After numerous yearsÂ of criticism for its plastic smartphone, Samsung has finally announced a flagshipÂ with a metal frame: the Galaxy Alpha.
The new deviceÂ will go on sale this fallÂ and will come with aÂ 4.7-inch, 720p Super AMOLED display and a notably slim profile â itâs just 6.7mm thick and weighs only 115 grams.
“Despite this being one of the few aspects of the iPhone 6 not to leak, here Samsung appears to hold all the aces. At 0.26-inchs (6.7mm) thick the Galaxy Alpha is the slimmest mass market smartphone ever made and with a footprint of 5.21 x 2.58 inches (132.4 x 65.5mm) and weight of just 4.06 oz (115g) it should remain usable with one hand,” Forbes specifies.
The Alpha will come with either a quad- or octa-core processor depending on the region where it will go on sale, although industry expertsÂ have expressed their disappointment withÂ the use of a relatively small battery of 1,860mAh â nearly 1,000mAh less that of the previous model.
The companyÂ says the smartphone is âthe evolution of Galaxy Designâ, and indeed, it features the same oval-shaped home button andÂ unfortunately for manyÂ the same dimpled, plastic back cover. Only the frame of the phone is actually metal, which the same chamfered edges found on the iPhone 5s.
“Samsung has curiously taken a step down to 12 megapixels from the 16 megapixel sensor in the Galaxy S5. The sensor has yet to be revealed and while it also lacks OIS it offers real-time HDR (High Dynamic Range),” writes Forbes. “Samsung has also fitted the Alpha with a selfie-friendly 2.1 megapixel front facing camera, something Apple should match.”
No detailed information about the price tag of the highly expected cmartphone was revealed, but Samsung claims that the device will come in black, white, gold or blue. The tech giant is alsoÂ expected to reveal more about the new device after the launch of the new Galaxy Note phablet on September 3.
Meanwhile, Apple is apparently getting ready to the upcoming event.Â If the recent information is true to life,Â Apple iPhone event will be held on Sept. 9.
âMing-Chi Kuo of the Taiwanese firm KGI Securities, who has been a consistently reliable source of information on Appleâs plans, isnât bullish on seeing a 5.5-inch iPhone by the end of the year. Problems with the phoneâs new display and casing could result in it being pushed back until well after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 comes out,âÂ Cult of MaŃÂ reported.
The Californian company was expected toÂ run into complications due to production ofÂ newÂ iPhones with the bigger displays, according to Kuo. Production issues are specifically related to the in-cell displays and metal casings being used.
Some experts claim that sapphire crystalÂ willÂ be implemented as a protective coating for the nextÂ models hardware, although there has been some disagreement as to which deicesÂ will get the sapphire treatment.
Kuo insistedÂ that thereâs the possibilityÂ that the 5.5-inch phone, which he previously claimed would have aÂ sapphire display to differentiate it fromÂ the 4.7-inch, still wonât pass âthe drop test near term.â
The specialist believes that sapphire is only coming to the 5.5-inch model, although we recentlyÂ saw a leaked sapphire 4.7-inch display.
âWe are conservative about 5.5-inch iPhone launching by end-2014,â notes Kuo, who has not always been accurate with when the Cupertino based companyÂ will release new hardware. Even if Apple does launch inÂ 2014, Kuo doesnât see it happening until after October.