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Samsung SM-A500 specs leaked - is this a slightly larger Galaxy Alpha variant?

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Samsung SM-A500 specs leaked - is this a slightly larger Galaxy Alpha variant?
Last week, we told you that Samsung would release more metal-made Android smartphones following the introduction of the Galaxy Alpha. These smartphones should be part of a new A-series, initially including the following models: SM-A300, SM-A500, and SM-A700.

The SM-A500 recently appeared in GFXBench’s benchmark database, this allowing us to check out most of its alleged specs. Like the Galaxy Alpha, the SM-A500 sports a 720 x 1280 pixels display, though it’s a 4.8-inch panel, not a 4.7-inch one. It seems that the SM-A500 is powered by a quad-core, 64-bit-capable Snapdragon 410 processor - certainly not the most powerful chipset among Qualcomm’s latest offerings. Other features reportedly include a 4.7 MP (?) front-facing camera, 12 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. The new handset currently runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but we guess Android L will be on board eventually (to make use of that 64-bit processor).

While there aren’t any photos to show the Samsung SM-A500, we wouldn’t be surprised if this looked pretty much like the Galaxy Alpha (pictured above). We’ll brig more on this as soon as new, relevant info arrives.

Samsung SM-A500 specs leaked - is this a slightly larger Galaxy Alpha variant?

source: GFXBench via GalaxyClub (translated)

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posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:25 18

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What is Samsung doing....

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:28 8

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


More devices.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:28 12

4. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


being Samsung of course

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 17:18 2

34. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


In other words, selling more than twice as many smartphones as anyone else.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:32 3

6. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


could be their selfie phone lol

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:41 6

11. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


variants of alpha. alpha zoom, alpha neo , alpha grand....

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:14 5

17. Rizchy (Posts: 60; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Doing what they do best. Releasing new devices everyday like hot cakes. lol

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 11:39

26. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


this is horrific should not be announced or specs shown at all. boost the specs and then sell to me

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:28 1

3. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 271; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


The hell.....?

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:53 1

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


ARMv7? 410 = ARMv8 due to A53.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:30

37. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 271; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


I was saying this because it doesn't make much sense to me why they would release a 2nd variant of this device. I love the build, but the whole thing seems redundant to me.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:30 1

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Why??? Why can't Samsung just release a few decent phones per year?...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:42 2

12. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Samsung always release decent phones per year(The S and Note series proves that), but it's only high end. The problem is they never release a decent low and mid range phones.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:10 3

16. nebsif (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


While I generally love their flagships, sadly way too many clueless people buy the overpriced midrange dung (

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:33 8

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Samsung Galaxy Alpha Mini (4.5") and Samsung Galaxy Alpha Active (same 4.7" size) in the next few weeks. Please stay tuned :)

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:39

9. Malhar (Posts: 44; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


LOL!!!

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:37 2

8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


If they just made the move to onscreen nav keys, I'd bite. I hate that home button.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:52 11

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's actually the reason why I always come back to Galaxy phones.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:02 7

15. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Agreed. I enjoyed the home key on my iPhone and the only reason I used a Galaxy phone was for that reason. I use the onscreen keys on my Moto X and I always feel like I am missing something.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:19 4

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The on screen keys on the M8 bothered me, especially when scrolling down a page and accidentally launching Google Now.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 11:17 5

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


same here... on screen keys are prone to accidental touch.... I also dont like how they eat up the precious screen, we can minimize but thats an irritating solution

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 21:52 2

40. ithehappy (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


On screen buttons are the worst possible thing one can love! How many weird people are in this world really?

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 20:10

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


Onscreen keys waste almost 10% of the screen size, ignorant.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 13:13

43. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Physical keys waste 10% of screen to body ratio. Narrow minded.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:52

44. ithehappy (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


And how much screen real estate on screen buttons waste, Muppet?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 06:10

45. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


None when it counts. They disappear when watching movies or playing games. Does it matter any other time? Not in my experience. Just imgaine if they had gotten rid of the black HTC bar on the HTC M7 or M8.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 09:39 2

10. Luckiee (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


really, no NFC?

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:20 2

19. camera531 (Posts: 343; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


It's so awesome that Samsung is releasing all of these new metal phones! But nothing in the US. So maybe it isn't so awesome. I guess "f-you Samsung" is in order.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:30 1

21. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Likely there is a very high agreement that Samsung cannot release any "metal" phones within some months of an iPhone release.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:25 3

20. NationGuettaTR (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


Doesn't suprised. Samsung loves to squeeze every model. S3, S3 Mini, S3 Vault Edition, S3 Neo, S4, S4 Black Edition, S4 LTE-A,S4 Mini,S4 Zoom,S4 Active,S5, S5 mini, S5 sport, S5 LTE-A etc. Bunch of useless phones.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 10:31 1

22. Sealblaighter (Posts: 203; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Why 4.8 inch? Why only 8 GB of internal storage? This is a really bad idea. I hope this is not true.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 11:34 2

24. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


BTW did anyone see the Galaxy Alpha (Exynos) battery tests? Is it safe to call them wall magnets since they'll be charging their phones more than iPhones?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Exynos)
Talk time: 13:20h
Web Browsing: 8:25h
Video Playback: 8:05h

Apple iPhone 5S
Talk time: 10:46h
Web Browsing: 9:58h
Video Playback: 10:31h

http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-alpha-exynos-5430-battery-test/

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 11:57

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


Agree.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 11:37 1

25. XaErO (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


leak says it is SM-A5000 .. but the article says it is SM-A500 ??

Am I missing anything here ??

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 17:20 1

35. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, a zero.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 12:05

28. Tuxedo (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Good luck to them keeping up with updates for their smorgasbord of devices.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 13:43

29. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


And you said Sony's 6 month flagship cycle was too fast.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 14:58

30. VAH6I (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


no samsung just LG funy

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 15:25

31. B-power (Posts: 242; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Is this a high-end phone or mid-range phone because it has a mid-range proccesor and a high-end camera.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 16:20

32. Suo.Eno (Posts: 489; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


meh... It's gonna get owned by the next Moto G3 16Gb (internal storage alone will kill off that Alpha metal frame appeal, not to mention RRP) if this is legit...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 17:04

33. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


It's probably a cheaper version? Dat Adreno 306 though...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:06

36. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Samsung must be bored.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 21:43

39. munsif3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


NO.. God NO..!!!!

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 01:47

41. kalo88 (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 May 2014)


Here we go, the Samsung machine churning out yet more phones rather than a few good ones with great software.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:00

42. droidmanX (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)


they are releasing phones left right and centre.. consumers are losing track of models, I wonder how many factories or industries they have all over the world that they are able to churn out smartphones with such regularity. Hope they put an end to this aimless releasing of proudcts. Instead they keep 4 to 6 models max in different price range and maximum should be 650$. Nothing more.

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