The excitement over Samsung’s first ever partially metal-made smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, has gradually surged these past few weeks. The premium upper-mid-ranger smiled gracefully for multiple photo shoots and had various model numbers leaked to the press, suggesting its release may not be as limited as once speculated.
Now, rumor is Samsung plans to pit the Galaxy Alpha squarely against Apple’s smaller iPhone 6 on a global scale, gearing up for commercial stateside launches on at least two major carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile.
Meanwhile, an international flavor numbered SM-G850F has paid the FCC a visit, thus ensuring it gets all the documentation in order to go on sale in September, maybe even as early as late August. Aside from confirming the SM-G850F supports a range of connectivity options including Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and LTE, the regulatory paperwork sets in stone the handheld’s length and width. And just as suspected, the Alpha is no match for the Galaxy S5 size-wise. Instead, it measures 133 mm tall and 67 mm wide, which is 3.6 and 3.6 mm respectively south of Galaxy S3’s dimensions. Hence, it’s now a near certainty the semi-metallic bad boy sports a 4.8-inch display.
While 720p resolution would normally sound disappointing, it’s really essential to keep battery life at a respectable level, since Galaxy Alpha’s waist is tipped at an unbelievably slim 6 mm.
Be afraid, Apple. Be very, very afraid.
Via [Phone Arena]