Samsung has added a new smartphone under the Galaxy range, and it's comparatively different from what we've expected from the top notch handset maker. It's called the Galaxy Alpha - Samsung's most luxurious smartphone to date. Usually this kind of stuff was not expected from Samsung, best known known for churning out plastic made handsets. So yes, it seems that the Galaxy Alpha is the best ever smartphone Samsung has ever made.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a 4.7-inch smartphone and more importantly the company's first ever metal phone. It's not a metal crafted handset, just like the HTC One (M8) or the iPhone 6. However, it's a positive effort to change Samsung's image in the high-end market, currently dominated by the Cupertino-based giant Apple.
With the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has managed to strike a balance between good design and powerful hardware. Though, the fitted hardware is not that important here, rather one should be curious about the phone's overall performance.
Samsung says the Galaxy Alpha will be made available onto Indian market with a price point of Rs. 39,990. The new smartphone will be made available nationwide starting next week. We got an early chance to experience the Galaxy Alpha at the recently held event in Delhi. Here's our view about the Samsung's most charismatic Android smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System (OS)
The metal frame around the sides of the phone is the real reason why everyone is gaga over the Galaxy Alpha. This is for the first time Samsung has crafted a new smartphone with a different perspective in mind.
While the Galaxy S5 feels rather heavy to hold, the Galaxy Alpha definitely feels light in nature. It weighs in at 115 grams, making it even lighter than the iPhone 6 ( 129 grams).
Although the rear-back is all plastic with similar dimpled soft touch back, as seen on the Galaxy S5. Look wise, though, it still feel like yet another Galaxy phone. On the back side, you'll also notice a large 12-megapixel camera sensor, the heart rate monitor and an LED Flash.
As mentioned earlier, the metal design does make a huge difference. Samsung uses a metal frame around the edges of the device. Now, the volume rocker and power button are made out of real metal.
The metal has an anodised finish, which gives a similar feeling as any other Apple-made smartphone.
That being said, we really loved the overall design of the Galaxy Alpha. The device seems perfect in your hands. The problem, however, really is the use of plastic-made back cover.
The handset measures at just 6.7mm in terms of thickness, but it's not waterproof and dust resistant.
The rear back is still removable, but the fitted battery is smaller. There's no microSD card slot, which could be an issue if you're very much into multimedia consumption. The Galaxy Alpha has the same swipe-over fingerprint scanner under the home button as the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy Alpha uses a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720-pixels. The 720p HD quality display is a step down from the FHD screen from the Galaxy S5. The screen is very bright with deep blacks, though, colors tend to look faded at times.
The Galaxy Apha's screen has a pixel density of 312 ppi pixel density, which is even lower than the Galaxy S5 Mini ( 326ppi). But it's a shame not to see a Full HD panel on the Galaxy Alpha, even at such a steep price.
Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The device uses Samsung's very own TouchWiz UI slapped on top of Android. The look and feeling of the interface is familiar, with hardly any new features added.
Samsung has added its own apps, including S-Health, S-Voice among others.