The Galaxy Alpha is the first smartphone in Samsung's history to dump the plastic feel for premium alloys and now it's also become the first phone to get a specially designed leather back panel in a choice of four styles and colours -- two aimed at fashion-focused female owners and two at stylish men.
Women get the choice of a textured Bordeaux red or Teal blue shell complete with embroidered flower detail courtesy of Free Lance designer Guy Rautureau.
For men, two similarly textured but slightly more Spartan Jean-Baptiste Rautureau designs in brown and grey are available.
However, no matter which design is chosen, the leather shell will be handmade and individually numbered -- only 100 examples of each design are being produced -- and the completed phone will come with a certificate of authenticity signed in person by the designer.
The limited edition cases only add a further €80 (RM340) to the standard handset's €570 (RM2435) price, meaning that the only catch is that they're exclusively for French customers and can only be bought from Samsung France. But c'est la vie. — AFP/RelaxNews 2014