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UK retailer puts up Galaxy Alpha for pre-order, before pulling it back down

UK retailer Mobilefun briefly listed the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Alpha before pulling it back down, unofficially 'confirming' much of what we already knew about the device.
August 4, 2014
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Late last month a report surfaced claiming the Samsung Galaxy Alpha would officially be announced on August 4th, shortly after this a second report surfaced claiming the correct date was in August 13th. The Alpha might not have been announced today, but it has managed to make the news twice in one day. Not only did today bring us our best look at the Alpha to date, it seems that MobileFun briefly put up the handset for pre-order, despite the fact it has yet to be formally announced.

Unsurprisingly, Mobilefun has since pulled the listing in question. If the listing’s information proves accurate, and not just based on rumors, the UK retailer reveals that the device will cost £549 outright for the 32GB model, or about $920. Turning to the spec sheet, everything they listed fits in with past rumors, including a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280×720 resolution and octa-core Exynos 5 processor. The listing also mentioned 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS, microUSB, EDR and L, as well as a 12MP rear camera with autofocus and LED.

We have to admit that we find it interesting this leak happens on a day that the handset was originally rumored to be unveiled on. This leads us to speculate that the listing was created (and removed) based on one of these scenarios: originally the Alpha was to be released today and Mobilefun didn’t get the memo about the date change, there was some kind of internal mixup, or Mobilefun just followed the rumors and hoped they were right. Regardless of which of these is correct, we’d say it’s pretty safe to bet that the specs are mostly accurate, though we’d still take all of this with a grain of salt for now.

Here’s to hoping we learn more, and see an official announcement, come August 13th. What do you think of the Galaxy Alpha, intrigued or not?