The Galaxy S5 may still be at the top of Samsung?s high-end devices as the rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha may actually be a mid-tier device.
The South Korean tech giant has long been rumored to be working with Samsung Galaxy Alpha (or Galaxy Prime, or Galaxy F), but a new source indicates that it may not be the company?s next flagship that may counter Apple?s upcoming iPhone 6.
According to Samsung-focused site Sammobile, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will have a 720p resolution, 4.8-inch display, as cited by a certain Samsung developer console document. That screen spec is considerably lower than what is previously expected.
In line with today?s trends, a flagship handset should desirably sport a larger screen with a resolution of 1080p or higher — if the alleged document is true, Samsung Galaxy Alpha apparently fails to meet that standard. Moreover, the developer console listed the device?s name as ?Galaxy Alpha,? not earlier suggestions of ?Galaxy S5 Alpha? which could indicate a sequel to the current flagship (see image below).
If these clues are correct, then the Galaxy Alpha will be equipped with a display that?s similar to the Galaxy S3 released in 2012. That model comes with a pixel density of 306 ppi. The question is: Is a 306 ppi display fit for a 2014 flagship? Well, that?s very subjective and depends on who you ask. If you?re accustomed to Full HD displays, then you may smirk at the idea of going back to a less dense screen. Furthermore, in this age of Quad HD display (e.g. the one boasted by the new LG G3), Samsung Galaxy Alpha?s 720p may make it a horrible underdog.
However, the tech giant has not given out word whether it?s even working on any device named Galaxy Alpha or S5 Alpha. What?s certain is that they are working on a next flagship model with better specs that will compete with other upcoming flagships later this year. The company has not issued a single comment relevant to these Alpha rumors.
Amidst all the reports, the known features that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will come furnished with are a nano SIM card slot, a fingerprint scanner, a 32GB non-expandable memory, and a metallic, dimpled, faux leather rear casing. The device is said to be launched around August, a few weeks prior to the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4.
Photo Credit: ?Samsung