With stiff competition not only from rivals Apple (with the iPhone 5 series and soon to be iPhone 6), but also from other Android manufacturers like HTC and LG, Samsung has been looking to gain back influence and market share in the mobile phone industry. Ever since the disappointment that was the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung has been looking to bounce back, and it looks like they'll make their attempt with the rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Many different names have been thrown around with regards to what Samsung will name their next phone--Galaxy S5 Prime, Galaxy F, and Galaxy Alpha among the top name contenders--and for the purpose of this blog, we will refer to it as the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
One of the most notable moves that Samsung appears to be making with their new phone is downsizing the size of the screen to 4.7 inches. This will be the first time Samsung has opted for a smaller screen size for its flagship device since before the Galaxy generation of phones. This decision was most likely made to directly compete with Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, which will also feature a 4.7 inch screen. Samsung's 4.7 inch display will most likely be of the super AMOLED type, 1280 x 720 or 320 pixels per inch.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will come in both a black and white model, both featuring a premium metal chassis bordering the device. We are confident that this aluminum finish will appear for the first time on a Samsung Galaxy device not only because of leaked photos, but also because Samsung's Senior Vice President Kim Hyunjoon stated that a new premium phone would be released with, "new materials." Samsung has traditionally opted for cheaper and lighter plastic for the body of their phones in the past; however, it seems as if they will make the switch to market their phones as premium products.
Rumors surrounding an octa-core Exynos 5 processor have also been swirling, which would be leaps ahead of any processor on the market today, even beating out Qualcomm's 805. The Galaxy Alpha would run initially on 4.4.2 KitKat, which is a slight disappointment considering the probable release of Google "L" or Lollipop in the last quarter of 2014.
The camera is also one area where Samsung looks to improve on, where it will feature a 12 and 2.1 rear and front facing camera, respectively, with improved camera shutter speed at .3 seconds and selective focusing. This should be an impressive upgrade especially considering the high quality of Samsung's mobile cameras in the past.
Overall Samsung has stayed quiet in terms of confirming or denying any potential rumors surrounding its next flagship phone. No doubt they are enjoying the press and can only hope to capitalize on it. Some sources say that we may get an official look at the Samsung Galaxy Alpha as soon as August 13th of this year, but we'll have to wait and find out to know for certain.
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