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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Alpha, a Mid-Range Device With a Fancy Metal Body

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Samsung went ahead and made the oft-leaked Galaxy Alpha official this morning. Sure enough, it has a metal frame, a “solid finish,” and is the evolution of Galaxy design. Confirmed by the press release, this is indeed a mostly mid-range phone by today’s flagship standards, though it could be just a sign of things to come from the Korean manufacturer. 

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280×720), 1.8GHz Octa Core processor, 12MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (no micro SD slot), 1,860mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4.4.

As the press release reminds us, this phone is all about the design, not the specs. By “setting a new standard,” Samsung really is suggesting that this is what you should expect going forward. You could take that as, “We are done with the cheap plastics, it’s time you take us seriously again.”

The Alpha’s design includes the previously mentioned metal frame, along with “elegantly curved corners and a tactile soft back cover.” Samsung says that it is “visually balanced” and the “perfect contrast of both calming, soft matte finish and eye-catching reflection.” OK, then. Oh, it is also one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever at just 7mm thick.

Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue. No specific countries were mentioned for that September launch. No pricing was given either.

To see the metal in action, we have included a massive gallery below, along with the Alpha’s first promo video.

Update:  Here is a spec comparison of the Galaxy Alpha to Samsung’s other flagship phones.

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Samsung Introduces Galaxy Alpha, the evolution of Galaxy Design

August 13, 2014

Samsung redefines its smartphone design with a stunning new look featuring sophisticated design techniques and compact construction

Seoul, Korea – Aug 13, 2014 9AM GMT – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled its new design approach with the Galaxy Alpha. The latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone line, the Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design in a carefully constructed compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish, while still maintaining the flagship Galaxy experience. Elegant and practical, the Galaxy Alpha is the optimal convergence of style and cutting-edge technology.

“The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device.”

Setting a New Standard for Samsung Galaxy Design
Concentrating on elegant aesthetics and compact construction, Samsung has taken a fresh approach to design with the Galaxy Alpha. Created to help consumers express their unique style without sacrificing functionality, the refined Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design with a metal frame, elegantly curved corners and a tactile soft back cover. In addition, it is visually balanced, with the perfect contrast of both a calming, soft matte finish and an eye-catching reflection from the metal frame. At less than 7 mm thick, the Galaxy Alpha is also one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever, and its uniquely compact construction and light weight provides consumers with maximum in-hand grip and control.

Powerful Samsung Galaxy Experience
Despite its slim and light design, the Galaxy Alpha provides users with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device. The device is equipped with a brilliant 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as an advanced camera and real time HDR for an unrivaled viewing and photo experience. The Galaxy Alpha also includes innovative and popular features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.

The Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September. At launch, it will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, with available colors to be determined by market.

  • jjredfish

    Nothing new here. Or unexpected from Samsung. Just another bad iPhone copy.

    Move along…

  • Celeras

    Keep calling it mid-range.. yet it keeps outperforming everything under the sun in almost everything: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_alpha-review-1114p3.php
    You guys are pretty pathetic. You make a snap judgment and stick to it despite all the evidence to the contrary. The only question mark this thing has is battery life.. and we’ll see how that does in the reviews.

  • cizzlen

    This is what the GS5 should have been in the first place. I’d have got this phone in a heart beat.

  • EnterTheNexus

    Really bad phone.

  • alberteezy

    Is the back still cheap plastic? From the Gallery photos it looks like it is.

  • mcdonsco

    So does thid mean the note 4 is likely to be metal afterall?

  • Mario

    looks pretty damn good that version

  • Cesar

    The specs are more than decent, and it’s got a good, manageable screen size. If it weren’t for the fact that it will run Touch Wiz and likely retail for $600, I might actually consider this.

  • LOWFLYER777

    The Phablet haters should be rejoicing… Samsung made a normal size phone.

  • wtd2009

    This whole device is just confusing to me.

  • jonny6pak

    At this point, I’ll take lower specs for a smaller screen size. The 5 inch and under form factor is so much easier for me to use. I’m glad manufacturers are still making smaller screen phones.

  • Gary Hicks

    Majority of people complaining about touchwiz and lag haven’t owned a Samsung device since the Note 2. Either that or they’re people that have their homescreens bogged down with an ungodly amount of widgets, shortcuts and icons. The S4 I had never had any lag whatsoever. Then again, neither did my Note 2.

