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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 BillyBatson on 8/4/2014 2:26:52 PM , Rating: -1
Better battery life or worse, in th end I would take a non-removable battery phone over one that's replaceable any day! Build quality is one reason; a phone with a removable back will never be quiet as sturdy. I like knowing that if I drop my phone the back and battery will not pop out and that everything will still be running. Another reason is because even those with removable batteries almost NEVER purchase a spare battery to swap out to. I myself wouldn't have a place in my pocket to carry around a spare battery even if I had one. Sorry but only 1 piece phones for me!


RE: A solid "meh"
By jmunjr on 8/4/2014 3:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
I have three extra batteries, one of which is double the capacity of the OEM and comes with a bigger "door" to accommodate it, and it just so happens that extra bulk makes it a much easier phone to handle than the uber thin ones that exist today. Og an yeah the battery lasts twice as long..

Maybe I'm the minority but I do know others who have extra batteries as well. As for the dropping the phone issue, having the battery pop out is a good thing. If a phone can flex when dropped then there may be a lower chance of the screen cracking. Overly rigid phones result in more cracked screens. The iPhone comes to mind. I have dropped my Galaxy S Blaze onto hard floors at least 20-25 times and never a screen failure. I doubt most iphones can handle that.


RE: A solid "meh"
By ritualm on 8/4/2014 5:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
Are you drunk irl? Also you didn't turn on autocorrect in your iOS settings!
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in th[e] end I would take a non-removable battery phone over one that's replaceable any day

/facepalm

My order of preference for batteries in phones:
1. removable
2. non-removable, but is user-replaceable
3. integrated (if the battery dies, replace the phone)
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Build quality is one reason; a phone with a removable back will never be [quite] as sturdy.

Build quality and batteries are mutually exclusive.
quote:
I like knowing that if I drop my phone the back and battery will not pop out and that everything will still be running.

Funny, because only maybe 5-10% of all iPhone users I've seen in the wild use their phones naked. Everyone else uses a case, which completely defeats the reason to have integrated batteries.
quote:
Another reason is because even those with removable batteries almost NEVER purchase a spare battery to swap out to.

Yeah, I have one with a removable battery, and I don't buy a spare, why? Because the current battery in my GS4 is 2.8x the capacity of stock while retaining NFC (there are 3.0x ones that don't come with it). I don't need a spare.
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I myself wouldn't have a place in my pocket to carry around a spare battery even if I had one.

What kind of pants do you wear, tight-fitting body-hugging jeans with tiny pockets? No wonder you needed an easy-to-lose bag to hold that 7.9" iPad!


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