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Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with metal body and 12MP camera

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Samsung has evolved into Apple's main rival in the smartphone world for good reason. The Korean manufacturer's high-end models are usually among the best in terms of both features and performance. However, there has been one constant point of criticism: the Galaxy devices' plastic shells tend to look a little cheap next to the metal and glass competition from HTC, Sony and Apple. 

To address that point, and no doubt with the upcoming iPhone 6 in mind, Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Alpha - the first Galaxy smartphone with a metal frame. With its 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen the Galaxy Alpha is similar in dimensions to the Galaxy S5 Mini but thinner. The metal front and edges are accompanied by a Galaxy S5-style faux-leather back.

In terms of camera Samsung's specification sheet is unfortunately not too informative. The device comes with a 12MP rear camera sensor which is unusual in so far than no other current high-end Samsung offers this megapixel-count. The lens has an F2.2 aperture and an equivalent focal length of 31mm but no information on sensor size and technology is currently available. We do know though that the Galaxy Alpha will offer the usual Dual camera, panorama and HDR camera features.

Under the metal hood Android 4.4 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5430 octa-core SoC and 2GB of RAM. 32GB of memory is available for storing your apps and media.  A PayPal-certified fingerprint sensor is included as well. A slim 1860 mAh battery sounds little meager but we'll have to see what kind of battery life it can deliver in real-life conditions.

With the metal body and compact dimensions the Galaxy Alpha is clearly aimed at the iPhone 6 which is expected to be launched in mid-September. However, only time will tell if the Alpha offers enough to make design-conscious Apple-users switch brands or is too little too late.

Key Specification:

  • 12 MP rear camera sensor
  • F2.2 aperture
  • 31mm equivalent focal length
  • 2.1 MP front camera
  • 4K video
  • LED Flash
  • 720p Super AMOLED screen
  • Android 4.4
  • Exynos 5 Octa 5430 octa-core SoC 
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage 
  • 1860 mAh Li-Ion battery

Comments

Total comments: 85
ballswinger
By ballswinger (1 month ago)

I'm personally really happy that Samsung have taken this design route, I've been using a Samsung Galaxy S2 for the last four years simply because the newer models were getting bigger all the time.
I found the S3 too 'round', the S4 too big for my pocket and was getting close to accepting that I might just have to upgrade to the S5, however this new Galaxy Alpha ticks all of my boxes.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

R Vaquero:

iP 1, 2, 3, and maybe 4 didn't work well as phones--that's phones.

Android is far from crappy, and not particularly complicated. Clearing Safari history on an iPhone is somewhat complicated. So careful throwing around "complicated".

Now some Android phones have too much crapware.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Where are you reading it doesn't have a card slot?

Omission in the above "key specifications" list doesn't mean there's absolutely no possibility of installing extra storage. Some Samsung phones have the extra card receptacle within the battery compartment.

0 upvotes
Bob Meyer
By Bob Meyer (1 month ago)

Just for the record, DPR, this phone does NOT have a "metal body." The rear is still plastic. The front is still plastic. The internal chassis to which all the electronics mount is still plastic. The only metal is the outside frame.

This is well documented, and yet to still can't be bothered to describe it accurately. Pretty sad job of reporting.

2 upvotes
uRebel Rob
By uRebel Rob (1 month ago)

Not going to get it: screen size and res is okay (as long it's not PenTile), looks meh but I don't care, camera and OS are good enough. But no external storage and only 32 GB internal? I had more than that used in my Galaxy S 1 + 32 GB card 3 years ago, and my current phone's 64 GB card is almost full right now.

Hopefully it (and iPhone 6) will help bring down the S5 and M8 prices, though. I'm looking to get a new phone in a month or so...

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Where are you reading it doesn't have a card slot?

Omission in the above "key specifications" list doesn't mean there's absolutely no possibility of installing extra storage. Some Samsung phones have the extra card receptacle within the battery compartment.

0 upvotes
uRebel Rob
By uRebel Rob (1 month ago)

Samsung's official press release says "No micro SD Slot" in its specs ( http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/08/13/Samsung-Introduces-Galaxy-Alpha,-the-evolution-of-Galaxy-Design-1 ). Which make mute me pointing out every other site that I have read about the alpha reporting no microSD support.

I'd think DPR should have pointed it out too, as lack of the card slot takes away from the phone's photo and video capabilities. How fast will the 4k video it can take fill up that 32 GB?

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

uRebel Rob:

I too think that DPR should have noted that choice to omit an mSD card slot.

Thank you for chasing this information down.

Right, a big reason to skip this phone if you have any plans to use it as a camera.

0 upvotes
bartas
By bartas (1 month ago)

i own rooted (admin privileges) samsung s4 mini and i'm happy user of it. but thinking about the next generations of samsung phones with knox protection and filled up with useless crapware that you actually cannot remove without admin rights makes me really sick and away from new android devices

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

there are plenty of Android devices without any bloatware. The latest generation Motorola devices for example run pretty much vanilla Android and of course there are Google's Nexus devices.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

bartas:

I think you have a point about crapware and many Samsung Android devices.

I suspect that Samsung is trying to catch up to Blackberry security with that [fort] Knox feature, which raises the question why not use a Blackberry? (No I don’t work for Blackberry, but the newer OS sure seems slick.)

Lars:
All well and good, but many of those phones have sealed batteries and no space for extra mSD storage.

The Blackberry Z30 doesn’t suffer from too much crapware, the battery can be pulled out, and there’s a card receptacle in the battery compartment. No possibility of shooting raw, so unlike Android 4.4 (well hypothetically), and not as fast as the newest Android phones, but plenty promising.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (1 month ago)

Samsung has google play editions that run stock android.

These are completely free from bloatware and they get updates much earlier.

Let's hope this alpha will get an google play version too.

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Charlie boots
By Charlie boots (1 month ago)

Ultimately it will be the software that counts. Spreadsheets and word processors drove the sales of the first PC's. Visicalc, Lotus123, Excel, Word etc. today hardware is becoming a commodity and thus again the sales will go to those with the best software and ecosystem. If all things are then equal it will come down to price and consumer mindshare. Samsung is still lacking on the software side.

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

What software specifically do you think is Android lacking?

5 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Charlie boots:

I just love--not--Safari on iOS devices when you have to take 3 steps back to clear basic web browsing history and cookies.

That kind of software is "missing" from the Android OS devices.

Who'd ever want to always clear browsing history on a device used out in public.

0 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (1 month ago)

Software counts, but what is that software? Probably 50% of software used on the cell phones is a web browser, some 20% is email, some 5% is google navigation and map services, another 5% is photo-video. And to MS dismay nobody seems to be interested in the Office applications on the phone. All phones today can do all those basic tasks very well, there is no real differentiation between them.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

forpetessake:

Sure is faster to clear browsing history on a Windows phone, Android phone or Blackberry than with Safari on iOS. So this is a basic task that iOS fails at.

Android and Blackberry allow you to download files for storage, not iOS. Unclear with Windows phones.

So I agree with you, but there are reasons for picking one over the other, and in some cases iOS has applications (mostly games) that the others don't.

I think the reason most people don't care about MS applications on a smart phone is that, unlike 1998, many people using smartphones understand that .doc is format akin to something like jpeg, so many applications can edit MS Word .docs.

Microsoft gave a huge boost to Apple by releasing the unstable Vista.

Since by then people making mass purchasing decisions for say insurance companies had grown up using computers, and just said: "We'll find something else, or stick with XP" and at the same time the Winphone OS was a disaster, so many went with Apple systems.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (1 month ago)

"Microsoft gave a huge boost to Apple by releasing the unstable Vista."

