Samsung unveils Galaxy Alpha handset


Latest addition to firm’s smartphone portfolio to go on sale in the UK next month, with Carphone Warehouse exclusively launching the blue model 

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Alpha smartphone. The latest addition to its portfolio will go on sale early next month, available in black, white, gold, silver and blue.

At 6.7mm thick and surrounded by a metal frame, it is powered by a Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz) or Quad Core 2.5GHz processor (dependent on region) and runs the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS.

The Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 12 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixel front cameras, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. There is no microSD card slot for expandable memory.

Also included is a finger print scanner, Samsung range of fitness applications S Health, Ultra Power Saving Mode, which switches the screen from colour to black and white and turns off all non-essential services on the phone, as well as compatibility with the Galaxy Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.

Carphone Warehouse will stock all colours and exclusively launch the blue variant in the UK.

A spokesperson said: “Customers are increasingly viewing smartphones as fashion accessories and are therefore looking for a lifestyle product, not just a handset that has a high technical calibre, so the full metal frame – a first for Samsung – and on-trend metallic colours are a calculated move.

EE, Vodafone and Three have so far confirmed they will stock the Galaxy Alpha. Pricing, pre-order and availability details will be announced in due course.