Samsung Galaxy Alpha “A5″ Shown Off in Leaked Photos

Photos of yet another upcoming Samsung device leaked this morning, courtesy of SamMobile. The pictures show off the latest device in the A series from the Samsung, being the Galaxy Alpha A5. The phone is much like its big brother, the Galaxy Alpha, but will instead be marketed as a mid-range device, featuring specs that make it suitable for that category.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

Samsung SM-G850F “Galaxy Alpha” Strolls Through FCC

More light is being shed this morning, as a device with model number SM-G850F, aka the Galaxy Alpha from Samsung, has gone through the FCC. The Galaxy Alpha is nothing new, though, as we have seen plenty of leaks regarding this phone for the past month.

While a device going through the FCC is always a little helpful to get a sense of what to expect when it hits the market, the filings never list out full specifications or dimensions. But when it comes to early phone info, you don’t get to be picky.  (more…)

Images of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leak Again

It was only yesterday when we got our first good look at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha in White, and already, we now have it in Black. As we can see in all of these photos, including the ones from yesterday, this phone will feature a somewhat oddly outlined body, with unconventional curves around its frame. It’s certainly different, but could end up being somewhat ergonomic for users.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Does a Smartphone Design Need to Contain Metal?

I don’t know who we should put more of the blame on – Apple for their chamfered edges and metal design choices with the iPhone, or Samsung for using the cheapest feeling plastics on the planet to build their smartphones with, but people seem to refer to all plastic embodied phones as “cheap” these days. The Nexus 5 certainly doesn’t feel cheap, neither do the G3 or Moto X or OnePlus One, yet they are all made of plastic. But here we are today, talking about Samsung’s new Galaxy Alpha with its metal banding, chamfered edges, and “premium” design, because metal means premium, or something.

I can tell you one thing I know for sure about metal phones – they can be insanely slippery and frustrating to deal with. I spent more than enough time with HTC’s last two flagship phones, the One (M7) and One (M8), both of which were unusable at times because of their lack of grip. Apple could have worked some different metal magic with the iPhone to make it less slippery, but I sort of doubt it. iPhones just happen to be small smartphones that are easily held, whereas Android phones are all oversized and at times tough to hold anyway.

You also have to worry about radio issues with metal phones, wear and tear, weight, etc. In my opinion, metal isn’t exactly the greatest material available for building smartphones.

So I’m curious about this metal thing. Is a metal phone or design that includes metal a requirement when you buy a phone? Is this whole “metal is premium” thing overblown by Apple-leaning tech journos? Feel free to vote below, then hit up the comments.

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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.  (more…)

Reported Photos of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leaked, Show Off Refined Design (Updated)

A few photos of Samsung’s reportedly upcoming Galaxy Alpha device have surfaced, showing off a quite refined hardware design. From the story the photos tell, the device will feature a metallic band around its outside, minor side bezel (plenty on top and bottom of the display, though), blackened backside with a slight texture added, frontside Home button, a large camera on the back, and it appears that the flash and heart rate monitor have been placed on the side of the camera.  (more…)