The Samsung Galaxy Alpha release date has been confirmed as September 12 by the Korean firm - potentially just three days after the iPhone 6 announcement.

If you already have the Galaxy Alpha in your sights then you can be an eager beaver and pre-order the handset from August 28.

The Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch 720p display, octa-core processor (1.8GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad), 2GB of RAM, 12MP camera, Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 1860mAh battery.

All about the metal

It's the metal frame that runs around the outside of the Galaxy Alpha that Samsung is really keen on telling us about, as it looks to produce a premium looking and feeling handset that's also just a svelte 6.7mm thick.

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Alpha will arrive in the UK in a number of colours - Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue - and it will be available from a variety of high street retailers including Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4 U.