Samsung recently debuted its new flagship phone, the Galaxy Alpha. With no press event and little fanfare, Samsung quietly took the wraps off its newest device, which features a metal case around a 4.7-inch screen, making it just smaller than the Galaxy S5. Its camera and battery fall a little shy of the Galaxy S5, too, placing the device in line with other mid-range smartphones. The Alpha isn’t a bare bones release, though, as it has a couple nice features like a fingerprint scanner and “ultra-power-saving mode.” The best part about the phone, though, is that metal case, which addresses one of Samsung customers’ biggest complaints: their phones feel cheap in your hand. The phone, which doesn’t have a price yet, is scheduled to launch sometime in September – right around the time the company is set to unveil its Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Alpha isn’t a device that’ll replace your iPhone 5S or LG G3, but it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a solid midrange device.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit

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