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Samsung’s Metal Galaxy Alpha and Its Chamfered Self Pose for New Photos

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a phone that may be the first to put to use those “new materials” referenced by a Samsung executive last week during the company’s Q2 earnings call, appeared in a new set of high-res photos over the weekend. The photos certainly seem to confirm previous rumors, that the device will indeed include a metallic band around its outside, giving off what should be a more premium feel than past handsets. “New materials” could mean more than one, but I think it is safe to assume at this point that at least one of them is metal. 

In the new set of photos, we get a look at the device in someone’s hand, but also side views that clearly show a chamfered edge along its sides. If you want to say that this phone looks a hell of a lot like an iPhone from the side, I don’t think you will find many to disagree with you. While I don’t think you can patent a chamfer, Apple did it early and well.

As far as the size of the device goes, it looks like a small enough device that one could handle it without the use of a second hand. That form may have also led Samsung to drop the specs a bit, as it is rumored to carry only a 4.8-inch 720p display, rather than the 1080p panels that the company has used in flagship devices over the last couple of years. The rest of the rumored specs include an Exynos 5433 processor, 2GB RAM, 12MP camera, 32GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4.

Thoughts on the device? If Samsung were to carry this metallic design into future flagships, like the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy S6, would you be more interested in them?

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Via:  Weibo | Nowherelse
  • TheRobotCow

    Hmm… Does Samsung make iPhones for people that don’t want an iPhone?

  • Mark Mann

    Look a giant iph… Oh, it’s a Samsung?

  • TeeJay1100

    This is marketing genius from Samsung. You make a premium looking phone smaller than your flagship S5/Note4 and with good internals. The masses will jump all over this!! Especially Internationally

  • John Kitchen

    I really like the idea of this phone and would probably pick it over the S5

  • acras

    Glad to see that pesky copyright infringement lawsuit they lost hasn’t slowed down Samsungs copycat ,er, design team any.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Go back to the S3 or S4 design instead of S5 and we have a deal….oh and get rid of touchwiz.

  • aamd11

    Kevlar back for me, always : )

  • nosedive94

    Still has glossy plastic on the front and back from what I can tell. Also stays with the physical/capacitive buttons and TouchWiz. Color me unimpressed.

  • Ant

    Congratulations Samsung !!! You finally have built an iPhone running android lol.

  • Aldrin Tauro

    Reminds me a lot of an S2.

  • Marc

    Metal, plastic, glass, Kevlar, carbon fiber, I could care less. I always have a high quality case like an otterbox on my phone. It is in my pocket always and being used in a variety of ways. None of these phones would look very pretty after a month in my pocket without a case. Put money into better internals like processor, ram, storage. My “cheap plastic” S4 had the features that I most cared about at the time and that is where I put my money.

  • Art Holguin

    looks like they could use more of that blank real estate for more screen. or get rid of the samsung logo and add .25 screen on top. Anyone else notice the button looks a little off?

  • Greggory

    This is what the S5 should’ve been…

  • trixnkix637

    I know the great ones steal but this is getting ridiculous at this point. I can’t even defend Sammy if Apple sues them for this.

  • Fu

    The plastic build isn’t that big of a deal. Just change the touchwiz and people will come back to Samsung.

    • Dominick White

      To be honest I know a lot of people that like TouchWiz

      • LANCE

        only thing i really like about touchwiz is the notification toggles and the voice commands…..thats it

        • Dominick White

          Have to agree with you there. They do do great with the notification toggles. Not to change the subject one thing i hate about the new sense is how crappy the notification toggles are

  • jimt

    Lose the APPLE button, already.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    2gb RAM? Come on, 3 is needed.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    That’s it, that’s the best they could do? Gee wiz.

  • Ryan

    They really are trying to be Apple. It’s quite pathetic at this point.

  • Godzilla

    God…….no. I love my S4 but samsung is really getting annoying with its overall design lately

  • kevin

    I am fine with the materials of my note3 but I certainly wouldn’t mind a metal band adding a bit more rigidity. Keep the sd slot, removeable battery, and unlock the bootloader and I will be inline to buy on day 1

  • TeeJay1100

    This looks ok, change the skin then it would look amazing!!

