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Samsung explains how the Galaxy Alpha is made and tested

In a new blog post on its official blog, the company revealed some details about the manufacturing process of the Galaxy Alpha, with a focus on its metal frame. There’s no video, but Samsung shared a few images along with descriptions of the various steps involved in making the device.
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August 22, 2014
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Samsung has a metal phone and wants the world to know about it.

In a new blog post on its official blog, the company revealed some details about the manufacturing process of the Galaxy Alpha, with a focus on its metal frame. There’s no video, but Samsung shared a few images along with descriptions of the various steps involved in making the device.

The making of the Alpha’s frame starts with a block of metal that is milled into a rough shape by CNC machines. Spaces are cut out for the phone’s antennas, buttons, and other components, and then the frame goes through an electrochemical treatment called color anodizing, which tints the metal in one of the five color options – blue, gold, black, silver, or white.

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The image below reveals that Samsung actually experimented with a variety of tints for the Alpha’s metal frame.

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Samsung never really confirmed what the Alpha’s frame is made of, but color anodizing is typically used on aluminum. Titanium and magnesium can also be anodized, but they are far more expensive; anodizing is not suitable for steel.

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A precision diamond cutter is used to chamfer the frame’s edges. The display is inserted into the frame at the same time.

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According to Samsung, the Galaxy Alpha is far more resistant to impact compared to other Galaxy devices. All units are put to quality assurance tests, including drop tests, bending tests, and twist tests.

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Of course, only real life use and testing will show how well built is the Galaxy Alpha. The device is expected to go on sale around the world in September and we look forward to see how it performs, perhaps in a drop test.