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Samsung Galaxy Alpha receives Android 5.0.2 update in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Alpha receives Android 5.0.2 update in South KoreaThe Samsung Galaxy Alpha on AT&T started receiving the Android 5.0.2 update a few weeks ago. Now it seems that Galaxy Alpha users in South Korea are also receiving the same update. All of the three major carriers in South Korea (SKTelecom, Korea Telecom Freetel, and LG Telecom), are updating their variants of the Galaxy Alpha, and the software updates are also available for download through Samsung Kies.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and Samsung Galaxy Alpha on AT&T receive Android 5.0 Lollipop

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and Samsung Galaxy Alpha on AT&T receive Android 5.0 LollipopAT&T has started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the metal-clad Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and the durable Samsung Galaxy S5 Active on its network. The updates are being rolled out OTA (over-the-air) and in stages, so it may be a few days before it is available for your handset.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs. Apple iPhone 6 - Video Comparison

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While Apple has chosen to experiment on larger screen sizes with the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung has decided that they will replace their all plastic body with a premium metal design on their Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Both handsets offer nearly identical specs and features, so lets see how they compare.

Both the Galaxy Alpha and the iPhone 6 have been priced at $200 on contract, further clarifying their similarities. Samsung is clearly experimenting with a more premium build in an attempt to find Apple's formula for success, and the Galaxy Alpha is a clear alternative for iPhone users looking to switch platforms.

However it is important to note that the iPhone 6 still has the more premium design between the two, and Samsung will eventually bring the design improvements from the Galaxy Alpha over to the Samsung Galaxy S6.

source - PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Video Review

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha marks a new step in the company's journey with beautiful and stylish metal design that replaces the regular plastic and the usual powerful internals that allow Samsung's products to stand out in the market.

You get a metal frame running around the side of the device fortifying it while giving it a premium look and feel. The back cover is the only remnant of plastic, hidden behind a faux-leather design similar to the Galaxy S5. In terms of size, the Alpha is very compact and could even convenient for single handed use. In fact we cant help but notice subtle

The Galaxy Alpha comes with a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution which results in a 312ppi pixel density. While this may be lesser than some of the top flagships in the market, you still get a fairly sharp experience with an excellent contrast.

Internal storage comes in at the quite plentiful 32GB, but in a typical Apple fashion, Samsung has decided to skip the microSD card slot, so you cannot expand on that initial allowance.

Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Alpha with a 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor of its own making with the ISOCELL technology and a native 16:9 aspect ratio. Samsung promises this will allow the Galaxy Alpha to capture pictures that are “sharper than ever with natural colors.”

The handset is powered by an Exynos 5 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz and running alongside 2GB of RAM. It’s a fairly fast chip that performs admirably, and makes the Galaxy Alpha look good not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

source - DroidBORG

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Photo Samples

Samsung has unveiled their Galaxy Alpha which is clearly meant to rival the upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6. Samsung has even gone out of their way to outfit their newest device with a 12 megapixel camera which will likely rival the camera on the next iPhone. 

Now with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha set to launch on September 12, we are getting a look at some of its camera samples and learning more about the sensor Samsung has used.

For their newest camera, Samsung is using its own 12 megapixel CMOS image sensor with ISOCELL technology and native 16:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy Alpha camera also comes with an f/2.2 aperture and a focal length of 4.80mm.

ISOCELL is a technology that took years in development and it made a debut in the Samsung Galaxy S5 on a 16 megapixel sensor. Now, in the Galaxy Alpha we're looking at some of the same features: ISOCELL (but on a 12-megapixel scale, and unknown sensor size) and phase-detection autofocus (no optical image stabilization though).

In its official blog, Samsung promises that images taken on the Galaxy Alpha will come out "sharper than ever with natural colors." In any case, the ISOCELL brings a couple of important advantages over non-isolated photo cells used in traditional BSI sensors: first, crosstalk is reduced from 19% to 12.5% in ISOCELL, next, luminance signal to noise ratio improved from 150 lux to 105 lux, and finally, full well capacity increased from 5,000e- to 6,200e-.

Check out the following photo samples from the Samsung Galaxy Alpha camera and let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Hi-TechSamsung | GSMArena

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha features an Exynos 5430, the world's first 20nm HKMG based chip

Yesterday we saw the announced, with a premium metal design and an unusually smaller 4.7 inch display. One interesting addition to the handset is the powerful Samsung Exynos 5430 octa-core processor. It just so happens that this chip is the world’s first 20nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) based chip on a smartphone.

This new, more precise 20nm process comes after years of running on chips made using the 28nm lithography. The benefits of this new manufacturing node include the possibility to crank up clock speeds a bit, and achieve a better thermal footprint.

Samsung's 20nm HKMG is a planar design, but the casting process now forms the gate as the last part of the transistor construction rather than the first, and this theoretically improves performance since gate characteristics are less affected by extreme temperatures in manufacturing. When it comes to the new Exynos 5430 system-on-a-chip, we do know that it is a big.LITTLE design using four Cortex A15 cores running at up to 1.8GHz, and four Cortex A7 cores running at up to 1.3GHz.

We cant wait to see how the Exynos 5430 performs in the real world with the Galaxy Alpha.

source - AnandTech

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Promotional Video

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The is a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 which sets itself apart with its metal frame on its side, which should class it as a premium design. Samsung has released the first video promoting this newly announced Galaxy Alpha, and to be honest, we wish the company had shown a little more excitement for this release.

Samsung has been criticized over the years for offering a plastic frame on their "premium" smartphones, while competitors like HTC and Apple have used premium material which many felt were worthy to spend their hard earned money on. While Samsung has continued to stay on top of their competition in terms of internal hardware, they have avoided designing a metal phone, until now.

Well in all honesty, the Galaxy Alpha doesn't use much metal. The band that runs around the device is actually similar to the design found on the Apple iPhone 4S and the Nokia Lumia 930 among others. However Samsung has also made an important decision to pack device with powerful yet mid-range hardware. So you don't have the hardware to compete with the Galaxy S5. Instead you have a 4.7 inch 720p display, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front camera and an octa-core Exynos processor. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and LTE Cat.6. Samsung also included their Fingerprint Sensor in the home button and a Heart Rate sensor next to the rear camera.

The Galaxy Alpha will go up for pre-order in Russia on Friday, August 15th, and ship to customers starting September 12th. The asking is price, at the equivalent of $690 in Russia, is steep, though it's obvious that the company wanted this to be priced in-between the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, and the flagship Galaxy S5. This is clearly a testing ground for Samsung, in hopes that they will find a winning formula for their next flagship. Would you consider purchasing this device ? or would you rather wait for the next Galaxy Note ?

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha officially announced

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The  has been officially announced after months of rumors and leaks. The Galaxy Alpha is a premium smartphone with a metal frame, and happens to be the thinnest in the Galaxy smartphone lineup. The new device was unveiled at an event in Russia, which will also be the first market where consumers will be able to pre-order the Galaxy Alpha.

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