Samsung Launches the Metal-Frame and 6.7mm Thick Galaxy Alpha

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thesuperguy

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So it's in essence a slightly better built S5 with downgraded specs and as a result, a slimmer design.

Meh. I would totally say take my money if it was fully metal backed while containing at the very least, similar specs to their flagship phones, but ehhhh.
 

Mike Friesen

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"the overall battery life shouldn't be impacted too much, although it will probably still be less than expected."

Yes, I too expect it to get less battery life than expected.

EDIT: On a more serious note, I like the choice to go 720p. Still a high enough resolution to not make a difference unless intensely scrutinized (for me at least, it has been a year since my last pair of glasses), and it saves on battery life, and it improves native gaming capabilities. My 2012 nexus 4 outputs similar numbers for on-screen gpu benchmarks to the adreno 420 in the S5 LTE-A (well 24 fps vs 29 fps on GFXBench's T Rex).
 

house70

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Reminiscent of the S2, which is IMO one of their better designs.

Keeping the non-metallic back should help with reception.

Too bad the battery is rather small, I would take 1-2 mm thickness for a large battery every day.
Oh well, due to removable battery cover there might be aftermarket options to fulfill that.
 
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