Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Posted:
Aug 13, 2014
Market status:
Released
Release date:
Sep 1, 2014

PhoneArena Rating:

8.8
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Display

Display size:

4.7 inches

Resolution:

720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density:

312 ppi

Technology:

Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio:

70.22 %

Features:

Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

12 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor

Specifications:

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm

Flash:

LED

Video recording:

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

Features:

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilization

Front:

2.1 megapixels

Design

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)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Materials:

Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (swipe)

Features:

Touch sensitive control keys

Colors:

Black, Gold, Gray, Blue, White

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5 mm jack

Speakers:

Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Screen mirroring:

DLNA

Hardware & Performance

System chip:

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5433

Processor:

Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7

GPU:

Mali-T628 MP6

RAM:

2 GB

Internal storage:

32 GB

Available to use:

25 GB

OS:

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

4.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; Multiple antennas, MIMO, Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct

USB:

microUSB, USB 2.0

Features:

Mass storage device, USB charging

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall (for flip covers), Gesture

Other:

NFC, ANT+, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20

UMTS:

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

Data:

LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s

SIM type:

Nano SIM

Battery

Capacity:

1860 mAh

Type:

Li - Ion, User replaceable

Talk time (3G):

11.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1373 min)

Music playback:

37.00 hours

Video playback:

10.00 hours

Phone features

Notifications:

Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Other features:

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Aug 06, 2014

FCC ID value:

A3LSMG850F link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

1.05 W/kg

Body:

0.48 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.18 W/kg

Wireless Router:

0.71 W/kg

This device is also known as Samsung SM-G850F, Samsung SM-G850A

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

SM-G850A for AT&T

Differences from the main variant:

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (swipe)

System chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

Processor:

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400

GPU:

Adreno 330

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17

UMTS:

850, 1900, 2100 MHz

US CARRIER AVAILABILITY

Discontinued

Pros

  • Small dimensions (5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches)

Cons

  • Too little RAM

Description

Apart from the metal frame, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha looks a lot like the Galaxy S5 in terms of design with similarly position buttons and overall styling. Hardware-wise the phone features a 4.7-inch 720p display, Exynos 5 Octa SOC with four cores running at 1.8GHz and four more at 1.3GHz, and 2GB of RAM. The build-in storage is 32GB and can't be expanded via MicroSD. There is 12 megapixels camera on the back (capable of 4K video recording), as well as 2.1 front shooter. The Galaxy Alpha is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz.

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