Samsung just announced the Galaxy Alpha earlier today and, although the phone won’t actually hit stores until sometime next month, one Russian site managed to get its hands on a copy ahead of time. Hi-Tech.mail.ru published a full review of the new Samsung smartphone on Wednesday, including some unannounced details on when the Galaxy Alpha will launch and how much it might cost. The new phone will allegedly hit the Russian market on September 12 starting at 24,990 rubles (about $692) unlocked.
Tech.mail.ru also offers an early look at the Galaxy Alpha’s 12-megapixel camera, which is a bit weaker than the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel shooter but still seems to work pretty well. Samsung’s built up a pretty good reputation when it comes to smartphone photography and apparently the company’s first metal handset is no exception. Overall the camera samples we see here look solid, easily capturing close-up details and even doing a decent job with a low-light cityscape.
Hi-Tech’s review of the Galaxy Alpha is favorable, though the phone loses some points for its lack of expandable storage and the TouchWiz UI Samsung still slaps on all its Android devices. The Russian site also argues that the phone is priced way too high considering what it has to offer, but for Samsung fans desperate for a premium design the Galaxy Alpha may do the trick.