The announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha: another "threat" to the well-being of the iPhone

    One more “iPhone killer” in the market has become more, Samsung Galaxy Alpha was officially introduced today. The device is interesting in that it is almost the first case of such an unambiguous attempt to “squeeze” users from an Apple smartphone from another A-brand. Until now, frank “competitors” of the iPhone preferred to release second-tier brands, often Russian ones. The expected price of Samsung's new product in Russia is 24,990 rubles (~ $ 694), presumably in Russia (and globally) sales are expected to start on November 12 (for the price and date all refer to It’s true, exactly on the eve of the sale of iPhone 6. Oddly enough, today the first detailed review of the new product has appeared, we read here .

    The characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha are as follows ( data):

    • 2G : GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    • 3G : HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
    • 4G : LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600
    • Wireless Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0
    • Navigation : GLONASS / GPS
    • SIM Format : Nano-SIM
    • Dimensions : 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm
    • Weight : 115 grams
    • Screen : 4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (~ 320 PPI), Super AMOLED
    • Camera : 12 MP (shooting 4K video) and 2.1 MP
    • System : Android 4.4.4 KitKat
    • RAM : 2 GB
    • ROM : 32 GB (the "real" size is not specified)
    • Chipset : Exynos 5 Octa 5430
    • Processor : 4 cores Cortex-A15 1.8 GHz and 4 cores Cortex-A7 1.3 GHz
    • GPU : Mali-T628 MP6
    • Battery : 1 860 mAh
    • Colors : black, white, gold, silver, blue.

    In order to simplify the transition to Samsung Galaxy Alpha (if any) for iPhone owners, Koreans for the first time among their smartphones have provided a Nano-SIM slot. Finally, Samsung turned its attention to durable materials and followed the “metal” trend. True, so far only in the form of a frame encircling the body at all ends. The back cover is a familiar soft touch.

    Samsung Galaxy Alpha can boast of “beautiful” dimensions and weight, but whether the reverse side of the coin was worth it is a completely different question. There is no protection against dust or sand. Due to the thin profile, the battery capacity has suffered, taking into account all the tricks, it is unlikely that the model will last more than one day with active use. Although the situation is somewhat corrected by a special mode of maximum energy saving when the picture on the screen is displayed in black and white. Yes, this mode has already been seen in the Samsung Galaxy S5. Quote from the review: "On average, most likely, Alpha is not enough for everyone for one daylight, it will have to be recharged." It would be interesting to see the results in the updated AnTuTu autonomy test.

    Another “legacy” is a heartbeat sensor and a fingerprint scanning module. Alas, there is no memory card slot. While there is no information on whether modifications with different volumes will be available or whether Samsung will stop at the declared 32 GB.

    Judging by the survey on, opinions about the device were divided approximately equally, about 12% of respondents find it difficult to answer.

    Finally, I note that in Russia, local brands have not been “competing” with various versions of the iPhone for more than a year now. A year ago, Highscreen buzzed the entire Runet with its Highscreen Alpha Ice ears and said that it was a cool copy of the apple-tree. At they gave a less loud, but more realistic assessment: "a smartphone that looks a lot like the iPhone 5, but it is plastic and Android." I also recall the teXet iX / TM-4772, here the design was “licked” clean, I even made a version with a golden color. Only if Highscreen at least somehow tried to show off its characteristics (13 megapixels, HD screen, 4 cores, etc.), then the teXet model with qHD, two cores and 512 MB of RAM openly stated that they will please us mainly with appearance.

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