Samsung launches phone with metal frame...and mid-range specs

Samsung (OTC:SSNLF, OTC:SSNGY) has partly given in to calls to offer phones with Apple-like metal cases rather than plastic ones: Its new Galaxy Alpha sports a metal frame around its sides. However, the device still has a plastic rear shell that strongly resembles the Galaxy S5's.

Moreover, unlike the rumored Galaxy F (expected to have a full metal case), the Alpha carries mid-range specs notably worse than the S5's: It has a 4.7" 720p display, 12MP rear camera, and 2GB of RAM.

Separately, The Verge has posted pictures of Samsung's upcoming VR headset (will use a phone's display/sensors), and states the device will be unveiled at a September event also expected to feature the Note 4, which might also have a metal frame. Past reports have stated Samsung is relying on Facebook's Oculus VR to provide the headset's software.

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  • thotdoc
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    And that folks is the big news from Apple's "competitor".
    13 Aug 2014, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • Hurtsogood
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    lol @ thotdoc
    13 Aug 2014, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • BillBrown
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    What's up with Samsung's "strategy" of flooding the market with seemingly endless permutations of the same product?


    How does this promote efficiencies and economies of scale in its operations? Instead, it leads to excess inventory on products that don't have sales ramp while others that do, will likely have supply issues on key parts. Its also a margin killer. Make one or two versions, but make them *great*.


    Not to mention ... they're still dealing in PLASTIC. Haven't they heard the market's feedback on that, by now?
    13 Aug 2014, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • David at Imperial Beach
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    Plastic is not that bad. We accept plastic in our lives every day. But for a handheld device that can break when dropped from a height of 4 feet to a concrete floor, the plastic needs to be the rigid, indestructible stuff they make NFL helmets and pads out of. Shatterproof and scratchproof glass for the screen is also a must. The Samsung unit that T-Mobile gave me for free (for a 2 year contract) has ordinary glass that is all scuffed up and all I ever do is put it in my pocket. I don't carry gravel in my pocket so I don't understand how it could get so scratched up in only a couple of years of relatively light use.
    13 Aug 2014, 12:43 PM Reply Like
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