  • pyro74boy .

    I have been rocking my plastic Note2 for almost 2 years now and for the life of me I can’t understand why there is all this hate over Samsung? I have no issue with it in fact the Note 2 still runs just as smooth as it did the very first day I took it out of the box and used it for the very first day. This past weekend a friend of mine was bragging to me about how the new iphone6 [Or whatever it’s going to be called is going to have a rumored 5.5 inch screen and if I was looking forward to switching to iOS and I told him that there was nothing wrong with the Android phone that I already had and if I did upgrade I would be upgrading to the LG G3 or Samsung Note4. It’s also funny how everyone and their mom is now copying Samsung’s ideas from the Note line of phones including the very overrated Apple iphone. I know that to a point everyone is copying each other but Apple seems to copy everyone else the most. Android %85 percent of the worldwide smartphone market. Sorry Apple but this is no longer a competition between Android vs iOS this is now Android vs all the Smartphone manufacturers and I laugh when people still claim that the iphone is in second place when the numbers each and every year show otherwise. I expect Apple to have a big Q4 but they won’t overtake Android [NO ONE WILL IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE] PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THE LEADER BUY APPLE IPHONES. PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LEAD BUY HIGH-END ANDROID ANDROID PHONES LIKE LG G3 OR SAMSUNG NOTE4

  • yummy

    Well, we fully intended to use metal, but then the carriers woke up and stopped pushing our phones, and our profits plummetted. So, we went with a metallic feeling substance made from worm casings and dog poo. It is a renewable nontoxic material we hope you enjoy the feel of. And although it is completely edible, please dont try to eat it.

  • Tony Byatt


    It’s got 32GB of internal storage…

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    That one shot shows some mean glare on the glass. I’d be worried about sunlight viewing.

  • callumshell1

    that chin and forehead god damn

  • shooter50

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Samsung phones, but the design is old and stale. Adding a metalic back to the same old style phone wont cut it. It is past time for a complete redesign. This is one reason in my opinion why the S5 isnt selling so well. Great phone, but most people that use samsung have now had that design for years and are tired of it.

  • Feed Jake

    It’s interesting how the corners are thicker than the sides. Like an Urban Armor Gear case design. I wonder if that’s part of the “new materials” design or just a look?

  • meijin3

    The overall design is just plain ugly.

  • Corey Foltman

    it does seem like they will get sued for using the iPhone look

  • Phillies3429

    Looks ugly as hell. Very disappointed

  • Tavitian Santiago

    Galaxy S2 is back!!! LOL

    • Justin Kos

      A lot of us liked the gs2 but were on verizon at the time 😉

      ok.. maybe just me

      • shmigga

        no…I am still mad that I was never able to get the S2 on Verizon.

  • Bionichomer
    • Maxim∑

      this is Samsung, I expect nothing more.

    • Cael

      Of course not. It says Samsung on the front.

    • Miguel

      And it’s as ugly as ever, they need a new designer.

  • Tran Nguyen

    I really don’t know why some people prefer metal than plastic. They will buy a cover to protect the phone anyway. Whose care and feel better when hold the phone?

  • Justin Kos

    Great form factor IMO

  • cancerous_it

    Samsung throwing shiz at the wall. Take a S3, put metal wrap around the edges of the phone and release it as a new model. Dafuque?

  • Sjschwar

    waterproof? wireless charging?

  • Chris Stuart

    Dat Bezel

  • ROR1997

    The bezels are hurting my eyes

  • Dre Fay

    you can’t polish a turd

  • ROR1997

    It looks a lot like an iPhone from the side. Good job Samsung. You copied the iPhone 6 before it came out.

  • Kevin

    i just dont even really consider samsungs anymore. they aren’t necessarily bad phones but all of their junk is just overload – sometimes less is more, let people download the other junk if they want it.

