So long, handsome! Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be discontinued as the Galaxy A series step in

So long, handsome! Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be discontinued as the Galaxy A series step in
South Korea's ETNews reports that Samsung will discontinue its Galaxy Alpha smartphone by early February 2015, "as soon as its inventory of materials is exhausted". The company will reportedly succeed it with the new Galaxy A series of smartphones, which continue the Alpha's peculiar design line, but settle for spec sheets that Samsung finds more favorable for competing in the increasingly price-aggressive smartphone market

Essentially, the Galaxy A phones are the nice-looking, reasonably powerful, and affordable mid-rangers that have been missing from the company's product lineup. So far, Samsung's non-flagship mobile offerings have had a lot of corners cut in their spec sheets and build quality. In 2014, they found themselves unable to compete with stronger, cheaper products from Chinese competitors, which forced Samsung into rethinking its approach. If the rumors about it are true, then the Galaxy Alpha was merely a stepping stone towards reinventing its non-flagship smartphones.

Analysts and insiders commend Samsung's decision. The first Galaxy A phone that will reach the South Korea market, the Galaxy A5, "has better price competitiveness based on specifications than its predecessors, and its design is thought to be better than that of the Galaxy Alpha" according to a person from the industry. At $361 (KRW 400,000) the A5 will be positioned as "a premium model in the mid to low-priced product line", which Chang Jung-hyeok, VP of Atlas Research, finds "meaningful".

The Galaxy A5 has an attractive metal unibody design, a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP main camera, a 5MP front cam, and a 2300mAh battery. The Galaxy A3, which is the low-end offering in the series, features the same premium styling, but the display size, RAM memory, camera sensor, and battery capacity have been lowered to reduce the price. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A7, which is supposed to crown the A-series, has been largely unheard of as Samsung is yet to begin selling it, or even announce it. Currently, the Galaxy A5 is on sale in China and Russia.

If you'd like to see how the Galaxy A5, A3, and Galaxy Alpha compare to each other and other metallic smartphones, read our special size and design comparison.


source: ETNews

Related phones

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)
Galaxy A5
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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53 Comments

1. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

awe !!! Thats a great news ! I cannot wait to read the news : SO LONG, SAMSUNG !! BANKRUPTED !

2. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

If other companies havnt gone under they won't. They're also during very well in the TV market.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung mobile profits is still one of the highest in Android platform. Just that people now are taking notice on cheaper China brands phone, even so Lenovo and XiaoMi mobile phone profits is no where near 20 overs billons.

35. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

lenovo profit for phones + xiaomi they dont even reach 1b

50. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Beauty of Android: Vendors HAVE TO resort to non related revenues to compensate the deficit occured through Android.

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Do you act stupid only on Mondays? or is it same story any day of the week??

28. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can't turn retarded on or off according to the day of the week.

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Well,what if I told you that samsung has tons of other subsidiaries that they can rely on,like construction?

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You would be wrong. DO you even understand what Samsung is? Samsung is a conglomerate. They are a bunch of independent companies that use the same Samsung. Each Samsung company is responsible for making their own money. So for example, Samsung Mobile and Electronics is one company. If they fail, the only way they could get money is if they borrow it. Could they borrow if from another Samsung company? Possibly. Samsung does not bail out any components of it's company. If Samsung Mobile dies, then that is the end of that part of the company. What the fools here fail to see, is Samsung has been making phones longer than any of the companies making them now. Samsung still has the biggest advantage over most of them. They have money, they have age, they have experience and they have all the factories. Even if Samsung Mobile/Electronics struggles, Samsung still makes other stuff like chips, appliances, construction equipment and skyscrapers. In other words, Samsung will be around far longer than any other company of its type.

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sammy sells most of their hardware to Apple also. So first Apple's turn then Sammy would go what you think. iDiot...

21. Cicero

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

So are ram, hdd, computers, displays, optical and the most advanced cpu factories.

29. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Home thing tells me Samsung would be hurt a lot more than apple if the 2 parted ways. Also, Samsung is 100% reliant on android. Apple has its own OS. No reason to call people names and truthfully I'm thankful we have both OS's as if hate to be stuck with one choice.

15. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Yup, that would be great news & leave thousands of samsung employees jobless. You're stupid and inconsiderate for wishing a company's downfall. Just because they made bad business decisions it doesn't mean that the whole workforce should suffer.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gaga, why do you hate Samsung so much? They have their hands in some of everything man, tv, home appliance etc. Their profits have declined as of late, but bankruptcy? Nahhhh bro...

34. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Why did you use to hate Samsung and Android before? Because: you use to hate Android few years ago.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

PA can you ban Arte 8800 ASAP?

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow you want Samsung to go bankrupt? Why? You hate Samsung for what reason? Because they are better than everyone else? Because Samsung not only designs their own s*** but actually makes it too?

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Am curious, since we already know that the Mac is less than 20% of Apple's income, what happens when the iPad and iPhone sales take a huge drop? I want you to stop being an ignorant fanboy and ask yourself a very serious question. Smartphones have basically reached their peak in feature capability. The only thing left is size. Numbers have already shown that most people who have large smartphones, don't buy tablets. Numbers are already showing the iPhone 6 Plus is eating into iPad sales. Once this year passes and Apple releases the iPhone 6S/S-Plus and everyone finally gets the big iPhone they claimed they never wanted yet now do, what would be the point in buying them again? What product does Apple have now to keep them a powerful contender? Because the Mac was dead years ago. Windows won back in 1995. The Mac will never have the money or power Windows has. So once the smartphone flame dies, what will Apple have to fall back on? In fact I will make an open forum bet with you. Apple will die and go bankrupt, before Samsung ever does. I don't like or dislike Samsung. They make nice products. I have a phone, I have a TV. They do what I need at the price I was willing to pay. I personally don't believe in paying more for less. Only a moron would do that. Put your money where you month is. I am so sure Apple will die before Samsung does. Why? iPod sales have been slipping. In fact it is smarter to buy an iPhone vs an iPod. Its gotten to a point, Apple doesn't even upgrade the iPod every year. The iPad sales are also dropping and the iPad hasn't changed since day one. Only a fool keeps buying them. The iPhone hasn't changed either. Same one new feature that is old every year. People will get tired of that. What happens after that? The iWatch is going to be a failure, just like all the other watches. What do they have left? Samsung makes more than Phones. So if they stop selling phones guess what, they have 15 other companies that work. What will Apple have?

46. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

Chill man..Lol

3. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

I really liked the Alpha. Tried it the other day in store. Metal band is gorgeous, back is MUCH better than S5's, actually feels quite nice. The screen isn't very good, 1080p and it would've been a worthy contender.

4. frankg

Posts: 172; Member since: May 14, 2014

Because the screen isn't 1080 it's no good?? Well that makes sense...

8. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

No it's also a pentile matrix. This makes it quite pixelated. 720p RGB is fine, but 1080p minimum for pentile.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If it would have 64GB variant I'd be sold, perfect size for mobile music player but 32GB would disappear very quickly.

6. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung had to see if the Alpha was worth advancing but the price of the phone was to Pricey to compete with phones in China,A5 might be more Attractive with the "5" screen,but Samsung have got to Stop Over Pricing there Metal Phones or might end up losing not gaining buyers,Apple seem to get away with that,but with Samsung not doing so well now can"t Afford to Do This

7. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Theyll probably recycle the phone and re-release it as a new model. Anyways thanks for the 52 photos of a dead phone.

10. Gamas_K

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Will it get more support? If it doesn't, such a waste that I buy galaxy alpha...

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Most probably yes IMO. This is Sammy's best looking handset till dated.

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sure it will, Samsung has very good support fot its models, I bet Alpha will get 5.2 as last update from Sammy and that's where XDA comes in :D

11. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

probably because it was expensive as the S5

16. alumoyo

Posts: 389; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Madness - did they make their money back on the marketing, design, development, testing, distribution costs?

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