Samsung seemingly confirms several Galaxy Alpha variants, including AT&T and T-Mobile models
Last week, a couple of live photos revealed that one of the model numbers of the Galaxy Alpha was SM-G850F. This model number now has a User Agent profile that’s available at Samsung’s website, alongside the UA profiles of SM-G850A, SM-G850H, SM-G850M, and SM-G850T. All these are listed as sporting displays with 720 x 1280 pixels - that's exactly the rumored resolution of the Galaxy Alpha's 4.8-inch screen. Android 4.4 KitKat is also mentioned, plus maximum CPU frequencies of 2.5 GHz (on the SM-G850F, SM-G850H and SM-G850M) and 2.3GHz (on the SM-G850A).
By looking at the model numbers of previous Galaxy smartphones, we can assume that the SM-G850A is a Galaxy Alpha for AT&T, while the SM-G850T will find a home at T-Mobile. The SM-G850H and SM-G850F should be international versions. Of course, nothing is truly confirmed at this point.
It’s said that Samsung will announce the Galaxy Alpha on August 13. It seems that the handset has a metal frame around its body, and borrows some features from the Galaxy S5, including the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate monitor. Until the Galaxy Alpha is finally (and officially) unveiled, photos that allegedly show its white and black versions can be seen in the slideshow below.
1. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 267; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
720p, exynos and 12 mp is ruining it for me.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
What? I hope you realize that because it has a 720p screen, the Exynos 5420 will literally make this phone fly, especially on Android L.
22. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
That is just a pathetic thing to say. Why don't we just put a 360p screen in it? That way, it'll fly even faster.
24. AfterShock (Posts: 2991; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
That is somewhat true.
I don't see how this will influence some to down size, or switch sides.
It's another Galaxy to me.
27. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
Samsung are probably thinking that since the 4.7/4.8" iPhone is going to have a 720p-esque screen and a 8-12MP camera, they can get away with it too.
But the problem is, many people are not going to buy this if it has similar specs to the iPhone. People will only buy this phone next to the iPhone if it has significant advantages like a 1080p screen and 16MP/1/2.5" camera.
28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
With that logic, GS3/S4/S5 Mini wouldn't sell. Statement debunked.
32. AfterShock (Posts: 2991; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Never saw one.
Off the chart sales you mean?
33. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
If they were selling, Samsung's quarterly results wouldn't be down and since they said the S5 was outselling S4 by 10%, it means the flagships are selling but these Minis and other mid to low end phones are indeed not selling well.
Besides, I said this phone wouldn't sell NEXT TO an 4.7/4.8" iPhone. Now you can imagine what will happen when the new iPhone arrives if Samsung cannot sell these Minis without an iPhone to compete with.
Statement not debunked.
34. rd_nest (Posts: 825; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
They are selling, and exactly the reason why they sold more than 70m smartphones last Q.
And they are selling beacuse they are selling 2x more than the guy in 2nd place.
They are selling more than anyone, and by a HUGE margin.
36. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Let's be real now. Samsung sold over 75 million handsets last quarter because of their mini smart line and because of the S4 and S5. Please stop making up facts and actually take the time to Google the sales figures.
4. AnTuTu (Posts: 978; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
I am a big Samsung fan but here are my concerns:
* They have heaps of money and can definitely higher great designers to design Samsung devices. S5 ruined the galaxy line big times :(
* Samsung can definitely bring devices made up of premium material. If HTC, Oppo , Huaweii can do this whey can't you Samsung :(
I have high hopes from Note 4 and if it turns out to be a premium quality device I would definitely buy it. Please don't ruin my expectations :(
15. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1245; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
they wasted the opportunity of a life time to put out a great smaller phone that the masses want if the screen is not amazing its pointpointless just like htc m8 small cam mp people think its not worth buying if it's not 1080p in year 2014-2015 except iphone amazing screen full retina hd jk lol
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The next three months is going to be exciting for me. This, Xperia Z3 launch for T-Mobile, iPhone 6 launch, iOS 8 release, Note 4, and the Android L rollout.
25. AfterShock (Posts: 2991; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Unless you don't believe Google internal that denied its demise.
5. Planterz (Posts: 1115; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
This phone is obviously targeted to compete against the premiumly constructed iPhone 6's. Samsung is Apple's biggest competitor, but their phones are plastic and cheap feeling. The lack of microSD expansion, in my mind, confirms this, since practically every Samsung phone has expandable storage.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing, nor a good thing. Just pointing out the reason for this phone's existence.
6. iamoa (Posts: 75; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)
top and bottom bezel is alot and almost the same back samsung as GS5. kind of ruins the look of the whole phone. else, looks nice.
