Samsung has just officially announced its Galaxy Alpha smartphone. This device has been rumored for quite some time, but is now official. This is Samsung’s big iPhone killer and it’s dressed to impress with a brand new design featuring a metal frame, compact body, and solid finish. Check out Samsung’s official video and the Alpha’s specifications below.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720, an Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 1,860mAh battery, 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera. The 12-megapixel rear camera is capable of capturing up to UHD (3,840 x 2,160) quality video. Unfortunately, the Alpha does not have a MicroSD card slot, so you’ll be limited to the 32GB of storage available.

At just 6.7mm thick, Samsung says this is one of “the slimmest Galaxy devices ever.” Much like the Galaxy S5, the Alpha features Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and is also compatible with the Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2. It’s also important to note that the Alpha will ship running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which is the latest version at this time, but expect it to be skinned with TouchWiz.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September and come in quite a few color variations (depending on market) including: Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue. No specific launch markets/partners have been announced at this time. There are a couple of Russian blogs (one with a full review of the Alpha) claiming a September 12 launch date with preorders starting August 15 (and a full hands-on video here), but Samsung has not confirmed any international release dates at this time. Check out the gallery below.

Press release:

Seoul, Korea – Aug 13, 2014 9AM GMT – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled its new design approach with the Galaxy Alpha. The latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone line, the Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design in a carefully constructed compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish, while still maintaining the flagship Galaxy experience. Elegant and practical, the Galaxy Alpha is the optimal convergence of style and cutting-edge technology.

 “The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device.”

Setting a New Standard for Samsung Galaxy Design Concentrating on elegant aesthetics and compact construction, Samsung has taken a fresh approach to design with the Galaxy Alpha. Created to help consumers express their unique style without sacrificing functionality, the refined Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design with a metal frame, elegantly curved corners and a tactile soft back cover. In addition, it is visually balanced, with the perfect contrast of both a calming, soft matte finish and an eye-catching reflection from the metal frame. At less than 7 mm thick, the Galaxy Alpha is also one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever, and its uniquely compact construction and light weight provides consumers with maximum in-hand grip and control.

Powerful Samsung Galaxy Experience Despite its slim and light design, the Galaxy Alpha provides users with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device. The device is equipped with a brilliant 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as an advanced camera and real time HDR for an unrivaled viewing and photo experience. The Galaxy Alpha also includes innovative and popular features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.

The Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September. At launch, it will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, with available colors to be determined by market.

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com.

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