Samsung has beaten Apple in launching their respective high-end smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy Alpha. This Samsung, which closely resembles the iPhone 6 in both looks and specifications, is priced at Rs 39,990.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with the requisite customisations that come with a Samsung phone. It features a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display, which is very similar to the one used in the Galaxy S3, though slightly smaller. It’s quite slim at just 6.7mm in width and weighs a mere 115 grams, which is quite superb in this category.
In terms of Internet connectivity, there’s support for all important options including 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi andGPRS/ EDGE. On the inside, there’s an octa-core chipset, Samsung’s own Exynos SoC, though the exact model number is unknown. It’s a quad-core clocked at 1.8GHz and a quad-core 1.3GHz, working in HMP mode, so all eight cores can run simultaneously, if required. The phone packs in 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory, though there’s no micro SD card slot. All this is powered by a rather measly 1,860 mAh battery, which is much lower than what rival phones are offering.
The phone also includes a fingerprint scanner and has a removable back cover. The video camera can capture UHD 4K videos (3840 x 2160 resolution) at 30fps. The cameras include a 12MP one on the rear and a 2.1MP one on the front.
The Galaxy Alpha sports a rectangular, grooved metal design with beveled edges that are decidedly Apple. While the design looks inspired by the iPhone, things that do stand out are the slight bulge on the top and bottom, which is presumably for a better grip, as well as the slightly extended bottom frame that adds a nice profile to the otherwise minimal back.
The phone will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue colour options.