By Helen Gaskell
The latest offering will go on sale in September
Samsung Electronics newly unveiled Galaxy Alpha smartphone comes with a metal body, a first for the Korean manufacturer.
The Alpha, which is likely to compete directly with Apple's iPhone 6, is one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever, will go on sale from September.
"The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market," said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT and Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics.
"With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device."
The device is equipped with a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as an advanced camera and real time HDR, it features an ultra-power saving mode, S Health, finger print scanner, private mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.
The Galaxy Alpha will join the Galaxy S5, which first released in April at the top end of Samsung's line. It has a smaller 4.7in HD screen with lower resolution compared to the S5, but is thinner, at 6.7mm thick compared to 8.1mm, and at 115g is lighter than the 145g Galaxy S5. The main feature difference is the metal edging, which joins to a plastic removable back.
At the launch, the Alpha will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, with available colours to be determined by market.