Due to popular demand, we’ve recently added two new forums here at XDA-Developers. The first is a device many years in the making, a metal-laden phone by none other than plastic aficionado Samsung. The second is the successor to last year’s relatively popular Huawei Ascend Mate.
First up, we have the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This device is noteworthy for several reasons. Perhaps most strikingly, this high end device features an aluminum sideband, as opposed to the company’s previous plastic devices. It features a powerful Exynos 5 octa-core processor with a quad-core 1.8 GHz A15 and quad-core 1.3GHz A7. It features 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Strangely, although the device features top notch specs in the processor department, it’s a bit less stellar with regards to display technology and battery capacity. Sporting a 4.7″ 720p SuperAMOLED that comes in at 320ppi, the display is certainly not the device’s strongest selling point. That said, 720p at 320ppi was never horrible to begin with. To back up all of the hardware specs, this 6.7mm thin device features an 1860 mAh Lithium Polymer battery.
Next up, we have the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. Coming in as the successor to last year’s Huawei Ascend Mate, the Mate 2 brings added features in an even thinner casing. The device features a large 6.1″ IPS+ LCD that comes in at 720p resolution with a 241ppi pixel density. The Ascend Mate 2 runs on a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. It also has a 13 MP rear facing camera and 5 MP front facing camera, and is powered by a large 4050mAh battery.
Will the high end Samsung Galaxy Alpha be the next device to find its way in your pocket, or are you upset about the 720p display resolution? What about the mid-rante Huawei Ascend Mate 2? Let us know in the comments below!