    • Serenity Now

      I had an S3 for a year and then the S4 for just under a year. Both devices started off strong, but within 6 months there was noticeable lag. I had 3 or 4 basic widgets across 5-6 home screens but nothing crazy that should have been causing the lag. In each case, the lag seemed to dramatically spike following an update to the latest version of Android/TouchWiz being pushed out.

      My experience with the S4 especially pissed me off. Device started off as a great phone but by Month 9, the state of the phone was such that every morning when I took it off the charger, the thing was lagging so much that it took 5-6 seconds to transition home screens, apps took forever to launch and battery life would start draining at a high level immediately. I would then reboot the phone and it was fine for the rest of the day until the next morning, when the process would repeat itself. After two months of this nonsense I sold the S4 and bought an HTC One M8, mainly because of the positive reviews I read about the complete absence of lag on the device and strong software optimization. 3 months into my purchase, it’s so far so good – hopefully I’ll be able to say the same thing in another year from now.

      I have no problem with phone lag for a device that’s 2-3 years old and on its last legs. I have a major problem dealing with it for a flagship device whose successor (the S5) hadn’t even been released yet at the time the problems started. The fact that I encountered similar issues with my S3 makes me think it wasn’t a one-off issue, but more of a broader problem with Samsung’s software.

      Throw in the fact that I was never in love with their design in the first place, and you can count me out as a Samsung customer going forward until they do to TouchWiz what Motorola did to Blur and HTC did to Sense – tone it the hell down and focus on a seamless OS experience for the user. Of all the things Samsung has copied or is purported to have copied from Apple, I really wish the lag free OS user experience was one of them.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    You guys are silly. Its got an octa core processor but it’s mid range? So it mean, so it.

    • Omar

      It’s most likely the octa-core exynos chip that powered the exynos variant of the GS4.
      Also, it’s only 720p, just like the Moto G!

      • Deez

        The Moto X is also only 720p lol!

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Since when does the number of cores determine absolute power? SD80x is quad-core and it is definitely top-end. It may be a bit faster than, say, a SD400, but from the looks of it that chip wouldn’t challenge a SD600.

      The Alpha is in an odd place. Performance-wise, it will likely be around what we see from the Moto G. But it has *some* premium features, such as the OIS camera, fingerprint scanner, HR sensor, etc.

      I would say it is actually a pretty similar to the Moto X from last year. The specs weren’t great on paper, but the Moto X was (and still is) an all-around great device to use. Whether we can say that about the Alpha remains to be seen, but if so then we may see a crop of “premium mid-range” devices, that aren’t quite flagships, but are focused 100% on design and UX rather than pushing every feature/spec imaginable.

  • Rezin

    This is stupid…why not just make a high end specced high build quality device instead

    • Omar

      Because then they would only make ~$400 per device instead of ~$500. Of course the figures aren’t correct, but it’s the greed I bet.

  • Daistaar

    No mention of Android in the Press release. Is this a Tizen phone or am I just missing it?

  • chris_johns

    said this elsewhere but…the “evolution of the galaxy” phone is apparently the deveolution back to copying the iphone design…smh samsung mobile is such a joke

    • Gary Hicks

      Don’t you have an Apple forum to go to? It’s nothing like the retarded iPhone, as shown in photos.

      • Serenity Now

        Not sure what you’re looking at – the photos of that thing look more like an iPhone than any device Samsung has made in the last 2-3 years. I don’t look at the GS4/GS5 of Note series and see much resemblance to an iPhone, but between the speaker placement, metal banding and thinness……yeah, there’s a lot of similarity there. The two phones may function much differently but there’s no doubt that they share a lot of features visually.

        Let’s face it – in any of its businesses, Samsung has never been known for its original design or products, but it’s kind of pathetic that in their push to demonstrated an improved phone design they’re once again borrowing from Apple. No other Android OEM needs to do this in order to make nice looking phones. HTC One, Moto X, LG G3…..all very nicely designed phones with their own unique attributes. You look at any of those and you’ll never mistake them for an iPhone.

        If Samsung is going to steal from others to improve their product design, they should at least spread the love around a little and borrow some design tips from a couple other Android OEMs. At least that way, they wouldn’t continue to feed into the narrative that they’re copying Apple. Plus they might actually come up with a more interesting design model in the process.

