With the iPhone 6 due for its time in the spotlight later on today, Samsung has made the move to announce its Galaxy Alpha release date ahead of the upcoming Apple fanfare.
Available from September 12th here in the UK, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the South Korean company’s iPhone competitor, and is looking like it could well be a hit.
Boasting a metallic trim alongside the synonymous faux leather back case which is becoming well-known through Samsung’s smartphone line-up, the Alpha looks like a genuine iPhone contender in terms of design.
With a 4.7” Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Alpha will be an identical size to the rumoured iPhone 6, and with 32GB of non-expandable storage, should be able to hold all the apps and music you’ll need.
An Exynos chipset accompanies an octa-core processor and 2GB RAM to make the Galaxy Alpha one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.
Also, with a 12 megapixel camera mounted on the back side of the handset, the Alpha offers great picture quality, combined with the solid 2.1 megapixel effort on the front side of the handset.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat will be available right out of the box for Galaxy Alpha fans, giving users the chance to play with the latest Android operating system ahead of the planned upgrade to Android L, which should be happening ahead of the festive period.
Plus, with an 1860mAh battery under the hood, the specs look more than good enough for a decent time in the upper end of the smartphone market.
Many of Samsung’s features from the Galaxy S5 are also making an appearance on the Alpha, with the likes of Kid Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode and Samsung Knox all included, whilst the fingerprint scanner is built into the home button once again.
For those looking for a contract deal with the Alpha, you can expect to shell out around £35/month if you don’t want to splash any cash on the handset, with lower monthly costs helped if you pay something up front for the handset.
If you’d prefer a sim-free deal though, you’ll have to wait until September 22nd and pay around £500 for the Samsung flagship, depending on which retailer you opt with, as some are sure to offer different deals.
Only time will tell just how much of a competitor the Galaxy Alpha is for the iPhone 6, but for now it looks like it could be a worthy opponent for the Apple flagship.
Written by Luke Hatfield