Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) officially announced its Galaxy Alpha on Wednesday, August 13. Over the past few months, we have heard countless rumors about this metal touting device, its leaked pictures and specifications. But none of them looked as beautiful as the official images that Samsung released today.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Galaxy Alpha features and specifications

Samsung called this device “the evolution of Galaxy Design.” Notably, the Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first metal-bodied smartphone. As expected, the smartphone features a compact metal body, a tactile soft back cover and curved corners. Despite its metal body, the device is just 6.7mm thick and weighs only 115 grams. JK Shin, head of IT & mobile communications at Samsung, said the Galaxy Alpha metal chassis is built using “sophisticated and compact construction techniques.”

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The Galaxy Alpha features 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720x1280p resolution, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It doesn’t have a microSD card slot. The Galaxy Alpha is powered by Exynos octa-core processor. The phone features a 12MP main camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera. The main camera supports 4K HD video recording.

Samsung’s latest phone comes with S-Health application and Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving mode. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. What’s more, the Galaxy Alpha sports heart rate sensor, finger print scanner and private mode. The device also supports connectivity with Gear Live, Gear Fit and Gear 2 wearable devices. The phone comes with 1860mAh battery.

Galaxy Alpha

Samsung to start shipping Galaxy Alpha next month

Galaxy Alpha offers support for Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. It also supports LTE Cat.6, indicating LTE-A speeds of up to 300Mbps. Samsung didn’t reveal the price of the phone. But a report from Phone Arena claims that it will be priced off contract at $689, right between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Mini.

Samsung said it would start selling the device next month in more than 150 countries. Galaxy Alpha will be available in five colors: sleek silver, charcoal black, frosted gold, dazzling white, and scuba blue. With its fresh look and metal body, the Galaxy Alpha combines beauty with functionality. Samsung expects the device to revive its flagging smartphone sales.

Notably, British retailers started taking pre-orders for the device earlier this month, well before the Galaxy Alpha was announced.