Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the thinnest in the Samsung family, launched today in India at an extortionate price of Rs. 39,990. The phone sports chamfered metallic edges and is an answer to Apple’s latest offering, the iPhone 6.
The Samsung Alpha comes with a plastic body having a metal frame wrapped around the edges. The edges have been chamfered as the previous generation iPhone 5 and 5s. Though this design is not up to the minute still it is enough to ameliorate the older designs that Samsung has been repeating over and over again.
In the battle of devising thinnest cellphones, Samsung too stepped in with their latest flagship being just 6.7 mm thick- that’s 0.2 mm thinner than Apple’s flagship and a good 0.4 mm thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus.
Running on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), the Smartphone is powered by an octa-core processor (1.8GHz +1.3GHz) with 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Like in every other top end Kitkat phone, the Alpha comes with Ultra Power Saving. No slot for microSD has been provided making it a fixed storage capacity device. (This is beyond acceptable in Android Phones today!)
The phone possess a 4.7″ HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. With a quintessential 132.4×65.5×6.7 mm dimensions and weighing just 115 grams, the Galaxy Alpha flashes a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. A finger print scanner has also been appended to the device. (reminiscent of the Galaxy S5)
With no slot for microSD, 1860 mAh battery can also prove to be a slight disappointment. Connectivity options include Micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G/ LTE, and NFC. Samsung says the Galaxy Alpha is compatible with 4G/ LTE bands in India.
The phone comes with a heart rate monitor and syncs with Gear range of devices and will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue colour options.