Would you buy a Samsung Galaxy Alpha instead of an S5 (seeing that their prices are similar)?

Would you buy a Samsung Galaxy Alpha instead of an S5 (seeing that their prices are similar)?
Although we initially told you that the Galaxy Alpha would be cheaper than the Galaxy S5, it turns out that Samsung’s new handset is being sold for about the same price, and, in some cases, it’s actually more expensive than Samsung’s first flagship smartphone of 2014.

The Galaxy Alpha is officially coming to the US this Friday, September 26, exclusively via AT&T. The second largest US carrier is asking $199.99 on contract, and $612.99 off-contract for the new handset - thus almost matching the price of its Galaxy S5 ($199 on contract, and $649.99 off contract).

Since you can get an unlocked Galaxy S5 from Amazon for just $552, we can definitely say that the Alpha is more expensive. That’s also the case when we compare the prices of the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 in other markets: €665 vs. €482 in Germany, or £530 vs. £400 in the UK. This being said, we’re curious to know if - assuming you’re in need of a new Galaxy that’s not a Note - you’d want to buy a Galaxy Alpha instead of an S5.

The Alpha may have a nicer design, and a sturdier construction based on a metal frame, but at the same time it offers a smaller display with a lower pixel resolution (4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels vs. 5.1 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels), and isn’t water-resistant. To see how the Galaxy Alpha stacks up against the Galaxy S5, check out our hands-on comparison. And, of course, feel free to cast your votes in the poll below.

Would you buy a Galaxy Alpha instead of a Galaxy S5?

Uhm, no

references: Amazon Germany (1), (2), Amazon UK (1), (2)

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 32GB
  • Battery 1860 mAh(11h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Both are beasts. Note 4 is the both of them combined. Go Samsung

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I can't tell the difference (maybe) at a hand's distance. Get the Note instead.

38. panjgoori

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

i prefer S5 because of sd card slot.

42. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

yeah .. and IP67 too ..

4. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Totally but I wouldn't want the alpha because of its ting battery

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014


8. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I voted yes because this was the first Samsung device I had actually been interested in. But if it's battery life isn't on par with or better than the iPhone 6 I wouldn't get either and I'd wait for the Note 4. Although this is if I hypothetically had much more money than I currently do. For now I'll wait for 64bit devices to get the most for my money.

26. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Haven't you seen the battery test? Although the capacity of the battery is small, the Alpha has excellent endurance (according to GSMArena). You should look it up.

16. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

alpha is better than s5 Much better display calibration than S5 (color reproduction) Better camera than S5 (color reproduction) Better SoC Perhaps better sound Metall Note4 have yelowness sony sensorhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/xperia-z2/general/white-balance-t2870875http://www.mobile-review.com/review/samsung-galaxy-note4.shtml#s9http://blog.gsmarena.com/official-samsung-galaxy-note-edge-note-4-camera-samples/ S5 have bug rosines sonsor Alpha have ideal color reproduction

21. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Display Mate are not agree with you. BEST DISPLAY EVER (now is second after Note 4) An iAnand is already Apple's employee. So can not help you much. P.S. And why trolling Note 4. See you again in Note4 article.

27. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

display mate tests alpha? best display now is note4 note4>alpha>>>s5>>>note3>>>s4 alpha Delta E grayscale 1,35 (lower is better) Delta E rgbcmy 2,74 (lower is better) s5 Delta E grayscale 7,38 Delta E rgbcmy 5,08 note 4 Delta E grayscale 3,84 Delta E rgbcmy 4,86 iphone 6 Delta E grayscale 3 Delta E rgbcmy 3,51

43. pego99

Posts: 123; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I love the bug rosines sonsor

29. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013


2. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i prefer that microSD card slot.

6. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

It seems Samsung took a page from Apple's book and made an overpriced mid-ranger with a "premium" design.

19. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

There is very delicate case. No one tech media will comment it , that's why I'll do it: Apple offer now iPhone 6 and iPhone6+ with 4.7" and 5.5" larger even for these screen size devices. Leaving many iPhone users that was brainwashed to be small phone lovers, alone. Only option for them is the old iPhone 5S. Alpha have smaller physical size than iPhone 6 , so Samsung is hunting for those iPhone 4/4s users that want to upgrade. Of course they would prefer to stay on iOS but they have no much chance. Samsung know that iboys want to pay more money for their devices , than less. iBoys are sick brains. So selling Alpha for more, is right move. Don't know why PA make this useless poll, when they should make it: "Would you buy Alpha or iPhone5S." instead.

22. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

......also upgrading from iPhone 5.

7. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Umm MicroSD anyone? S5 all theyway

9. blake8

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

I would only because of alpha's design. don't care about rest of the features

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Seeing them side by side, the alpha looks like an s2 while the s5 looks like the first gen galaxy s


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I voted No because like others mentioned. The Note 4 is a combination of both and more. The Note 4 will be the phone to get this year and most of next year as well. The Note 3 is still easily holding it's own as far as popularity and performance goes.

12. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

might as well just wait fir the s6

13. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

the alpha was only made to be pitted against the iphone 6. 4.7 720p display, no micro sd, small battery (for android device). but i wouldnt get either the galaxy note 4 is gonna the device to get

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Alpha is just an iPhone 6 with LagWiz...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

and the iPhone 6 Plus is just an Galaxy Note 2 with additional row of icons.

35. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

you can use other launcher

17. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Forget Samsung. GO SONY Z3 & Z3 COMPACT!!! FTW

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Galaxy S5 in a Alpha's design please.

23. The_King

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

+1 - That's why I am so torn on going with the Note 4 or waiting to see if Samsung make the S6 with the metal design and better specs.

20. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Hell no

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless