The second of Samsung’s 64-bit phone, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, could be priced well above what other 64-bit models would be priced at, according to industry sources.
The Alpha is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 30,000 in India, or about $400 outside. In comparison, the similarly speced Huawei G621, is likely to be priced at less than Rs 15,000 in India, or about $200 outside.
The Galaxy Alpha will be one of the several 64-bit phones being prepped for launch over the next four to eight weeks.
The others are the HTC Desire 510, the Samsung Samsung SM-G510 and the Lenovo A805e. All these models, except the SM-A5000, are mid-range phones and will be priced in the Rs 12,000-18,000 range in India ($150-250 range unlocked elsewhere.)
For example, the Samsung SM-G510 will come with a rather lowly 4.8-inch 960 x 540 pix resolution display and 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. It would be priced around Rs 18,000 only. There is also another version with very similar configuration that is priced Rs 3,000 higher.
The HTC Desire 510 too would come with a low-resolution, 4.7 inch 854 x 480 pixel display. There are even reports that the models could come with 32-bit Android initially, which would then have to be upgraded to the 64-bit version later.
As of now, the only one with a decent display is the Huawei G621-TL00. The Lenovo A805e too will have just a 540×960 pixel screen.
But the Alpha will be priced well above the other models, in the range of 60-80% above the others.
The reason could be that it would be the first 64-bit higher end phone.
For example the Alpha would have a 4.8-inch HD display (1280 x 720 pixels) along with 2 GB of RAM, while the other phones would come with 1 GB of RAM. It would also have a 12 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel front camera and full HD video recording.
Chances are it would also come with an Amoled display, which may not be present on other models.