Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Alpha, the first device in Samsung’s new premium smartphone lineup.
The Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F) is a Galaxy smartphone like no other we’ve seen before, things aren’t that exciting on paper judging from display which can at best be described as ‘midrange’. – For some unexplained reason Samsung opted for a 4.7-inch (12 cm) Super AMOLED 720p display which is reminiscent of the Galaxy S3 days, the rest of the spec sheet is however not going to disappoint you!
The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s response to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 judging by the looks of it, the handset is styled from metal and beautifully curved at its edges for durability. The sides also have wedges on the top and bottom, which should make it more comfortable to hold. – It’s obvious that Samsung put in a lot of effort to give it that ‘premium’ moniker.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the first smartphone to showcase Samsung’s newest in-house Exynos 5 Octa SoC dubbed Exynos 5430 backed by 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The latter packs two core islands like all its Octa siblings, i.e four Cortex-A15 (r3p3) cores and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.3Ghz respectively. Other than that the chipset also features the Mali-T628MP6 GPU that we previously saw on Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 (SM-G900H). A Snapdragon 801/805 version will also be released in select markets.
It’s worth noting that the Mali-T628 is an OpenGL ES3.1 capable GPU (ARM is expected to deliver new midgard ES3.1 drivers shortly) and will thus fully benefit from the Android Extension Pack (AEP) slated to land with Android ‘L’ unlike the Adreno 3xx in Qualcomm SoCs.
Under the hood there’s also 32GB of non-expandable storage and 1850mAh, You’ll also a fingerprint and heart rate sensor just like on the Galaxy S5 and the same fitness/health apps. The Galaxy Alpha will sport a 12MP main shooter coupled with a 2.1MP camera for your selfies and will is capable of shooting UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30fps. Sstandard connectivity features will include 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE cat 6, WiFi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS and USB3.0. Android 4.4.4 KitKat (with kernel 3.10) with the TouchWiz framework runs the entire show.