Hold on to your butts, everyone. I'm about to drop some news that will blow your minds. Samsung has a new phone in the works, and there's one thing that will supposedly make this thing different from all of the others. SamMobile has leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy Alpha, a Galaxy S5 variant that will apparently be constructed at least in part out of aluminum.


As you can see in these screens, the phone won't look strikingly different regardless of what it's made of. The phone will still have the same faux leather backing present on several of the company's current devices. The metal will make its way around the sides.

Alpha2 Alpha3

Spec-wise, there's multiple potential reasons for concern. SamMobile reports that the display matches that of the Galaxy SIII (yes, 3) in ways that may include both screen size and resolution. The Alpha may offer 32GB of internal storage, but unlike most Samsung handsets, it apparently won't offer expandable storage. It should, however, still come with a fingerprint scanner. Samsung's made blatant attempts to go after the iPhone crowd before, and this effort looks no different.

More photos of the Alpha have also popped up at Tinh te. Some show the device with its screen on.

Alpha4 Alpha5

Additional details remain scarce. The phone is expected to launch in mid-August, though we don't yet know where. Don't be surprised if this one sees a very limited release (read: Korea). Yet even if it does, this at least gives some hope that we may eventually see Samsung throw its weight behind a metallic handset somewhere down the line.

Via SamMobile, Tinh te

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Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    LTE-A - it's either headed to Russia or South Korea, I'd put my bet on the former. Samsung has done mid-range "premium" phones for Russia before. http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/01/31/samsung-russia-announces-galaxy-s4-and-s4-mini-black-edition-with-galaxy-note-style-faux-leather-back/

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      A general release is possible as well, though our sources are not very forthcoming on that detail. The phone feels kind of like an experiment though, so it might actually be limited in reach.

    • Kevin Choi

      Actually that LTE-A3x logo is by a carrier call SKTelecom in South Korea. It's a broadband LTE-A phone. 3x means it's 3 times faster that normal LTE-A.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I don't think we have LTE-A yet here in Russia, I mean we barely established the LTE coverage across all 3 carriers in St. Petersburg and Moscow

  • Kurama91

    Design, Build Quality,
    you're doing it WRONG Samsung!!!

  • Fabian Pineda

    Nothing screams "tacky" like faux leather and or stitching on the back of a phone.

  • iDarKz

    It kinda reminds me of the Galaxy SII.

    • Logan Graham

      That's a good thing. The GSII was my favorite form factor

      • Chris P

        Even as someone who can't stand anything Samsung's done with Android recently... I concur. The S2 was a damn fine device.

        • qu4ttro

          I agree I still have mine though its used only as a backup and amusic player etc. at home now.

          • Marek Szynawa

            my s2 died last month :( it was such a good device!

    • Jaime

      I know. Still my favorite phone

    • Kurama91

      man! I still have my S2, I think that S2 and Note 3 are the best that Samsung Ever Made. I hope to see a Great Note 4,too HOPEFULLY!

    • Jon

      Agreed. Thought the same. Checked my S2 on my pocket (I now use it for work email/calls only, still happily working), yup, pretty much same form factor, just the flash arrangement is different. Here in Hong Kong they made last year or so a reboot of the S2 series, don't remember what they called it, but they sold it for a very cheap price...Now you see S2 rather often, and with very random colors (pink, blue, etc).

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  • brararsh

    Large bezels, larger than S2.
    After 3 years s2 is back.

    • Fabian Pineda

      It's the Galaxy S2 2. Samsung inception

      • Stoffers

        Samsung Galaxy S2²

    • abobobilly

      Large bezels? But the bezels are pretty thin.

      What exactly are you referring to?

  • namesib

    Please tell me there is a microSD slot somewhere that I'm missing...

    I'm going to be seriously disappointed if they release any flagships without expandable storage.

    • guidomus_maximus

      This is getting old. Clearly they don't care. I wish people would quit this. It adds nothing

      • MistiXF

        Of course they don't care because people will buy their phones despite the missing SD slot, even if they whine it's missing. It's been always like that, with everything. Manufacturers know it. Blame stupid customers, not manufacturers.

      • namesib

        Of course they don't care. The comments of the readers of blogs don't influence anything, but I'm still going to state my opinion.

  • yt

    ugly home button as usual.

    • ElfirBFG

      I just switched from my Moto G to an S3 and the home button is still the hardest thing to overcome. I hate it. I keep touching it without pressing it and getting mad that nothing happens. I really miss my softkeys, but I couldn't cope with <8gb and HSPA any longer. I'll probably end up rooting and flashing to disable the home button in the near future.

