As expected, Samsung has taken the wraps off its premium-looking Galaxy Alpha smartphone in India and it plans to sell the handset in the country starting from next week. The device is priced at Rs 39990 which is almost as much as what you’d have to pay to get the Galaxy S5 flagship through multiple online retailers.
As you probably know, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a mid-range phone and it’s the first from the company in many years to feature a metal design. Well, the entire body isn’t made from the same material as the rear panel which is removable, is still crafted from the same old polycarbonate – Old habits certainly die hard, right?
Design-wise, the phone doesn’t quite move away from the traditional form factors, but the metal body does add a slight premium look to the handset. The handset also brings over a couple of features from the Galaxy S5 flagship as it includes the fingerprint reader and the heart rate monitor, but sadly, not the water-resistant design.
Coming to the hardware, there’s a 4.7-inch 720p HD resolution display on the front and dual cameras – 2.1MP front and 12MP rear. The handset is powered by an octa core Exynos 5 processor, while its international sibling gets the Snapdragon 801 treatment. Where software is concerned, the phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with enhancements such as S Health, Download Booster, Private Mode and Ultra-Power saver.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha key specs:
– 4.7-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen
– Android 4.4 KitKat
– 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
– 1.8GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor
– 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, HSPA+
– 12MP rear camera, 2.1MP front shooter
– 132.4mm x 65.5mm x 6.7mm dimensions
– 115 grams weight
– 1860mAh battery
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is certainly quite expensive, but it’s cheaper than Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact. The phone will be available in black, white and gold and with free data from Airtel.