Samsung can't catch up with demand for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha?

Samsung can't catch up with demand for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha?
When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was released during MWC 2014, disappointment was felt throughout the smartphone world. What happened to the 1440 x 2560 resolution screen? And once again, the device was made from plastic. But Samsung decided that it could take on the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 by offering an updated version of its flagship model with a QHD display, and a metal casing.

First rumored to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 F, the updated version of the Galaxy S5 is now believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha. And while it sounds great, there is a problem. Samsung's suppliers are said to be falling short. The manufacturer's Chinese vendors can deliver 1 million Galaxy Alpha handsets a month, according to one report. That could be far less than demand for the phone.

For example, at 1 million units a month for the last three months of the year, Samsung could have 3 million units of the Galaxy Alpha ready to be shipped by the end of the year. But demand for the model is estimated to be as high as 12 million units for the same time period, leaving a huge gap in supply. The manufacturer does have a choice. It could decide to keep the supply-demand graph skewed toward demand, or it could find another source of supply. Considering that Samsung can't afford to disappoint its fans again, we'd expect the company to find some new sources, and quickly.

Even if Samsung does balance supply and demand, recent talk has Samsung really trying to match the iPhone 6 with the Galaxy S5 Alpha. Instead of a 5+ inch screen, the latest talk is that the screen on Sammy's device will copy the 4.7 inch screen on the iPhone 6 in size. And a screen that size with a QHD display, would be like shooting a mosquito with a howitzer. If the Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha were to merely match the iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch screen, and come to market with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, we're not sure that Samsung fans would feel satisfied.

source: VR-Zone via UDN (translated),

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Galaxy Alpha
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1860 mAh(11h 3G talk time)



1. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

There is no way that this can be correct.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol hopefully not, why miss the opportunity to call it the Galaxy "F5" .... because.... its a refresh....I'll see myself out....

43. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It would be nice if named only 'Galaxy Alpha' instead of 'Galaxy S5 Alpha'. Alpha is nice name. And I think they could meet the demand.

55. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I agree to you. They should start a fresh new premium line up. Rebrand it totally, " Samsung Alpha then Alpha 2. Forget the Galaxy which is highly puzzled up with all ranges of phones.

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

To agree no way in he'll that 1 million units a month that's like opo speed. Sammy stop making apple parts and all others make yours then do others

2. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

This will just sway consumers to purchase the product as soon as pre-order is open.

56. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Agree, this to create artificial demands, and have people lineup, as they do with Apple devices.

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

This is shaping up to be a really boss wonder they can't keep up with demands

9. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

I think the reall boss is gonna be the note 4.. Uh i cant wait..

4. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i dnt think so bcoz samsuck designers are dumb

5. wilsong17 unregistered

now cute who is number 1 selling phone hater

8. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Dont mind him.. He just looking for green thumbs from samsung hater in this site..

31. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

The number 1 selling phone is an old Nokia and the number 1 best selling smartphone is the iPhone 5S...

47. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And the current best selling OEM? Don't want to address that?

53. willard12 unregistered

Nokia got passed in feature phones and smart pjones years ago.

44. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At least they know how to spell correctly.

10. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Why is it that anything being compared to the iPhone is copy? Since when did making a 4.7" screen a copy? Apple hasn't even announced their iPhone 6 yet phonearena claims samsung has copied the screen size. Are you guys just trying to ruin a companies reputation just to portray the other company superior or what? I simply don't get it, large screen devices have been there before the iPhone 6. I guess when sammy releases a 5.5 " it would be copying the iphab right???

18. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

The Note 2 was 5.5". So, Apple copied Samsung. The Galaxy Win and Galaxy Core Advance have a 4.7" screen. So, Apple copied Samsung.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7176; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Blows me away since so Many Android OEMS had 4.7" displays for quite some time already. The moto x, the first HTC one m7, the list just keeps going.....

24. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

That's exactly what i though..damn alan f does not want to be part of apples blacklist and last time i checked samsung is competing with other android phones not iphones.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is exactly why I hate PA.

33. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You guys should learn not to take things out of context. I love Samsung but that doesn't blind me from the truth. Its pretty clear at this point the iPhone will come with a bigger screen (supposedly 4.7 inches) and the only reason for Samsung to release a flagship smaller than even to S3 is a retaliation to that decision. Alan never said apple is the only manufacturer that's releasing a 4.7. You guys shouldn't come off as annoying fanboys

52. Onlinector

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

It's not about screen size,Look,We all know that this alpha thing is to compete with the new iphone,And having the screen size of galaxy S5 and S4,we all know they are around 5",But what really makes samsung to produce a high-end Flagship smartphone,With a 4.7" display?simply they will have thinner bizzles and more compact body,To make us compare they're 4.7" to apple's 4.7"..or they wanna have a record pixel density of 625 ppi!!

11. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

2 months after this Samsung will release the Galaxy S5 Alpha Prime Pro F

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

A month later and they'll release a mini version called the Galaxy S5 Apha Prime Pro F Mini followed by the Galaxy S5 Alpha Prime Pro F Active.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And in the first month of next year it will be announced that Samsung sold more smartphones than anyone else by at least twice.

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hell yeah! Keep it up Samsung. Keep on releasing a brand new Galaxy ??? each week. Go get them tiger! Hopefully you'll be able to keep up with updating these phones and not abandon them after a year. Good luck to XDA devs. --Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Alpha F LTE-A Active Int'l version with Exynos SoC.

38. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

you made my day send from my laggy and no longer being updated international version samsung galaxy s3 with exynos 4 quadcore soc

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

If I had bought the Glaxy S5 I would feel quite deceived...

19. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why? Do you expect progress to stop once you get what you want?

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