Samsung has just announced that its first metal phone, the Galaxy Alpha (pictured above), will be available in Canada at the end of the month. When it goes on sale, it will be priced at $700 outright. However, there is apparently a more affordable metal phone in the works.
Rumour has it Samsung is working on a mid-range version of the Alpha. The difference here is that this device, dubbed the SM-A500, will supposedly be all metal. The version of the Alpha that’s hitting Bell later this month has a metal frame but the trademark dimpled, plastic backing that we’ve come to recognize as Samsung’s.
According to SamMobile, the device will be full metal with no removable back and will pack a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 16 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera in the back, a 5MP camera up front, and support for storage expansion via MicroSD.
Unfortunately, current rumours also say it won’t have the same waterproofing or dust-resistance that we got with the GS5, which is a bit of a shame. On paper, this is very clearly a low-end or mid-range device, but a premium build could still elevate it beyond the competition. The low-end smartphone space often suffers from clunky design. That’s started to change in the last year with the introduction of devices like the Moto G and the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2, but an all metal phone from Samsung would set the bar pretty high for the mid-range segment.