They are now doing the same with Windows 8
The only difference is that this time the issue ain't stability. It's now usability with that horrendous UI.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (1 month ago)

"Microsoft gave a huge boost to Apple by releasing the unstable Vista."

That's a complete bull. Except for a few foibles at the very beginning, which is common to any new software, there was nothing unstable or wrong about Vista. Many people didn't want to upgrade to Vista simply because they were very satisfied with the XP and they didn't want the upgrade headaches (drivers, software installation, compatibility, etc.). I had several Vista computers for at least 3 years before getting the new ones with Win7, I know from my experience there isn't any significant differences between the two OS-es. I still have one Vista computer connected to a large screen TV which works admirably as a MM center.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (1 month ago)

Pete.
Vista WAS unstable at launch. And it was heavily criticized for. After SP1 it was maturing. but the bad name remained.
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/desktop-pc/10185/acer-slams-unstable-windows-vista/

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

forpetessake:

Vista was far from universally stable, you're simply promoting a Microsoft lie there.

It remains a huge marketing gift to Apple, and even Linux/Unix users.

Those fools running Microsoft, Ballmer, really didn't understand that problems with Vista would be widely reported on the internet and now there were 35-50 year old people making decisions about the mass purchasing of computers, who'd grown up using computers, and could recognize BS when they saw it.

Now some people had decent luck with it. But for many it was a disaster. It did improve. People I know only fixed Vista by upgrading to Win 7.

Drivers and Vista: that you even bring that up is a joke. If the drivers weren't ready, then there was no reason to release Vista. (And then fact that no one says "and you'll have to chase down drivers just to get it to run stably" about Windows 7, or 8, or 8.1--tells me that there was something profoundly wrong with Vista at official release time.)

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

BarnET:

The thing about Windows 8 and 8.1, is a least it's simple enough to order a Windows machine running Win 7.

And both HP and Lenovo have made sure that some retail stores have some Win 7 laptops for sale. Stupidly, Samsung, Acer and Asus haven't figured out how much they're killing their sales by only having Win8 machines in retail stores. And Dell was being idiotic with the retail versions for a while.

The mass adoption of Windows Vista, what nearly drove Dell out of business and basically drove Sony out of the computer market. (Didn't help that when Vista released the 4GB of RAM necessary to run it was $1000 extra for a basic laptop.)

The decisions behind Win8 are a real puzzle. Just look at how many people use external keyboards with iPads when writing anything of any length. So it's not like people just always want to use a touch screen interface.

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 month ago)

Well if your not picky you can order an windows 7 laptop. But mine had 8 pre-installed.
most come with Windows 8.

BTW the last thing i want is to touch my sreen before starting lightroom. i need my screen CLEAN.
Then you have those stupid charms popping up in the most stupid place.

that ugly coloured start screen in your face.
no easy way to shutdown. and many other stupid desigs decissions that can and already have filled entire blogs.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

BarnET:

I think you mean "if you're picky you can order..", note the dropped "not".

Why not simply wait a week or two for a new computer, and order what you need, not what some idiot is selling at store?

If you don't need the computer that second, there's no great reason to buy one from a store.

0 upvotes
R Vaquero
By R Vaquero (1 month ago)

Copying Apple as usual...

4 upvotes
rinkos
By rinkos (1 month ago)

lol they and everyone else surpassed Apple in 2012 already ...join the world maybe ?

i dont like samsung btw ...but HTC..LG . nexus..half the price of a crap apple iphone and much more on the inside ..not to mention nice screen instead of the apple tiny hands one

3 upvotes
eliehbk
By eliehbk (1 month ago)

I have switched from Apple to Android 5 years ago and last year went back to Apple. Why? because every single Android phone, and I owned 4, slow down and start freezing and having problems after 6 months to a year (note I am not even a heavy user, never do gaming...). Now with Apple, eventhough it is a smaller screen less features, the phone works flawlessly just like their computers. I do not care if Samsung comes out with a phone that will do the dishes or give me a massage, they are all the same, after a year or so same old story!

