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)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

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Display

Size

4.7 inches
4.3 inches
4.5 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

70.22 %
61.72 %
65.76 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Mali-T628 MP6
Adreno 330
Mali-400 MP4

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
1.5GB

Internal storage

32GB
16GB
16GB

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
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

Battery

Capacity

1860 mAh
2300 mAh
2100 mAh

Talk time

 
10.00 hours
the average is 16 h (988 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
27.9 days (670 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

11.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
10.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)
 

Stand-by time (4G)

 
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 22 days (523 h)
 

Music playback

37.00 hours
94.00 hours
47.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
12.00 hours
11.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

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

Features

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

Front

2.1 MP
2 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches (132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm )
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)

Weight

4.06 oz
4.83 oz
4.23 oz

115.0 g
137.0 g
120.0 g

Materials

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

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 58
Water, Dust; IP 67

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
  • 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
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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