samsung galaxy f

One of the leaked renders supposedly showing the Galaxy F/Alpha

Here we go again, folks. Samsung is reportedly gearing up to release its first metal flagship next month under the Galaxy Alpha moniker.

That’s according to Korean-language reports based on “industry sources” picked up by the usually reliable Korea Herald.

Samsung is reportedly trying to preempt the release of larger iPhone models this September with a premium metal-built device of its own. The device may be called Galaxy Alpha, claim the Korean sources, though you may know it better as the Galaxy F, a name that appeared in several leaks and reports so far.

For the record, Samsung trademarked the “Galaxy Alpha” name at the beginning of last month, suggesting that may be the commercial name of the device.

galaxy alpha trademark

The Galaxy Alpha will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a “premium metal” body, and an Exynos 5 Octa processor. The device is said to be just 6 millimeters thick, which would be substantially thinner than the Galaxy S5 (8.1 millimeters) and the iPhone 5s (7.6 millimeters).

Samsung refused to comment on the rumors, but a source claims the company calls the Galaxy Alpha “card-phone” internally, for its slim profile. The device could launch next month according to ETNews.

It appears that Galaxy Alpha will be the first in a new lineup, independent of the Galaxy S line. The smaller screen may be a transparent way for Samsung to counter the new iPhone, which is rumored to come in two sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. That would make the Galaxy Note 4 the second hit in Samsung’s one-two punch against Apple.

It remains to be seen if this report is accurate. In particular, the ultra-slim profile of this fabled Galaxy Alpha raises eyebrows. In addition, previous rumors put the screen size of the Galaxy F at 5.25-inch, and this is the first time we’ve heard about a smaller screen. However, if Samsung’s motivation here is to counter the iPhone before it’s even released, it would make more sense to go for a smaller size.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Jack Parker

    Well, this phone is the best looking galaxy phone they have shown. I think it’ll do well agaisnt the iPhone 6

    • Victoria

      I agree, this looks like the best looking samsung handset in a long time.

      • Rick jaan

        i think not best, but better

    • Dave Weinstein

      Except that it’s not. It’s a fan created rendering of what they think it COULD look like. The photo is clearly labeled as “One of the leaked renders…”

      The renderings always look better than the real thing. ;-)

    • Will S.

      Galaxy J…

  • MasterMuffin

    With that thickness I bet they’re going the Apple way aka let’s sacrifice battery for thinner phone! I’ll guess 2000 mAh :/

    • DDT

      When you can’t beat them rip them off… Even if that means to downgrade.

      Sincerely samsung electronics.

      • Coder

        apple fan boy we get it

    • Clarence Alvarado

      That’s what I also think. If Sony Xperia Z Ultra manages 6.4″ full HD on a 3000 mAh in a slim profile of 6.5 mm thick, what more if this Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7″ full HD for a 6 mm profile. Wew

  • Fabian Taveras

    Wow I’m very interested with the galaxy F. Looks like Samsung is going ruin the iPhone 6 launch!

    • MasterMuffin

      Definitely not going to, iPhone 6 will steal the spotlight from this

      • Fabian Taveras

        I think it has a chance if Samsung has gives the UI a refreshing change along with other things.

        • MasterMuffin

          But do you really think Samsung will do that? :)

          • Fabian Taveras

            Well if Samsung wants this phone to be a hit that’s what I would expect. But judging by their track record that seems bleak but who knows? Maybe they did? were going to need more info on the device to pass judgment.

          • MasterMuffin

            Yup, let’s leave the judging for later!

      • Anonymousfella

        Depends on how big a splash Samsung decides to make of this. If this is their answer to iphone, they’ll market the heck out of this.
        However isheep will buy i6. This will be an attempt to sway the general public.

      • fasdf

        Rumors are the secret samsung phone will be thinner than the 6mm iphone air. IMHO it will shock the world if samsung can prevent apple from announcing “the worlds thinnest phone” that im sure is written into the speech already

        • MasterMuffin

          But what is the thinness good for if the phone is crap?

          • fasdf

            The best selling phones in the world are crap? Obviously everyone disagrees with you

          • MasterMuffin

            I was talking about the Samsung…

    • DDT

      Yeah with an quarter baked clone based on alleged rumors so expect flop like original galaxy gear or worse.

      They are scared they don’t know what to do so they will copy hard.

      • Fabian Taveras

        Its has the potential to fail but has potential to succeed as well only time will tell.

      • Coder

        you clearly don’t know Samsung, they are not scared, they have always done this, it’s their strategy

    • BZ

      Highly doubt it bud, Samsung’s strategy is to rush into market and then make adjustments like the galaxy gear, I’m pretty sure they only did it because they heard Apple was working on the iWatch and they released a crappy device. Anything else Samsung does follows the same patter. iPhone 6 will do just fine plus Apple fans are more loyal than Samsung fans that in itself is a major advantage for Apple.

