Samsung is getting ready to fight the iPhone 6 with a new kind of flagship handset – or at least mid- to high-end device – that’s going to ditch some plastic in favor of some metal. The Galaxy Alpha, whose specs and design have been leaked already, has appeared on Weibo in an extensive set of images that show the device from every angle, including its metal edges. The Galaxy Alpha is supposed to be a 4.8-inch smartphone that will pack a 1280 x 720 display, octa-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, 12-megapixel camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, heart rate sensor and Android KitKat on board with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top.
Depending on which rumor you believe, Samsung might be unveiling the Galaxy Alpha later today or on August 13. If it does get announced today, then we will be able to prove or disprove this latest batch of photos of the purported metallic device, as well as the latest rumor that it will come in 4.7 and 6.7 inch models. The Galaxy Alpha has already been in the rumor mill for quite a few rounds, but after Samsung’s Q2 earnings report, it seems that the stakes have just been raised higher. Aside from the Galaxy Note 4 scheduled to take the spotlight next month, Samsung revealed that it was working on another high-end smartphone made out of new materials. Depending on which mix of specs you want to subscribe to, the Galaxy Alpha could very well be that mystery device. An Exynos 5433 that blows the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 of out the water, 2 GB of RAM and a handy 4.7, or 4.8-inch, 720p display, and an aluminum frame. The Galaxy Alpha’s specs bore some resemblance to Apple’s usualiPhone features. If that weren’t enough to convince you that Samsung was eying for something like an iPhone, then this batch of leaked photos would. Previous images of the Galaxy Alpha that we’ve seen before sported a black color scheme. But in white coating, the resemblance between the two rival brands becomes even more apparent. If Samsung employed a circular home button, one might even call this device an iPhone clone. After all, it also has a fingerprint scanner there.