Samsung Galaxy Alpha 

Released September, 2014
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G
  • 4.7"
  • Octa core 1.8 GHz
We here at MobileTechReview have obviously not only seen the display in person, we've used it for a week, and I can tell you overall it's a really lovely screen.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
It's fairly bright too, and is visible outdoors at higher brightness or auto-brightness settings.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
7.2 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy Alpha
8.6
Galaxy S5
8.3
Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy Alpha
n.d.
Galaxy S5
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy Alpha
5.1
Galaxy S5
5.1
Talk time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy Alpha
8.4
Galaxy S5
8.0
Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com, phonearena.com and 2 more

7.2

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy Alpha
7.2
Galaxy S5
7.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy Alpha
3,092
Galaxy S4
1,856
LG G3
2,272

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha


8.0
Given the required swipe gesture and still not perfect accuracy, it's not as pleasant to use as Apple's Touch ID, but it's a big step in the right direction.

8.8
So you have to choose – either the compact size and premium construction of the Alpha, or the better specs and features of the larger but not as premium Galaxy S5.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Performance in outdoor light is good, and HDR shots look awesome with good detail.
by Android Police (Sep, 2014)
If you prefer the smaller size, the iPhone 6 is always a good alternative, sporting more premium design, but slightly bigger size for the same screen diagonal.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
For a smartphone packing along a 4.7-inch display, we’re astounded by how compact it is to hold in the hand – more so when our thumb can comfortably extend to all corners of the screen without excessive stretching.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

Video

The front 2.1 MP camera's quality is good and it can capture 1080p video and delivers clear video chat footage.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
There's definite fringing around the edges of icons and text, but the overall quality of this screen is much higher than the 720p screens Samsung was using a few years ago.
by Android Police (Sep, 2014)
Just like its highly esteemed Samsung siblings, we gain a level of multi-tasking thanks to its pop up play feature, which allows us to run other apps while a video is running within separate window.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

Design

Yes, they’ve been able to improve upon the design of their phones with each iteration, but as a whole, they pale in comparison to the modern and industrial designs we see from companies like HTC, Apple, and Sony.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
When you flip the phone around, the illusion begins to fall apart—this is still a Samsung device, and the company hasn't pulled a complete 180 on design.
by Android Police (Sep, 2014)
I lean more toward the phablet end of the spectrum for personal use, but I can see a lot of people going wild for a device like this—on the small side with solid specs and classy design.
by Android Police (Sep, 2014)

Camera

Frankly, it takes some pretty darn good looking photos with its 12-megapixel camera – just as long as you can stay steady enough while taking the snapshot.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
Samsung claims this results in very fast focus times, and the camera indeed focuses quickly.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
Honestly a good 8MP camera takes superior photos to a mediocre 20MP camera, so megapixels aren't everything.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)

Resolution

Some folks won't buy anything that isn't full HD 1920 x 1080 anymore, be it a smartphone, tablet or TV.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
The furor over PenTile sub-pixels has died down a lot in the last year or two as 1080p screens took over the market.
by Android Police (Sep, 2014)
I suspect that has a lot to do with the shape and arrangement of the sub-pixels, which are in a diamond formation similar to what's used on the newer 1080p screens.
by Android Police (Sep, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720
PPI 312 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.8 GHz
Number of cores Octa core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 12 MP
Resolution 12 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2.1 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. LTE-A Cat 6 (300/)
  5. HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
  6. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 660 min
Capacity 1,860 mA·h

form factor

Weight 115 g
Thickness 6.7 mm
Size 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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