Samsung’s first-ever metal build Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, has gone on sale in the UK, as the phone-maker bids to move away from the maligned plastic shells that have hitherto been a hallmark of its high-end efforts.
The Galaxy Alpha is up for grabs on Vodafone on plans starting from £38.50 per month over 24 months, with no upfront charge for the handset.
Interestingly, that price point applies whether you choose a 4G or 3G contract. The monthly allowances of 1GB of data, plus unlimited texts and data are the same on 4G and 4G contracts too.
Opt for 4G, though, and alongside a faster mobile internet for the same price, Voda is throwing in a choice of six months free use of Netflix, Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile.
Go with Three and you’re also looking at a minimum outlay of £33 per month for a free-phone contract with 2GB of 4G data per month, as well as unlimited texts and call minutes. Unlike Voda, though, there are no value-adding entertainment sweeteners to speak of.
Touted as the first Samsung Galaxy smartphone that bears comparison with the HTC One M8 and the iPhone in the build quality stakes, the Galaxy Alpha is also home to a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 12-megapixel rear camera and secondary 2.1-megapixel front-facer.
The Android 4.4 KitKat-powered Alpha’s spec sheet takes in 4G support too, along with 32GB of on board storage (NB: there’s no microSD card slot), a fingerprint security scanner and the same private and battery-saving modes at the Galaxy S5.