Chalk this one under rumors that just won't die. Earlier this year, Samsung was heavily rumored to launch a high-end Galaxy device constructed out of metal, allegedly dubbed the Galaxy S5 Prime. The device in question failed to materialize, but the internet rumormill is back with fresh hints of a Samsung phone with a metallic chassis.
The news comes out of South Korea's ETNews, which claims that Samsung is set to launch a new high-end smartphone, which is tentatively called the Galaxy Alpha. There is no information as to the specs the handset will feature, with the publication only stating that Samsung intends to launch the handset sometime next month, and that the Galaxy Alpha will be Samsung's answer to the upcoming iPhone 6. Also, the handset is claimed to offer better performance than the Galaxy S5.
Citing the proverbial sources in the know, ETNews mentions that the launch of the Galaxy Alpha will likely disrupt Samsung's traditional launch cycle, which sees a new Galaxy S device in the first half of the year, followed by a Galaxy Note launch in the latter half. At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest that Samsung is looking to change its device strategy, so we suggest you take the news with a grain of salt.