  • Deez

    To bec perfectly honest this phone doesn’t look much different than an S5. Only thing that looks different really is the edging around the phone. This Alpha looks a little nicer I guess, but whatever. It’s nothing to get all in your chest about…

  • pyro74boy .

    Yes Bryan Mills is right about everything he posts and everything is wrong because Bryan Mills is the only person allowed to have an opinion. NO GO AWAY Bryan Mills please. LOL

    • Gary Hicks

      Agreed.

  • RoboCop

    Do you scuba?

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    I hate this ad on so many levels.

    • Deez

      Not the best ad, but still a gazillion times better than that bearded hand commercial LG made for the Curve. That has got to be the absolute worst commercial for a cellphone that I have ever seen.

      • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

        Ha! That one was weird, but this ad just gets under my skin because its trying to make people feel bad about not being an attractive 20-something, playing around in a loft that they can’t afford. It’s not real life.

    • Qwerty

      It was annoyingly pretentious.

  • pyro74boy .

    This is not by any means a high-end Samsung smartphone and Samsung is not trying to sell it as a high-end device. Therefore I won’t be buying it.

  • Akashshr

    Now all they need is to, design their phone…and not by goons!

  • Kazahani

    I like this design better than the s5 by leaps and bounds. Major wtf on that battery tho. It’s still the G3 for me. Very soon, too.

    • Omar

      You won’t regret the G3 at all. I just bought a second because the wife loves it!

      • Kazahani

        Just got it a few days ago and it’s amazing! This is so much better than my Galaxy 4 was!

  • paul_cus

    Not bad, Samsung. That blue one is dope.

    • El Big CHRIS

      Just about the on my thing that caught my eye

  • Tony Byatt

    Only issues for me with this is TouchWiz and Battery…

    Don’t like physical home buttons but that’s Appl…err…Samsung…

  • pyro74boy .

    We should just call this the Bryan Mills show and just agree with everything he says and then maybe he will go away and maybe apply for a job instead of getting fat in his parents basement.

  • David Narada Brown

    stupid physical button!!!

    • Greyhame

      And backwards Recents and Back keys. For me, this rules out Samsung from the get go. Their skin doesn’t help either. For me the only good thing about a Samsung device is the camera hardware.

    • Gary Hicks

      Yes that stupid physical button that let’s you use ALL of your screen!!!

      • grumpyfuzz

        are you sure it’s ALL of it? what about the status bar?

        • Gary Hicks

          Oh ok I guess I should have said “more” of your display. Point still stands.

      • David Narada Brown

        yea but the back and recents buttons arent physical! why cant the home button be like those is my point. the phone would have a cleaner look without that physical button. the software keys only light up when u need them this thing is always visible.

  • Bob’s Bilderbergers

    Is the back like the GS5 or the leather shiz?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    It looks good. I don’t like the term “mid range” because i don’t know what defines that. The 1860mah battery is small but it’s not enough to make me call this mid range.

    • Bryan Mills

      720p

    • flosserelli

      720p and 1.8 GHz aren’t exactly top of the line anymore.

      • Boffo

        Neither is the last gen 801 and LaG stuck it in their late to the party G3.

        • teebone

          So true. I had the G3 and it lagged. I have the GS5 and it’s much faster and has a better screen :-)

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        what you speak holds truth, but samsung makes the best displays (s5 vs g3 vs m8) and it’s a 4.7 inch panel. 1.8ghz is slow for something that boots touchwiz but i hven’t held something with an exynos in it so it may be adequate. http://www.gsmarena.com/new_batch_of_galaxy_alpha_photos_leak-news-9314.php

        • teebone

          Totally dude, I love the screen on my GS5 versus the washed out lcd screen on the LG G3!

  • alberteezy

    It is nicer than the S5, but m7 & m8 still have the best design.

  • adam zaib

    I love the dimensions of this phone but that doesn’t justify its price loool

  • flosserelli

    1860 mAh battery? Good luck making it past lunch with that.

  • TT

    I’m still having a hard time forgiving Samsung after owning the Galaxy Nexus.

    • sj0808

      Its a google phone *sigh*

    • pyro74boy .

