News by Luke Jones on Monday September 22, 2014.
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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a fine smartphone, a metal clad device that offers some nice specs in an interesting 4.7-inch design. It launched recently but is hugely expensive for what it is, costing more than the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 in the United Kingdom. The handset will now land in the United States, with AT&T confirming that it will be exclusively carrying the first Samsung smartphone built with premium materials (the Galaxy Note 4 has since followed).So, will the device be more affordable in the States? Not really as you will still have to pay flagship money for a device that is not as robustly spec'd as a flagship. The second largest carrier in the US is offering the handset for the standard two year contract for $199 up front or you can opt for some other payment plans. The company?s Next18 or Next12 plans at $25.55 or $30.65 per month are another option, or you could just of course buy the Galaxy Alpha outright for $612.99. Yes, this (let's face it) high mid-range price smartphone will cost over $600 unlocked and will be as much as some of the flagship heavyweights on contract. When the Alpha first launched it was a device I considered getting, it is a good smartphone, but I'm sorry, the price is crazy. Samsung is yet again overpricing products, and it is telling that this handset matches the Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, and the iPhone 6, and the LG G3 on contract. Here's a recap of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs: The display is 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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