If there’s only one common complain about Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones is its plastic build even on high end ones. If Apple uses metal, Microsoft uses polycarbonate (high grade plastic), Sony uses metal and glass, Samsung uses fake metal and cheap plastic back on their phones. The clamor for better materials used on its smartphone grew stronger this year and finally, Samsung responds when they announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. We played the first Galaxy with metal trim for a few minutes and here’s our first impressions.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha:
- 2.5GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
- Andreno 330 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB internal memory
- 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720 pixels) 320 ppi
- 12 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- Fingerprint sensor
- Heart rate monitor
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 1,860 mAh battery
- Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P29,990 on Samsung stores, P21,990 on Kimstore
The variant that is available in the Philippines is the one with a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU instead of an Octa Core Samsung Exynos 5 processor. Specs are high end than we expected it. So far on paper we are impressed.
When it comes to performance, the usual Samsung lag because of the heavily skinned Touchwiz UI on top of Android 4.4 Kitkat is noticeable. This is quite disappointing considering its powerful processor. On a lighter note, lags are rare though.
The highlight of this phone is the design. Looking at the Galaxy Alpha, it looks like any other Galaxy smartphone. But when you hold it is another story. The metal chassis makes the phone so premium and paying around 30k is just worth it.
Overall, we find the the build quality improved a lot. Unfortunately we were not able to test the camera. If you own this smartphone please do share you experience with it. 🙂