July 21st, 2015
Apple hasn’t even announced the iPhone 6 yet, but Samsung is already poised to attack it with a new smartphone design: the Galaxy Alpha.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which has been rumored for a while, has excellent specs as well as a new design that brandishes a chamfered metal edge, just like the current iPhone 5S.
The one feature that doesn't make sense on its own is the screen size; Samsung opted to give the Galaxy Alpha a 4.7-inch HD (1,280 x 720) display, which is a little on the small side when stacked against today's flagships like the LG G3 and Samsung's own Galaxy S5.
However, it looks like a more logical choice when you factor in rumors about the coming iPhone 6, which is predicted to have a 4.7-inch display as well. Samsung's mobile product designs are becoming more directly comparable to Apple equivalents Samsung's mobile product designs are becoming more directly comparable to Apple equivalents, seen most recently — and plainly — in the company's iPad rivals, the Galaxy Tab S tablets.
Apple is also rumored to have another size iPhone in the works, of course, a 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone, but Samsung has more than enough plus-size phones, including the coming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, to take on any biggie iPhone that comes to pass (and it may be a while).
The Galaxy Alpha has most of the bells and whistles that first appeared on the Galaxy S5, including a download booster for combining Wi-Fi and LTE connections to transfer files quickly, an Ultra Power Saving Mode that can squeeze every last watt-hour out of the battery, and a fingerprint sensor built into the home button.
The display is a SuperAMOLED screen, and the 12-megapixel camera in back can even capture 4K video (at 30 frames per second). It's powered by an octa-core processor (quad 1.8GHz and quad 1.3GHz) and ships with Android 4.4.4 "KitKat."
The phone will be available in five pretentiously named colors: Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver and Scuba Blue. No word yet on the launch date or whether it'll ever be for sale in the U.S.
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