Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes to the US later this week

It feels like lately, when we’re talking about Samsung’s new metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha, that our attention is focused on all these other A-series phones Samsung appears to be preparing in the Galaxy Alpha’s image, phones like the Galaxy A5 we saw in pictures last week. And while phones like that may be the future of the Alpha’s lineage, we’d be remiss to let our excitement over them make us forget about their progenitor. The original Galaxy Alpha is back on our mind today as AT&T shares news of its plans to bring the smartphone to the States later this week.

Starting this Friday, September 26, the Galaxy Alpha will be available to purchase both online and in AT&T stores. The handset will sell for just about $200 on contract, or go for $613 full price. Considering the GS5 itself sells at AT&T for $650, the carrier clearly believes that customers will still pay near-flagship-level prices for a 4.7-inch 720p model (albeit one with some powerful internals).

AT&T says that its sales of the Galaxy Alpha are to be an exclusive, so we wouldn’t count on seeing this guy pop up at any other US carriers, at least not in the near future. If a smaller phone like this isn’t your thing, we’re also looking forward to the start of Galaxy Note 4 sales. Pre-orders for that device are open now, and AT&T adds it to its lineup on October 17.

Source: AT&T

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