With the hype around the release of the iPhone 6 and the subsequent Bendghazi scandal, Apple has been hogging a lot of the attention in the smartphone market of late. Never one to be counted out of the conversation, Samsung threw a clever bit of shade at the iPhone 6 Plus after it launched, and released a new device of its own at the end of September as well. That device—the Samsung Galaxy Alpha—is worth your attention even though its launch flew somewhat under the radar.
The Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7-inch HD screen (same as the iPhone 6) and a sleek design with a slim build (like you-know-who). It also features a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The device takes great photos and reacts so quickly when you hit the shutter that at first you’re unsure that you actually snapped the pic. Perhaps the best part of the Galaxy Alpha is the battery. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns your screen to black and white and shuts down non-essential apps, allowing you to still receive calls and texts for 24 hours once the battery hits 10 percent. But even aside from those extreme situations, you notice that the battery seems to always have more power left than you expect after extended periods of use.
The Samsung Galaxy S6, the next generation of the brand’s flagship smartphone, is rumored to come out some time early next year. If you can’t wait until then for something new or if you just want an alternative to the iPhone, you will certainly be happy with the Alpha.
The Alpha is available exclusively from AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract. For more information, visit att.com/galaxyalpha.