4 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

eliehbk

With Android 4, and later devices, one can limit background processes to avoid most of that slowdown.

You’ll need to get into developer options. And then know how to repeat the process if the device has been turned off. (With Android 4.2+ Developer Options got hidden behind an About this Device button, you have to hit the button 10-15 times to turn on Developer Options, which then remains as an option.)

It’s a myth that Macs work flawlessly, though yes, less flawed than Windows machines. At the introduction of Mavericks, many Macs had crash and freeze problems for months just doing basic web browsing, yes Apple fixed this problem.

There was the disastrous redoing of Final Cut.

0 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (1 month ago)

My Android hasn't slowed down in over 3 years of use. With the latest updates it actually feels smoother (not much faster). Bad apps, too many custom widgets (something iOS lacks to begin with), a full memory, Dalvik that hasn't been renewed in ages, it can contribute to a slower phone.

4 upvotes
vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (1 month ago)

For me it's security that counts. Android is a good OS for a gaming teenager or not so important device. People who value their data such as contact lists, calendars, email messages or credit card information should rather switch to more proved systems like iOS or Windows Phone. Android begs for being misused by apps that are distribute here and there across the net.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

vladimir vanek:

But that point doesn't have much to do with the original comment or the responses.

No one disputes that there could be reasons for picking one OS over another.

Anyhow Blackberry is likely more secure than either Windows or iOS. And the newer Blackberry OS is very good.

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (1 month ago)

You're right, sorry.

0 upvotes
David Stinson
By David Stinson (1 month ago)

report just came out that iOS is the most secure when it comes to protection from spying. The only way to install spying software on an iPhone is to Jailbreak it. You can feel all smug and mighty with your copy devices. I'll stick with my iPhone.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

David Stinson:

And in a few months someone will report an iOS hack.

If you're going to cite a report that "just came out", then link it.

The fact remains that Apple makes clearing browser history on iOS devices a stupid pain. Not something that is copied.

1 upvote
R Vaquero
By R Vaquero (1 month ago)

Rinkos , every smartphone is a more or less cheap copy of the iPhone, maybe more things inside but worse user experience- build quality, OS, etc.
BTW, an iPhone 4 working fine for more than three years of heavy use...

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

R Vaguero:

Um, then why can't I get a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $50?

And Apple still hasn't learnt how stupid the iOS method for clearing Safari history is--talk about a good user experience (not) with iOS.

iOS devices also have awful sound quality for audio/video file playback. Samsung is somewhat better, and HTC went as far as to put a serious DAC in at least some variation of the new HTC 1.

There are a lot of reasons for choosing something other than the iPhone.

iPhone 4? Was that back when the phone didn't work real well?

If the iPhone does what you need, great, but let's not pretend it's the be all and the end all of smart phones.

0 upvotes
R Vaquero
By R Vaquero (1 month ago)

iPhone 4 didn't work really well? Whatever you want, but I will never spend money on a crappy imitation loaded with the complicated Android OS.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

R Vaquero:

iP 1, 2, 3, and maybe 4 didn't work well as phones--that's phones.

Android is far from crappy, and not particularly complicated. Clearing Safari history on an iPhone is somewhat complicated. So careful throwing around "complicated".

Now some Android phones have too much crapware.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (1 month ago)

What is wrong about the specs.?
It's 4.7 inch no need for 1080p only drains your battery more and you won't notice it

It has the fastest processor they have

Very bright maximum aperture and they didn't go mp berserk.

It also has 4k video and for an Samsung nice built quality too.

5 upvotes
ArturoBandini
By ArturoBandini (1 month ago)

Yeee - no, I'll wait for the Beta version. It tends to be less bugy. Dont wont to bother with antenage and all other sh*t apple put me trough while learning to design metal phone.

And the specs - wow! So 2yr ago...

