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The Galaxy Alpha will reportedly come in 4.7" and 6.7" varieties

We’ve been hearing about Samsung’s metal-trimmed smartphone for quite some time, with pictures of the device popping up regularly around the web. Today, we’re getting some of best images of the devices to date along with a few more details on the new smartphone family.
The images show that the Galaxy Alpha sports chamfered edges like the iPhone 5/5S. The metal band wraps all the way around the sides of the smartphone, but the back of the device will still be made from plastic like all previous Galaxy designs.

We’ve already seen the 4.7” Galaxy Alpha in black — and here in white — but there will also be a larger 6.7” model according to The Verge and the Weibo forums.
Although we know nothing about the specs of the larger model, the 4.7” Galaxy Alpha is said to include a 720p display, fingerprint reader, 32GB of storage, and a Samsung Exynos processor.

All Images Courtesy Weibo Forums

Sources: Weibo, via The Verge

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RE: A solid "meh"
By tayb on 8/4/2014 11:29:15 AM , Rating: 2
They are just trying to make a decent budget phone with great battery life. Micro SD cards, dual SIM, replaceable batteries, and high res screens are all expensive.

The vast majority of users have no use for any of the above and only buy flagship phones because they aren't good at math.

Bring me a $350 phone with decent specs and a huge battery. Long battery life > features I'll never or rarely use.

RE: A solid "meh"
By shabby on 8/4/2014 11:54:51 AM , Rating: 2
Who said this will be a budget phone?

RE: A solid "meh"
By tayb on 8/4/2014 12:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
The specs say that it will be. This clearly isn't a flagship.

RE: A solid "meh"
By retrospooty on 8/4/2014 3:45:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's supposed to have the new Octa core Exynos which easily beats the Snap 801. It has 32gb RAM. Sounds pretty high end to me, other than the screen, but it's only 4.7, so not having 1920x1080 is less noticeable. Premium design/materials.

Looks pretty high end to me. If this comes out at a price less than the standard flagship "$199 on contract or $650 off" I would be amazed.

RE: A solid "meh"
By Reclaimer77 on 8/4/2014 4:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to see some benchmarks on that. The last generation Octa chips failed to live up to the hype. Do these really smoke the 801? Just asking, honestly don't know.

RE: A solid "meh"
By retrospooty on 8/4/2014 4:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's early, so you cant say for sure this is the speed it will be released at...

It's supposed to be designed to fix the problems of the previous gen. Any way you count it, its 4 A15 cores, if it fixed the issues of the 5410 and 5420 it will scream.

RE: A solid "meh"
By retrospooty on 8/4/2014 4:50:00 PM , Rating: 2

Then again, it wouldnt be unlikely that teh US versions would have Snap 801 or 805 anyhow.

Whichever, it's not a "low or mid range device". It's definitely high end...

RE: A solid "meh"
By maroon1 on 8/14/2014 2:03:08 PM , Rating: 2
Exynos 5430 is the first 20nm ARM CPU in the world. It more power efficient than any of the older Exynos, and also support HEVC (H.265) hardware decoder

And benchmarks shown that it can compete with snadragon 801 which is used by most high-end android phones in 2014

RE: A solid "meh"
By ritualm on 8/4/2014 6:00:33 PM , Rating: 2
It has 32gb RAM

retro, you need some Red Bull lol.

RE: A solid "meh"
By retrospooty on 8/4/2014 6:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Drinking coffee now. Somehow that was supposed to be 2-3gb RAM (different rumors point to both) and 32gb storage.

Not a bad phone for people that have been looking for a higher end smaller phone.

RE: A solid "meh"
By atechfan on 8/4/2014 8:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
Octacore is a misnomer. It is really a high powered quad core and a low powered quad core. The chip runs one or the other, not both simultaneously. Also, I think you mean 32GB of Flash. 32 GB of RAM is high end even in a desktop PC :P

RE: A solid "meh"
By retrospooty on 8/4/2014 8:42:21 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, I know. 4 A15 cores is plenty fast, not a low end phone.

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