We announced about three weeks ago that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the first metal framed Galaxy, would be coming to Bell and Virgin on September 26, and low and behold that day is here already and both websites have gone live selling the device. On Bell, you can grab a Dazzling White, Charcoal Black or Frosted Gold version for $149.95 on a 2-year term or $695.95 no term. On Virgin Mobile, you can pick up only the Dazzling White or Charcoal Black models, strangely enough for $0.04 more – $149.99 on a 2-year term and $699.99 no term. The Galaxy Alpha on Virgin Mobile is one of the devices that supports their RE*Generation program for helping at-risk Canadian youth – $15 goes towards the program for each purchase.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a mid-high range device that looks like it belongs in the executive boardroom or at a fundraiser party – the sculptured metal sides provides you with the look of sophistication and elegance. However, a techie may not be caught dead with it as it does not have the Full HD or QHD display, although the processor and memory are there for any tasks you could throw at it.
It has a Super AMOLED 4.7-inch HD display resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor powers the device and it packs 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 12MP main camera with auto focus and LED flash will take care of your main photos and there is a 2.1MP front-facing camera for video chatting and selfies. Providing power for the unit is a 1860mAh battery and it is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. Its metal frame measures 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7mm and weighs in at 115 grams.
The Galaxy Alpha also sports a fingerprint scanner to access the device as well as Private Mode that allows users to store their most sensitive documents in a folder that can only be accessed by your fingerprint. With Samsung's Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM) turned on you can continue to run your device longer as it turns off certain non-essential features. Samsung also brought over their heart rate monitor from the Galaxy S5.
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