Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs A5 vs A3: specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs A5 vs A3: specs comparison
Last year, Samsung execs gathered together, and concluded that the single biggest obstacle against their Galaxy line of phones' world domination was design. Specs they had mastered, but users were constantly clamoring for a little something something in the premium chassis department.

Well, that little something materialized in the form of the ultrathin, metal-sided Galaxy Alpha, that is undoubtedly a piece that looks and feels very premium, yet still keeps the signature removable plastic back cover. After reviewing the Alpha, we think that Samsung is on to something here, but now it went even further, and released the all-metal Galaxy A3 and A5, with sealed aluminum bodies. Let's recap what can we expect from those allegedly pricey lookers.

Samsung is actually making a U-turn with these not only in terms of design, but in specs as well, as it has equipped them with "mere" HD 720p and qHD 540x960 pixels AMOLED displays, and powered the phones with a lowly Snapdragon 410 that carries Adreno 306 GPUs, while the Alpha comes with more powerful chipsets. The 410 is a 64-bit processor, though, so the new metal phones from Samsung are Lollipop-ready, too. The A3 comes with 1 GB of RAM, while the A5 doubles that amount, so both fit nicely within their respective low-end and the midrange categories. 

Tailoring these phones to the youth demographic, Samsung gives quite a bit extra in the camera department, outfitting the A5 with a 13 MP sensor, compared to 12 MP in the Alpha, while even the lowly A3 still comes with an 8 MP shooter on the back. It's the frontal cameras that are more interesting here, though - Samsung placed 5 MP wide-angle snappers on both, knowing perfectly well that the kids love'em selfie times. It has also introduced a few new software shenanigans to beautify and edit your selfie, before posting it on the social networks as if that's the real you. These include Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features, and Rear-cam Selfie - selfies go for the kill with those.

The choice of battery capacities is a bit underwhelming - a 1900 mAh juicer for the Galaxy A3, and a 2300 mAh one for the A5, though these are perhaps the highest capacities Samsung could fit in such Slim Jims. Given the wonders that Samsung achieved with the 1860 mAh pack of the Alpha, we wouldn't discard the possibility that these two are going to have excellent endurance either, though. Any takers?

Samsung Galaxy A5 vs Samsung Galaxy A3 vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Display

Size

5.0 inches
4.5 inches
4.7 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

71.14 %
66.09 %
70.22 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5433

Processor

Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 306
Adreno 306
Mali-T628 MP6

RAM

2GB
1.5GB
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
16GB
32GB

OS

Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

2300 mAh
1900 mAh
1860 mAh

Talk time (3G)

15.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)
12.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)
11.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)

Music playback

68.00 hours
60.00 hours
37.00 hours

Video playback

12.00 hours
11.00 hours
10.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (Autofocus)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
12 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features

Video calling
Video calling
HDR, EIS

Front

5 MP
5 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

 
 
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 inches (139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm)
5.12 x 2.58 x 0.27 inches (130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm)
5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches (132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm )

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
3.89 oz (110 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.06 oz (115 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal
Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Related phones

Galaxy A5
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Galaxy A3
  • Display 4.5 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1900 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Galaxy Alpha
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1860 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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