Samsung Galaxy Alpha hands-on (Video)

One of the best parts of going to expos like IFA is getting to see all a manufacturer’s recent hardware. We realize that probably sounds more than a little obvious, but we mean that it’s not always the products that are being launched right at the show itself that are there to be demonstrated – it’s also a bunch of hardware that’s launched in the weeks and months prior to the show, and for such models we otherwise haven’t had the chance to try out before, these shows are fantastic opportunities to get caught up. That’s just what we found ourselves doing at Samsung’s booth, as we finally had the chance to get all up in the grill of the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Alpha a little over three weeks ago, giving us the metal (rimmed) smartphone users had been demanding as a break from the company’s plastic-heavy design language. The chamfered edges looked smart, and while the hardware specs read as a notch down from flagship, there didn’t seem a lot to complain about if you had your eye on a best-in-class mid-ranger.

Or at least, that’s how the Galaxy Alpha seemed when we first saw it go official. Does meeting it in person live up to the hype? Come with us and see for yourself.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!