Samsung picks metal over tacky plastic for new Galaxy Alpha


Samsung promised us a smartphone made from “new materials,” and while it hasn’t shunned tacky plastic altogether, its new Galaxy Alpha is a huge step in the right direction. It’s the South Korean company’s first smartphone with a metal frame, and at just 6.7mm thick, it looks great.

That makes the Galaxy Alpha almost 1mm thinner than Apple’s iPhone 5s, and a full 1.4mm thinner than the Galaxy S5. It isn’t hoping to do battle with those devices, however, because its internal specifications don’t match its flagship design.

In addition to a 4.7-inch HD (1280×730) display, the Galaxy Alpha boasts 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage, and an 1,850mAh battery. A number of variants will be available, one of which will have an 8-core Exynos 5 processor, while the other will have a 2.5GHz quad-core processor.


The Galaxy Alpha does not have a microSD card slot like other Samsung smartphones — despite its removable back cover — and it isn’t water-resistant, either, but it does have a fingerprint scanner built into its home button.

The Galaxy Alpha is “built with the consumer in mind,” Samsung says. “Combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features you’d expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device, the Galaxy Alpha is perfect for those that want style without compromising on performance.”

Samsung hasn’t confirmed the Galaxy Alpha’s price tag yet, but we have a feeling it won’t be cheap.