More leaks surface of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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People really, really want a Samsung phone that doesn't feel like cheap plastic—at least, that’s what the numerous leaks and rumors surrounding the forthcoming Galaxy Alpha seem to suggest. The hype is alive, but those waiting with bated breath can rest easy knowing a few more photos have leaked of the forthcoming smartphone.

As expected, the Galaxy Alpha looks similar to the Tizen-based Samsung Z that was slated to debut this summer, though there are a few key differences. For instance, the Galaxy Alpha has rounded corners, though they’re not as rounded as originally rumored. It also doesn’t appear to sport the same faux-leather backing as the Z, or a heart-rate monitor like its flagship counterpart, the Galaxy S5.

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The Galaxy Alpha (right) looks similar to the Tizen-based Samsung Z (left). Thank goodness, too, because I really liked the look of the Z. 

We can't know anything for sure until the phone is officially announced or physically in our hands. And despite the onslaught of rumors and speculation, we still have no idea when the Galaxy Alpha will make it to the US. A UK retailer was accepting pre-orders for the device, but the page seems to have since disappeared. The 32GB was going for £549 GBP—about $920 USD—but that’s a pretty hefty price to pay for a device that's merely a more "premium" version of its predecessor. 

The phone may not be as high-end as the Galaxy S5, though. According to the preorder page, it sports a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280x720 resolution (about 320 pixels per inch), a 12 megapixel rear camera and 2.1 megapixel front camera, an Exynos processor, and the usual spate of modern connectivity options (4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and so on).

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