As teased, Samsung launched its premium smartphone, Galaxy Alpha in India today at an ongoing event for a price of Rs 39,990. The smartphone carries highlights such as being the first one from Samsung with metallic build materials and the thinnest one, thereby freeing the vendor from the criticisms of making plastic smartphones. Despite the use of a metallic frame, the handset still uses a plastic back panel but has a premium feel.
To detail on the specifications, the Galaxy Alpha comes fitted with a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display with a HD screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels that translates to a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch. Samsung has announced the octa-core variant of the smartphone and this variant uses an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset that comprises of a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A51 and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 processor. This processor is aided by 2 GB of RAM that should suffice in swift multi-tasking.
The imaging hardware is impressive as the Galaxy Alpha features a 12 MP primary camera with LED flash and support for 4K video recording. There is also a front-facing 2.1 MP camera onboard that will take charge of video conferencing and self portrait shots. The storage requirements of the users are taken charge of by 32 GB of non-expandable internal storage space.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is packed with a slew of connectivity aspects such as 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, GPS and NFC. Fueled by Android 4.4 KitKat operating system topped with TouchWiz UI, the smartphone features a 1,860 mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode that should deliver a decent backup to the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been launched in slew of options including Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver and Scuba Blue. Also, the device borrows some features from the flagship Galaxy S5 and they include a fingerprint sensor integrated to the home button and a heart rate monitor at the rear.