      Yeah that’s a phone I think Samsung would just assume forget about.

    • DanSan

      long live the gnex!

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Going to the Galaxy Nexus from the Samsung Droid Charge was actually a dream. I might cry with joy once I break down and get a new phone.

  • jerflash

    Ya i will be getting one for the GF for sure. She is coming from a GS3. That silver/gray one is legit

  • MichaelFranz

    that silver color is very nice….not gonna lie. I like this move, now just tone down touchwiz and you’ll have happy customers

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    If the Note 4 comes with this same body type (metal etc) I may go caseless this time around. I will say this thoughI wouldn’t buy it because it’s too small and the specs are not up to my standards but I will say this, I really really hope this doesn’t lead to the Note 4 not having expandable memory. I have never seen a Samsung phone without expandable memory, hope this isn’t the Alpha for all things to come. But if the Note 4 does not feature expandable memory then it needs to have 64-128gb onboard memory.

  • Shawn John

    Did they try and beat Google to their Android Silver line up? The phone body looks like a SPigen case.

    • sj0808

      What the hell is silver line up???

      • Gary Hicks

        You must be new here.

  • MacNificent

    Too much galaxy, lag, touchwiz, buttons, and Samsung..

  • Matt G

    I don’t get Samsung anymore

  • Cael

    Samsung should have just announced the Galaxy F and called it a day.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Will this be released in the US? If so, sticking with Exynos or swapping to SD per usual? Is the battery removable?
    Design is much better to me, but this device is definitely “form over function”, and given the first report that it will be 499.99 in the UK, the “premium” design without the power to match (let’s face it, Touchwiz will never really be as smooth as their competitor’s skins without a ground-up rewrite) is going to be a tough sell.

    • glimmerman76
      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        So, rumors but nothing confirmed. Gotcha.

    • Qwerty

      I think Samsung would have a big fat Apple lawsuit waiting for them if they did choose to do US release. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Apple decides to sue Samsung on an international level because this Alpha design looks way too much like an iPhone.

      • vzwuser76

        Which would confirm that people are morons. If that looks too much like the iPhone, then any TV, laptop, and just about any consumer appliance should be in a litigation war. Now Apple has a lock on a metal band around a phone? FFS.

        • Qwerty

          Patenting shapes, inclusions of metals on devices and what have you are definitely silly, but Samsung has just been blatantly copying lately. It’s stupid that the US patent office awards such ridiculous patents, but Samsung is going a little too far with this.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The dips on the sides and 2x as large chamfers will be plenty different enough from the iPhone 5/5s to avoid a lawsuit.

        • Qwerty

          You have a point, although part of me believes Apple would attempt a lawsuit anyway.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            They have been pretty aggressive, but one would hope their general counsel would advise against a lawsuit they have very little hope of winning.

  • clobberedchina

    I guess “One” was already taken so they had to go with “Alpha”.

    • GPier

      The flagship version will be the “Prime One” and the flagship version released just a few weeks after everyone just purchased the “Prime One” will be the “Prime +1″!

    • jjredfish

      “Alpha” was the closest they could get to “Apple”. Think they will hire a bald guy to talk about the “dimaond-cut chamfers”?

  • 213ninja

    i’ll hold out for the production release…

  • Finire

    Take touchwiz out of the picture, and you might actually have a decent phone there…

    • Lucky Armpit

      Was going to ask the same thing… does it still come with BloatWiz?

      • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

        That my friend would be what we call a dumb question. Of course it comes with Touchwiz it’s Samsung

        • Lucky Armpit

          I figured as much, but it didn’t hurt to ask.

        • flosserelli

          Not necessarily. It could have been cursed with Tizen.

      • Bryan Mills

        Jankwhiz, TizWiz, youknow

        • mike

          JizzWiz.
          Not even a terrible phone, but it should definitely have a bigger battery in there, 2200+ mah.

    • Open1Your1Eyes0

      This is just getting so old now…

      Seriously, I honestly wonder if anyone genuinely thinks Samsung is going to ever abandon their own UX. You can complain about performance, fine, but TouchWiz is not the problem here. Just buy developer editions of the same phone and throw your own ROM on there if TW gets to you that much. Some people actually prefer the functionality of TW over stock (as hard as that might be to believe for some).

