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Samsung Galaxy Alpha versus Galaxy S5: What's the difference?

With this morning's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we're sure some of you will be wondering how Samsung's latest high-end phone — a downsized, metal-framed handset at that — compares to its current flagship, the Galaxy S5. Despite both running similar software — Android 4.4 KitKat topped with Samsung sprinkles — the GS5 and the Galaxy Alpha are as different on the inside as they are on the outside. Check past the break for a full spec breakdown, plus scaled comparison pics.

CategorySamsung Galaxy AlphaSamsung Galaxy S5
NetworkLTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
Display4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)5.1-inch Super AMOLED (1920x1080)
ProcessorOcta Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core
(octa-core Exynos @ 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz used in some markets)
OSAndroid 4.4.4 (KitKat)Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Camera12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)16MP (rear) + 2.0MP (front)
VideoUHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilizationUHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2), Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, NFCWiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2), Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, NFC, IR Remote
SensorAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR SensorAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor
Water resistanceN/ARated IP67
Internal Memory32GB16/32GB
microSD card slotNoYes
Dimension132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
Battery1,860 mAh2,800mAh
Launch colorsCharcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba BlueCharcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White

More: Galaxy Alpha specs, Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • i think except the 720p display, and the processor, i like the direction samsung is going with this one and does it lack the buttons (back and menu/ multi task) on the bottom? that wouldn´t be great as well
  • Nah, the buttons are still there. The phone being white, however, the buttons aren't too obvious. I honestly don't like the copy-the-iPhone approach this reeks of.
    It's as if they want to outwit Apple's release cycle.
  • Haters are going to hate. If they make it of plastic, they hate, if they make it of metal (with virtually the same design as the one made of plastic) they hate for other reasons.
  • Nah, I've actually grown to like Samsung's "plastic" pebbles. It's the software side I want to see improvements from ;) If Samsung succeeds because of this, I'm happy for them.
  • Besides, wouldn't it be a bit hypocritical to hate plastic on a Samsung when I love the plastic on a Lumia?
  • Whatever.
  • Prick ^^ Posted via Android Central App on my Nexus 5
  • Sorry for offending trolls who constantly has to post negative shit on here. Sorry for being fed up with idiots coming here just to post stupid hate. I really don't get what you find so intriguing in seeing a few HTC, Apple and Sony sales people mixed with some Microsoft trolls spewing hate on this site day after day.
  • Apology accepted.
  • Fecking trolls are really mentally comparable with toddlers.
  • Are all the people not sucking Sammy's balls trolls to you? Posted via Android Central App
  • Cant stand hearing the truth about your sad and despicable behaviour? Maybe it's time for you to stop it then?
  • this comment (by Bldyldt) was hilarious
  • Lol your the troll Posted via Android Central App
  • Intelligent response /s Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • Constructive criticism is better than blind hate/love. If you don't like my comments so much, comment on how they may be improved, so that I may improve said comments in the future ;) After all, the nested comments system serves a prupose, right?
  • I've already told you exactly what I don't like about trolls like you.
  • Okay, fine, I said what's on my mind.
    Call me a Microsoft fan or whatnot, I don't care. Just don't call me a troll.
  • Okay, I'll call you a shill then. Anyway. I really couldn't care less about a pathetic hater's comment like yours. It seems like Microsoft are more busy trolling the internet lately than fixing their own shit. Windows Phone 8.1 was delayed more or less a whole year while their employees wasted all their time trolling the internet. So, if you're sad that I'm feed up with eejits like you. Cry me a river.
  • Thanks for somehow recognizing my high-pitched voice~
    Oh, and WP8.1 (OS) is fine. The hardware and bundled apps are not. I really don't know how they managed to screw that up, though. We gave them a year and a half. At least you guys don't have to play the waiting game Nokia fans have played for the past five-six-seven years or so.
  • I'm sorry a phone that either of you probably won't be buying are stirring up such emotions, and negative ones at that. I'm glad I'm not as sensitive as you two...
  • It's kind of my fault for clicking (and reading) on the article in the first place, so I'm sorry for that simple mistake.
  • You know he said shill not shrill right? Or did I miss a meme?
  • A teacher of mine once broke her 'R' key.
    On a comment she made, she called me out for having a "shill voice."
    My classmates then sort of started going back and forth between "shill" and "shrill." It was a mistake on my part, sorry. I tend to take these kinds of situations in stride, too. The person who fumes the most loses, after all~
  • See, that is the problem with trolls like you. You really think it makes a difference. In the meantime, Microsoft loses billions upon billions trying to revive something unsalvageable. The same goes for Sony and HTC. I get it that you shills are upset that your preferred company has failed in this business, but direct your anger towards them instead of blaming Samsung's success for it. That won't change anything.
  • The same could have been said for LG a few years ago, but with the success of the nexus 5 and the G2/G3 they are getting back on track. People are so quick to dismiss a company that is trying something new.
  • LG fixed their issues, properly. HTC always makes half-assed fixes to obvious flaws. Sony has a looong history of screwing it up. Sure, they might be able to turn it around. But, I think it's more likely they'll sell the whole thing to some Chinese manufacturer in a year or two...
  • @Hans Pedersen - Do you have something against HTC in particular? Or you just upset that people who like HTC sometimes say bad things about Samsung? I have an HTC One M8 and really like it. I don't think it's half-assed at all. Although, the Camera could be better, but there's always something to pick at with any phone.
  • Congrats for not being able to read and understand a few simple sentences....
