Samsung Galaxy Alpha Regatta held in Moscow
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is expected to come to the party wearing a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display. The 4.7 inches happens to match the size of the screen rumored to be on the Apple iPhone 6. Resolution on the screen is 720 x 1280. An Exynos 5 Octa, or a quad-core Snapdragon 805, will be under the hood depending on where you pick up the handset. 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of native storage are included, with no microSD slot. Back and front-facing cameras are 12MP (with an ultra-fast auto-focus) and 2.1MP respectively. A removable 1850mAh battery powers the phone, which of course offers a metal casing. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed, out of the box.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha started life rumored to be a premium Samsung Galaxy S5 with all of the features left out of the flagship model. Besides the metal, that included a 1440 x 2560 QHD screen. Instead, the phone has morphed into a direct challenger to the Apple iPhone 6. Samsung could be taking the wraps off this model as soon as next week.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha signage appears at a sponsored regatta in Moscow
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source: hi-tech.mail.ru (translated)
1. julianojd (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)
Exclusive: leaked official specs, price and date of Alpha Galaxy
(in Brazilian blog)
3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2770; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Thanks! That post gave me so much information!
10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2019; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
So informative. Now I wanna buy this phone!
27. Iodine (Posts: 384; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
45. engineer-1701d (Posts: 945; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
What a beautiful failure a small battery, 720 screen. My Samsung galaxy S3 has a 2100 mA battery with a 4.7 screen give or take and it can last one day with medium use I don't understand why Samsung released such an amazing phone of high-quality with a small battery and a 720 screen with only two gig of RAM a complete waste of innovation
4. naittosan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)
Your right, the only way it could have competed is with a 5 inch display, and speced out to the max. I already know everyone will say it's just as good as far as specs. But being as good is not good enough.
11. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
maybe 1080p 4,7 inch display could be better.
24. rd_nest (Posts: 769; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
There is a reason why engineers and bloggers don't usually get the top job in a company. They tend to think with their ego rather than concentrating on consumer behaviour.
No wonder why the most comments in such tech sites are that if Samsung uses stock Android, it will take over the world.
How can someone be so naive? Do you just act ignorant or something else?
46. engineer-1701d (Posts: 945; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
I want to believe it's lost in translation
42. techperson211 (Posts: 651; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Z3 and Z3c will kill iphone6 in terms of functionality durability and price but still most part of the world will not bother to think twice in buying an iPhone because of its status quo , being so called "cool to have an iPhone"
15. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Specs don't matter in the real world. Here on this website to us users they do, but not in real world society. No one (the majority if not MORE than most) looks at specs when they shop for a phone. They look at the interface, quality, and mostly the design and aesthetics. Thats what hooked me lately on Apples products (Macbook, iPad, iPhone), and on my baby, the Nexus 5.
Accept/realize it or not, that is the truth lol.
18. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3062; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"Specs don't matter in the real world."
That's your truth, the stuff you tell yourself to rationalize your purchase of expensive Apple products that don't do anything more than much cheaper alternatives.
But in the real world, specs matter. Why do you think auto makers have touted specs for decades? Or so many consumer goods are compared on the basis of specs? Or that so many people buy on the basis of "specs"? Why do you think Apple offers comparisons of all their products on their website using "specs"?
Once you stop believing advertisements are true, I am sure the world will be a very different place. Specs do matter and have mattered for a long long time.
22. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Yes go ahead and talk about Auto Dealers lol. We are talking about phones, and phones only. Keep brainwashing yourself. No need to share how it works haha, we all see it.
If anyone likes APPLE, you go crazy. You CAN NOT stand their success and can not come to peace with yourself if Apple is involved. I mentioned Apple and my Nexus 5, yet you go crazy about Apple LMAO. Really bro, relax, take some blood thinners, and get that heart rate checked. Apple success is going put you in the morgue soon.
PS - In case you haven't realized, I stopped reading your propagandic bologna after the first 5 seconds.
30. Iodine (Posts: 384; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Specs do matter, but not those ones that are pushed by manufacteurs so heavily, eg. Ghz, core count, RAM, mAh, ppi, Mpix etc.
What really matters is actual system performance, battery life, display and camera quality etc. And those ones can not be expressed by a single number or set of numbers on a spec sheet.
31. Awalker (Posts: 324; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I think he or she is right. Specs don't matter to the average consumer. It's more about design, aesthetics and trends. My father bought the S4 because he heard how popular the phones were. He couldn't tell you anything spec-wise about the phone and 99 percent of the time he's using it for phone calls and navigation. He could have bought any phone to do that.
47. engineer-1701d (Posts: 945; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
That really not true specs don't count look at Kia or Hyundai vs Mercedes kia or Hyundai have better specs in a lot of the high-end cars versus the Mercedes mid low and even high end but people want the name not the specs it's sad but true
6. register (Posts: 76; Member since: 02 Aug 2014)
Unfortunately you are right. Should have had better specs.
7. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Specs dont matter to the average person. What matters is easy of use and battery life.
16. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Exactly! Just saw this after posting (#15) my post
19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3062; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"Specs dont matter to the average person. What matters is easy of use and battery life."
