Benchmark scores and specs for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the European Galaxy S5 LTE-A leak out

Benchmark scores and specs for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the European Galaxy S5 LTE-A leak out
UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy Alpha just become official.

For those who have been paying attention, little of Samsung's oft-rumored Galaxy Alpha remains unknown. We think that we know what the device looks like, and we even have a few clues as to the materials that will be used with its body (hint: aluminum), along with the type of hardware that the world's biggest smartphone vendor is thinking of packing into it. Today, thanks to a new leak, courtesy of SamMobile, we get a far more thorough picture, at least in terms of specs and ballpark performance. But the Alpha isn't the only device that got a reveal -- the alleged European version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A (SM-G901F), codenamed KCat6xx, was also served one.

Starting in the above order, the Galaxy Alpha was found to sport a 4.8-inch, 720p AMOLED display, and draws powers from Samsung's Exynos 5430 (not 5433) Octa processor with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores, capable of running in unison. The Exynos chipset makes use of a Mali-T628 GPU, clocked at 533 MHz, and 2GB of LPDDR3E RAM. Interestingly enough, according to AnTuTu, the Alpha will make use of a 12-megapixel rear shooter, which is anything but standard. The device also touts a fingerprint scanner and a heart-rate sensor, but apparently isn't water- and dust-resistant, which will inevitably disappoint some.

As for the European version of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, it's not exactly identical to the South Korean original. Indeed, the revealed device sports an Exynos 5430 Octa processor instead of the Snapdragon 805 found in the Korean version, and a 5.1-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution (not 1440 x 2560) AMOLED display. Essentially everything else is identical with the widely-available Galaxy S5. This means the same 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera, heart rate and fingerprint sensors, and 2GB of RAM. 

The folks behind SamMobile specifically point out that the two benchmark runs were done on test firmware, which is a likely explanation for the disparity between the two very different scores. For the full scoop, check the image gallery below.

source: SamMobile



1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

39k Antutu. Not bad.

2. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Going to be a real contender against that new Motorola G.

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

With a price tag 2 times more I really doubt, there isnt a contender to moto g from any major phone maker(yes even the chinese cant compete in europe with it cause of their s**tty support and updates)

3. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

This scores lower than the S5 even with a 720p? Then what is the exact reason to get this phone?

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

There are two different devices listed here, one is the Alpha (a mid spec phone) and the other is the S5 LTE-A (a high end phone). The LTE-A version comes with an 805 which is about the same as an 801 but with Adreno 420 gfx (which according to Anandtech is about 50% better performance than PowerVX's rogue in 5s and about 50-100% faster than Adreno 330) and a QHD display.

8. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I don't know, but I'll bet Apple's having a good laugh.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You're numbers are a bit off The 420 is about 40-60% faster than the 801's 330 and A7's And about 50-70% faster than the 800's 330 For comparison the 32-bit K1's GPUs is about 100-170% faster than A7/801's 330 The K1 has an advantage in some benchmarks/games because supports OpenGL 4.4, while the A7 supports 3.2 Not sure about the 800/801, but not 4.4 since only Nvidia's version of Android supports 4.4, until L brings 4.5 (Apple are going to Metal instead of OpenGl in iOS 8)

14. DanishPastry

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I think this benchmark might be off, GSMArena has posted a picture with the Galaxy Alpha scoring a 38.248 on antutu, above both the One M8, S5 and Note 3...

5. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

At least they use Kernel 3.10 and not this nearly discontinued 3.4 currently being used on over 90% of all devices shipping with KitKat.

9. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Didn't even notice that. L developer preview is still on 3.4.0

11. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

L will ship with 3.10 by default on a bunch of supported qcom SoCs such as the S200, 400, 800/801 and 805. Google will likely bump the Nexus 5's kernel too considering that the current CAF msm-3.10 has been in the works for quite some time.

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Still no competition with z1 compact even the upcoming z3 compact

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The battle between snapdragon vs exynos is going since 1st galaxy s. Exynos was usually better at the time of launch, before getting countered by the new snapdragon. While the scorpion core wasn't exactly a big leap from stock cortex A8, it's successor- krait(especially updated version) was clearly a winner over cortex a9 and performed decently even against cortex a15. Today's exynos 5 octa is too sophisticated and power-hungry to overthrow both snap800/801 or snap 805.

7. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


10. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Sammobile just announced that galaxy alpha is out. Also they posted pictures and specs of the device.

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