pixel resolution for even the second-tier flagship devices?
The internals include a octo-core SOC comprising of a 1.8Ghz quad and another 1.3GHz quad put together along with a 2GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage. Surprisingly Samsung has excluded expandable memory slot. The camera is also a slight step back from its flagship devices with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1MP front facing camera. The battery pack involves a 1860mAh juice and the connectivity option includes LTE, NFC along side usual expected inclusions.
At 7mm, Galaxy Alpha is quiet a charmer and good to hold and though there is the glean of metal, you can’t miss the soft back cover. I wish Samsung had been bold to deck up a glass back. The finger / heart rate sensor finds place to give a bit of flagship credibility.
Galaxy Alpha is compatible with Samsung’s Smart watches and would be available at the beginning of September. Samsung likes to mention Galaxy Alpha as Evolution of Galaxy Design. On the first looks of it seems like Galaxy Alpha is more like an experiment to gauge the response before the future flagship devices gets their own metal dressing.