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Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Apple iPhone 5s – specs comparison and future expectations

The iPhone's core strength has always been its premium design paired with good performance. Android phones, on the other hand, are striving to outperform it by becoming bigger, stronger, and faster, but not leaner. For a long time, the iPhone lacked a mainstream opponent to challenge it in its own elusive category of “compact premium smartphone”.

Enter Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Although its 4.7-inch display makes for a bigger phone, the Galaxy Alpha is more compact than any of today's Android flagships, and is one of the few 4.7-inch smartphones that are built to impress. Does the Galaxy Alpha finally have what it takes to challenge the iPhone? Read on, and you will see.

Design

The iPhone 5s is the more compact and metallic of the two, but Samsung has made the slimmest Galaxy phone ever.

Both the Apple iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha feature rigid and elegant rectangular shapes. A key difference is that the Galaxy Alpha has a meticulously sculpted frame made of polished aluminum, but the rest of it is built out of familiar Samsung plastic and adorned with a dimpled back like that of the Galaxy S5. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5s is carved out of one solid block of aluminum, which gives Apple the bragging rights to a sturdier build quality, at the expense of a removable battery.

Of course, the iPhone 5s is the more compact phone, measuring at 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm) at a weight of 3.95 oz (112 g). In comparison, the Galaxy Alpha measures 5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches (132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm) at a weight of 4.06 oz (115 g). Note that the Galaxy Alpha is taller by 0.34 inches (8.6mm) and wider by 0.27 inches (6.9mm) than the iPhone 5s, but that didn't stop Samsung from making it thinner by 0.035 inches (0.9mm), and only 0.11 oz (3 grams) heavier.

What about colors? While the iPhone 5s is sold in Black, Silver, and Gold, the Galaxy Alpha will be available in Black, White, Gold, Silver, and Blue at launch. No pink? How disappointing!

Display

The Galaxy Alpha's larger display is a clear advantage over the iPhone 5s.

The Galaxy Alpha's larger display gives it a clear advantage over the iPhone 5s. Samsung's offering towards design-conscious customers goes for a large 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED panel that makes the iPhone 5s' excellent 4-inch 640p IPS LCD display look and feel minuscule. However, the Alpha's higher resolution isn't equal to a bigger pixel density. The resolution of 640x1136 on the iPhone 5s' 4-inch display calculates to 326 pixels per inch, while the resolution of 720x1280 on the Galaxy Alpha's 4.7-inch display equals 312 pixels per inch. Still, since you practically won't be able to spot the additional 14 pixels per inch on the iPhone 5s' screen, it's safe to call this a tie with the Galaxy Alpha.

But which screen looks better? We haven't tested the Alpha yet, but we can tell, based on our experience and preliminary screen measurements, that it will probably be on par with the excellent color reproduction of the iPhone 5s. A pleasing viewing experience is guaranteed on both.

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posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:17 3

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


*Grabs popcorn*

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:47 1

25. neela_akaash (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Both phones are nothing but just a pocket hungry device. Go and buy a pair of Mi4. $320+$320=$640. And spend the rest $50 at the McDonald's.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 19:03

38. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I like how PA and all other tech media, compare iPhone6 with some mid-range Samsung phone.
First time I see them making good point.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 01:03 1

46. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Sure, if you want your personal data will be sent to Xiaomi's server.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 05:56 1

49. neela_akaash (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Every company has their own personal cloud services. Apple, Blackberry etc. So what's the point.... Think apart from rumors dude...

