In the past few months we’ve seen Samsung move away from its all-plastic style to introduce two news phones that incorporate metal into the design. Last week the company opened up pre-orders for its metal-framed Galaxy Note 4, and today the Galaxy Alpha is available to purchase in the U.S. through an exclusive deal with AT&T.
The Galaxy Alpha offers a similar design to the Note 4, with a ring of metal running around the sides of the new handset. It has a smaller 4.7-inch 720p display though, and somewhat lackluster specs compared the company’s latest flagship phones. The device comes equipped with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, a 12-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 1860mAh battery and runs Android 4.4 with Samsung’s own software on top.
AT&T is selling the Galaxy Alpha for $612.99 without a contract, though you can grab the new handset for $199 with a new two-year contract, or through one of the company’s Next installment plans, as well. That’s an OK deal considering what you get, but if you’re willing to pay an extra $100 it might be worth waiting until October when the Galaxy Note 4 starts to ship. There’s nothing really wrong with the Galaxy Alpha, but we just don’t think it offers nice enough hardware to be worth the flagship-level price Samsung is asking for.