Samsung’s first metallic Android phone will feature a combination of high-end and mid-range features and launch ahead of the Galaxy Note 4.
The latest in a string of high-profile leaks pegs an August 13 launch for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, less than a month before the Korean manufacturer’s next phablet flagship is expected to be unveiled.
The Galaxy Alpha, despite featuring specs lower than flagship devices carry these days, is one of the most talked about Samsung smartphones at the moment, thanks to the fact that it will the first Android phone from the company to be made of metal. Leaked pictures have revealed that the phone’s construction will be a mix of metal and Samsung’s now standard faux leather material, and a newly leaked picture reiterates the existence of a nano SIM slot, another first for a Samsung smartphone.
In addition to the launch date, the latest leak also offers more details on the Galaxy Alpha’s hardware. Benchmark screenshots reveal the device will sport Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 5433 octa-core processor (expected to power the Galaxy Note 4 as well), 2 GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera (likely a 13 MP unit), and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The benchmarks also confirm specs leaked earlier, like a 4.8-inch 1280×720 display and 32 GB of non-expandable storage.
The Galaxy Alpha will also feature fingerprint and heart rate sensors, which seem to be becoming par for the course for mid-range and high-end Samsung devices these days. The phone has been touted as an iPhone 6 killer, and it looks like it will only be a matter of days before we find out if the Galaxy Alpha will really have the calibre to take on Apple’s next big flagship iPhone.