Photos of Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaked: it may be a limited edition

More photos of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, previously known as the S5 Prime, have surfaced, showing off the mid-generation refresh of the flagship the Korean tech giant is reportedly working on.

Obtained by Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte, the photos reflect design aspects of the current S5 flagship but with less-rounded edges, smaller bezels and a metal chassis – in contrast to the Galaxy S5’s plastic. The Galaxy Alpha is rumoured to be an upgraded version of the S5,  with suggested specs including a 2560×1440 pixel display, a 16MP camera, 3GB of RAM and possibly including Qualcomm’s most powerful quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The image also shows the logo for LTE-Advanced on the rear of the handset, this is the ultrafast 4G connectivity standard found in South Korea, making it possible that Samsung will only be offering the handset on its home turf. G for Games also reports that the handset could be yet another limited edition device.

This is speculated due to the lack of manufacturers that would be able to produce Alpha’s metal cases. Most Taiwanese metal case manufacturers are controlled almost exclusively by Apple, and there are apparently none back in Korea. Samsung is therefore turning to Chinese manufacturers to create the metal chassis. Unfortunately the Chinese aren’t able to produce more than 1 million cases per month, limiting the number of devices being released.

Thanks to sources at SamMobile, the site has managed to acquire several other live images of the device, confirming that the handset will sport a 4.7-inch display. The device will a have a back cover featuring the familiar dimpled design, though the report has contradicted previous rumours and points out that the device will be marketed as a watered-down version of the Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Stating that initial reports of the handset being an ultra premium smartphone may have been incorrect, the Galaxy Alpha reportedly features 32GB of storage with no microSD expansion, a fingerprint scanner, and is powered by Samsung’s recently announced Exynos processor.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

However, nothing is confirmed at this stage, but it is interesting to see that opinions are at two ends of the spectrum.  The device is rumoured to launch in August, and we’ll see who rightly predicted the features of the device when we get closer to the time.

Kai-Li Yang

Kai-Li is a tech enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of mobile technology, music technology and the entertainment industry. She hails from Taiwan and helps Tech Assimilate to erm... assimilate, all the latest tech news and trends from East Asia. Kai-Li Yang on Google+

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