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Samsung Galaxy Alpha photos crop up, partial aluminum build ‘confirmed’

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galaxy-alphaIt’s no big secret anymore that Samsung has been toying with the notion to branch out from exclusively using plastic at the construction of its smartphones for months, maybe years. But according to a newly surfaced visual report, the OEM’s first stab at a “metallic” device might not be as mind-blowingly spectacular as previously rumored.

With plans of a premium Galaxy S5 flavor dubbed S5 Prime or Galaxy F allegedly halted, Sammy is believed to be prepping yet another watered-down S5 version, this time with strips of metal on the sides.

The Galaxy Alpha, aka SM-G850, will use familiar faux leather (read plastic) on the rear and likely get a limited commercial run starting sometime in August or September. Clearly, we had something vastly different in mind from Samsung’s rookie aluminum effort, however if real, this Alpha is at least a small step in the right direction.

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Besides, rumor is we’re dealing with a 4.7, 4.8 inch tops handheld, probably sporting 720p screen resolution, and I think we can all agree a full-metal chassis would have looked odd on such a humdrum mid-ranger.

It’s weird though, Samsung will presumably fit a fingerprint recognition mechanism on the Galaxy Alpha, yet restrict storage to the maximum internal capacity of 32 gigs, snubbing any kind of microSD expansions options. Talk about experimental gadgetry, eh?

Via [Sam Mobile]

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