  • Ryan Chapman

    Lipstick on a pig, I will stick with my G3

    • frhow

      Amazing phone.. The G3 that is…. Lol

  • Lucky Armpit

    It’s not the plastic that bothers me; it’s that god-awful bloated TouchWiz that keeps me away from Samsung. I’d love to have an S5 but after having Motorola phones with their minimal skin, I can’t even see switching to a Samsung. Yes, I know I can root but I shouldn’t have to.

  • Kyle Miller

    The phone design is fine. But if Samsung does not change the way touchwiz is, then this phone will fail. It simply time to upgrade the software.

  • russwc2

    The sides of the phone look similar to the iphone 4

  • Alex C

    The sensor holes in the upper white bezel are such eyesores on white samsung phones. They should take a page from the white G3’s black upper bezel which looks much cleaner.

    • OhHai

      Especially since the farthest one isn’t on the same level as the 2 that are next to each other.

    • Jeff C

      theyve been like that forever tho. its pretty much how white samsung phones look at this point….unfortunately

  • Ishan Patel

    I still don’t understand why people want phones made out of metal than plastic.

    • I don’t know this either. The One (M8) is so slippery that it’s almost unusable at times. Plastic works just fine for me, especially if it’s nice enough plastic, like the Nexus 5, Moto X, and G3 all have.

      • chris125

        Yet you guys always put that as one negative in your reviews for samsung

        • OligarchyAmbulance

          Because the plastics he mentioned are completely different than Samsung’s. Samsung plastic is greasy, slimy, and overall disgusting to touch. Plus it just looks cheap.

          • Maxim∑

            Im not of fan of plastic, however I love the feel of the Nexus 5. I just think Samsung is taking a lot of shortcuts, I wouldn’t mind a fake metal like LG.

            All metal phones are good on smaller devices, but at that size soft touch is probably the best. Im actually kind of curious to see how Apple handles a larger all metal phone.

          • WickedToby741

            Bingo. It’s not that plastic is bad, it’s that Samsung’s choice of plastic is bad. If they used plastic more along the lines of what Motorola or Nokia uses, the entire dynamic of the phone would be different.

          • EC8CH


        • Dominick White

          Cause Samsung uses cheap feeling plastics. Lg g3 also yet it feels so much better than Samsung plastic. samsung should just go with the same kind of fake plastic leather thing that they did with the Note 3

          • chris125

            Agree. I actually liked the feel of the fake leather look on the note 3. Will be interesting to see what they use on the note 4

          • Scott Niemczyk

            I like the note 3’s back also. I hope they keep that same design for the note 4. I don’t like what they did with the s5 back. Only thing about the note 3 that bothers me is that chrome paint keeps coming off

          • TylerCameron

            Have you felt the S5’s back? It feel great in the hand to me. Way better than the way the Note 3 feels, and it feels more like leather.

          • Dominick White

            The wife has a note 3 and it feels great in the hand. Only problem for me is i never can get use to that button in the middle

        • Patrick Crumpler

          No. They usually knock samsung for their choice of plastic. Not because it’s plastic. In some reviews they even comment on the nice use of plastic. Samsung just has questionable taste. Ask Tim Gunn

      • Aardvark99

        I have a lot of phones since I’m a developer and also have a family plan w/ 3 lines with years of upgrades. Most of my phones are too slippery! My HTC One (M7), iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, and Moto X all are all like holding a bar of soap. Maybe only the Note 3 and Droid X were ever grippy enough. I’m pretty careful, but I don’t trust the other developers and/or my family.

        So I always put on a case, so the design never really matters, which sucks.

        However, I do like the “quicksand” type cases. Search Amazon. They offer little protection, but are thin and are provide a non-rubbery grip that I love. I *think* they are the same material the OpenPlus One uses as its back.

        • Big EZ

          The Droid X still has the best materials and finish as any smart phone I’ve ever seen. Metal with the soft touch coating. It felt like a tank, but not it’s weight. It was very grippy. That finish held up very well also.

          • Justin Kos

            Just like the nexus 5

          • Big EZ

            Maybe the finish, but it didn’t feel as solid in hand. It still felt better than anything Samsung has put out, but nothing has felt as solid and strong as the X.