      • DanSan

        Exactly. plus the millions of non tech people who buy these phones can’t even spell TouchWiz let alone know what it is nor even care anything about it.

      • Lucky Armpit

        It’s not getting old. I understand that 99.9% of the people that buy Samsung phones don’t know what a TouchWiz is, or care. My problem is that I’d like for it (Samsung) to be on my shopping list but refuse to do so because I can’t stand TouchWiz and the associated undesired performance/bloat. And I understand that there are Developer Editions of the phones, but they are way out of my price range. Bad enough I have to pay $300 for a premium phone, let alone almost double that for a DE version. And I also understand ROMing is always an option but I don’t have the time nor desire to do so.

        The worst part is that people mostly think TouchWiz “is Android” when it’s the furthest thing from. And I know that Sammy will never abandon TW with the number of devices they sell… it’s just depressing.

        • Open1Your1Eyes0

          Then Samsung and off-contract phones in general are not for you my friend and that’s perfectly fine. You are of course the minority (and there’s nothing wrong with that).

        • Deez

          If what a company does with their phone gets you depressed you need to get a life.

  • AJH

    That battery is tiny!

    • Bryan Mills

      Galaxy Nexus battery life incoming!

      • David Narada Brown

        theyre using up batteries left over from the galaxy gear failure. when was the last phone released that didnt have at least a 2000 mAh battery?

        • PoisonApple31

          I’m sure you can find examples in the low end of the Android market.

      • PoisonApple31

        Pop in another battery. Repeat. Then Repeat again. Now do the same routine each day.

    • sj0808

      11 hours of screen on time per russian review… not sure how good 11 hours is tho

      • AJH

        I can’t imagine that’s accurate; I’ve never seen a phone get 11 hours of on-screen time.

        • Finire

          Droid Maxx, it does and has.

          • Carlos Lopez

            True but that has a much larger battery than this

          • Finire

            Well… yes. Pretty much double that. But I do love not having to worry if I’m out on the town for the night.

          • AJH

            I’ve never seen a claim of 11 hours of screen-on time. I’ve usually seen 4-5 with 40 hours total life. But there may be a miscommunication here, I’m thinking of screen-on time with actual use, as opposed to just having it on a blank screen with no activity. Also, this battery is nearly half the size of the Maxx.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Pump your brakes kid, I’ve had the DROID MAXX before(as well as the RAZR MAXX HD). 11 hours on screen time isn’t realistic.

            My DROID MAXX topped 9 hours on screen with normal use. Meaning all LTE(no wifi) on auto brightness, NFC on but Bluetooth off.

            11 hours? Maybe if you cheat and display a black background on airplane mode maybe. But then again I’ve gotten just under 6 hours on screen with my Moto X so I guess if you really try you could do it.

        • turdbogls

          you can get 11 hours pretty easily, just keep brightness low, and dont do anything, static image display on lowest brightness on airplane mode

          • Bryan Mills

            On 1600mAh? iPhone doesn’t even do that.

          • peelabrownie

            the iPhone’s battery is horrendous.

          • Bryan Mills

            Imagine that battery running android now….= not good

          • peelabrownie

            My vote still goes for android at least i can turn off services, ultra-low power saving mode, etc. my iPhone sits in an office and tries pulling LTE even though there’s no LTE in the area and there’s no option to turn this off. Dies at least 3 times a day–got rid of that thing so quick.

          • Greyhame

            What, pray tell, are you basing this assumption, that Android is more power hungry than iOS? Please don’t tell me other Android phones, as they all have much larger screens to power. We’ll see how the new iphones last…

          • turdbogls

            I was just saying its possible…when people hear about screen on time, they atuomatically reference the flagships around getting like 4 hrs screen on time…what they dont realize is that that 4hrs is over a full day of usage, with cell signal and processing power.

            turn everything off on the phone, turn the brightness down, and display a static image and it will last quite a while with the screen on.

            however, i just read that this 11hrs is watching an HD video….so there goes my theory :P

          • AJH

            I’ve never seen a claim of 11 hours of screen-on time. I’ve usually seen 4-5 with 40 hours total life. But there may be a miscommunication here, I’m thinking of screen-on time with actual use, as opposed to just having it on a blank screen with no activity.