8. galanoth (Posts: 342; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
Why everyone hating on 720p?
Moto X has 720p and people love that phone.
Screen under 5" at 720p will still have over 300 PPI.
A new Exynos or Snapdragon 805 powering just a 720p screen will make this phone fly.
10. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Because when a phone is expected to have a pricetag of $500 or more, it is SUPPOSED to sport a 1080p screen....no ifs or buts.
You pay that much money then it should come with a Full HD screen
20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
iPhone 5S is priced at $649 and how successful is it?
23. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Apples to Oranges heh
Android consumers have different mentality vs Apple consumers
Two completely different market segments numbnuts
Droid fans know their tech and whatnot......Apple? lol
30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I don't even know if you were kidding or serious. Please log off the internet and come back when you actually have facts and not assumptions.
11. rantao333 (Posts: 277; Member since: 21 May 2013)
becoz PPI is so confused. and reason behind it is so difficult for them to digest.
720 -> 1080 -> 2k -< 4k, so general, so direct and understandable.
12. uchihakurtz (Posts: 278; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
720p on a 4.8 inch screen in these day is a fail, you need an above 320ppi screen for a flagship. If they can fit 2K screen on a 5.2 inch, I don't why they couldn't fit a 1080p on a 4.8 inch screen.
31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Please provide a link from Samsung saying this is their flagship. I'll wait.
37. uchihakurtz (Posts: 278; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Well, it's not their flagship but it is priced and meant that compete with the iPhone 6. I don't think it'll be a worthy opponent for the iPhone 6.
38. uchihakurtz (Posts: 278; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
*to compete, damn SwiftKey jumping around.
17. AfterShock (Posts: 2991; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Do you expect this new Galaxy to sell at same price though?
26. Iodine (Posts: 516; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Because this is supposed to be the same or somewhat improved screen like on the galaxy S3. That means Pen-Tile and that means preceiwable sharpness of about as much as the galxy S2 with RGB which is about 217 ppi which is just about 75 % denser than the screen on the iPhone (2007) on a phone in 2014.
Let's have a look, the highest ppi of true RGB samsung amoled was that 217 ppi. Going significally over 200 makes that true RGB screwed into S-stripe RGB (note 2, tab s 10,5) which is easilly noticeable with naked eye, any amoled of over 300 ppi was pentile, and any amoled over 350 ppi was that all new super diamond pentile matrix plus, or whatever samsung calls it.
9. Sam_K (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I prefer Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to Exynos after running Antutu Benchmark both on a Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 with a Snapdragon 800 and 2gb RAM and a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 and 3gb RAM. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 scored much higher in the benchmark even though it had an older Snapdragon and less RAM. Imagine a Snapdragon 801 or 805 with 3gb of RAM in a phone like this.
13. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Unfortunately, most hardcore Sammy fanboys doesn't realize this fact.
Exynos' big.little architecture is a POS. You can even notice how stuttery this cpu is even on a simple browsing activity.
14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3765; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I think glue on metal side strips are about $3 on eBay.
Which is about the same amount of money that Samsung spent on "design" for this phone.
16. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
I have been wondering, Samsung doesn't have this ''upper midrange'' category (eg. 1080p , lesser spec'd, somewhere in the $500 category)
That's why it is extremely difficult to recommend (let alone buy) a midrange Samsung because they STRICTLY ADHERE to this 720p CRAP!
They can always source a CHEAP 1080p panel from a Chinese manufacturer, it doesn't necessarily have to be AMOLED
Well Samsung, no wonder why your customer base is dwindling fast. Time to change your marketing philosophy.
18. JonathanAlexander7 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)
Why not 1080p,all i want is a smartphone under 5 inch with 1080p
29. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3765; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
No kidding. HTC One M7 had a very nice 4.7" 1080p screen. That sort of screen would have been quite a good match for "Samsung Alpha".
There are tons of great screens out there. Unfortunately, big name device manufacturers don't spend much money on design.
19. odachek1976 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
This is for Apple fans to switch, not for Samsung fans to drool...
39. robertkoa (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
OK. I have been searching for a few months for a powerful Phone
with a very good Camera which is pocket sized so 5.0" to 5.2" device height like Alpha is right there.
The Sony Z1 is close also but there are issues with plastic cover and low volume speakerphone.
The Alpha of course due to the thinness race has a smaller Battery but the CPU Cores are quite efficient so battery life is decent.
A good Device which could be great IMO a few mm thicker and a
SD Card , larger Camera Sensor and larger Battery would really put this Alpha over the Top.
I keep seeing the Samsung Vs. Apple Debaters lol getting kind of irrational sometimes entertaining.
I was in Junior High too , once.....