Rumors of a metal Samsung smartphone have been floating around for years, but the device really started to take form over the past few weeks as the leaked photos and details began to pour in. We were originally expecting Samsung to make an official announcement sometime later this month, and a new report out of South Korea claims the Galaxy Alpha could make its debut on Aug. 13 (tomorrow!) ahead of a limited release a few days later.
With the Galaxy Note 4 expected to launch early next month, Samsung is running out of time if it wants to announce a separate phone first. It’s looking like the Galaxy Alpha won’t get a big event of its own, suggesting the company could simply issue a press release a short video confirming the device. Of course, it’s also possible the rumors are wrong. Samsung’s metal phone could appear alongside the the Note 4 next month or launch even later this year to challenge the next iPhone head on.
We’re still not sure exactly what to expect from the Galaxy Alpha, but recent rumors suggest the device is aimed squarely at Apple’s iPhone 6. Samsung’s metal smartphone is expected to offer a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 12-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD support, an 1860mAh battery, a built-in fingerprint reader and a heart rate monitor on the back. It should run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top.
Samsung’s metal phone may be just a few days away, but it could still be out of reach for most of us. Recent rumors suggest the phone could launch exclusively in South Korea, similar to the short-lived Galaxy Round. Hopefully the Galaxy Alpha will get a global release in the near future, though it may be a bit longer before we see it arrive here in the U.S.