The Galaxy Alpha may just be the worst-kept secret Samsung’s had in a while, and from nearly the first time we heard the phone’s name it’s felt like there’s been a steady stream of leaked pics, hardware details, and launch rumors. The torrent doesn’t slow down any today, and we keep this momentum going with the arrival of a bunch of new images, some comparing the Alpha to the iPhone 5S, as well as the discovery of User Agent Profiles that give us insight into some carrier variants.
The new pics show off an LTE-A version of the Galaxy Alpha, presumably for South Korea, and seeing up against the iPhone 5S really emphasizes just how slender a handset the Alpha promises to be. We also get a closer look at the phone’s bottom edge, and the sort of “hump” Samsung had to engineer to allow room for the Micro USB port while keeping the model as thin as it is.
As for those UAProfs, they reveal a few Galaxy Alpha model numbers, some old, some new: G850F, G850A, G850T, G850M, and G850H. Those imply support for AT&T and T-Mobile in the States, as well as Vodafone in Europe – not to mention a more general “open Europe” model. And while it’s nothing certain, varying clock speeds (in the 2.3-2.5GHz range) may indicate that some of these models end up running different SoCs than others.