French phone shoppers have a new and extra-fancy option at their disposal: a Samsung Galaxy Alpha that ditches the plastic back for one of alligator leather. The phones, which otherwise are the same as their plastic-backed sisters — right down to the metal frame, will run shoppers €649, an increase of €80 over the standard version. That extra cash also comes with exclusivity — only 100 of each of the four different backs are available.
Motorola's Moto X (2014) is available with a leather back as well, though the more pedestrian cowhide option here is only $25 more.
We are looking at four different models here. The Galaxy Alpha édition limitée Free Lance Bordeaux offers a deep red, Free Lance Bleu is a sort of turquoise, Jean-Baptiste Rautureau Marron is a less-ostentatious brown, and Jean-Baptiste Rautureau Gris is a pretty standard black. At least as standard as alligator leather on a Galaxy Alpha can be.
If you're interested, the leather-backed Galaxy Alphas are available now through the Samsung France website, though at just 100 each, you'll want to order soon before they're all snapped up by fashion conscious Frenchmen.