Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been unveiled by the South Korean conglomerate, with the rival to the upcoming iPhone 6 available considerably earlier than Apple’s predicted launch.

This smartphone is the first handset from Samsung to boast a metal frame, and will be available in ‘Scuba Blue’, ‘Charcoal Black’, ‘Frosted Gold’, ‘Sleek Silver’ and ‘Dazzling White’. A metal band, reminiscent of the iPhone 5S, runs around the phone’s circumference, with Samsung’s iconic dimpled polycarbonate layer attached to the back of the handset.

It is set to be available to the public from September 2014, and although its price has not yet been released, it is likely to cost around the same amount as other top-spec smartphones such as the S5.

As well as boasting of its visual appeal, Samsung is eager to entice customers by advertising the smartphone’s incredibly small body – at just 6.7mm, the handset is remarkably smaller than the 7.6mm iPhone 5S and the 8.1mm Galaxy S5. This ultra-thin design shows that Samsung is throwing the gauntlet down against Apple, with its new phone clearly intended to give the iPhone 6 a run for its money.

Even Apple’s health apps have been reproduced on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, with heart rate monitors linking up to the S Health App so users can keep track of their fitness and exercise. It also contains a fingerprint scanner behind the iconic Samsung home key, a 12MP rear camera, a 2.1MP front camera and the Android 4.4.4 KitKat mobile platform.

However, a 4.7 inch Super AMOLD screen and a 1280 x 720 display means the smartphone will only be able to offer a 313ppi pixel density – considerably lower than that offered by the HTC One M8 sand even the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S. It also does not have a microSD slot, and although the phone has 32GB of internal storage, the lack of external storage capacity and display downsides could be a big drawback for some consumers.