Samsung Galaxy Alpha release date, specs and rumoured price in the UK

Samsung has revealed its next smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, which features a metal edge and a “fresh approach” to design.

Samsung describes the Galaxy Alpha as “compact”, although it has a 4.7in Super AMOLED display, only 0.4in less than the Galaxy S5. It is significantly lighter, at 114g compared to 145g, and is both shorter, less wide and thinner than the S5.

Rob Orr, head of Samsung’s UK mobile division, said it’s designed for those who “want style without compromising on performance”.

The Galaxy Alpha has the same 2GB of RAM capacity as the S5, as well as 32GB of memory. However, it has no microSD slot. It runs on either an octa-core or quad-core chip, up to 2.5GHz.

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It has a lower-resolution rear camera than the Galaxy S5, at 12 megapixels compared to 16 megapixels, but the 2.1-megapixel front camera is the same as on the S5.

The Galaxy Alpha runs on the latest Android operating system, 4.4.4 KitKat. It can capture 4K videos at a rate of 30fps, has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE and NFC connectivity, as well as USB 2.

The unit features a metal frame and is available in black, blue, gold, silver and white.

EE and Carphone Warehouse have confirmed they will be selling the device once it’s launched and it will be available for pre-order at an unspecified later date.

Indeed, Samsung has provided no specific UK release date, giving only a vague “beginning of September”.

As to the price, Samsung is remaining tight-lipped, but rumours range from £450 to £550.

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