Samsung is ready to release its latest smartphone in the marketplace. The Galaxy Alpha would be available this week. Initially, AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the brand new device.
Samsung says that the Galaxy Alpha smartphone is the 1st example of its new design approach. In a press release from Samsung at the unveiling of the Alpha, the corporate says that this new offering to the Galaxy line will feature a metal construction and solid finish.
Samsung CEO and Head of IT and Mobile Communication J.K. Shin says in a statement :
“With a wholly new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha specializes in both beauty and functionality combining a beautiful metal frame and slim, lightweight design with the identical powerful hardware and lines users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device.”
While Samsung has previously excelled at offering larger devices, like phablets and tablets, the Galaxy Alpha has a more compact 4.7-inch, HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720) display.
There is a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera at the device. Samsung says the camera captures UHD 4K video at 30 frames-per-second. There’s also a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera to be used in video chats or for taking self-portraits.
Galaxy Alpha is lower than 7mm thick, making it probably the most thinnest smartphones that Samsung has offered.
Of course, this new smartphone will operate Android 4.4 (KitKat) on an Octa Core or Quad Core 2.5GHz processor. It’s sold with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM. There’s no microSD expansion slot, though.
The device also has a USB 2.0 port and is Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled, for ease in making mobile payments. Among the unique features at the Galaxy Alpha is an influence-saving mode. Users can activate this selection when the battery level reaches 10 percent. Enabling Ultra Power Saving Mode shuts down your complete phones other functions. But it surely allows users to move on making and receiving calls and text messages for a whole day at the lower power level. There may be also a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device and for other functions.
AT&T says Galaxy Alpha could be available for $199.99 on a two-year contract. With no contract, it’ll retail at $612.99. AT&T also offers two payment plans for the device both amounting to about $30 a month.
Phandroid reports other carriers for the Galaxy Alpha can be added at some point.