It was rumored some time ago that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was only the first in a series of Alpha devices, all set to boast premium design as a prominent feature. According to the reputable SamMobile, they have information on the next Alpha series device to be released, the Samsung SM-A500.
The A500 will be even more of a departure from Galaxy S and Note devices than the Galaxy Alpha was. Instead of a metal band and removable faux-leather battery cover, the A500 is rumored to launch with an entirely metal body. While in theory this would seem to put the A500 above the Galaxy Alpha in terms of feel and design, SamMobile says the specs of the device will plant it firmly under the Alpha:
- 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
- Quad-core Snapdragon 400
- 8-megapixel camera
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- 16GB of expandable storage
- 2,330 mAh battery
The A500 will also not come with a fingerprint scanner, and will not be dust or waterproof. It will, however, feature Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode.
Despite its mid to low-end specs, we’re excited for the Samsung SM-A500. It’s further evidence that Samsung is finally taking things like materials and physical experience seriously. Between rumors on the A500 and the Note 4, we can’t wait to see what Samsung has in store for us in the coming year.