Samsung Launches Its First Metal Phone to Rival Apple (Galaxy Alpha)

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Image Source: TechCrunch

Ever since the battle between Samsung and Apple started long ago in the days of the Galaxy S3 VS iPhone 4S, there was the main argument of build quality. Since then, Samsung was always known for it’s plastic devices while Apple was known for using premium build materials in their devices. However, recently we saw the Galaxy Alpha leaks, and now we have some images that changes that argument…somewhat.

The Galaxy Alpha replaces the chrome plastic as seen on previous Galaxy devices S4, S5, with a premium metal frame along with chamfered edges, hugely reminiscent of the iPhone, and it’s powered by Android. If you were hoping for an almost entire metal build though, you might be out of luck since the back of the device is the usual plastic. However, this plastic back allows for a removable battery which is a huge plus and can even be the deciding factor whether or not someone purchase a smartphone.

The Galaxy Alpha packs a 4.7″ HD Super Amoled Display with a pixel density of ~312ppi,  Exynos 5 Octacore CPU (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) supported by 2GB Ram, Samsung’s Fingerprint Sensor, 12MP Rear Camera and a 2.1MP Front facing shooter. While there is no Micro-Sd slot, you get 32GB on board storage and it will most likely launch with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

From previous experience with the Apple VS Samsung situation, I think it’s a pretty brave move for Samsung to go with metal frames and chamfered edges on their device, however it’s a huge plus for the usual Samsung users who loved the S3, S4 and S5 but wanted a more premium build.

This phone will be releasing around the same time as the iPhone 6, which I think it is directly aimed at rivaling. However, if Android users wanted a more premium build than plastic, there are a lot of other choices in the Android market for premiumly built devices such as the HTC M7, HTC M8, OnePlus One, Oppo Find 7 etc.

I think the main downside of this phone can easily be its 720p display since the rest of the Android competition offers 1080p displays and even 2.5K displays, which also leads me closer to believing this Galaxy Alpha is aimed directly at the iPhone 6.

The following images were found on TechCrunch


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