Samsung may be getting ready to launch a new flagship smartphone in the coming months – other than the already released Galaxy S5 and the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 – whose purpose is to compete directly with the iPhone 6 that’s set to arrive in September. Korean publications ETNews and The Korea Herald have learned from sources familiar with the matter that Samsung’s response to the iPhone 6 is a device made of metal called Galaxy Alpha, likely an internal name for the premium handset as opposed to a final product name.
Despite increased criticism, Samsung has defended its preference for plastic when it comes to building flagship smartphones – including the Galaxy S5 – but the company has been rumored to be working on metal designs as well.
The Galaxy Alpha may be just a different codename for the Galaxy F handset, a device that has been rumored to sport better build quality alongside top hardware. However, while ETNews did not offer any details about the Galaxy Alpha when it comes to specs and features, The Herald says the phone will have a metal body, a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 5 Octa chip and a 6mm thin profile.
“The new smartphone, known as the ‘card-phone’ for its slenderness, will soon be out on the Korean market and some foreign markets as well,” unnamed industry sources said.
Samsung is also expected to launch the Galaxy Note 4 in September at IFA, a phablet that will directly compete with a similarly sized device from Apple – a first in the Apple vs Samsung rivalry – as Apple is preparing to launch its first ever 5.5-inch handset..