0 upvotes
Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (1 month ago)

When the new iPhone 6 comes out, current iPhone 5's will be on sale. It looks like Samsung Galaxy Alpha and S5 are to compete against such dumping iPhone 5's, not against iPhone 6. "Maybe", Note 4 could be the contender.

0 upvotes
David Stinson
By David Stinson (1 month ago)

When the iPhone6 comes out the flood of Samsung devices on eBay will be astonishing. Most people that left Apple for the larger screen will be back.

1 upvote
Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (1 month ago)

I am one of such people. I had been using iPhone 1st generation to iPhone 4, until my eyes just could not catch up the small screen any more. I am using Note 2 and have been fairly happy with its big screen. But I will switch back to iPhone 5.5 inch. However, I will keep Note 2 for other purposes. For example, with AirDroid app it can be a very nice watchdog cam :-) Also, other Aduino fun projects...

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (1 month ago)

I don't know why they still bothered....as this doesn't look any better than any previous iphone. The specs also doesn't make sense, unless....this phone would be priced similarly or less to the Galaxy S5.

0 upvotes
Shirker
By Shirker (1 month ago)

My original iphone has just been rendered non-operative by an Apple reset, so this phone might just be the replacement.

2 upvotes
EricWN
By EricWN (1 month ago)

And what "reset" from Apple would that be that renders an original non-modified iPhone non-operative??? My first gen iPhone is still in use in the family and works great.
I question this "theory" to say the least.

7 upvotes
JordanAT
By JordanAT (1 month ago)

Even Apple phones die. They're made of silicon, they can go bad. And if the problem occurred while running and Shirker followed the SOP for fixing an iPhone, that requires a reset. If the failed component then prevents a successful boot...it becomes useless.

2 upvotes
EricWN
By EricWN (1 month ago)

A component failure is always an option, we all know that. The non functioning device though is non functioning because a hardware failure prevents it from operating as expected. Besides he's talking about a reset, not a restore.

0 upvotes
David Stinson
By David Stinson (1 month ago)

he's probably a paid Samsung shill.

1 upvote
Ken SC
By Ken SC (1 month ago)

I moved to a Nokia 900 several years ago (when you are managing a Microsoft relationship it is good to use a Windows Phone).
The polycarbonate case is ideal for a phone. Unbreakable. This is a tough phone. When I did drop it and rough up a corner I just sanded the rough spot down. If it was a metal case it would have had a permanent dent (or worse).

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The Name is Bond
By The Name is Bond (1 month ago)

The original HTC tanks, they weighed down my pocket terribly. Never again.

Give me the plastic fantastic, just make them more durable. Metal doesn't really help in any case. It only means you won't likely get a cracked case, but the electronics remain as fragile and arguably a metal case transmits shocks better and so are worse.

10 upvotes
ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (1 month ago)

You hit the nail right on the head.

1 upvote
Takahashi
By Takahashi (1 month ago)

Indeed... my first thought when reading the specs was "Wow... don't want to be dropping *that* on a hard surface, jacketed or not".

1 upvote
imaginarycam
By imaginarycam (1 month ago)

Boring.

2 upvotes
Takahashi
By Takahashi (1 month ago)

Yeah... damn these article that force you to read them!

2 upvotes
Bryan Biggers
By Bryan Biggers (1 month ago)

Not sure what the point is about the size of the sensor, are they saying it is too many pixels or not enough or what? The Galaxy Note 3 has a 13 Mp sensor for example, and that phone is due to be replaced soon. The S5 has a 16 Mp sensor, so 12 is certainly not high count by today's standards.

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

size does not mean megapixels but actual sensor areas. A bigger sensor tends to deliver better image quality than a small one.

5 upvotes
vlad0
By vlad0 (1 month ago)

How big is the image sensor ?

0 upvotes
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (1 month ago)

it's a full frame ....

22 upvotes
seliscan
By seliscan (1 month ago)

LOL, a good one!

