The premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5, currently parading under the name of the Galaxy Alpha, may turn out to be another limited edition Samsung handset.

Because most of Taiwan's metal case manufacturers are monopolised by Apple, and because there are apparently none back in Korea, Samsung is reportedly turning to China to create the Alpha's metal cases.

But Chinese metal manufacturers can't churn out more than 1 million cases per month, so supply will be slow, meaning that the Alpha could well be limited at launch.

In demand

If the latest word is to be believed, we could end up with Samsung only releasing the Alpha handset in Korea, like it did for the Galaxy Round, at least for launch.

The alternate option is that Samsung ploughs ahead with a global launch and just bites the bullet when it's faced with low supply issues.

The Galaxy Alpha is expected to be launched this August, though we suspect that Samsung might hold out until IFA to make the big announcement.

Via G for Games