Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.8
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Display

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Display size:

4.7 inches

Resolution:

720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density:

312 ppi

Technology:

Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio:

70.22 %

Colors:

16 777 216

Touchscreen:

Capacitive, Multi-touch

Features:

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

Camera

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Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

12 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor

Specifications:

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

Flash:

LED

Software Features:

Manual focus, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Scenes, Effects

Video recording:

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

Recording format:

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features:

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilization

Front:

2.1 megapixels

Video capture:

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Form factor:

Candybar

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 oz (172 g)

Materials:

Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (swipe)

Features:

Touch sensitive control keys

Colors:

Black, Gold, Gray, Blue, White

Hardware & Performance

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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 LPDDR3

Internal storage:

32 GB

Maximum User Storage:

25 GB

Device type:

Smart phone

OS:

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

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Capacity:

1860 mAh

Type:

User replaceable, Li - Ion

Talk time (3G):

11.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Music playback:

37.00 hours

Video playback:

10.00 hours

Internet browsing

Browser:

Google Chrome

supports:

HTML, HTML5

Built-in online services support:

YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

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

UMTS:

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM:

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data:

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

2G Data:

EDGE, GPRS

SIM type:

Nano SIM

Global Roaming:

Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:

4.0

Profiles/ Protocols:

Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Device ID Profile (DID), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), HID over GATT Profile (HOGP), Human Interface Device (HID), Message Access Profile (MAP), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP), SIM Access (SAP)

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band, Multiple antennas, MIMO

Mobile hotspot:

Yes

Wi-Fi Direct:

Yes

USB:

USB 2.0

Connector:

microUSB

Features:

Mass storage device, USB charging

Charging connector:

microUSB

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Other:

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

Phone features

Sensors:

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

Notifications:

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

Phonebook:

Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID

Organizer:

Calendar, Alarm, Calculator

Messaging:

SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input

E-mail:

IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange

Instant Messaging:

Hangouts / Google Talk

Other features:

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Multimedia

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Screen mirroring:

DLNA

Music player:

Filter by:

Album, Artist, Playlists

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Supported formats:

MP3, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), AMR, OGG, MIDI

Video playback:

Supported formats:

MPEG4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, Flash Video, MKV, WebM

Speakers:

Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Headphones connector:

3.5mm

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
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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
  • Low pixel density screen (312 ppi)

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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