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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Featured in Best Mid-range

Posted
Aug 13, 2014
Market status
Released

US carrier availability

Available: AT&T

Pros

  • Big display (4.7 inches)
  • High-resolution display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • High pixel densitiy screen (312 ppi)
  • 8-core processor
  • Lots of RAM (2048 MB RAM)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • Small dimensions (5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches)
  • Thin body, measuring less than 7.5mm/0.3inches (0.26 inches)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion

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Description

Apart from the metal frame, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha looks a lot like the Galaxy S5 in terms of design with similarly position buttons and overall styling. Hardware-wise the phone features a 4.7-inch 720p display, Exynos 5 Octa SOC with four cores running at 1.8GHz and four more at 1.3GHz, and 2GB of RAM. The build-in storage is 32GB and can't be expanded via MicroSD. There is 12 megapixels camera on the back (capable of 4K video recording), as well as 2.1 front shooter. The Galaxy Alpha is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.4.4) TouchWiz UI
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches (132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm )
  • Weight:
    • 4.06 oz (115 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)

Displaybenchmark

  • Physical size:
    • 4.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 312 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • Super AMOLED
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 70.22 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)

Camerabenchmark

  • Camera:
      • Popup12 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.2
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 31 mm
    • Features:
      • PopupCMOS image sensor, Autofocus, Touch to focus, Manual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects
  • Camcorder:
      • 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
    • Features:
      • Digital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 2.1 megapixels

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Exynos 5 5430
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • 8-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7
  • Graphics processor:
      • ARM Mali-T628 MP6
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2048 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 25 GB

Batterybenchmark

  • Talk time (3G):
    • 11.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (906 min)
  • Capacity:
    • 1860 mAh

MultimediaPopupbenchmark

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Radio:
      • FM
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
      • Google Chrome
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS
  • nano-SIM:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Other:
    • NFC, DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, ANT+

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall, Fingerprint ID, Gesture
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Samsung SM-G850F, Samsung SM-G850A


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850A

(for AT&T)
Differences:
  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 330
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Samsung Galaxy Alpha specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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