A brand new smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has surfaced in a new round of leaks this week, giving us our first look at what Samsung could be preparing to take on the iPhone 6. Previously we’ve heard reports of a Galaxy S5 Prime, or a Galaxy S5 Alpha, but new images and details have arrived that tell a different story.
According to these latest leaks the Samsung Galaxy Alpha could essentially end up being an improved Galaxy S5, only with a smaller 4.7-inch display to take direct aim at the new iPhone 6. Featuring many of the specs that made the Galaxy S5 popular, only with a redesigned aluminum or metal frame.
Rumors have been all over the map regarding what Samsung has planned. As we’ve seen rumors of a metal Samsung Galaxy F, a Galaxy S5 Prime, and now the Galaxy Alpha shown below. Two sets of images have surfaced from two different sources, both claiming different specs. So while we don’t know everything yet, the Galaxy Alpha details are starting to fully come to light.
The first set of leaked photos arrives courtesy of Tinhte, and they even have the device powered on showing the Galaxy Alpha name front and center. However, it’s a second set of images and details from another source that should have potential buyers excited.
What we’re seeing below is reportedly a new metal Samsung smartphone that could be called the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and it will sport a smaller 4.7-inch display compared to the 5.2-inch screen of the Galaxy S5. However, it’s said to have a huge Quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution, and be packing some serious power to battle Apple’s rumored iPhone 6.
The photo below is the first set of images, clearly showing the branding and removable battery, but there isn’t much more to see from these leaks. That being said, read on for a full set of photos from SamMobile showing the new aluminum design and more.
These new photos give us our first good look at the rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha, but it’s odd to see Samsung going back to a smaller screen size. However, with a large 4.7-inch iPhone 6 coming soon, matching the screen size with a premium Samsung Android experience could be a good move.
You’ll notice the device is much smaller than the Galaxy S5 from the image at the top of the page, and Samsung’s also moved the heart rate sensor and dedicated flash to the left of the 16 megapixel camera, rather than underneath like the Galaxy S5. We’re hearing there’s still a fingerprint scanner under the home button, and the phone should be even more powerful than Samsung’s current flagship smartphone.
The first leak suggests a new Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor running at 2.5 GHz with 3GB of RAM, and that Samsung will add 32GB of internal storage but remove the micro-SD slot for user-expandable storage. That’s the only bad news. The 4.7-inch AMOLED screen should be QHD and have an extremely crisp display, but according to SamMobile it’s only 720p, which would be a step backwards.
That being said, SamMobile has a full gallery of the new Galaxy Alpha, but they don’t have any images of the device turned on to confirm any specs like Tinhte’s leaks do. So we’ll have to wait and see what exactly comes of this device. If these images are accurate the Galaxy Alpha will be wrapped in a lightweight aluminum or metal frame, but adopt the same textured back on the Galaxy S5 for an improved grip.
It looks a little bit like the original Samsung Galaxy S II, which was an insanely popular smartphone that kickstarted Samsung’s dominance in the Android market. So it will be interesting to see if this ends up being a premium device, or a mid-range smartphone as SamMobile suggests.
The design features an aluminum frame, speakers on the rear next to the micro-USB charging port, and some changes to the camera setup around back. So far this is all we have to go on thus far, but with all these photos surfacing some more official details and specs should emerge in the coming days and weeks.
The iPhone 6 is on track for a release this fall, and if Samsung can debut a flagship 4.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Alpha ahead of time, it could steal some of Apple’s thunder. Last but not least, rumor has it the Samsung Galaxy Alpha could actually arrive in August, beating the iPhone 6 to market by more than a month.