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Samsung's Galaxy Alpha arrives in the UK for a hefty price

News by Luke Jones on Friday September 12, 2014.

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The Galaxy Alpha is surprisingly pricey
The Galaxy Alpha is surprisingly pricey

Samsung's premium tinged Galaxy Alpha smartphone launched last month and is now steadily rolling out around the globe. It landed in the United Kingdom today, finding its way to The Carphone Warehouse, available via the company's web store and in bricks and mortar locations dotted around the country.

The smartphone is available in Charcoal Black and Dazzling White, the Sleek Silver, while The Carphone Warehouse also confirmed an exclusive colorway of Scuba Blue would arrive on October 3rd. The price is a little puzzling though as it will be available for free on a 33 per month contract over two years, a deal that I think is a bit expensive.

To put that into perspective, it is more expensive than the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and the Galaxy Note 3. Yes, this was Samsung's first device to use metal (the Galaxy Note 4 has since arrived) but it is not nowhere near as good as the handsets that it is more expensive than. I have handled the Alpha and tinkered with it, it feels nice and is a good handset. However, it is not a flagship like those other smartphones, so why anyone would opt for this on a contract that high is beyond me.

The Galaxy Alpha has a 720p 4.7-inch Super AMOLED panel, while the processor is an octa core Exynos 5 with quad 1.8GHz + quad 1.3GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. Samsung has opted not to include a MicroSD slot, but has put 32GB of storage into the base Galaxy Alpha.

Cameras are taken care of by a 12 megapixel rear lens and a modest 2.1 megapixel front facer, the former capable of 4K video shooting. Samsung has also included a fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor and its S Health suite, while Android 4.4.2 is on board.

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