Samsung Galaxy Alpha Preview – The first aluminum Galaxy phone




Samsung is known for his penchant for plastics in the design of consumer electronics. There is nothing wrong with that; you can get plastic of all kinds, from cheap to luxury-looking variations. However, if you hear people talk about the plastic housings of Samsung is that often with a negative tone. We too have been critical in the past about the materials from Samsung. At the other end of the spectrum there is Apple, which is praised for its choice for more luxurious materials, such as machined aluminum.

For a long time it seemed that Samsung has attracted little here, but earlier this year came the first signals that the manufacturer was considering other materials to use, and in August became the first product announced that it was to see: the Galaxy Alpha. The Alpha is a smartphone with an aluminum frame, with bevelled edges, as we know from recent iPhones. However, the back is ‘just’ plastic.

That’s not the only thing that makes the Galaxy Alpha interesting; it s also the first phone with Samsung’s Exynos 5430-octacore-soc, the first chip that is manufactured on Samsung’s brand new 20nm-process.

We could spend some time with this new Galaxy. It was a version that was not yet complete, and that also has not yet turned the final release software. That’s why we keep it still at a preview, without extensive benchmarks, and we await a final judgment until we have the final version in hands.


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