News by Luke Jones on Monday December 29, 2014.
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Well, that was brief. Just months after its launch is seems as though Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is coming to the end of its life as South Korea's ET News is reporting that the smartphone will be discontinued. The outlet says that the device will be removed from sale in February 2015 "as soon as its inventory of materials is exhausted".While it's surprising that Samsung is letting this device go, it is arguable that the Alpha has served its purpose. The handset was launched to point Samsung in a new design direction, with premium materials (which basically means metal). I actually liked this handset, but I was forced to criticize it heavily simply because it was too expensive for its mid-range specs. Samsung is now letting the handset go in favor of the Galaxy A series, which was the natural successor to the Alpha. You can check out what we thought of this device on launch.
Again, that is not necessarily a bad thing as the hardware here is ample, but if you were expecting a handset to compete with the best on the market then this is not it. 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. So, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha may not be the smartphone you thought it was going to be, but we think if the Korean giant can get the pricing right then it will be a nice mid-range option. There is no word yet on the pricing, or indeed when and where the Alpha will launch, but we are sure Samsung will let those details loose in due course.
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