This morning, Samsung finally announced the Galaxy Alpha, and well it’s not as great as we all thought it’d be. We all thought it’d be a flagship smartphone from Samsung, but obviously it isn’t. The Galaxy Alpha is meant to compete with the iPhone 6, which is said to have a 4.7-inch display as well. The Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch 1280×720 AMOLED display, with the Pentile arrangement. We all love pentile right?
Now there have been some tests done on the AMOLED display in the Galaxy Alpha and it appears to be improved over other AMOLED displays that Samsung has put out lately. Typically the Grayscale. Which the AMOLED panel in the Galaxy S5 is said to be lagging behind some LCDs in that area. However, the panel in the Galaxy Alpha doesn’t have that issue, it appears.
In brightness, AMOLED displays usually lagged behind here as well, but in the past year that’s changed. Starting with the Galaxy Note 3. But the Galaxy Alpha’s display is at 327 nits when measuring whites. Gamma hovers around the industry-standard 2.2 (average value for the Galaxy Alpha is 2.24), being just slightly above that at the maximum brightness levels.
So it appears that while this is a mid-range smartphone, at best, it does still have a pretty decent 720p display. It’s kinda weird reading that last sentence considering most smartphones have 1080p displays and the LG G3 has a 2560×1440 resolution display. But at 4.7-inches, I think 720p displays are still great. Obviously we’d want more pixels, but at a screen size that small, the PPI is still similar to the 1080p display on the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5.
So the Galaxy Alpha is now official, is anyone actually interested in it? I don’t expect it to come to the US, but who knows. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.