Samsung officially announced its long-anticipated Galaxy Alpha, featuring a premium designed with a chamfered metal frame and a relatively compact (by today's standards) size. The phone should be available in early September, a bit before Apple's expected iPhone 6 announcement. It seems Samsung's release schedule was timed to make the Galaxy Alpha a premium alternative to the iPhone 6.

The specs are more in line with today's midrange offerings (or 'Flagship Mini' phones all the cool kids OEMs are making these days) with the notable exception of RAM and processor. The display is a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED affair, the pixels being pushed by an Octa-core Exynos 5430 (four 1.8GHz cores, four 1.3GHz cores, no Snapdragon variant by the way) with the help of 2GB RAM. Internal storage is listed as 32GB with 25MB actually available to the user. Unlike many of Samsung's offerings, there is no MicroSD expansion available, though the 1860mAh battery can be replaced through the removable backplate. The rear camera is 12MP with optical image stabilization and on the front is a 1.2MP selfie shooter. Despite the lack of a Snapdragon variant, the phone is capable of LTE Category 6 connectivity.

Speaking of the backplate, it's similar to that of the Galaxy S5, except the dimpling is far more subtle (apparently Samsung has learned its lesson from the "Band Aid" backplates of its early 2014 flagship). On the front is a fingerprint scanner, and the chassis is not waterproof like that of the Galaxy S5. The operating system is Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung's ubiquitous TouchWiz skin. The skin has all of the usual suspects in Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health and Private Mode.

The phone will be available at launch in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, options varying by market. Below is a gallery of the Scuba Blue variant, because everyone else seems to favor the Dazzling White one in their galleries. At the end you can see the whole family of launch colors.


Samsung also provided an introduction video for its newest quasi-flagship:


Although the chamfered (a fancy way of saying "beveled") metal frame and the "premium" take on plastic on the front and back should be somewhat competitive with the iPhone 6, the specs will likely be far short of what Apple's flagship will offer (although the processor should be more competitive). If it doesn't even measure up to Samsung's own Galaxy S5, how can it be a viable alternative to the iPhone 6? Will the metal frame make that much of a difference?

Source: Samsung, h/t Android Central