Early look at the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Galaxy Alpha unboxing: First impressions
Galaxy Alpha unboxing: First impressions   

Samsung is set to release the Galaxy Alpha smartphone on Friday, but only AT&T will have it.

The new device is Samsung's first smartphone to introduce metal into its design and includes a 4.7-inch, 1280 by 720 pixel Super AMOLED display and it runs on the Android operating system. Its camera capabilities consist of a 12-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. It also has a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone and will ship with 32 gigabytes of internal storage.

In the box, the Galaxy Alpha comes with a USB power adapter and a charging cable.

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The phone will retail for $199.99 when signing a new two-year contract or $612.99 off-contract, and is available in three color options: charcoal black, dazzling white and frosted gold.

Samsung's Galaxy Alpha will have to compete with Apple's new iPhones, which sold more than 10 million units over the first weekend they went on sale, and in particular with the iPhone 6 since both devices have a 4.7-inch display.