Samsung has officially unveiled its first premium device, Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Well, it looks completely different from what we have been seeing from Samsung for last 3 to 4 years. It is a completely different device with premium looks but unfortunately it does not come with premium specifications. Though it has more or less the same features just like Samsung Galaxy S5 but it is by no means a flagship device. All those beautiful looks with aluminium body does take us in charm but when we look at specification it disappoints us. It does not mean that we did not like Samsung Galaxy Alpha. We do like this new premium device but it would have been a real premium smartphone if it had the premium specifications along with the looks.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with 4.7 inch 720p SuperAMOLED display. It has a smaller screen size as compared to Samsung Galaxy S5 which makes it easy to handle and use. This beautiful smartphone feels quite light to hold. Samsung has worked a lot on keeping bezels thin and has done a pretty good job. It is just 6.7mm thick which makes it slimmest Galaxy smartphone till date. Galaxy Alpha inherits the fingerprint reader from Galaxy S5 which can be used to authorize Paypal payment or to lock the device. It also allows you to enter the private area of the memory where access to every tom dick and harry is not allowed.
On the back it has 12MP camera which is capable of shooting FHD videos. However, we are keen to test it out in our Samsung Galaxy Alpha review in order to find out how well Samsung has worked on its camera. It has removal back and a user replaceable 1860mAh battery. We are highly disappointed to see a very low battery capacity in this premium device. It’s already 2014 and we do not what Samsung was thinking while manufacturing this device.
The other disappointing thing is that it does not come with microSD card support. This is not the usual Samsung we all know. It comes with 32GB internal storage and there are rumours that we might see a 64GB variant as well. As far as the placement of speaker grills are considered we are glad to know that Samsung has done a pretty good job. Speaker grills are placed at the botton of the device just beside the micro USB 2.0 slot.
The 2.1MP front snapper look promising and we will explore it more in our detailed review. It has home made Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset with quadcore cortex A-15 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, It will come with Android 4.4.4 out of the box.
We are not impressed with Samsung Galaxy Alpha but it would be too early to say this. We will cover a detailed review of this device in the upcoming days and will see then how it performs in our different tests. We would like to know your first impression of Samsung Galaxy Alpha. So, feel free to comment.