Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha device has yet to launch in many countries, but it’s turning out to be one of the more landmark releases of the year for the Korean behemoth. According to a report by SamMobile, the Galaxy Alpha is the first device in a new line of devices from Samsung carrying the “A” model. The A series is set to be announced soon presumably sometime in the third quarter of the year – that means it could be as soon as next month!
SamMobile’s insiders report that the A series will see the launch of 3 other devices: the SM-A300, SM-A500 and SM-A700, this year. These devices are primed to cover different price points and, as all things Samsung will have a trademark feature – a more capable front facing camera. Another trademark of the Galaxy Alpha or A series devices is that they will all carry forward the metal construction which the new Galaxy Alpha has been touted to pioneer for Samsung. The SM-A300 is purported come with a quarter HD (qHD) display with a 960 x 540 resolution while the latter two will come with HD 720p displays. All of the devices are expected to launch with Android 4.4 KitKat.
As with all Samsung devices, the Galaxy Alpha inspired A series has already had it share of leaks in the past few weeks. The specifications of the SM-A300 and SM-A500 leaking thanks to GFXBench. Both these devices look to be coming with a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of RAM on the SM-A300 and 2GB of RAM on the SM-A500. They will be coming with 5GB and 8GB of storage respectively with no indication of expandability via microSD – though it is seems like it will support it.
Benchmarks for the SM-A300 point to the device having an accelerometer, light sensor, GPS, compass and proximity sensor. Additionally, the device is coming with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. However, the device will not be coming with NFC capabilities according to the benchmarks. The benchmarks of the SM-A500 have no indication of the sensors or connectivity of the device.
Both devices are also coming with a 4.8-inch display, the main difference being that the SM-A300 will be sporting a qHD resolution whilst the SM-A500 will be sporting a 720p HD resolution display. In addition the SM-A300 and the SM-A500 will both come with 5-MegaPixel front facing cameras but will have a 7-MegaPixel and 13-MegaPixel main camera respectively. Both cameras on both devices will be able to record video in Full HD 1080p. In addition, both devices are benchmarked sporting the latest build of Android KitKat, 4.4.4 apparently with the latest iteration of TouchWiz seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note series.
In other contradictory rumours, another build of the SM-A500 is touted to be sporting a 5.0-inch HD 720p Super AMOLED display with a 13-megapixel camera with a front facing 5 megapixel shooter. The device is rumoured to be running on the older Snapdragon 400 with 16GB of internal storage with microSD expansion. All of this will be powered by a 2330 mAh battery The Galaxy Alpha inspired SM-A500 has also been spotted passing through bluetooth certification with Bluetooth 4.0.