1. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    The Galaxy Alpha, the metal framed version of the S5 is here.
    Saw it in the blog, the specs look respectable, and the 32 GB storage is a nice touch.

    Samsung unveils metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, available September | Android Central
    darlene24 and Wm7Long like this.
    08-13-2014 09:36 AM
  2. SteveyAsp's Avatar
    I struggle to see how you can say it's a metal framed version of the S5 when all the spec's are lower including the screen size.
    It's a mid tier handset that will have a high end price tag....Once again Samsung are trying to be Apple and I'm sure there are some people who will buy it.
    08-13-2014 09:45 AM
  3. codyoehl's Avatar
    I don't get the battery size. Alone that would deter me from buying this phone. I'm just going to stick with my GS5 which is probably better in just about every way

    Posted via Android Central App with my Samsung Galaxy S5
    Edwin Ibarra likes this.
    08-13-2014 10:18 AM
  4. Jonathan Leduc's Avatar
    So.. it's an iPhone 5 right?

    PS: I hate Apple.
    08-13-2014 10:27 AM
  5. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I struggle to see how you can say it's a metal framed version of the S5
    A version meaning similar to the S4 and S4 mini. The Mini is still a version of the S4.
    08-13-2014 10:33 AM
  6. Jamie Vennelol's Avatar
    There are so many different versions out right now. why would you not just release 1 version that is the best version possible?
    Aquila likes this.
    08-13-2014 10:44 AM
  7. scipper77's Avatar
    So spec wise would you rather have a 2.5 quad core or a 1.8/1.3 octo core?

    I am one of the few that would probably prefer the 4.7 inch screen. I have a feeling that this phone will never be released on Verizon. If it is and I like it I'm sure I'll have zero problem trading my S5 for one.
    08-13-2014 10:52 AM
  8. Aquila's Avatar
    It's kinda funny, because Sammy just released a phone that most of the Sammy fans that we know will hate... but at the same time, this answers the needs of many other users who want Sammy to stop their current trend and try a different approach. Obviously they're playing to both markets instead of only those who can't look past a spec sheet... so how long until we find out how well they executed on it? Will this be a raging success like the Moto X or a dud because it shot too low and didn't provide any compelling features or ingenuity to justify the atypical approach?
    Edwin Ibarra likes this.
    08-13-2014 10:53 AM
  9. GeekMoxie's Avatar
    Anyone know if this is going to have a US release? Hope that's not a dumb question but everything I've stumbled upon in regards to the Alpha mentions a UK/Europe carry.
    08-13-2014 11:29 AM
  10. devashish90's Avatar
    It is unfair to call Alpha a "version" of S5. It is certainly better than S5. Here is my take :-
    1. Exynos 5430 is probably the first 20nm SoC in a commercial device. Advantages over 28nm chips like SD801/805/Exynos52xx are obvious in terms of power efficiency as well as performance, and in benchmarks, Alpha has already proven this. yet to prove its power efficiency though.
    2. Lower resolution on this is actually a plus. By doing so, they came closer to what the human eye can notice. Carving for UHD/1440p displays is moving insanely wrong direction. Alpha's display will not be a battery sucker for sure.
    3. The above two points imply why Samsung went for a smaller battery. It might have gone the other way as well, keeping a monster battery and losing the elegance.
    4. Samsung should refrain itself from using metal elsewhere on the body other than the frame to keep the device safe from mechanical injuries. Yeah, removable battery and back cover make devices more tolerant to drops and falls. More Metal/Unibody is a step away from device's mechanical safety.
    5. A dual SIM neo version should be launched soon in emerging markets. probably with a hexa-core 20nm exynos with LTE.
    6. Would have been better if it was IP67 certified.

    Let's see how this device fares in daily use.
    08-13-2014 11:50 AM
  11. OceanView's Avatar
    I agree some of the specs are worse than the S5 but it's probably not for the S5 buyer.
    I wish it had an expandable memory slot and a higher res screen.
    08-13-2014 12:04 PM
  12. cbobb123's Avatar
    I don't get the battery size. Alone that would deter me from buying this phone. I'm just going to stick with my GS5 which is probably better in just about every way

    Posted via Android Central App with my Samsung Galaxy S5
    It's because it's so thin, they couldn't fit in a larger battery. However battery shouldn't be too bad as it's 720p.
    08-13-2014 12:06 PM
  13. Jonathan Leduc's Avatar
    It is unfair to call Alpha a "version" of S5. It is certainly better than S5. Here is my take :-
    1. Exynos 5430 is probably the first 20nm SoC in a commercial device. Advantages over 28nm chips like SD801/805/Exynos52xx are obvious in terms of power efficiency as well as performance, and in benchmarks, Alpha has already proven this. yet to prove its power efficiency though.
    2. Lower resolution on this is actually a plus. By doing so, they came closer to what the human eye can notice. Carving for UHD/1440p displays is moving insanely wrong direction. Alpha's display will not be a battery sucker for sure.
    3. The above two points imply why Samsung went for a smaller battery. It might have gone the other way as well, keeping a monster battery and losing the elegance.
    4. Samsung should refrain itself from using metal elsewhere on the body other than the frame to keep the device safe from mechanical injuries. Yeah, removable battery and back cover make devices more tolerant to drops and falls. More Metal/Unibody is a step away from device's mechanical safety.
    5. A dual SIM neo version should be launched soon in emerging markets. probably with a hexa-core 20nm exynos with LTE.
    6. Would have been better if it was IP67 certified.

    Let's see how this device fares in daily use.
    I'm sorry. Isn't putting lower resolution billed as "that's all the eye can see" and under powered specs for style reason exactly what Apple have been doing for years?

    It's obvious there's a difference between a 1440p and a 720p screen. Because YOU don't like it does not make it wrong.

