Metal-edged Samsung Galaxy Alpha pic leaks, looking a lot like (you guessed it) an iPhone

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Credit: Weibo

In case you hadn’t considered it yet, adding a metal edge to a Samsung Galaxy device makes it look a bit more like Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone 5s. And if that’s hard to imagine, don’t stress out your brain early in the week: Leaked pictures of the purported Galaxy Alpha handset show you what Samsung’s next phone may look like. Images were posted on China’s Weibo site on Sunday and noticed by G for Games.

Galaxy Alpha right

Samsung has long been rumored to have a metal-edged phone in the works as a way to offset complaints that its high-end plastic phones feel cheap. Just last week, during a disappointing quarterly earnings call, Samsung’s mobile SVP Kim Hyun-joon said the company would launch a new handset with “new materials” before year’s end. That gives the leaked images some basis in reality, although this may not be the final design for the purported Galaxy Alpha phone.

Apple fans will quickly notice the chamfered edges in the pictures — a technique that Apple has used on both its iPhones and iPads. The design’s not totally unique to Apple — there are other mobile devices that have chamfered edges — but it’s currently pretty synonymous with Apple devices. I expect that will change later this year with a new iPhone that takes design cues from the more rounded iPod touch.

Galaxy Alpha front off

Those who prefer Samsung may like the new metal-edged phone as pictured. And it may quell some complaints of plastic construction materials on a phone that starts at $600. Personally, I’m not a fan of sharp edges on a phone, regardless of who makes it. I don’t like them on my iPhone 5s, for example, perhaps because I have small hands. I use a case to soften those edges and I suspect many will do the same if Samsung takes a similar approach.

That makes me wonder: Why bother creating a metal-sided phone with detailed edges, only to have people cover them up?

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Rye

Samsung is in deep desperationg if the picture is true… So desperate… Copying machine…

Alivation

Samsung make good products but in the mobile tech sector they have pretty much played catch up with and copy from Apple. I think they have an inferiority complex or maybe a lack of visionary talent. Love it or hate it, Apple has always done it’s own thing and thats what makes it a leader not a follower.

John B.

Maybe it’s because of my age, but I can’t understand the hype on metal. I’ve used cellphones for 28 years and never, EVER had an issue with ppastic. I actually prefer it. The argument that if you spend 600-800 dollars for a phone off contract it should be metal, seems to fail the observation that our generation paid more for our phones on contract.

My first phone was plastic and cost me $1100 with a contract. Never had a problem. What I have had problems with phones (even to this day), are batteries. I fail to see the reasoning on why we have to seal up the most vulnerable and failed component on an electronic device such as a phone. I prefer to keep this accessibily open if it means keeping plastic relevant.

John B.

artproxy

IMO, the phone industry needs to put a lot more resources into better batter tech/solutions. Especially since hardware designs form model-to-model is so similar.

John

This is a desperate move by Samsung. They’re seeing their sales drop precipitously so they’re basically saying “screw it, we’ll just copy iPhone and worry about the lawsuits and the copycat claims later. We need to stop the bleeding NOW”.

John

Look at all the Samsung apologists here trying to rationalize what is so obvious to others. LOL. How come people don’t accuse OTHER phone makers of copying(in terms of design) Apple? Maybe it’s because only Samsung(well, and those copycat chinese companies) does it. Why can’t samsung design phones like LG, HTC, Motorola and not copy Apple?

Rann Xeroxx

There is really only X amount of ways to design the edge of a smart one, this is one of them. Seems less about copying and more about just putting a flat metal band around the device.

Kevin C. Tofel

True, the options are generally limited here. Of course, Samsung chose the one that will surely be compared to that *other* phone company. ;)

Ormy Underhill

It has a much larger screen and runs Android. Hmm also seems to have the typical Samsung home button and general front layout. Other than that they are identical. Good eye.

gobo

Will this one electrocute you like an iPhone too? I don’t want a metal phone. Either it interferes with reception, or it doubles as an antenna. If it doubles as an antenna, it is connected directly to the rest of the electrical components. I fail to see how either option is a good idea.

Madlyb

It looks like a metal Galaxy to me. Pretty much every phone on the market is a rectangle with rounded corners…look deeper.

As to flat edges, my M7 had flat sides and my M8 has rounded sides and I like the M7 better because I could grip it better. That is why I like the indents on the sides of the Alpha, looks like it will be easier to hold. However I don’t like the Polycarbonate front. Almost Samsung…almost.

Design is always subjective, so what works for me may not work for others.

Antonio Solinas

I like Samsung mobiles technology, but a 4.7-8″ phone, not interested, as it will cost too much, there are other 5″phones that I am interested in,like the 5.5″ LG G3, or the SonyXperia z2,or the HTCm8,any of these Android phones will suit me, or if the nexus6 is made, that is the phone I a most interested in,if they don’t make the nexus6,then the LG g3,or the Sony Z2 or the new Note4, one of these I will most likely buy,I’m waiting until September to see what the specs are in the iphone6, before I decide what to buy!

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