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:19 2

2. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Why on Earth would you compare a bling out S5(aka alpha) and a true next gen(maybe) Apple phone?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:21 8

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why not, it still has better specs than Ip5s.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:28 3

5. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Nah! Note 3 is still better.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:54 2

9. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


I think you are still on the "Specifications" boat

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:22 4

15. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


No. The experience, utility and a true phablet experience which make a cut above other phablets.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:57 4

20. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


So what the Galaxy Alpha has a metal case around it. What kills me is I see the majority of iPhone users buying cases to wrap around their aluminum case. What a joke. Premium materials, give me break.
There are so many Android smartphones that currently best and will still best the new iPhone 6.
Welcome iPhone 6 with 2gb of ram, and larger display to 2012.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 14:43

32. jackskellington6 (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Yupp they smack a plastic case on their premium material phone, making it a plastic phone again.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 07:32

62. givemespecs (unregistered)


People stick cases on their Android phones, so what's your point? iPhones hold their value better than most other smartphones, so why not stick a case on your phone, keep it in pristine condition and sell it for as much as possible once you have upgraded to the next phone?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:57 1

26. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


But but but "Apple's current flagship is one of the fastest, smoothest-operating smartphones on the market. As delightful as it is to use today, Android feels somewhat sluggish in comparison, even when it runs on cutting-edge hardware."

Thats not what us Android people claim!!!!!!

/s

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 15:21

33. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


If you download many apps and have a lot of things running you'll see some hiccups with Android. Yes, JB does a great job with closing out apps and unnecessary memory being consumed by apps, but the lag is there. Someone with straight AOSP, little to no apps running, will not see (or notice) lag versus someone using another device with an OEM skin, e.g. Sense, Touchwiz.

Plus, the definition of "lag" may vary from person-to-person and what I see as a smooth device may be some or slight lag to another.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:06

51. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


true nextgen iphone 6 with last 2 years tech sure chunk if thats what you think is next gen, iphone is now many years late getting bigger ram,battery,screen and nfc just to name a few things. dont ever try calling a iphone nextgen

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 07:21

61. Philipand96 (Posts: 79; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


Samsung in releasing the Alpha is stating that the Alpha when it comes to spec is a better phone to upgrade to than anything Apple is releasing.

Apple have taken Samsung to court 3 time over copying and it cannot have escape any of the execs @ Samsung of whose phone the Alpha resembles, even the name Alpha.

Deliberate as Samsung never release a flagship phone with memory expansion

Whilst the specs for the 4.7" have not yet been released, Apple have confirmed that it will have an improved camera but remains 8Mp

Ram will increase to 1.5 GB minimum most likely 2 GB the 1 GB leak is a faked document.

The specs of the Alpha WILL prove to be superior to the 4.7" iPhone6 and also cheaper which the majority of phones are

The Alpha specs are not those of Samsung flagship, but are above that of 8Mp iPhone6

There are a number of phones which clearly resemble an iPhone; however the Apple iPhone has come out BOTTOM when it comes to specifications.

Apple IMO have panicked and brought forward the announcement by 10 days to 09/09/2013 right in the middle of the IFA trade show.

They are many phones being showcased and the true "next gen” Apple iPhone specifications won’t register as premium even in 2012,

The competitors are building metallic phones 4.7" and above with much better specs and which cost a lot less,

A plastic shell was the reason why Samsung phone were not considered premium, GONE! plus there is a removable battery

With the subdued speicfication of the forthcoming iphone Apple will lose some of its customer base.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 07:58

63. givemespecs (unregistered)


Sorry but you are on the wrong planet pal. This will be the biggest selling iPhone so far. Yes, on paper it will seem inferior to most other Android flagship devices, but in real life, it will be at least as good as these same devices in terms of performance and reliability.

It will be a step up in design and performance over the 5S and Apple fans will willingly pay the premium price tag, in their tens of millions.

Most Apple users I know are professional people, and they are not mugs. There must be something good about the iPhone to make these people part with their hard earned cash. It's not about specs, it's about the overall experience, and no other manufacturer delivers the experience that Apple delivers.

Personally speaking, I really like the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. I think it is probably the nicest looking phone Samsung have produced in a while. I'm also quite excited about the Note 4, but I won't be buying either of these devices, because I'm not smitten with the Android experience.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:29

66. slyaii (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


The problem with Apple hard core fans is that they don't know what the competitors have to offer. They never held one or want to view one.

