After months of rumours and speculation, Samsung has officially confirmed the existence of its new premium Galaxy Alpha smartphone.
Building on the success of the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, wrapped in a premium metal chassis with a polycarbonate back to create a bit of a premium feel. At 6.7mm thin, it’s metallic frame is eerily reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 5S design.
Like the Galaxy S5, there will be a couple of variations when it comes to processors, dependent on what country you live in. An octo-core model will combine a quad-core 1.8GHz processor and a quad-core 1.3GHz processor for supreme processing power, while a 2.5GHz quad-core model will also be available. Which model we can expect to see in Australia is still to be confirmed.
Packing in the power
Other features making the jump from the Galaxy S5 are the integrated fingerprint scanner and the optical heart rate monitor on the back of the device.
Camera-wise, you’ll get a 12MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing snapper, which doesn’t compete with the selfie-loving Xperia C3 from Sony, but should be enough for most people.
On a more disappointing note though, Samsung has opted to ditch the MicroSD card slot, with only 32GB of internal storage on board. That’s undoubtedly going to disappoint some power-users, as is the 1860mAh battery.
There’s no word yet on Australian pricing or availability, although the phone is destined to hit international markets in early September.