The S5 dumps all over this.
Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Alpha on Wednesday – and it's an Android smartphone that comes encased in a thin all-metal coating. Apple iPhone 5 The South Korean giant said the 4.7-inch Alpha will hit the shelves in early September. Samsung did not name any carrier partners, though EE has said that it will tout the handset …
Yes, I'm glad the announcement has been low-key. Samsung started to get a bit above their station recently but it seems they have scaled back from their delusion that they can topple Apple at the high-end. That whole music-hall thing in the year of the S4 was shiver inducing. As Archer said of his butler when he got a bit beyond himself, "Look, he thinks he's people!"
Now, like a proper landfill supplier, they have gone back to anonymous "I'll know if it's good once I check the spec sheet" releases with GSM Arena being the first with the updated spec.
The latest round of 'Apple phones are shit because they need recharging every day' Ads would lead me to believe that Samsung has not yet thrown in the towel.
Their 'S5 is the bees knees' ads were everywhere on a recent trip to the US espeically in several of the Airports I travelled through. Now they are putting the 'S5 is great' around the mobile device charing points in the terminals.
The sad thing is that most mobile device users, no matter what type of device they own would take the opportunity while waiting for a flight to charge their device. to me, it is a no-brainer even if my phone lasts 3-4 days between charges.
I don't know why anyone even bothers selling devices with reflective screens in Aus. They ain't going to beat the sun.
By reflective I presume you mean shiny screens? These are brighter than matt screens - just the fact that a screen is matt blocks out some of the light.
Far better for daylight is to have a genuinely reflective display such as e-ink rather than a transmissive (light emitting) display such as the usual OLED / LED displays. However reflective displays are not so useful in the dark and colour accuracy depends entirely on the light source you are lighting it with. Now if somebody could create a display that could switch from transmissive to reflective as required...
Far better for daylight is to have a genuinely reflective display such as e-ink rather than a transmissive (light emitting) display such as the usual OLED / LED displays. However reflective displays are not so useful in the dark and colour accuracy depends entirely on the light source you are lighting it with.
Wearable tech is the future, right? Or so I keep reading. And if the industry analysts say so, then they must be right!
So all you do is have a reflective display, and a head torch, which outputs the correct colour temperature. It would have a light sensor on it, and a built in Bluetooth earpiece. Perhaps a pluse sensor and a thingy that detects how long your hair has grown, and automatically books your next appointment at the barbers. This way the phone can be smaller, as it doesn't need a battery for it's backlight, and it won't at all look odd wearing a giant torch on your head.
Remember you heard it here first. Who'll fund my Kickstarter campaign?
Question to the Aussies: What's this "sun" thing you keep talking about?
Several years ago scientists invented a glass coating that doesn't reflect light.
Saw it on a BBC programme about the London Natural History Museum.
You shine a light on it and it only shows you what is underneath it.
Odd how this site and others completely missed it.
Several companies are bringing out products that use it.
Anti-reflective or AR coatings are very common. The problem with them is that they are very soft and easily scratched. Using them on plastic corrective lenses make a lot of sense as that reduces glare at night while increasing the trasmission curve of the glass. Using them on high index Alumina or Saphhire makes no sense in an environment that a phone will be used in.
The coating material for AR coating on crown glass is a single 1/4 wave of MgF2 and it is very soft. Sometimes a very thin Si coating on top can toughen it but the transmission characteristics become slightly degraded. Infact that is what the anti-scratch coating is on your plastic lense.
Finding a suitable coating material for a higher index glass would require mulitple interference layers of alternating hi-low index materials and that would make the expense outrageous.
I just got back in from spending some time in a phone store. To anyone not a legal type on a mission they all look pretty much the same. This is hardly surprising given that they all use very similar components to do very much the same thing. Much like cars, refrigerators and a host of other things which differ in only minor ways.
especially ones from Finland which start with an 'L'.
You mean Redmond shirley?...
Samsung seem to be losing the plot to me. They call this the Galaxy Alpha range yet the specs compared to the S5 are pretty poor, so why bother calling it Alpha?!
A premium finish and a name like the alpha would've been a perfect opportunity to switch their premium handset from the S name range to this.. Instead for the next few years we will have the battle of Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S, Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 / iPhone 6S etc...
I currently have the S4 and I'm itching to upgrade, but I was holding out for this and the Note 4 announcement. This is pretty meh and if the Note 4 leaks are to be believed it doesn't seem to differ drastically from the current one.
