Yesterday SamMobile reported that they had internally confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Alpha would be landing on August 4th. Of course until Samsung sends out press invites or releases it out of the blue, we have no way of knowing the real launch date, and that’s why we aren’t too surprised to hear that All About Samsung is reporting that the launch will actually happen on August 13th.
At this stage, we can’t say for sure which date is correct, but the good news is that Samsung has unofficially confirmed that the Galaxy Alpha is in fact real and on its way soon. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Kim Hyun-joon, the senior VP at Samsung Mobile, confirmed two new phones were on the way in the near future, a big screened device and one made from “new materials”. While the former is obviously the Note 4, we’d say that it’s a safe bet that the latter of these handsets is the Alpha.
So what all do we actually know about the Alpha, aside from the fact it will offer a metal frame with a plastic back cover? Up until now, all we seemed to know for sure was the phone would have a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 720p, 32GB storage, a heart rate monitor, and a fingerprint scanner. Thanks to further benchmark details dug up by All About Samsung, it seems that the Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F will use an Exynos 5433 octa-core CPU with a Mali-T628 GPU. The handset will also have 2GB RAM, a 12MP rear cam with LED flash and a 2MP front cam. There’ also the possibility of a Snapdragon-equipped version as well, though we haven’t really heard any details backing this idea up just yet.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha sounds like a solid device with a mix of mid and high-end specs, aimed at those that want a smaller-screened handset than most modern Sammy devices, while also getting a more premium build thanks to the metal frame. What do you think of the Galaxy Alpha, impressed or not?