          • Will

            By keeping my Galaxy Nexus in 3G only, and low light mode, I got 11 hours of use in one charge, mostly phone calls and text messages, and maybe about 30 minutes of net use

        • sj0808

          Maybe. Just maybe

    • jjredfish

      Wall-hugger!

  • Bryan Mills

    Now they’re just trolling Apple

    http://i.imgur.com/0fp3uqM.jpg

    • sj0808

      You mean you are??? Lol

    • 213ninja

      come one, Sammy is packing a much much thicker Chamfer!!

    • Bob’s Bilderbergers

      I do think all phones should have the headphone jack on the bottom though. Stupid apple

      • imronburgundy

        It’s obnoxious. You can’t set the phone into any type of docking station/stand while headphones are plugged in. I constantly have to set it landscape if I’m listening to music, which makes the iPhone’s music app go into coverflow mode.

        • PoisonApple31

          I never thought about it like that. I use Bluetooth everything now, my phone isn’t going into any dock or stand. It’ll lay wherever I want it to.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          So if you are listening to music while holding it, the headphone cable is either draping over the screen or is getting in the way of holding the phone in the back. Or if you are charging it at the same time, you now have a cord at the top and bottom.

          • imronburgundy

            Guess I forgot about that little annoyance as well. I guess it’s best to just go bluetooth all the time.

    • DanSan

      One of the very few times I’ll ever upvote a comment of yours. Well played sir.

    • morteum

      I’m surprised they didn’t name it “iGalaxy.”

    • jjredfish

      Pretty sad. No innovation at all.

  • sj0808

    A mid range but faster than HTC One M8 LOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLOLOLOLOOOLOLLLOLKLOL

    • Bryan Mills

      Old specs is your thing? Moto X/Nexus 5/O+

      But i like your sarcasm !

      • sj0808

        LOL Bryan Mills!!!!!
        So moto x was a top spec’ed phone when it initially released?????? It has snapdragon s4 pro!!! GS3 had snapdragon s4 pro lol

        You sir really make me laugh. Keep trying bryan!

        • Bryan Mills

          I was giving you cheap options. Enjoy your jank.

          • sj0808

            Oh looks like Bryan was wrong. What a surprise

          • Daniel Marcus

            Actually, the Moto X and Nexus 5 are both excellent devices. Each has some features the other doesn’t, but since they each run essentially stock Android 4.4.4, they are very optimized, perform well, and are almost certain to be much cheaper than this Samsung entry. Neither of them are metal, but both feel very solid and are very comfortable to hold.

          • sj0808

            Sorry but i have to disagree. I used to have Nexus 5 until about 2 weeks ago and jumped to GS5 and i couldn’t be happier. I know nexus 5 is an inexpensive device but had a lot of problems. Terrible camera, speaker, severe light bleeding, laggy and video speaker was absolutely mediocre. So i think its an okay device for a price but quality wasn’t there.

          • Daniel Marcus

            The only thing I can corroborate on my N5 is a little bit of light-bleed when viewing at an angle looking up at the top of the screen. The phone itself runs beautifully, and both the N5 and X run significantly smoother than the GS5 I worked with a week or two ago.

          • DanSan

            thats due to the screen technology. I believe it still uses an LCD panel which is why it has the light bleed

          • Daniel Marcus

            You are correct. It’s a 1920×1080 IPS LCD. Some phones have slightly better sealing around the edges or use other laminate technology to close the gap. An interesting example of this is Blu. That said, It’s a beautiful screen with excellent color and detail. The N5 is an absolute joy to use and to develop on. (It is my current Android L test device.)

          • Certifier 124

            Anyone who uses the word “jack” is a certified derp.

    • Lucky Armpit

      “LOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLOLOLOLOOOLOLLLOLKLOL”

      What are you, 12?

      • sj0808

        Are you the butt hurt HTC One M8 owner?

        • Lucky Armpit

          Nope, no anal soreness here. Very happy owner of a Droid Maxx.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I’d take the body with the specs of the newer Moto.

    • Bryan Mills

      Yeah, nothing Alpha about it. Disappointing.

      • Shawn John

        Same thing I was thinking, when you use Alpha, Their changing up skins and calling it Alpha!? lol. What a technological advancement. Metal cases! Whoah!! Atleast they did stick an Octacore processor in it. I guess that could qualify as Alpha.