Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy Alpha / Galaxy F Release Date: Samsung Smartphone Merely a Thinner iPhone 5? (Photos)

August 5, 2014 Updated: June 24, 2015
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Samsung’s upcoming smartphone bears an uncanny resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 5.

Recently, Twitter tipster @culeaks released some photos of what is supposed to be the Galaxy Alpha. The phone has also been rumored to have the name Galaxy F or”Galaxy S5 Prime.

The model shown is black, and has what appears to be a metal frame. @culeaks placed an iPhone 5 side by side for comparison, and the Galaxy Alpha is visibly thinner.

Indeed, the Galaxy Alpha has been rumored to be only 6mm thin, which is about 1.5mm thinner than the iPhone 5.

Discerning viewers will also note that the Galaxy Alpha looks very similar to the iPhone 5, which might or might not be a good thing for Samsung fans.

@culeaks claims that the Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7-inch 720p display, Exynos octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 12-megapixel camera, 1,850mAh battery, and runs the Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

If the Galaxy Alpha does run Android 4.4.4 KitKat, then it will most certainly be the first Samsung phone to use that version of Google’s Android OS. Currently, Samsung’s top end phones are still on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Here are some other rumored specifications of the phone.

Display: 4.8-inch screen, 720p resolution
Processor: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad-Core; Exynos 5433 
RAM: 3GB
GPU: Adreno 420; Adreno 405
Camera: 16MP rear camera, 2MP front camera; 12 MP rear camera
Storage: 32GB, no external storage
Colors: Gold, Black, Metallic
Dimensions: 72.5 x 142mm
Battery: 3,000mAh; 1,500mAh
OS: Google Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Fingerprint scanner

 

AP: Xiaomi beats Samsung in Chinese smartphone market 
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giantSamsung Electronics Co. to become China’s top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company said Tuesday.

According to Canalys, Xiaomi sold 15 million smartphones in China during the second quarter, more than a three-fold surge from a year earlier. It surpassed Samsung, which had the leading position in China for more than two years, as well as local brands such as Lenovo and Huawei.

During the April-June period, Samsung’s China smartphone sales decreased to 13.2 million units from 15.5 million a year earlier. Lenovo trailed Samsung by a margin of 2 million units.

Xiaomi is little known in Europe or in North America because it sells nearly all of its smartphones in mainland China. But strong growth in China alone was enough to vault Xiaomi to a top five position among the world’s smartphone makers from nowhere the previous year.

Last week, another market research firm Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi became the world’s fifth-largest smartphone vendor for the first time in the second quarter, surpassing LG Electronics Inc.