Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3: specs comparison


The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is already here, folks! The long-rumored and much-anticipated metal-clad Samsung device has finally seen the light of day today, just as we told you several days ago. it's extremely thin (6.7mm), totes metal frames, and as a whole has a pretty premium-looking design. However, we could hardly find any device (apart from the iPhone 5s) with a display size under 5 inches that could boast similar premium design. At the moment it has the advantage of being the first device from a major manufacturer that has premium feel to it and has a display size of exactly 4.7 inches. Well, at least until the iPhone 6 gets officially unveiled, provided that Apple's upcoming champion flaunts a 4.7" screen as countless rumors and speculations suggest, but we digress.

That said, we decided to put Sammy's first metal-clad knight against a duo of the more popular Android flagship devices at the moment, its substantially bigger peer - the Samsung Galaxy S5, and another well-known trooper from distant Korea - the LG G3. The lightweight alpha can't stand up to them in the display size segment, but what about pure hardware specs? At least on paper, we can compare and put the three devices against one another for as long as we desire. Of course, the Galaxy Alpha is a niche device that doesn't boast top-end hardware specs, but some may argue that this might not necessary be a deal-breaker and the premium design makes it up for the not-so-great specs.

You be the judge. What do you make of this heated battle?

Display

Size

5.1 inches
5.5 inches
4.7 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

69.76 %
75.22 %
70.22 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5433

Processor

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Mali-T628 MP6

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
32GB

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

2800 mAh
3000 mAh
1860 mAh

Talk time

21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (927 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 15 h (927 min)
 

Stand-by time

16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
11.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
23.0 days (553 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Stand-by time (4G)

 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Music playback

67.00 hours
 
37.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
10.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 MP (BSI sensor, PDAF)
13 MP (OIS, Laser autofocus, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (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.264
MPEG4, H.263, H.264
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features

HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS
HDR, EIS

Front

2.1 MP
2.1 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)
5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches (132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm )

Weight

5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)
5.26 oz (149.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)
4.06 oz (115.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP67
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (swipe)
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
 
Touch sensitive control keys
See the full Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.



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  • 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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