    I think Samsung made a phone for iPhone lovers in hopes it will bring iOS users to Android. Point.
    08-13-2014 12:13 PM
  14. AugustArborists's Avatar
    I agree some of the specs are worse than the S5 but it's probably not for the S5 buyer.
    I wish it had an expandable memory slot and a higher res screen.
    OceanView nailed it, no SD capabilities hobble the Alpha, if I wanted a fixed amount of memory, lower specs, and downsized screen, I could buy something from Cupertino.
    08-13-2014 12:23 PM
  15. ucfgrad93's Avatar
    I don't get the battery size. Alone that would deter me from buying this phone.
    Agreed. My HTC One (M7) has a 2,300mAh battery and it barely gets me through a day. There is no way an Alpha's 1,800mAh battery would.
    08-13-2014 12:34 PM
  16. TheOnlyMorgan's Avatar
    It is unfair to call Alpha a "version" of S5. It is certainly better than S5. Here is my take :-
    1. Exynos 5430 is probably the first 20nm SoC in a commercial device. Advantages over 28nm chips like SD801/805/Exynos52xx are obvious in terms of power efficiency as well as performance, and in benchmarks, Alpha has already proven this. yet to prove its power efficiency though.
    2. Lower resolution on this is actually a plus. By doing so, they came closer to what the human eye can notice. Carving for UHD/1440p displays is moving insanely wrong direction. Alpha's display will not be a battery sucker for sure.
    3. The above two points imply why Samsung went for a smaller battery. It might have gone the other way as well, keeping a monster battery and losing the elegance.
    4. Samsung should refrain itself from using metal elsewhere on the body other than the frame to keep the device safe from mechanical injuries. Yeah, removable battery and back cover make devices more tolerant to drops and falls. More Metal/Unibody is a step away from device's mechanical safety.
    5. A dual SIM neo version should be launched soon in emerging markets. probably with a hexa-core 20nm exynos with LTE.
    6. Would have been better if it was IP67 certified.

    Let's see how this device fares in daily use.
    I like your optimistic wait and see approach. I've been basically saying similar things. I don't like how Samsung has bloated TouchWiz over the past couple years though. They really need to work on that. I do think this device would make a great Google Play edition or Android Silver phone though if the price were right.
    08-13-2014 12:47 PM
  17. nyc_rock's Avatar
    Wow. I am shocked that this is what Samsung released. No snapdragon 801, 720 screen, FEABLE battery, no expandable storage. They must have thought all they needed to do is release a phone with metal and everything would work out?

    Samsung's mobile division is in serious need if a shakeup. What is the point of this phone?

    Posted via Android Central App
    08-13-2014 01:06 PM
  18. tlr115's Avatar
    After the Galaxy Zoom and the Galaxy Round I don't see this as much of a shock. Samsung likes to release a lot of variants to the Galaxy series.
    08-13-2014 01:35 PM
  19. mpegripper's Avatar
    my moto x is 4.7", 720p and 2200mah battery. i already think my battery sux, this is only gonna be worse
    08-13-2014 01:46 PM
  20. cbobb123's Avatar
    Regarding the battery, I found a review on a Russian website which said: " GALAXY Alpha battery is removable, but small capacity - 1860 mAh (perhaps this is again done with an eye on the iPhone, plus there are physical limitations due to the small thickness of the body).*However, here again, helps display, AMOLED matrix are more economical, plus the software is well optimized.*HD video at full brightness with active Wi-Fi reproduced more than 11 hours, which is similar to GALAXY S5 mini.*It is traditionally successful for Samsung usage scenario, where the brand smartphones unconditional champions, even with not the most powerful batteries."
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    tlr115 likes this.
    08-13-2014 02:29 PM
  21. rustum's Avatar
    Wow. I am shocked that this is what Samsung released. No snapdragon 801, 720 screen, FEABLE battery, no expandable storage. They must have thought all they needed to do is release a phone with metal and everything would work out?

    Samsung's mobile division is in serious need if a shakeup. What is the point of this phone?

    Posted via Android Central App
    According to Anandtech, US version comes with S801.
    08-13-2014 06:25 PM
  22. Farish's Avatar
    If they do something similar with the Note 4, I would expect rioting in the streets.
    08-13-2014 10:11 PM
  23. WileECoyoteBB's Avatar
    I'm having some posting issues, so if this triple-replies my apologies....

    Not sure if I'm off here but this looks more like a MotoX\iPhone competitor. Surprised it's not drawing more comparisons to the MotoX with the same size screen\exterior dimensions\720P screen\chipset, etc... rather than comparing to the monster sized, all-out spec flagships that are now the rage. Also contrary to a lot of Android diehards this might bring me over to the Android camp with it's good balance of size, performance and build. I liked the MotoX a lot but not thrilled with Motorola being sold to the Chinese. The current flagships are just too big, well, too tall. I don't mind a wide phone but those things are getting ridiculously tall..
    08-14-2014 10:31 PM
  24. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I'm having some posting issues, so if this triple-replies my apologies....

    Not sure if I'm off here but this looks more like a MotoX\iPhone competitor. Surprised it's not drawing more comparisons to the MotoX with the same size screen\exterior dimensions\720P screen\chipset, etc... rather than comparing to the monster sized, all-out spec flagships that are now the rage. Also contrary to a lot of Android diehards this might bring me over to the Android camp with it's good balance of size, performance and build. I liked the MotoX a lot but not thrilled with Motorola being sold to the Chinese. The current flagships are just too big, well, too tall. I don't mind a wide phone but those things are getting ridiculously tall..
    I think this is more a result of Samsung flagship getting compared to another Samsung flagship.
    08-14-2014 10:53 PM

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