Samsung's first aluminum clad smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, launched last fall on AT&T ushering in a new, more premium design language for Samsung. The phone was well liked by Ryan Whitwam in his review, but the big sticking point was the asking price, which initially was over $600 on AT&T. A few months have passed since the launch of the device, and the cost has fallen substantially. The price is now low enough to perhaps justify another look for those who can't bring themselves to shell out a $7-800 for the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. And it's getting even lower thanks to an eBay deal on the unlocked AT&T Galaxy Alpha for $250. Considering it is essentially the Samsung equivalent of the Sony Z3 compact, that's a pretty sweet deal.
The Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7 inch 720p Super AMOLED display accompanied by a Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. The rear camera is 12MP and the whole rig is powered by a removable 1860 mAh battery. The phone was originally built for AT&T, but as it is unlocked, it can also be used on T-Mobile's band 4 LTE network.
The phone is available in white and gold (the black model already sold out) and ships free anywhere in the US. For an additional fee, international shipping is available to a number of countries listed on the product page. Sales tax will only be applied on phones shipped to New Jersey.