I disagree with the sarcastic statements of my fellow commentards. For me the shape of the new Samsung Alpha and its intuitive and deeply democratic design is a revolution and ushers in a brave new world. I have never seen such perfection, such attention to detail, such a courageous departure from the boring, endlessly replayed conventions of the smartphone industry. Laugh now while you can. Over the coming months, the tremendous marketing and legal brains at Samsung and countless firms of great renown in these august fields will be laying bare the unique genius behind this amazing design, confounding the cynics and paving the way for sales of millions of Galaxy Alpha. Then we will see who will be laughing all the way to the bank. The world will
never be the same again.
The commentards above seem to have failed to have spotted the fact that it was Samsung who was claiming that it has "an entirely new appearance". It doesn't matter if other, non apple, handsets look the same, that was the point.
As an aside, it looks like they've tried to make it thinner than the connectors would really allow. The case has to bulge out for the USB port and the headphone socket has an odd edge to it as it cuts into the chamfer.
Rectangular, so I pretty much don't care. What I do care about is this one hasn't got Samsung's almost unique (these days) identifier, an sd-slot. I don't have wifi, I travel to places where there is usually no wifi, and I will not be putting any data of mine in the cloud, so that's immediately a no-sale.
They will probably have an SD-capable, dual-SIM version in China, and possibly India. You can usually buy them off the web from places like Merimobile.
But really, how much CONFIDENTIAL data do you really keep on your phone - the most likely to be stolen device that you own? Or is it that you think your movie/music/porn collection is so top-secret that it can't be stored in a cloud, for fear of the NSA? Only if you are a paedo...
"But really, how much CONFIDENTIAL data do you really keep on your phone"
Shortsighted people like you are why we get crap products on the market.
Confidential? How about movies and/or music that doesn't max out a data plan in a single day? Or that is viewable on the plane without paying $20 for wifi?
In the episode entitled "Reflections in Terror" of TV series "V" (1984-1985), one of the Visitors attempts to extract the DNA of Elizabeth the "Star Child" by "accidentally" spiking her with a rose thorn. Prior to this, she checks Elizabeth's identity with a device suprisingly similar to an iPhone, complete with rounded corners, an LCD-like display and touch capability. That looks like prior art to me!
Movies and TV shows are not prior art. The thing that stops someone from patenting a Star Trek style medical tricorder isn't because Star Trek had the idea, because you can't patent an idea. The thing that stops you is because no one has a clue how to make one, which makes it rather difficult to patent since that is required.
Most phones look the same because they're doing the same thing. Look at TVs - they all look pretty much the same. Cars: 1 wheel in each of 4 corners to stop it falling over and space inside for people. Hats: bowl or band to keep it on your head and a rim to keep the sun / rain off.
It's only when a design breaks the mold that it stands out from the rest but their off-the-wall design may compromise their function: Robin Reliant (3 wheel car - prone to fall over), New square Blackberry phone (will it fit in your pocket). That wierd (comedy) umbrella hat thing (google it if you dont know what I mean) and of course the bizarre 1970's designed 'round TV's' (basically just a conventional TV screen in a ball-shaped plastic cabinet)
I don't know much about phones so I may be wildly wrong, but those specs did not look much to get excited about. I was browsing some of those Chinese manufacturer websites the other day and things like 4000+ mAh, 15 MP cameras (even on the front side), dual SIM, LTE, NFC, and lots of other acronyms I did not understand¹, all appeared to be pretty much must-haves on newer models.
So what am I missing here?
¹ And of course, SD storage.
Showing an iPhone in the inline image and debriefing readers about the deception in the bootnote is not fair to your readers or Samsung.
Everyone who didn't scroll down, which is most people, now think the Alpha's absolutely identical in appearance to an iPhone, whereas in reality it's just broadly similar.
I had to reread the bootnote and recheck the image twice, because I couldn't understand why you'd do such a thing.
I don't care what anyone says, today's phones are junk and built to a price no matter what the manufacturers do from a cosmetic standpoint.
I dropped my GS3 and guess what, the display decided not to work anymore. So I got an HTC One, sat on it and the screen shattered, had that fixed and it was dropped a couple of weeks later and it shattered again, it's still shattered.
But, I dropped the Jolla I purchased and all that happened was the ToH was scratched - go figure.
I can remember when you could play football with a handset or even if they were run over by a car the things would still work no problems.
As the meme says, drop an iPhone, it breaks, drop a Nokia, the floor breaks.
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