Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy Alpha will be available to pre-order in the U.K. on August 28 ahead of its mid-September launch. You’ll be able to buy the device from Samsung’s own retail stores, as well as from carriers and third-party smartphone retailers.
The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first smartphone made from metal, and while its internal specifications aren’t exactly breathtaking, it’s by far the most attractive handset the South Korean company has built so far. It still has a plastic back that provides access to its battery, but its sleek steel chassis is a huge improvement over all-plastic handsets like the Galaxy S5.
In addition to a 4.7-inch 1080p display, the Galaxy Alpha packs an octa-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. It comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat pre-installed, and it has a fingerprint scanner built into its home button.
The Galaxy Alpha will officially be available from September 12 in the U.K., however, you can get it on September 10 from the Samsung Store at Westfield Stratford City. You can expect all major carriers — as well as retailers like Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U — to begin taking pre-orders on August 28.