The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has just been approved by the FCC, suggesting it is very close to launch.
We’ve seen and heard a lot about the metallic Samsung Galaxy Alpha in recent weeks, but now the phone has been officially certified in Europe by the FCC.
The Federal Commission listing states the phone is 133 x 67mm, which reaffirms the rumours it will pack a 4.8-inch 720p HD display. The Samsung Galaxy S5 measures up at 142 x 72.5mm and offers a 5.1-inch full 1080p HD display, so those dimensions for the Alpha sound about right for a 4.8-inch screen.
While the listing doesn’t mention the side profile width of the Alpha, photos leaked earlier this week show that the metal clad Alpha is slimmer than the 7.6mm iPhone 5S. Previously rumours pegged it to be just 6mm thick.
The European model is listed as having Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity.
We’re particularly pleased to see the FCC listing, as at one point the reports suggested the Alpha could be another Korean exclusive from Samsung – similar to what was done with the curved Samsung Galaxy Round.
However, its certain that the Alpha will arrive on British shores after all, with mid-range specs in tow.
Rumoured specs include an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5433 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is also expected to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing option.
You should also get 32GB of internal storage as standard, plus the fingerprint sensor and IP67 dust and water resistant certification introduced with the Galaxy S5.
Of course, the main appeal of the Galaxy Alpha is its premium metal aluminium frame.
Previous leaks suggest it will have a “stunning metallic design”, but what we’ve seen so far is that it will have an aluminium construction but with the same plastic back panels found in previous Galaxy smartphones.
The Galaxy Alpha is expected to be launched on August 13, with the FCC filing suggesting it will arrive in stores before the end of the month and the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on September 3.
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