First review of Samsung Galaxy Alpha goes live

Earlier today Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Alpha. The device will be released in over 150 countries next month. One of the very first reviews of the Galaxy Alpha has gone live now, it focuses mainly on Samsung’s decision to use metal instead of plastic for the Alpha. Samsung retains the signature Galaxy design language and manages to work metal in a package that’s less than 7mm thick.

Instead of going for an all metal build like its rivals Apple and HTC, Samsung chose to use rubberized plastic for the back cover. It may not look as nice as a full metal back but its more practical as the battery remains removable. The rubberized coating is said to reduce any chance of the device slipping out of your hands which users will certainly appreciate. Audio jack can be found on the top, there’s a microUSB port on the bottom, volume rockers are on the left and fingerprint sensor lives beneath the home button.

You can check out the entire review over at Hi-tech@mail, fair warning, its in Russian so you’ll have to read a machine translation if you’re not fluent in that language. The gist of it is that the Galaxy Alpha does not only look like a premium device, but it performs like one as well.


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2 years 8 months ago

I enjoyed the awkward translation from Google Chrome of the Russian Review of Alpha.
I liked the part where it
said you are paying a premium for the Device because it is a “Fashion
Model” lol.
The Review was informative- this Device may be my first Samsung.
However, I would greatly prefer an Alpha Pro-same size but thicker Body enabling Camera like Note 4.
Larger Battery, USB 3.0,
Micro Sim, SD Card etc.
Alpha Pro can be 9-11 mm
thick, we don’t mind.
HTC One M8 is much thicker and no one complains.
On thicker Alpha Pro we can also have Camera flush with back, not sticking up and a larger Sensor.
Alpha Pro can be for Note Users who need a pocket sized Powerful Phone.
Same resolution screen will have great Battery Life with 2400 to 2600Mah.
Alpha Pro will truly compete with Iphone 6.

Russian Review pointed out that plastic backing on the Alpha may have better reception than full metal Design.

What do you think of Alpha Pro- ?
Can any of you convince Samsung to do it ?

2 years 8 months ago

If this is Samsungs new direction for material design then great I am all for it. Metal chassis/frame with removable battery door will be a great edition. I put my phones in a case so I could care less about the material of the battery door, but the metal will add rigidity to the design with minimal weight gain.

2 years 8 months ago

Excellent point about rigidity from the metal frame Raptor 007.

One reason I want a 4.7″ screen on a 5.2″ Tall Device is because it is more practical to carry in a pocket.

A smaller Device is less likely to break from flexing in a pocket even with a case compared to a larger Device.

The metal as you say adds a rigid frame much more flex resistant and Alpha has those bumps on each corner

for more drop protection built into the unibody frame.

I would prefer a thicker version (Alpha Pro )maybe 9 or 10 mm thick that has a larger Battery and SD Card

but same sized Device- I am impressed with Alpha- I don’t care about “thinness” and would prefer

same design with more practical Pro Features.

Removable backplate is good IMO and may improve reception over all metal Designs.

Anyone out there want a Pro version at 9 to 10 mm thick ?

2 years 8 months ago

Is this ‘Alpha’ variant IP67 rated?

2 years 8 months ago