Samsung Galaxy Alpha Released – Metal Frame, AMOLED Display, 12MP Camera

Samsung Electronics has officially launched the Galaxy Alpha which we have reported on before. As we discussed in previous articles, it features a metal frame, curved corners and a soft back cover.

Here is what the company had to say:

“The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device.”

So is the new flagship enough to get the Korean giant back on track? The company has been struggling recently as they have lost a lot of market share. While Samsung is still the largest smartphone brand, their market share dropped from 32% to 25%. In China Xiaomi has taken the number one spot from Samsung as the biggest smartphone brand. Samsung is mainly not positioned well in the entry- and mid-range segment but is also facing strong competition in the high-end market from Apple, LG and HTC.

Looking at the specifications for the Galaxy Alpha we don’t think this is the game-changer and innovative device Samsung needed to strengthen their position and outpace competitors. Take the display for example, 4.7” with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The LG G3 comes in at 5.5” and 2560 x 1440. The LG G3 also has a better camera, 13MP compared to the 12MP the Galaxy Alpha offers. The HTC One M8 also features a better display, 5” and 1920 x 1080.

It comes with 32GB of internal memory but a big problem is that it does have memory expansion in form of a micro SD slot something many competitors have.

With the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has fixed what many consumers saw as their biggest design flaw: the cheap plastic case. But the problem is the Galaxy Alpha does not deliver on the hardware and feature front. Apple is set to release the iPhone 6 on September 9th, from what Samsung has shown today, Apple and other competitors don’t have to be afraid.


Overview of specifications:

Network LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
Display 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
AP Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
OS Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
Camera 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
Camera Features Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour
Video UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8 Video Format : MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Audio Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC Audio Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Additional Features Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
Quick Connect
Private Mode
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2) Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+ USB: USB 2.0 NFC
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor
Memory RAM : 2GB Internal Memory : 32GB No micro SD Slot
Dimension 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g
Battery 1,860 mAh

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