  • Shark Bait

    make an alpha max with a big ass battery please! it what the people want!

  • Jun Jie

    Looks like an Apple cum HTC cum LG rip off. Good job Samsung

  • In terse

    This phone has made me consider Samsung once again. I have always respected their engineering chops but am not feeling their recent designs (I’m looking at you s5). However, for me to really want this phone they have to get the battery life, price, and support right, otherwise it comes down to the opo, x+1, and possibly the nexus 6 (if it actually comes)

  • David G. Bolaños

    Hi guys!! Interesting news about Samsung Galaxy Alpha but… We already
    touched this model – and, sadly, it´ll be without metal -. Here you can see how it´ll be ;).

    Greetings from Spain!

    PD: Sorry, we don´t have our webs in english… for now :)

    • WiZe

      Bullshits!! If you think a photoshoped Tab S can make your website serious, you failed miserably… I hope your Spanish followers reads Audroid Authority too for REAL info’s

      • David G. Bolaños

        We made the render image because we saw (and touch) the device. The problem was that we weren´t allow to publish the real photos. That was the deal with the tipster – a source from a spanish carrier -. And we explained it all in the text. Sorry, it´s in spanish, if you don´t know the language, coud be the reason for the misunderstunding.

      • David G. Bolaños

        We made the render image because we saw the device. The
        problem was that we weren´t allow to publish the real photos. That was
        the deal with the tipster – a source from a spanish carrier -. And we
        explained it all in the text. Sorry, it´s in spanish, if you don´t know
        the language, coud be the reason for the misunderstood

    • sachouba

      Don’t you find the two buttons next to the Home button are a little bit too small and the camera too ? They look even smaller than on the Galaxy S5 whereas they should look bigger on a smaller device…

  • eddouble1

    4.7 is the goldilocks size for most users. Makes sense to target that size.

  • diper07

    hahah.. badass samsung..

    Samsung comes to know Apple is going to launch iphone 6 with 4.7 inch screen in august.

    Announces Galaxy alpha with 4.7 inch screen..

  • for me the Nokia XL2 pros and cons looks nice

  • Roberto Tomás

    The source actually does *not* say that it is SuperAMOLED — and that would make scant little sense since it wouldnt be any thinner and so why call it a “card phone”? It is probably the first Youm phone.

  • Anonymousfella

    Sounds great. A premium phone with premium specs. However at 6mm, how big will the battery be? And if it has weak battery life, won’t it become the same as wall hugging iphone which they ridiculed?

  • thepowerof

    Best looking Sammy phone in a long time.

  • M3D1T8R

    Nice. Now if they finally ditch their terrible obsolete buttons and go stock Android (render doesn’t show but fat chance in hell), this may be the first Samsung phone I can seriously consider since the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Anothermuse

      People who use them get used to them and tend to like them, but it’s a preference thing. The stock android just won’t happen. Sammy thinks touchwiz is a differentiater. But a good looking phone if real.

      • M3D1T8R

        Sorry, I meant go with stock Android _buttons_, I know I can’t hope they’ll ever go for fully stock Android.

    • TheNuts

      Stop the button hate… some of us newbs love the button.

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah I’m sure if you’ve never used a smartphone before and then use one from 2011, you’ll love it.

        • TheNuts

          Yeah, don’t know what that means.. but just saying many people enjoy the Home button (beforeduringafter 2011).

    • Hoggleboggle

      No thanks. I would rather they made the home and back buttons physical as well. No screen estate wasted for navigation buttons and they give you tactile feedback.
      – for some reason Discus is ignoring my login so I will have to post this as a guest –

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  • WinUXGuy

    Yes Samsung forever! I hope it hits production earlier than August… Been wanting to have a 4.7 phone with the features of S5 specially the camera features!

  • Justin Merithew

    I’m interested in this for my fiance, but I’m curious where the 4.7 inch screen part of the rumor came from. That would be the biggest selling point for her, but most other sites are indicating that the Alpha is likely to be another name for the F, which is rumored to have a 5.1 inch display.

  • Will S.

    Sounds nice, I just hope it doesn’t compromise on battery…

  • terpski

    This is what the Samsung S5 should have been.

  • maroon1

    Please no

    Even my ancient galaxy S3 has 4.8 inch. Anything below 5 inch is not worth upgrading for me.

  • jugg

    Samsung phone looks fine workmanship, handsome. It is not beyond any other mobile phone.

    Display class,

    Excellent running speed

    Reliable quality, good anti-fall force