After what’s been a bit of a whirlwind of rumours and leaks, Samsung has officially unveiled its Galaxy Alpha smartphone.
The Alpha, which is widely regarded as a competitor for the iPhone 6, was first mentioned around a month ago, with subsequent leaks following on an almost daily basis.
Now though we’ve been given an official spec sheet, with the handset being portrayed as a real heavyweight option for Android loving smartphone users.
Packing a 4.7” Super AMOLED full HD display, 2GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage and an octa-core Exynos chipset, the Galaxy Alpha matches up pretty well with the rumoured iPhone 6.
The inclusion of the same fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor from the hugely successful Samsung Galaxy S5 also makes for good reading for Samsung fans that opted against picking up the S5 in March.
If photography is your cup of tea, then the Galaxy Alpha won’t be disappointing you; featuring a 12 megapixel lens on its back side, and a 2.1 megapixel lens to handle selfies and the like.
Also, packing an 1860mAh battery and Android 4.4.4 KitKat, you won’t find yourself struggling to make your Galaxy Alpha last a day without a charge, packing Samsung’s very own ultra-power saving mode.
It’s not just behind the hood that we’re seeing the Alpha perform though, with the handset also boasting a phenomenal design, shown in Samsung’s press shots.
Sporting a beautiful metal trim, the Galaxy Alpha seems to have finally appeased some fans who have previously berated the South Korean company for using plastic designs on previous devices.
Not all of the handset is metallic though, with the majority of the back cover being made of polycarbonate from what we can tell, seemingly opting for the same faux leather style used on the S5.
The front side of the handset is obviously dominated by the display, with a physical home button finding its way to the bottom of the handset, which also houses the fingerprint scanner.
Other than that, all the normal ports and slots are based around the edge of the handset, which sticks to the market norm when it comes down to the smaller details.
We’re being given a great selection of colours for the Galaxy Alpha as well, deviating slightly from the previous Galaxy handsets, which often come in just three or four colours on release.
The Alpha has been unveiled in five colours for now; with black, white, silver, gold and blue versions being revealed online by Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be released during September, with no date of release being handed out just yet.
In terms of prices, we’re looking at an approximate cost of £400 sim free for the Galaxy Alpha, meaning it is almost guaranteed to be cheaper than the iPhone 6.
If you opt for a contract deal, you should be able to find a Galaxy Alpha with a decent tariff for around £30/month, with the handset coming free of charge.
Written by Luke Hatfield