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Samsung Galaxy Alpha shows off metal frame (pictures)

Samsung has built a metal mobile at last. Check out these official pictures of the Galaxy Alpha, which also sports a 4.7-inch display.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.
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Samsung has heeded our calls for a metal Galaxy smartphone. We've got the first official images here, so click through to take a look, and learn about the Alpha's key specs. The Alpha will go on sale in September in the UK, with availability in other countries and prices yet to be confirmed.

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The Alpha comes in five colours: black, white, gold, silver and blue. It's packing a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, or an octa-core chip in some countries.

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The 4.7-inch display is a little disappointing. The Alpha has a 1,280x720-pixel resolution, which isn't as high as the 1080p resolution we're used to seeing these days.

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That's a 12-megapixel camera on the back. The front features a 2.1-megapixel snapper, for selfies and Skype calls.

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The Alpha has 32GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM -- but here's another bit of bad news: there's no microSD card slot. That's unusual for Samsung, and could annoy those who regularly transfer files to and from their phones.

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The camera records video in a 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. That means your footage will have plenty of pixels, though we'll need to do some hands-on testing before we can vouch for the quality of the video it captures.

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The Alpha has the same dimpled look as the Galaxy S5 and the Tab S tablet.

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As this picture shows, the Alpha is quite slim, measuring 6.7mm thick, and weighing a mere 114g (4 ounces).

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We're working hard to get some detailed hands-on photos of the Galaxy Alpha as soon as possible, so stay tuned for more images. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the design.

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