Specs for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha


Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has finally been revealed; a metal build, slightly smaller device from the Galaxy S5 that's all about style and quality.  Unlike Samsung's other phones that are made primarily out of plastic, the Galaxy Alpha features a metal build more akin to the iPhone 4 than the HTC One, and is being marketed toward those who are all about getting a little more luxury in their lives.  Much like other phones out there that claim to be luxury devices, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha doesn't feature quite as high-end of specs as some of Samsung's other big phones like the Galaxy S5, rather focuses on solid specs and better build quality.  Let's take a look at everything this whole package is made up of then, shall we?

First thing you usually see is that big, beautiful display on the front, which is a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED at 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution.  Powering the display is an octa-core Samsung Exynos processor made up of a high performance 1.8GHz Quad-core and a low power 1.3GHz quad-core processor, which is backed up by 2GB of RAM.  LTE Cat. 6 will be powering your network experience, ensuring that when LTE-A comes to your region you'll be ready for the speeds it brings.  The Galaxy Alpha is 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, making this one seriously thin phone, and it only weights 115g, something to really speak about since it's made of metal.

Samsung has packed a 12MP camera with optical image stabilization on the rear of the Galaxy Alpha that's able to shoot up to 4K UHD video (3840 x 2160) at 30FPS, and the 2.1MP front-facing camera will get you some decent selfies too.  The camera features the usual bevy of photo modes that Samsung likes to pack into its phones, including Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR, Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More and Virtual Tour modes, as well as face and smile detection.  Since the camera has OIS you're guaranteed to get clearer shots than most Samsung phones on the market will since the hardware stabilizes itself for the shot.

All those photos and video are going to have to fit into 32GB though, as there's no microSD card slot for expansion.  You're also only getting an 1,860 mAh bettery inside the Galaxy Alpha, something considerably smaller than the vast majority of flagships nowadays.  Thankfully Samsung has included the Ultra Power Saving mode from the Galaxy S5 here, so obviously they are confident that'll get you through the whole day.  Overall the Galaxy Alpha is no Galaxy S5 killer when it comes to most specs, but it does outshine it on certain things, camera and build quality being the most obvious.  Are you more into build quality and a smaller size than the absolute top-of-the-line specs out there?  The Galaxy Alpha might just be the right phone for you when it hits next month worldwide.


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