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South Korean titan Samsung has been long since the market leader in the handset business. Until mid-2011, it was assumed that Samsung would never ever dethrone Nokia from its 15 year reign as the top mobile phone producer.
Contrary to analysts' reports, Samsung topped Nokia to become the most talked about mobile phone ever. But at the same time, there have been a number of controversies associated with Samsung.
Here are some of them: patent dispute with Apple, Galaxy S4's storage space controversy, acquisition over controversial benchmark boosts, and last but not the leak constant nagging over poor design, especially, when a device cost upwards of $500 ( about Rs. 30,000).
Analysts believe that Samsung needs to revamp its strategy in order to redefine the quality of so-called "high-end" phones. The question remains: how long will Samsung take to launch a metal bodied handset? Can Samsung improve its design strategy? Looks like the company could launch a handset by using premium materials.
Although Samsung has not revealed the phone yet nor share hardware details, but recent report suggests that the Galaxy S5 maker may be planning to unveil the Galaxy Alpha on August 13. Yes, you heard it right! The long delayed phone will be known as Galaxy Alpha (some reports are even speculating the Galaxy F to be the official marketing name).
While it's just speculation, but the new metal phone seem to be the only alternative left in front of Samsung . The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, if it gets launched this month, will be pitted against the Apple iPhone 6.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha - What we know so far?
Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the upcoming premium phone, is expected to come with a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720-pixels. It will be powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor or Samsung's Exynos Octa-Core CPU, paired with at least 3GB of RAM.
The street is abuzz with rumors that the Galaxy Alpha would feature a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter. The handset will feature semi-metallic design and smaller screen compared to the Galaxy S5. It should also feature Samsung's trademark - fingerprint scanner, and 32GB of non-expandable internal storage. Reportedly, the Galaxy Alpha will land in retail market in three color options: Gold, Black and metallic.
In the meanwhile, we've decided to feature top 5 trending rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Take a look into sliders below. Happy weekend!
Samsung may unveil its next-gen Galaxy device in the second week of August, claims a new report. The Galaxy Alpha, which is rumored to take on the Apple iPhone 6, could sport a semi-metal design and a display smaller than that of the Galaxy S5. Just recently Sam Mobile published a couple of new images claiming to show the Galaxy Alpha against the S5. For months, rumors have pin pointed to a pure metal crafted Galaxy handset. Amusingly, the device shown next to the Galaxy S5 ( check out the image) has the same plastic rear-back cover, but with a metal ring around the edges.
Later this week a German-based website named Allaboutsamsung had published benchmark screenshots of the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy Alpha AnTuTu benchmark screenshots reveals a 720x1280 pixel display resolution display. Other than the 4.8-inch screen, the anticipated handset will arrive with an Octa-core Exynos 5433 SoC with a Mali-T628 GPU; 2GB of RAM; 32GB of inbuilt storage; a 12-megapixel rear camera; a 2.1-megapixel front camera, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Kim Hyun-joon, Samsung's mobile communications business said Thursday during an earnings conference call that the consumer electronics giant has two premium smartphones in the works that could debut within the next six months -- one is a large-screen device, the other is made of "new materials." The first handset to be released will likely be the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is expected to launch in September. And the other handset with "new materials" could be none other than the Galaxy Alpha.
Going by a number of leaks and rumors over the past few months, Samsung Galaxy Alpha could be a mid-range handset. Of course the new phone might trounce the Galaxy S5 in respect of design and build - but it won't win over Samsung's flagship when it comes to hardware.
For sure Samsung will unveil its upcoming Galaxy Alpha sometime this month. Not long ago, Sam Mobile had reported that Samsung might launch the Galaxy Alpha on August 4 i.e. Monday. However, now a German website is claiming the phone to go official on August 13, instead of long rumored August 4.