The Galaxy Alpha is the first Galaxy phone to sport an external metal frame. It's a really good-looking phone -- click through to check it out.

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The Alpha is adorned with glinting metal, lovingly hewn and polished. The build quality felt very good during my hands-on time, and I thought the metal frame gave the phone a touch of class.

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Sadly only the frame around the outside of the phone is metal.

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The back of the Alpha remains the same flexible plastic that Samsung's been using for ages. On the plus side, that means the back cover is removable.

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The metal frame makes the Alpha very pleasing to hold. It feels a lot sturdier, but not heavy.

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Slightly cold to the touch, the Alpha is actually rather small for a Samsung Galaxy phone. Its screen is a mere 4.7 inches.

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The Alpha is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat.

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That's a 12-megapixel camera. There's a heart rate scanner and a fingerprint scanner on board too.

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Its hardware and size mean the Galaxy Alpha isn't as high-tech as, say, the Galaxy S5. I think the pleasing look of the metal frame make up for a slight specs drop, however.

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