Photos claiming to depict the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone have appeared on Chinese social media site Weibo. The photos show a decidedly grooved metal design — an iPhone trademark on generations 5 and later — not shared by past Galaxy models.
The leaked images are unverified, and Samsung has so far been silent on the existence of a new Galaxy. A metallic exterior would be a departure from previous Galaxy phones, which have typically brandished plastic backsides, sometimes textured to give the feel of leather or metal.
The chamfered edge would also be new for Samsung, although the accusation of stealing it from Apple would not be.
British retailer MobileFun was temporarily offering pre-orders of the so-called Galaxy Alpha, touting the handset's fingerprint scanner and a 12-megapixel camera, putting it in the same league as the Galaxy S5. However the page seems to have since been removed.
Samsung rumor website SamMobile released images two weeks ago that reportedly showed early Alpha prototypes. However, while those photos showed only a black version, the new photos display a white body, suggesting that Samsung may offer both colors for the Galaxy Alpha, as they have with previous Galaxy phones.
So far no pics of a gold Galaxy Alpha have turned up.
The Galaxy Alpha is expected to run Android 4.4 "KitKat" and start at 32GB of storage. The same Weibo page that leaked the photos claims that Alpha will come in both 4.7 and 6.7-inch sizes.
While Samsung itself has not confirmed a release date, SamMobile originally reported that the phone would be announced on August 4. However, the site is now saying the date to watch is August 13.
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