And "battery life" is what? A spec.
28. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
dont think so . average person cares about specs. they want 'wow' factor. this phone has no wow factor
33. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 885; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Who told you that Alpha is meant to fight with iPhone6??????
The menial tech media ????? (that find the cheap aluminium, "super premium")
8. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 141; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)
The more samsung tries to compete with apple the more it makes me not want their childish products
34. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 885; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
And who told you that Alpha is meant to compete with iPhone6??????
36. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
everything is clear fanboy. you are so dumb to cant understand it ?
41. wilsong17 (Posts: 908; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
i think you are so dumb android is far superior system than a close wall garden
why do you think android is 85 percent world wide
50. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
wtf moron ? what android ? look at my comment you stupid fanboy. did I write anything about android ? please learn how to read before lol
9. camera531 (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
This will never hit the US market, so doesn't do me any good. Probably Russia and Korea only. Maybe other parts of Europe. It'll be the same scenario as the S5 "Prime" recently launched. All this hype and no actual product. It's a joke.
12. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 366; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
There are leaks pointing towards models for the US carriers. And it doesn't make sense for Samsung's iPhone competitor to not be sold in the US, where Samsung has to worry about Apple the most.
It's not like the Galaxy S5 LTE-A that morons think is the "Prime" device just because of some leaks pointing towards such a device some time last summer. That device is no different and no more notable than the Galaxy S4 LTE-A from last year.
37. camera531 (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
The blogs have invented this idea that the Alpha is the "iPhone competitor" and I don't think that was ever Samsung's intention, at least not like the media is pitching it. This will be a small scale release, again only in Russia and Korea, and maybe small parts of Europe to experiment with metal construction (can they mass produce non-plastic phones and maintain profit levels, etc.). Maybe a future metal iPhone "killer" will be released at the end of the year or in 2015, but this clearly mid-range phone is more of a concept and likely not what everyone apparently thinks it is.
39. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 366; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
We'll see when it comes but I'm making conclusions from existing leaks that have emerged over the last month or so. All of which pretty much SCREAM iPhone competitor.
-As I said previously, different models for US carriers. Apple's market share is the greatest in it's home country, Samsung wants to dig into that. Link can be found here.
-Thin design, because Apple is always flaunting it's slim form factors. Samsung wants to make that look less special.
-And the premium, metal casing (or at least Samsung's attempt at it). The iPhone is always metal clad and sexy, if Samsung can divert eyes to their own phone, they can divert some customers, too.
Yes it's going to be a little bit suicidal for Samsung to do this in the US because Apple will surely file another lawsuit, but they're going to need to fight back the market share Apple will steal because of the iPhone 6's larger display. Seems like you're just pulling conclusions out of your arse and ignoring everything around you.
And "mid-range"??? it's supposed to pack the best silicon out there, dude.
13. Drsarcastic (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)
The 805 on a 720p screen? THIS WILL BE THE MOST BUTTERY SMOOTH PHONE IN THE WORLD! Take my money Samsung!
14. isidoros (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Nice phone... for Samsung. But HTC One and iPhone are still nicer.
17. Andrewtst (Posts: 317; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
This phone won't success. Same design. The added side aluminum never make it look nice. Samsung you need change designer!
32. Awalker (Posts: 324; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
They're putting lipstick on a pig when what they need to do is change the design of the phone.
20. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3062; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
If Samsung prices it right, they will move a lot of Alpha phones, especially if it has enough CPU/GPU power to keep TouchWiz from lagging too much.
It's not a great design by any means, but there isn't another phone like this currently available in many markets. So Samsung has some market window.
23. lolatfailphones (Posts: 150; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
1850 mAh battery? Lol what is samsung thinking?
26. Iodine (Posts: 384; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
It has to be thinner than the upcoming iPhone (7 mm).
29. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
yes for that purpose they slashed battery.for keep the battery life good they put 720p screen
25. lolatfailphones (Posts: 150; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
And where is Papasmurf? Funny he isn't here
38. GreekGeek (Posts: 792; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
In no time he'll be praising this device to death, along with his 'awesome' Galaxy S5 :-)
40. Dude2014 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
How are they going to compete against iPhone 6 with this mid ranged crap?
43. Taters (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Because that's what the iPhone 6 is....lol
This is the typical example of the double standard thinking that Apple enjoys. The iPhone 6 doesn't pull away from this in any way whatsoever. In fact, it loses to this on most fronts.
44. Canaan (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 May 2014)
A snapdragon 805 processor is midrange? Perhaps the screen is what you would find on a midrange but everything else on its spec sheet is that of a flagship.
48. engineer-1701d (Posts: 945; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
He's talking about battery screen and 2mp front camera and the camera if it's not ois
49. Taters (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I doubt the iPhone 6 battery will be much bigger if at all and Apple screens usually tend to stay at around 326 ppi or less if you consider the iPads.
Now the iPhone 6 camera might have ois it might not as well. So again, the iPhone 6 will have nothing much if anything at all on this hardware wise.
Software that is debatable but hardware wise, definitely the same class.