Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Galaxy S5 mini: specs and size comparison

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Galaxy S5 mini: specs and size comparison
We first started hearing about a metal-clad Samsung Galaxy phone in the making ages ago, or so it feels. After a hefty rumor phase, however, Samsung finally made the Galaxy Alpha official today at an impressive event in Russia, and it turns out that most of what we thought we knew about the device was right all along.

Perhaps most importantly, and to start off, the Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch AMOLED display, putting it right in-between the 4.5-inch Galaxy S5 mini and the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5. Naturally, in this day and age, this puts the Alpha on the rather short list of relatively compact devices available to consumers who aren't necessarily crazy about the continued growth of smartphone displays. Where the new Samsung device differs from most 'mini' devices, however, is the specs sheet that comes attached to it -- it sports Sony Xperia Z1 Compact-worthy hardware, though it doesn't tout water- and dust-resistance.

So how does the Galaxy Alpha compare against the two 'mini' devices mentioned above? Here's a bird's eye overview of the specs, and a look at the Alpha's relative size against them and other competitors.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches

127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches

131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

LG G3 s

LG G3 s

Dimensions

5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches

137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches

127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches

131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

LG G3 s

LG G3 s

Dimensions

5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches

137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)


Display

Size

4.3 inches
4.5 inches
4.7 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

61.72 %
65.76 %
70.22 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 3470
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5433

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 330
Mali-400 MP4
Mali-T628 MP6

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
1.5GB
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
16GB
32GB

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.3)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

2300 mAh
2100 mAh
1860 mAh

Talk time

10.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

27.9 days (670 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

18.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
10.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
11.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

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

Stand-by time (4G)

22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 

Music playback

94.00 hours
47.00 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

20.7 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
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
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features

HDR, Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS
 
HDR, EIS

Front

2 MP
2.1 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.00 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches (127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm)
5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches (131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm)
5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches (132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm )

Weight

4.83 oz (137.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.23 oz (120.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.06 oz (115.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP58
Water, Dust; IP67
 

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys
Touch sensitive control keys

Related phones

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
Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Display 4.3 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Galaxy S5 mini
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh

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