Features Key features of the Galaxy Alpha  vs A3 

screen size

screen resolution

Galaxy Alpha
1280 x 720
Galaxy A3
960 x 540

memory

Galaxy A3
1.5 GB

processor

Galaxy Alpha
Octa core
Galaxy A3
Quad core

camera resolution

Galaxy Alpha
12 MP
Galaxy A3
8 MP

Differences What are the advantages of each

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More cores Octa core vs Quad core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
Significantly faster processor 1.8 GHz vs 1.2 GHz More than 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 12 MP vs 8 MP 50% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Sharper screen 312 ppi vs 244 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 540 Around 80% higher resolution
Slightly bigger screen 4.7" vs 4.5" Around 5% bigger screen
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Better theoretical download speed 42.2 Mb/s vs 21.1 Mb/s 2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Alpha  vs A3 

8.8
7.5
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.
Galaxy Alpha

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy Alpha  vs
A3 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 4.7" 4.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 960 x 540
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 312 ppi 244 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.8 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Octa core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 1.5 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 12 MP 8 MP
Resolution 12 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.1 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/)
HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 660 min 720 min
Capacity 1,860 mA·h 1,900 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy Alpha  vs
A3 
Weight 115 g 110 g
Thickness 6.7 mm 6.9 mm
Size 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm 65.5 x 130.1 x 6.9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 5.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes No
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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