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (1 month ago)

I never understood the appeal of metal phones. Mine is dropped regularly and i toss it around.. i just need it to work. Plastic is far, far better in the case of phones.

Most iPhone users use some sort of case ($50 for a piece of injected plastic)... thats part of the appeal of the iPhone.

10 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

50-dollar cases? I'd say the ones I buy are typically between 4 and 6 $ :)

3 upvotes
FRANCISCO ARAGAO
By FRANCISCO ARAGAO (1 month ago)

Aluminium does not absorb shock as well as plastic, soon the dents appear.

3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Lars Rehm:

Otterboxes cost a bit more than $8. Though not usually $50.

And then there are the cases with extra battery packs built-in, those can cost $50.

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

I know there are 50$ cases, I just don't buy those.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Lars Rehm:

It depends what you're trying to accomplish with the case(s).

0 upvotes
HaroldC3
By HaroldC3 (1 month ago)

When they say metal body do they mean metal trim? When I think metal body I think the whole thing.

It shoots 4k video yet it only has a 720p screen. I guess as long as it can output 4k then that's okay.

1 upvote
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

well, you'll need a 4K-screen to make use of that video, although all smartphone 4K video I have seen so far is so heavily compressed that there is really no point in shooting 4k over 1080p.

4 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (1 month ago)

Even with the typical compression, the details resolved in 4k are still far greater than any smartphone in 1080p. Plenty of comparisons using existing 4k capable phones out there to support that notion. Or try it yourself...
And you don't need a 4k screen to see the benefit, even downsampled on a 1080p screen it looks better, or on anything inbetween 1080p and 4k.

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seliscan
By seliscan (1 month ago)

Totally agree! After you see a 4K on a full HD screen, you will not want to shoot full HD ever!

1 upvote
Kirk Bruner
By Kirk Bruner (1 month ago)

Alpha? Are they kidding? Did no one at Samsung think this name through? Did they even stop to think if someone might already be using the name Alpha for something? Lawsuit in 5, 4, 3, 2,

2 upvotes
Shirker
By Shirker (1 month ago)

Yes, Alphalpha would have been much better.

1 upvote
Mario G
By Mario G (1 month ago)

Watch out the Greeks coming around to sue all the folks that have been using their Alphabet®.

0 upvotes
David Stinson
By David Stinson (1 month ago)

Samsung is used to the lawsuits by now...and when I mean used to.. I mean used to losing..

0 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (1 month ago)

Except that outside the US, they won the overwhelming majority of them. Food for thought.

0 upvotes
David Hull
By David Hull (1 month ago)

Looks a bit like the iPhone. Interesting. Rumors are that the iPhone 6 may have a more beveled, bezel-less appearance. I like the look, actually. I could care less about the camera. More MP, so what.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

BSI? (Very likely). Raw? Possible.

Assuming the jpegs are decent through ISO 800 in challenging situations, 12MP gives much more crop room. So that's like a zoom.

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viking79
By viking79 (1 month ago)

It only gives more crop room if you aren't limited by diffraction, which is most likely the case here.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

v-

Well yes, I was assuming that each of the pixels was getting good data/illumination.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Okay, will it shoot raw?

Can I slide my fingernail under the back plate to remove it and then easily swap the battery?

And yes I realize the announcement is thin on exact specifications.

0 upvotes
madm002
By madm002 (1 month ago)

I handled this unit in a review the other day. I believe it is a sealed battery. The body is all metal, not just trim. It is a solid piece. Seriously doubt the raw, they are more focused on improving "selfie" technology.

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

definitely no raw, front and frame are metal, back is plastic as far as I can tell.

1 upvote
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

seems the battery is removable

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

madm002:

Okay, of course "selfies" not invented in the year 2013 and improved with raw capture. Bet I took my first digital selfie with the end of the year 2001, and that camera shot raw, though I think I didn't figure out that feature until later in 2002.

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0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Lars Rehm:

Thank you, too bad about there being no raw.

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