Exclusive: Live photos and details of the metallic Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850) (UPDATE)

Recently, reports have surfaced that Samsung is working on a newer line of flagship devices, with the first phone in the series to be called Galaxy Alpha and have a body made at least partially out of metal. Well, thanks to one of our sources, we have managed to grab hold of live images of the device. The images confirm earlier reports that the Galaxy Alpha will sport a 4.7-inch screen and a metallic construction, though Samsung has opted to use aluminium on the sides while keeping the faux leather back that we’ve seen on the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3. which should help in offering both a solid grip and a premium feel.

According to our source, the Galaxy Alpha will be a somewhat high-end device. It has the same display as the Galaxy S III’s (we’re unsure if that only extends to the display resolution or to screen type as well), a nano SIM slot, fingerprint scanner, and 32GB of internal storage but no external storage – this is quite a good indication that reports of the phone being meant as an iPhone killer are partially true. The Galaxy Alpha will be a step above the Galaxy S5 mini and will actually be sold as another watered-down variant of the Galaxy S5. There will also be an LTE-A variant, which is affirmed by an image leaked on a Vietnamese tech blog showing the device in the powered on state, and we’re guessing the LTE-A variant could be powered by Samsung’s recently announced Exynos ModAP processor, which brings support for 150 Mbps LTE-A speeds.

Unfortunately, details are scarce on other features and hardware, but more info should start popping up as we approach the rumored August launch of the Galaxy Alpha. As rumors have suggested, the Galaxy Alpha could see a limited release, but it should still be a good sign that Samsung is finally coming around and could get more comfortable with using metal on its smartphones in the future, something that should make critics of the company’s defiant use of plastic happy.

UPDATE: There is a slight possibility that the device in the photos might not be the final design of the Galaxy Alpha, so please be aware that things might change in the final design, with the glossy metal expected to be replaced by a matte finish. Also, it was wrongly reported that the screen is a 4.7-unit – it’s 4.8-inch, like the Galaxy S III, with 720p resolution.

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2 years 8 months ago

How can you even begin to call this a “somewhat high-end device”? a 720P screen (same as a Galaxy S3), more than two years after the S3, is anything but high-end. That “metal” frame looks nothing like aluminum, either. It could be chrome plated metal, but it could just as easily be chrome plated plastic.

If these rumored specs are accurate, Samsung missed the boat, I’m afraid.

2 years 8 months ago

Samsung has done it again with this ulgy design language. And can someone tell me why this garbage is being called an “iPhone 6 killer?” This recycled s3 mini … this failed attempetd at listing to the consumer … Where is the Scard slot? What happened to the display … if this is what Samsung calls “Premium” I think I’ll take my mony elsewhere.

2 years 8 months ago

Very bad.I thought Alpha will be my next phone but with plastic back again ( i wanted it aluminium matted ) and no mamory card slot????? Whats this.Only thats why i dont like Iphone tat it doesnt have memory card slot and removable battery.

2 years 8 months ago

I’ve noticed that the galaxy alpha looks different than the galaxy f that has been shown in previous leaks

2 years 8 months ago

Regardless of what they have in mind for future devices, I can say that they made a mistake for not making this phone with metallic cover and the display too. they would have made it to tally that of S4 at least or Note 3. anyway they know what they are doing. maybe all we’re wishing for will come hopefully with future phones perhaps S6 and Note 5

2 years 8 months ago

Just a slight variant of the Galaxy S5.

Don’t need that since I already have one (S5). :)

2 years 8 months ago

Horrible back design, very bad

2 years 8 months ago

Removable plastic back cover? It’s not metal phone. Samsung is deaf?

2 years 8 months ago

perhaps they are up to something. since it’s gonna be their first metallic finish phone then it shouldn’t pack anything good as there are future phones. hopefully other future phones will meet your demands and the company will keep growing step by step.

2 years 8 months ago

Glad they’re branching out a little bit on the design, but I’m not feeling this one. At least not from the pictures. Maybe once we see final hardware or actually hold it in hand, but until then I’ll pass.

2 years 9 months ago

Looks like they moved the speaker to the bottom like the iphone.
Also i don’t like the indentations on the bottom.
It gives a pretty cheap look to the device.
I would rather see a device with one piece of metal frame instead of several loose panels.

Another thing that i find pretty strange is that on the Galaxy S5 the backplate covers even the frame and the ”Alpha” backplate cover only the backside and doesn’t extend to the frame.

With that being said i think there are going to be a lot of forum topics about how to open the backplate without scratching the frame etc. ;-)

2 years 9 months ago

No memory card???
Thats something i definetly would NOT like to see on note 4 or any other note…
Samsung is only phone with removable battery and memory card support so keep it that way please…

2 years 9 months ago

im really feeling the design and i hope it will be used as a Note 4 inspiration
however, i really dont find the point of building this phone… specs-wise is somewhat disappointing, 720p display?! if they’re trying to compete with the iPhone 6, they should know the iPhone 6 display is expected to reach 1704×960 pixels, which is much more dense than 720p