Leaked snaps show off metal Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Four clear-as-day pics were posted to Chinese site Weibo

Sammy's expected high-end blower has shown up on Weibo toting spiffing metal edging...

Samsung's long-rumoured Galaxy Alpha smartphone has been leaked in surprisingly clear (for once) shots, and it looks to be sporting some shiny metal trimmings.

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The general speculation is that Samsung's working on a series of high-end smartphones, with the aptly named Alpha being first in line for a premium debut.

The new images, courtesy of Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo, appear to show a more ritzy design aesthetic compared to previous plasticky Samsung smartphones.

What's most notable is the metal edging, a design technique Apple made use of in its iPhone 5S which touts itself as a premium handset.

Rumours so far tip the Alpha to come packing a 720p 4.7-in display (the rumoured screen-size for Apple's unconfirmed iPhone 6), 32GB of storage, and is a dead-cert to feature 4G/LTE connectivity.

We saw what looked to be the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in a leak last month, sporting Sammy's signature dimpled rear with what looked to be a metal trim - which now appears to be confirmed.

There's no official word from Samsung confirming the high-end device's details thus far, but we'll keep you posted.

Source Weibo

Via PocketLint