The smartphone widely considered to be Samsung’s answer to the iPhone was accidentally listed online in the UK for pre-orders this week, adding fuel to the fire that we could see the handset in the coming weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha as it’s currently known, was briefly listed online at a fairly expensive £549 sim-free, again showing that it’s likely to be targeting the exclusive high-end smartphone market through the later part of this year.
This news comes as a bit of a shock, especially considering that we’ve had no official word on the handset from anyone at Samsung yet, meaning that the handset was most likely listed by accident.
We did however see the handset leak during the last week of July, with pictures of it besides the hugely popular Galaxy S5 model, which was released this spring.
One of the main features of the Galaxy Alpha is its metallic frame, something which Samsung hasn’t utilised very regularly before now, meaning it could compete with the build quality of the iPhone 6 if all goes to plan.
Reportedly packing a 4.7” Super AMOLED display, which is the same size as the rumoured iPhone 6’s smaller model and a 13 megapixel camera (which is also the rumoured size of the iPhone 6), the Alpha could well be the first bit of kit to really trouble Apple in what’s normally an iPhone dominated portion of the year.
Other rumoured specs for the handset include an Exynos chip that outperforms the Snapdragon 805 chipset, 32GB non-expandable storage, a fingerprint scanner and a hear rate sensor.
The faux leather backing from the Galaxy S5 is set to make another appearance on the Galaxy Alpha, which means it will differ greatly from the rumoured Galaxy F handset, which is expected to boast an all-metallic back case.
The Galaxy Alpha was originally expected to make an appearance during the UNPACKED event that Samsung has planned just before IFA in Berlin this September, but now it looks as if the South Korean company could unveil the handset before then.
With a price tag of £549 sim-free, you can expect contract versions of the handset to retail at around £25-£30 a month, making it slightly more affordable than an iPhone 6, which normally hits the £40 a month mark on its release.
Rumour has it that we could see the Galaxy Alpha officially released in just over a week’s time, on August 13th, giving it a fairly large head start over the iPhone 6, which is rumoured to be getting announced on September 19th.
Of course, until we get official word from Samsung you’re probably better off not holding your breath just yet, but we see no reason why a leak of this magnitude would mean that we’re more than a matter of days from a release.
Written by Luke Hatfield