Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha has finally arrived in Malaysia and its ditched plastic for metal.
Actually let us rephrase that, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has ditched MOST of the plastic part in favour of a metal frame though the back still uses the former. Still, the Galaxy Alpha does up the ante in Samsung’s smartphone design.
So what does this new stylish Sammy phone offer us? Aside from the new metal frame design, Samsung has concentrated on a more elegant and compact design as evidenced from its 4.7-inch screen and thin 6.3mm profile. Although some may have been hoping that the Galaxy would be the Galaxy S5 redesigned, it really isn’t. Specs wise, you’re getting something slightly more compact as we said before but it isn’t only a reduction in size but in screen resolution as well. The 4.7-inch screen is a Super AMOLED HD Screen with 720p resolution instead of the 1080p resolution of the Galaxy S5. It also runs on a different processor, utilising an Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) processor compared to the S5’s Qualcomm 801 kit. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Android 4.4.4 KitKat for its OS. As for the camera department, the Alpha comes with a 12-megapixel sensor on the back with a 2.1-megapixel shooter up front. Of course being slightly more compact from the Galaxy S5 means the Galaxy Alpha comes with a smaller capacity battery as well at 1830mAh.
Some of the key features that you’ve found on the Galaxy S5 can be found on the Galaxy Alpha too including Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner and Private Mode. Of course with the S Health available in the Galaxy Alpha, the phone is also fully compatible with Samsung’s Gear wearables including the Gear Fit and Gear 2.
If the more stylish design isn’t enough of an indicator at the more fashionable target market Samsung is aiming at, then the people they’ve chosen to endorse the Galaxy Alpha might be a bigger indicator. Called the Samsung α-listers, these four Malaysian personalities; Alia Bastamam, Karena Teo, Lawrence Wong and Wak Doyok, are what Samsung calls the embodiment of “style and substance” in their respective fields. So be prepared for their images to be plastered all over when Samsung starts pushing out the promotions and marketing for the Galaxy Alpha.
So how about colours? A “stylephone” as Samsung calls the Galaxy Alpha, should at least have a collection right? And so it does with a choice of Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Sleek Silver and for the bling lovers, Frosted Gold. Interested? The Galaxy Alpha is already available for purchase at RM1899.