      • Steven Dolbey

        Have you considered a Moto G LTE with the MicroSD Card slot? It still only has 8 GB internally, but you can keep all of your media on the SD card.

        • ElfirBFG

          I hadn't planned to ditch the G at all, but I got the S3 free when I switched to Virgin from Bell. Already spent the $200 to buy the G in November, I had no plans to spend another $200 for LTE/mSD. I'm going to keep my G though, because if I break the S3, there's no way I'm going to go back to my Aquosphone, that thing was awful.

  • Richard

    I think fake.

    This is a quote from the source "though Samsung has opted to use aluminium on the sides while keeping the faux leather back that we’ve seen on the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3"

    The Galaxy S 5 didn't use faux leather.
    It had a dimpled soft touch plastic back.

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    It reminds me of ugly.

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  • dude

    I'm assuming it will have Touchwiz and Knox installed?

  • Anthony Tyson

    Tiny. And if the screen information is true this thing is DOA

  • EH101

    Looks alright to me but maybe just a tad too small. Probably wouldn't buy it due to aluminum even if it was full size, though.

    • dude

      I welcome the smaller size, something compact like the Moto X or Sony Xperia Z1 Compact would be nice. Getting tired of all these big ass phones. If you don't want to use the small size don't buy it, every single flagship have screen size now, including iPhone, so you're not going to have any issues finding one.

      • dude

        have *larger screen size

      • Cody Shiranai

        "If you don't want to use the small size don't buy it"

        So then exactly what IS the option for us. That we absolutely have to pay the premium for a phablet (something that only really exists once Samsung tried it) on top of the usual "nerd tax". Compact options will always exist for everyone, but a lot of us (myself included) have giant hands (and no, not all of us are fat either). Even my S4 is rather small in my hands or at least my thumbs combined cover 1/3 of the screen real estate.

        Obviously my next phone will be a Note IV or a G3 (or whatever LG has never year) or Sony Xperia Ultra 2 (if it exists next year and on VZW).

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    So it's 10% aluminium, big whoop.

    • dude

      Well the Galaxy SII could do this with plastic frames: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFKmvJ0zIiY. If Samsung goes back to their root design root, at least the quality would be decent. Still I can't stand those physical home buttons.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        "Could" do that. Mine shattered when I dropped it onto the sidewalk pulling it out of my pocket (about a 3 foot drop).

  • lordmerovingian

    "...Hold on to your butts, everyone..." :)

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      "Hold on to your butts, everyone. I'm about to drop some news that will blow your minds."

      LOL, did he just call us all a bunch of sh* for brains?

  • godutch

    Still waiting for a samsung phone without physical buttons and stereo front facing speaker. Mechanical buttons were obsolete already in 2011 when the Sensation came out and physical buttons since 2012 when ICS came out, when will Samsung finally make a smartphone (or tablet because on tablets physical buttons suck even more) that looks like it is designed in 2014?

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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Alpha, huh? Didn't know Sammy is running out of letters for device names since they are now switching to greek alphabet

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  • DonEmu

    Metal Galaxy S2 with faux leather back.

    So the plastic S2 was sued by Apple for looking like their phones, so years later they decide to release a metal version that would look even more like an 4S that's been stretched.

    Legit reasoning.

    S2 was better looking than the S3 though. For me at least.

  • Pooka-kun

    Doesn't look strikingly different? This will shut up all those plastic whiners!

  • black

    Sigh... it's got that stupid button again.

  • Mario Clemons

    The Samsung Infuse had an aluminium frame as well. It of course still had a plastic back. They are just taking a page from their older designs.

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    Not a high end device, but a mid ranger. You can tell because it does NOT have the USB 3.0 port and has a smaller screen.

    • Sorian

      Till the internal specs are told, that is a decent guess.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Fit and finish are horrible. Even if it were a pre-production unit. I can see this being a fake.

  • MistiXF

    So... Wasn't this device marketed as 'All aluminium'? With leather-like battery cover and glass front? Hahahaha.

    "Here's our new Shitsung Bombastic Fantastic Galactic 5000.2 ver. 2a, Gold edition+, with physical QWERTY keyboard. We even include a Logitech G510 keyboard so you can use our newest feature out-of-the-box, just plug in the keyboard to a Shitsung S69 Wireless Receiver and of you go!".