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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony PlayStation TV, Alienware Alpha, Skully smart helmet: Gadget digest

This week has seen some brilliantly cool gadgets, including the latest all-metal Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Throw in a couple of phablets, a smart motorcycle helmet and a Pi-powered camera, and there’s lots to catch up on. So read on for our weekly roundup, where we’re looking at the biggest and best stories of the week!

Samsung smartphones have always walked the walk when it comes to features, but they’ve generally lagged behind the very best when it comes to premium materials. Not so the Galaxy Alpha, which is the first Galaxy blower to feature a full metal jacket. It’s great to see a Samsung device finally take on the HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 5s in the style stakes!

We also spotted some incredibly cool ways to jazz up your Android smartphone this week, with the InkCase Plus promising to change the way you read notifications and e-books on the move forever. The compact case packs in an e-ink screen, letting you access a whole world of content without even having to unlock your phone!

If the Galaxy Alpha doesn’t do it for you, and you’re on a much more extreme budget, then Nokia may have the perfect handset for you. The new Nokia 130 crams video and music playback capabilities into a handset costing just £15 – could this be the ideal second phone for festivals or holidays?

High-end and low-end Phablets

In other Samsung news, the Galaxy Note 4 popped up on an Indonesian website this week, leaking out the specs we’ve been dying to know more about. How does a Quad HD screen and the latest Snapdragon processor grab you, for starters? It could turn Samsung into the king of phablets once again!

As always though, it’s great to have a budget alternative, which is where the Moto G2 sequel comes in. The 5-inch screen may lack the finer detail of Samsung’s upcoming Note, but it should be more than good enough for catching up with your favourite Gadget Show stories!

Games galore

With gadgets like the Nvidia Shield promising to stream games to the big screen from your PC, traditional consoles like the PlayStation 4 have a tough fight on their hands. Which is why Sony announced at Gamescom earlier this week that its own micro console – the PlayStation TV – will be on the way in November and packs in the ability to beam down games from PlayStation Now, along with streaming PS4 games via Remote Play – all for around £85. Not bad, eh?

That wasn’t the only gaming device to make an appearance this week though, with the Alienware Alpha also popping up. The Alpha was originally set to debut under Valve’s delayed Steam Machines initiative, but Alienware has decided to launch sooner, packing in some serious PC gaming punch into a tiny console, but you’ll be able to get your hands on one a lot sooner!

And in other news…

There have also been loads of fun gadgets popping up over the internet in the past few days, with the SnapPiCam a fantastic example. Wondering what to do with your Raspberry Pi? SnapPiCam helps you to turn it into a 5-megapixel camera! We were also particularly impressed with the Skully smart helmet, which crams in a heads-up display and rear-view camera to potentially save you from accidents. All the better for not needing its more protective qualities!