Most people want to fit in. They want a common ground to communicate and feel appreciated. They don't want to leave unless someone they admire leaves.

If you own an iphone and someone you admired gets the Android device, you will get one.

Apple fans don't have characters and make their own decisions. I would rather admire an apple fan that goes out of apple eco and tries new things. If the new things are not for them, go back. That takes a lot of balls. Getting out of the comfort zone and experience.

The majority of apple users are tunnel and makes claims out of speculations.

I have been an iphone users since the 3 to 5s. i switched over to android 2 years ago and never looked back.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:28 9

4. twens (Posts: 699; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Android users are getting empty headed each day. You guys think specs are everything. Name one game or app on the AppStore that the alpha can't handle? This are the type of phones android needs to start producing to close the gap between iPhone sales not those heavy weight spec phones which uses all it's processing power to push abnormal pixels. Samsung is getting practical, you guys should use your common senses and appreciate the effort.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:47 6

6. Ninetysix (Posts: 1679; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Can't use common sense when you're blinded by hatred.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:10

52. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


lets just see what happens when iphone 6 has a bigger screen maybe a 720p or 1080p screen running with apps, i see a lot of hiccups coming

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:07 3

22. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


What the hell are you rambling about. Android has had a number of phones already that run practically all the stuff on the play store. Just look at a moto G for instance. Oh yeah and its a 1/3 the price of an iPhone 5s. Its even cheaper then an iPod touch.
Samsung already has a number of devices that are great already. What's this bring really a metal case. So does it make it better? To some, maybe. To the smart ones, No. The smart people see that the majority of iPhone users still put a case on their phone to protect its aluminum.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:59 2

27. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


And 1/3 as good looking also… Lol.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:11

53. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


dont forget the otta box iphone people that make it massive,

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:47 6

7. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Am I the only one here who thinks Alpha almost looks like iPhone? Just make that home button round Samsung and you will be done.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 23:51

44. thartist (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Jul 2014)


Actually that's the whole point of it.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:12

54. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


same with the iphone 6 take the round button off and its a htc m8 i bet htc wishes they did not have the rule saying no suing apple now

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 08:03

64. givemespecs (unregistered)


Don't be silly, it will be two thirds the thickness of the M8!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:51 4

8. adecvat (Posts: 139; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


"The Galaxy Alpha's larger display is a clear advantage over the iPhone 5s"
Pentile with flicker is better? Nice.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:56 2

10. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


is alpha the new samsung flagship? why compare it to the current apple flagship?

isn't alpha a midrange device?

you are either propping up alpha to iphone level or denigrating iphone to midrange status...

which one is it?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:08 3

12. chaoscauser (Posts: 32; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


It's comparing spec to spec. S5's spec is higher than 5s though.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:19 6

14. banglazbless (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


The iPhone is a mid-range device. As a matter of fact the iPhone is more of an low budget device with high end flagship price.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 13:02 1

28. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


"Apple's current flagship is one of the fastest, smoothest-operating smartphones on the market. As delightful as it is to use today, Android feels somewhat sluggish in comparison, even when it runs on cutting-edge hardware."

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 14:25 1

31. AfterShock (Posts: 2971; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Tbh, I've never saw lag in Android's app drawer either.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:14

55. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


thats because apple cant run crap on it without crashing trust me i crashed 3 at the apple store for fun. apples in for a treat with the bigger phones this will be fun to watch them drop like 23 hr old fly's.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:29 1

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The only thing mid range about the Alpha or iPhone 5S are their screen resolutions. Otherwise, they have top notch hardware. They're on the same level in my opinion.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:07 1

11. chaoscauser (Posts: 32; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


The strongest point of Samsung phones is weight per inch of display size. That's the tech. Even it has water resistance and anti-dust function, S5 is lighter than the phones w/o those functions. I believe that mobile devices should be light as possible as they can be. Brands are struggling to lower even a few grams.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:15 1

13. HTCOE (Posts: 522; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i would still prefer the 5s over the Alpha... also the Alpha looks like it took pages out of the 5 and 5s in design w/o trying to cause legal issues as much as possible. This will be forgotten when the iPhone 6 is released bc then the design will be behind and their next alpha will replicate the iPhone 6 as much as possible and the story goes on lol

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:24 2

16. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Both phones are powerful enough for comfortable usage, multi-tasking, and playing the latest Android or iOS games.

