Samsung unveiled its first high end smartphone to feature a metallic frame and compact design – the octa core Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Most smartphones from Samsung use plastic as the casing material which made them feel less premium to others. The new design will be carried on by future Galaxy smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha runs on an octa core Exynos 5 Octa processor that combines four 1.8GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. It also has 2GB of RAM to handle multitasking and large apps.

It comes with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat out of the box with the usual Samsung TouchWiz user interface. Samsung Galaxy Alpha truly has premium specs to pair up with its new design.

However, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha only has a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution. This isn’t good for those who are looking for a larger display with full HD resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Gold
Like the gold Samsung Galaxy Alpha?

On the photography department, Samsung Galaxy Alpha boasts a 12MP autofocus main camera with an LED flash and a 2.1MP front snapper.

It’s worth noting that it will also have a finger print scanner at the home button which is certified by Paypal and a heart rate monitor which will be controlled by the S-Health app.

There are additional issues with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha though. First is the lack of a microSD card and second is the seemingly insufficient 1,860mAh battery capacity. It does have 32GB of onboard storage and the smaller screen means lesser stress for the battery.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Features
A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with a single SIM slot but has Cat. 6 4G LTE connectivity giving it up to 300Mbps and 50Mbps download and upload speed respectively. It also has dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and FM Radio.

It will be available in black, white, gold, silver and blue this September. Samsung Galaxy Alpha costs ₱29,990 here in the Philippines.


  • 1.8GHz + 1.3GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Octa Core Processor
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS
  • Samsung TouchWiz User Interface
  • 4.7-Inch HD Super AMOLED Display (1280 x 720 Pixels, 317 PPI)
  • ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
  • 12.0 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with LED Flash
  • 2.10 Megapixel Front Camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • No MicroSD Card Slot
  • Single SIM
  • 4G Cat. 6 LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot with MIMO
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • FM Radio
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm @ 115g
  • 1,860mAh Battery
  • ₱29,990.00 Estimated Price