Samsung announce Samsung Galaxy Alpha, with metal frame and octa-core processor

Samsung has  announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, with its metal frame and octa-core processor.

The new flagship device will be available from September this year and features a 4.7-inch, 720p Super AMOLED display and a notably slim profile – it’s just 6.7mm thick and weighs only 115 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Galaxy Alpha specifications aren’t much of a match for the LG G3 in the screen department, touting a 4.7in HD 720p Super AMOLED screen, with a pixel density of 320ppi. This is powered by Samsung’s octa-core 1.8GHz Exynos 5 processor, with the handset set to also be made available with a quad-core 2.5GHz chip, equipping it with 300Mbps Cat 6 LTE speeds.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha also boasts 2GB of RAM under the bonnet, along with a 1,850mAh battery and 32GB of internal storage, which cannot be expanded via microSD card. There’s also a 12MP camera on its rear, a 2.1MP front-facing camera and built-in NFC support.

The Galaxy Alpha runs the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.4.4 Kitkat. However, Samsung has heavily customised this with its own skin, equipping the phone with its own Galaxy Apps service and Magazine UX homescreen.

Samsung says the smartphone is “the evolution of Galaxy Design”, and indeed, the Alpha keeps the same oval-shaped home button and (disappointingly) the same dimpled, plastic back cover. Only the frame of the phone is actually metal, which the same chamfered edges found on the iPhone 5s.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but Samsung say the Alpha will be available in black, white, gold or blue. Samsung are expected to reveal more about the new device after the launch of the new Galaxy Note phablet on September 3.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]