I wonder if the writer has a unique hand crafted version of the iPhone 5s. Because the iPhone does not support true multitasking.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:32 2

18. RandomUsername (Posts: 554; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


"first big-brand challenger in a moderately-sized package"? Aren't you forgetting the Z1 Compact?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:37 6

19. Taters (Posts: 3598; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The iphone 6 specs won't be much better than the iPhone 5s if at all.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:36

50. nichbich (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Its such a typical Apple thing to do, how are people still being fooled !

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:20

56. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i have seen reports saying the iphone 6 is basically the 5s with bigger screen thats it.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 08:05

65. givemespecs (unregistered)


They don't need to be!!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:03

21. xperian (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Design: iphone wins, it's fully metal without dimpled thin plastic back.
Display: iphone, because samsung has 720p PENTILE display
Camera: there are no comparisons yet
Interface/OS: iphone, android may have more features, but touchwiz is the worst piece of s***
Performance: iphone, because it is ios and not bloated with useless samsung apps

Even now iphone is better in almost everything, when ip6 will be released samsung alpha will be completely desdtroyed. But knowing that it's samsung, people will buy it no matter how bat it is.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 18:22 1

36. willard12 (Posts: 886; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Design: Opinion. And the back can be replaced with aluminum for $6.99.
Display: Samsung provides Apple some of its displays so its not likely to be worse.
Camera: concur
Interface/Performance: see links below and you will see that Apple does indeed lead in something other than cost.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apps-on-iPhone-5s-are-crashing-twice-more-often-than-on-previous-models_id48204

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Which-platform-crashes-more-Android-or-iOS_id26542

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:21

57. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


you forget sir alpha is running the newest cpu 805 so we will not know how this affects touchwiz.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:34

23. fjftokyo (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


In my personal opinion, after owning many Android and Apple products I've come to a decision that they both are good, you have to use what you feel is best and stop bashing on the other. If you dont use android devices what do you care about what companies come out with, vice versa for those who use Android be happy with what you have and if you're not then switch to IOS or Windows and give this stupid back and forth argument an end. Look at at the emphasis Google put on NFC and the use of it and yet no one ever uses it for anything and how many people that you know that use wireless charging? Very little if any. I understand why Apple didn't install NFC in the IP5s and that's because it's technology that no one would use on a day to day basis, People who have NFC have the ability to use it, but they don't. At least not here in the US or various parts of Europe. Asian counties like Korea and Japan do use NFC and have been even before the Smart phone came out. In conclusion use what you like, live and stop complaining about thing's that have nothing to do with you, just keep on walking.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:24

58. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i use my nfc all the time every time i make a drink at a coke machine or food order i use it, at the mall there are nfc stickers on the directory for deals and maps of mall.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:46

24. neela_akaash (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Both phones are nothing but just a pocket hungry device. Go and buy a pair of Mi4. $320+$320=$640. And spend the rest $50 at the McDonald's.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:25

59. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


same comment over and over neela get a life and beg people to buy the mi4 else where.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 13:37

29. dragonborn79 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


cant afford iphone= samsung

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 14:19 2

30. xperian (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


why not something better like Xperia, LG, HTC?

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 00:33

45. jayd3n (Posts: 27; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


hes right!! you have a vast option out there brothers. wake up from your apple and samsung dream!! theres a world to see.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 18:36

37. jshan (Posts: 199; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Boo alpha !!!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 21:14

43. wesley. (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Alpha > Apple

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 01:37

60. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 128; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Alpha is a good device. But removing microSD card and no fm radio is downgrade. This 2 features in a smartphone is important......

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