Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Initial Impressions & Hands On

This weekend, Samsung has announced the local availability of some of its new products including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit & Gear S smartwatches.

Luckily, I was able to get my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha today during my usual gadget hunting activity. Below are my initial impressions about this surprisingly new-looking metallic device from Samsung.

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha in White

Seeing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha for the first time is quite a refreshing experience. Unlike Samsung’s usual premium phones, one distinguishing features of the Alpha is its new metallic body with glossy and polished edges similar to Apple’s iPhone 5 and 5s design. The material change from the previous plastic built makes the Alpha look more sturdy and premium, well atleast aesthetically. Perhaps you cannot appreciate its beauty unless you held it on the hands yourself.

Carrying the Alpha on single hand also feels very light. Most people should not have much issues holding and navigating its 4.7-inch screen size. Thanks to its aluminum frames, the Galaxy Alpha is also less slippery on the hands. Aside from these, the rest of it are the familiar Samsung design features.

samsung galaxy alpha photos

In terms of hardware specs, the Galaxy Alpha is powered by an Exynos Octa core processor combining a 1.8 Ghz quad core Cortex A15 and a 1.3 GHz quad core cortex A7 chips plus 2 gigs of RAM. Internal storage is limited to 32 GB only which is non-expandable (no microSD card slot). It runs under Android 4.4.4 KitKat with other standard connectivity features like Wifi, Blueetooth, GPS, and NFC. Its built-in front and back cameras should also capture more than decent shots with 12 MP autofocus and 2.1 MP shooters respectively.

Performance wise, I cannot give any definite conclusions yet given the short time I was able to play with the device but so far navigating on the screen and opening basic apps are decent and fluid. I did not experience lags or any other major issues worth mentioning. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI seems to be more polished though with its Android 4.4.4 update.

samsung galaxy alpha screen

The only bummer I see about the Alpha’s specs is its low battery capacity of only 1,860 mAh. Considering that it is an Octa core powered phone and LTE capable device, any battery below the 2k mAh mark would easily run down. Well, there are always power banks which can supplement it.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha full specs below:

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    Samsung Galaxy Alpha’s 12 MP autofocus camera

    Exynos 5 Octa core processors: (1.8 GHz Quad-core Cortex A15 + 1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex A7)

  • 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display (720 x 1280 resolution @ 312 ppi)
  • Mali T628 MP6 GPU (graphics)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB Internal Storage (non-expandable)
  • 12 MP autofocus back camera w/ LED flash
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera
  • Single Nano SIM card slot
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+
  • Wifi (dual-band) / Bluetooth 4.0 & A2DP / GPS with A-GPRS / NFC
  • Accelerometer / Gyro / Proximity / Compass
  • 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm @ 115 grams
  • 1,860 mAh Li-Ion battery (removable)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS
  • Colors: Charcoal Black, Sleek Silver, Dazzling White, Frosting Gold, Scuba Blue

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has an official retail price of ₱29,990 here in the Philippines. Honestly, it’s a pretty premium price already comparable to other flagship smartphone from other brands so I doubt how well it will perform in terms of sales.

Would you pay ₱30k pesos for the metallic feel of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha or rather shell out a couple more bucks for a flagship phone with much better specs? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Be sure to also subscribe to this blog or ‘Like’ our Facebook page to get the latest tech news and updates straight from us.



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