          • Justin Kos

            I had both, I think its the weight of the X that seems to make it feel more solid. Def agree about the samsung one though, the s4 and note 3 were great phones, but def didnt feel solid at all

          • Aardvark99

            I forgot about the Nexus 5, I like the material on the back.

        • Dominick White

          Do you know if they have a flip /wallet case with that kind of back?

      • Michael

        Stuck in our Moto Droid days

      • Justin Kos

        The nexus 5 has a great feel to it, love that material

      • Guest

        Agree with M8, had it for few weeks, while the phone is sexy and snappy weight and slipperyness ruined the phone, and what’s the point when you will be putting a case anyway.

      • Marikel

        Maybe the Gunmetal Gray version is slippery, but my silver version is not slippery at all. It has a grip to it.

        • Naked Gun M8

          Nope, not slippery at all.

          Kellex must have greasy hands or something.

      • Xavier_NYC

        I think it has more to do with how much you’re paying for the device.. If you’re paying top dollar then you probably don’t want a plastic phone because it doesn’t necessarily scream quality.. I’m A OK with plastic as long as it’s high quality and not cheap feeling…

        • Justin Kos


      • it puts the lotion on

        So…too much lotion, Kellex?

        Dry your hands occasionally?

        Honestly – had one since launch and I’ve never once found it “slippery”. (Grey one, naked at all times.)

    • JSo

      So they can feel “High Class”

    • Jeff C

      my note 3 has a ton of little dings and paint chipped on the faux metal band. i would think actual metal wouldnt do this. altho, i could be wayy off

      • chris125

        Metal gets dings as well. Do a google search and look at iPhones. Metal isn’t any better for that

        • Jeff C

          well yea ive seen my friends’ iphones. id rather the way metal looks when its dinged than the faux metal tho. i got my note and everyone was like is that leather? is that metal? not its very noticeable its just plastic. half my fault tho for dropping to begin with lol

          • EdubE24

            My 5S has little dings around the edges. You can put it in a case or just roll with what happens when you don’t. But I agree the metal nicks don’t look as bad as the ones on plastic phones.

        • derp hurr-durr

          It does indeed.

          …just not as easily. 🙂

      • Big EZ

        I agree. Although it wouldn’t be so bad if they just didn’t use that horrible chrome finish that chips so easily.

    • malcmilli

      I don’t need metal, i just need something that feels better than what they are putting down.

    • Ralph Bretz

      I really like the Kevlar back on my Razr HD I had. I thought those phones were built solidly.

    • TylerCameron

      What I hate is chrome-painted plastic. I love my S5, but if they wanted chrome around the phone, they should’ve used real metal, and then they could use it as an antenna as well!
      But no, they went with chrome-painted plastic. That paint is going to chip off. And it feels like crap. I wouldn’t mind it if it was plastic like on the edges of the One M7 or if it wasn’t chrome painted.

  • Defenestratus

    I don’t really mind the plastic honestly. Its the physical home buttons and capacitive multitask and back buttons that piss me off.

    • Dark_Laser

      I don’t mind plastic, and actually think capacitive is better. It’s Samsung’s ugly design over the past couple of years that gets to me.

      • pyro74boy .

        I don’t think that Samsung phones are ugly however this design is starting to show some sings of age and so I kind of agree with you about this. It would sure be nice if Samsung changed and updated the design of their galaxy line of phones.

    • Bryan Mills

      Seems like they’re trying to copy Apples dummy devices. Not surprising, coming from Samsung.

      • pyro74boy .

        You can’t be for real because Apple is the king of copying other people’s ideas. LOL I laugh at this comment hardcore LOL

        • Tasso

          That may be true. But if you think about it, Samsung is the queen of copying Apple. They try so hard to get people to buy their phone with these “one of a kind cool” features that just waste space and have no good use. They copy Apple’s physical features and some OS features. Why do you think so many people bought the S5 and S4? Cause it was free and had “cool” features resembling Apple’s iphone.

          • pyro74boy .

