Samsung Galaxy Alpha visits the FCC

Samsung Galaxy Alpha visits the FCC
Just a few days ago, we told you about several Galaxy Alpha models that Samsung had seemingly confirmed by listing them on its official website. Today, one of those models, the SM-G850F, was approved by the FCC.

According to the Federal Commission, the Galaxy Alpha measures 133 x 67 mm, thus being smaller than the Galaxy S5 (which measures 142 x 72.5 mm). This makes perfect sense, because the Alpha reportedly sports a 4.8-inch 720p display, not a 5.1-inch 1080p one like the S5. While the FCC doesn’t say how thick the Alpha is, we know that the smartphone should be about 6 mm thin - hence thinner than Apple's iPhone 5s.

The SM-G850F that was tested by the FCC features Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, and LTE (bands 2 and 5). This is a model that’s not made for North America - but that doesn’t mean the Galaxy Alpha won’t be released in the US. Most likely, the handset will be available via AT&T and T-Mobile.

As previously reported, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha should features a body partially made out of metal, an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor, 12 MP rear camera, heart rate sensor, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.4 KitKat. The handset might be officially announced on August 13. Until then, in case you didn’t manage to see any of the leaked photos that allegedly show the smartphone, we’ve included some of them below.

source: FCC



1. syncronyze

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is becoming the new iPhone 6 in terms of the amount of articles, jeez lol.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Put aside the 6mm thinness of the phone, and it looks like another generic slab from Samsung with aluminum highlights tacked on. I like the screen dimension -- similar to a Nexus 4 -- but 720p is just outdated. I would rather have a 7mm thick phone and a 1080p screen. It'll be interesting to see how this phone sells. The right price would move a lot of Alpha.

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They should make a WP variant!


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope that the TouchWiz will be flatter n lighter.

5. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

720p on 4.5" display? Bad display and awful back.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Moto G has a 4.5" display and it's drop dead beautiful. Stop being a Samsung hater.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yes, but the Moto G costs less than $200. The Alpha will be at least three times that expensive, so 720p is just unacceptable...

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Galaxy S3 is 4.8 inches at 720p and it looks just fine. It will be about 326ppi in a 4.5 inch screen.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Moto X. Just saying.

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah. Moto had to drop the price to $400 soon after launch because of that...

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

720p? Have fun with that Samsung...

9. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Yah they really know how to steal iPhone users from Apple with this jem. Not!

11. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why not. It meets Apple's definition of retina, which according to Apple is all you need and anything more is useless. And the lower pixel count will help lower CPU load and increase battery life. Of course, we all know that one Apple releases a phone with 400+ ppi, it will suddenly be the new standard at which anything higher is useless, but anything lower is inferior.

13. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

If that's all Samsung had this do to sell phone is make them equal to the iPhone, they would be out of business.

16. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

It's rather equal or a little better in terms power compared with the previous versions of iphone but should be better in terms of price.

18. michaelmicro unregistered

The Samsung will be missing iOS.

20. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That 720p isn't going to meet the Retina standard after the iPhone 6 comes out, and all of a sudden it will become a useless phone...

15. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

a 720p SuperAmoled screen on a Samsung is better looking than QHDs on wannabe copycat smartphones.

12. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

720p for me is great pros! It means much more performance and battery life while from normal distance you won't see difference! Of course there are number lovers and people with better vision and they need better resolution . When you will understand that too big resolution is a con, not a pros?

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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