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Samsung’s new Galaxy Alpha is an iPhone look-alike with a metal frame

Above: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha smartphone

Image Credit: Samsung

There’s something strangely familiar about Samsung’s new premium smartphone.

The Galaxy Alpha, announced today in Russia, is the company’s first attempt at using metal in its smartphones. And it also looks unmistakably like an iPhone — right down to its 4.7-inch screen size, which is what’s been rumored for the upcoming iPhone 6.

The phone is a curious beast: Samsung is positioning it as a more premium offering than the Galaxy S5, with a metal frame and a 6.7 millimeter profile (it’s Samsung’s thinnest smartphone yet). Yet it’s also a step down spec-wise, with a 720p resolution screen (compared to the S5’s 1080p), a slightly slower eight-core processor, and a significantly smaller battery.

If anything, the Galaxy Alpha looks like Samsung wants to prove it can build a phone with metal rather than make a hit product. Apple’s iPhone 6 is also expected to sport a 4.7-inch screen and feature a slightly more rounded design, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up looking similar to the Galaxy Alpha.

Samsung also plans to announce its new Note smartphone next month, so the Galaxy Alpha may hint at some of that phone’s design. If the next Note also has a metal frame, it’ll likely look a lot like the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model as well.

Even with its metal frame, the Galaxy Alpha still has a removable plastic cover, like all of Samsung’s smartphones so far. That allows you to easily remove the battery, something that Apple can’t offer with its sealed phone designs. Still, if Samsung truly wants to offer a premium smartphone experience, it’ll likely have to give up on removable covers in the future.

 

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43 comments
Tyson Quick
Tyson Quick

Since when does apple get exclusive rights to a metal edged phone?

Aamir Ali
Aamir Ali

This is samsung stunt it will badly fail :)

Brent Pelkey
Brent Pelkey

Asia innovation back at it again... Be proud

Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar

there are only so many rectangular-rounded-corner shapes...

Greg Lynn
Greg Lynn

no, its all original engineering, really it is :-)

Tanvir Khandaker
Tanvir Khandaker

Or other way as iPhone lost its small screen copying Samsung large screen

Brant Emery
Brant Emery

Looking to steal iPhone users - could be best move they've ever done. Or worst.

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

The Next Great Thing is HERE ... WOOT!

Luis G. Angel
Luis G. Angel

First of all, Apple copied Sony, while samsung just basically went metal...

Lin Yang
Lin Yang

how easy it is for media to form opinions by biased title.

Anton Siedlecki
Anton Siedlecki

I would not say Samsung copied apple, they finally made the choice to go metal. I am quite glad that they did this

Gayatri Puwar
Gayatri Puwar

Premium phone experience and sealed backcovers - whats the correlation ? Also if phone is made slimmer, battery would be smaller .. right indicator has to be battery performance vs. Size. Btw, I will wait for new note with removable back (hate kindles and iPhone wbo doesn't let me do that).

Tag
Tag

Still runs on Android? Nothing to see here...

Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker

we track phone types on our website analytics. people with iphones outnumber samsung devices 100:1

Peter LoPresti
Peter LoPresti

Touch screen bottoms are so annoying that you choose a phone with infinite touch screen buttons and 1 physical button over a phone with only touchscreen buttons?

Piotr Gee
Piotr Gee

Looks like a Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 to me. Is VentureBeat an iPhone fanboy publication?

Piotr Gee
Piotr Gee

touchscreen buttons are annoying as hell

Peter LoPresti
Peter LoPresti

I can't believe anyone still wants a physical ugly button on the bottom of their phone

Michele Lynn
Michele Lynn

Ick!!! I dont want my samsung to look like an ugly iphone!!!!!!!!!!

C Yang
C Yang

Um ... how about this?    Samsung copied XiaoMi M4, who copied from Apple.

Jessie Jay
Jessie Jay

The iPhone is a thing of beauty!