            Everyone copy,s each other there’s no denying this however with that being said I can clearly tell the difference between the design of the iphone and Samsung galaxy phones. Also you would be a fool to think that Apple does not copy Samsung’s ideas as well. It’s very safe to say that the next iphone6 [Or whatever it’s going to be called] is going to have a bigger display and guess who had bigger display phones before Apple? Samsung. If you’re going to be telling this sad little story then at least tell the full story and not just parts of it because Apple is full of all kinds of hype and lies. Apple did not invent the touchscreen smartphone cellphone fingerprint scanner and SIRI. Apple is not the company that many people seem to think they are and they are not leading in the smartphone world.

          • bogy25

            “…Apple did not invent the touchscreen smartphone cellphone fingerprint scanner and SIRI. Apple is not the company that many people seem to think they are and they are not leading in the smartphone world.”

            I know what you are saying but tell that to the general population and they will look at you like you have three heads.

          • pyro74boy .

            Android has over %85 percent of worldwide smartphone marker share and still growing. I understand that this is only for 1 quarter of the year but if you look at the bigger picture here Android is still growing as this number gets larger by each and every passing year. So that would be my response to that.

          • creed

            Samsung surely has copied some of Apple’s physical features, but I’m curious to know what software features you think that they have copied?

          • acras

            Wasn’t the main software feature Apple sued them over the swipe to unlock method?

          • creed

            That could be, but that was built into android and not specific to Samsung. I believe they just went after Samsung because they were the biggest.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          Is hardcore laughing different than normal laughing? Is normal laughing like “ha ha ha” and hardcore laughing is like “BWA HA haha LOL yeah BWAAA ha ha ha he heee HA”?

          • acras

            I think its laughing while your skinny jeans are sagging below your ass, chugging a redbull and yelling YOLO while parkour-ing the jungle gym at the local day care center. At least thats how I do it.

    • Ralph Bretz

      It’s TouchWiz that bothers me. Way to much crap.

      • Nathan Bryant

        This is the number one issue. Changing the material or form factor won’t make your phone any better or do something new. It’s still the same phone inside. TouchWiz is the real issue. It’s cluttered, unorganized, looks like gingerbread still, slow. They need to redesign it from the ground up. They call themselves doing that for the S5. Clearly not. They just simply hid the dramatic features inside.

        • hoosiercub88

          You obviously haven’t used a gingerbread device in a while.

    • Robert Isha

      I rather have those buttons outside the screen instead of on the screen. What’s the point of bigger screen if you can’t use all of it.

      • Justin Kos

        with KitKat games and apps like snapchat and clash of clans hide them automatically

      • kilee

        This argument definitely held more ground in the past, but it’s getting pretty old now. At this point, it’s up to the developers to give you the whole screen, otherwise the nav buttons are very unobtrusive.

      • Dominick White

        Well with the lg g3, you can set it up so that the on screen button’s go away in some apps like Chrome.

      • Immersive Mode

        Hi! I’m Immersive Mode! Apparently, we’ve never met. I make it so that the on-screen buttons give the full use of your precious screen real-estate for those ads in the apps you won’t purchase.

        • Tomek G

          I use hold-back-to-kill feature way too often. I like those buttons

          • Immersive Mode

            Always there when you want ’em. Just a swipe away.

        • Alseddiq

          on-screen buttons sucks when playing games, even when they are hidden you will hit them accidentally.

          • I’m sorry you suck.

            Your gaming skills are obviously lacking.

            Level 1: Don’t swipe the buttons into view – Difficulty: Easy.

      • Nathan Bryant

        I understand that logic, but the space it takes up is not much. It’s exaggerated.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        I’d rather have those buttons outside the screen for the above reason and because nav keys leave burn-in after about a year of use, especially on SAMOLED displays.

      • Agreed, I’ve just recently started using a phone with on screen buttons and it’s rather annoying and not intuitive at all. I often miss because they either don’t respond or have rotated to a complete different place. I still prefer buttons of any kind rather than on screen so hopefully the manufacturers return to that.

  • sj0808

    Not bad.. you don’t really need 1080p on 4.8inch screen anyway. But we will never see this phone in the states.