    ...but yes, HTC trolls are probably the worst hypocrites. HTC has made so, so many bad design and technology choices over the year. Still, they're some of the most active haters.
  • Nothing you said in the first comment about HTC making half-assed "fixes" says anything about HTC trolls being the worst hypocrites. Congrats on not understanding your own "few simple sentences." "HTC has many bad design and technology choices over the year" - so they've only made bad design/technology choices over "the year"? One year? So, every other year they don't make bad choices? Maybe you should learn to write then people will understand your "simple sentences"? Otherwise, you're just making yourself look like a moron. And don't go on about how "Americans" hate on people in which English is not their first language. If you blog on any Chinese/German/Spanish/etc. sites and make grammar mistakes, you will most definitely hear about it and be called a moron. Same goes if you write like a 5 year-old in English, especially while throwing around insults. You're going to get criticized for your grammar. It's just the way of things and is not exclusive to Americans.
  • I didn't mention any specifics for the obvious. Because HTC has made so many huge errors over the years. The fall from the Android throne to soon worrying about bankruptcy is the only argument I have to show you. The rest you already know everything about yourself.
  • Well, I like HTC phones (although, I've only had the HTC Evo 4G and the M8) and hope they do well because I would like to have an M9 in the future. But I do acknowledge that a lot of phones they've made - the HTC Thunderbolt probably being the worst - have very, very questionable quality. P.S. I like Samsung phones too! I had the S4 and loved it. No complaints except I prefer - not dislike, just prefer - stock or Sense over TouchWiz.
  • I don't think this comment thread thread makes a difference on a company's bottom line (other than Mobile Nations, of course.)
    If you were referring to my last sentence, the part about the waiting game, I believe that was a subtle *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge* moment to whoever's in charge at MM. I doubt they'll read the thread, though, so, yeah, wishful thinking.
  • 2014 Constantly calling people shills. Doesn't know what a shill is. Posted via Android Central App
  • @Hans Pedersen Anytime a company becomes successful and starts spawning fanboyism, people are going to criticize it. See Apple. Some people HATE that company. There is/was also a lot of hate for Microsoft because it became too big. Why don't you look at it this way: If people are "hating" on your preferred product/manufacturer, that means it's made it! It's a successful company! Only a good company like Samsung can generate so much "hate"! Be proud! And I'll let you in on a little secret: No one really cares what people on message/comment boards say. It will not affect Samsung sales at all. The only thing it's affecting is your ego and feelings. So, if you're sick of people "hating" on Samsung, then DON'T READ THE COMMENTS. You'll be much happier. And Samsung will continue to be successful at selling Android Smartphones. Complaining about "haters" does nothing but waste your time. Don't waste your time, just go enjoy your Samsung phone. Nothing people will say here will take away the joy you get from your phone, right? If people want to be negative in the comments, let them. Trust me, you're not going to change anything by complaining.
  • Well, it affects the reader base on the gadget blogs. If they let the haters win, the sensible readers will eventually go somewhere else. Just look at Android Police. Generally a site with excellent technical expertise, but they more or less promote trolling, and thus keeping their reader base to only being fanatics.
  • I would argue the opposite. Flame wars in the comments actually appear to bring more readers. For ever one that gets frustrated and eschews a site, like Android Police, more will start reading the site just for the flame wars because they're entertaining. And that's another thing, people usually spew negative comments because it's entertaining and gets people, like you, worked up. That is their only goal. Don't let them get you worked up!
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • It actually seems like you care quite a bit... Posted via Android Central App
  • Hans.... This is exactly the kind of behavior that used to appear on appadvice. This is why I could not wait to get away from the Apple ideology. The second someone mentions an Android, Samsung or anything other than an Apple device on the site people go crazy calling them trolls idiots and every other nasty hating, comment that comes to mind. I hated it. And now I see the same thing here. The word troll is absolutely overused and very immature. Posted via Android Central App from Samsung Note 3
  • ? Then don't troll.
  • Telling a troll to stop trolling will just make it troll more. That is the retarded nature of sad people like him.
  • Then maybe you should give it a rest then. Take your own damned advice. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm here because I'm interested in the device. I'm not here just to spew ignorant hate. If you can't get the difference through you fecking retarded thick head, I really and honestly feel very sorry for you.
  • Exactly like you? Oh OK we get it... Now go f off somewhere else on the Internet Posted via Android Central App
  • Can't worry about the common troll or basic hater SAMSUNG will always lead the android platform Worldwide and here in the United States. Samsung profits and revenue are four times better than any other manufacturer on the android platform numbers never lie. Samsung owns android period nothing else matters. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Does a bot write your comments? Posted via Android Central App
  • You do understand that something like 7 billion people on our planet doesn't have English as their first language?
  • You do realize that it is less than the figure you quoted and that I was referring to Richard's pattern of botlike endorsements of Samsung and TMobile in his comments, not his English skills. He is an American anyways. But, as I have observed from you Hans, your participation is reactionary and without heed to context or any meaning that doesn't suit your narrative. Go back to accusing anyone you can of trolling. Posted via Android Central App
  • And you go back to hate on just the ones who troll about things you hate. Hypocrite much? This site is full of trolls, particularly on Samsung posts, and you jump on the rare guy trolling fro Samsung. Am I surprised? Not really.
  • Back to your old self again I see, Hans Posted via Android Central App
  • lol
  • Slightly delusional, not one manufacturer owns android. Stop drinking the Samsung punch bud Posted via Android Central App
  • Just.... wow.....really???
  • At this particular stage, I would argue that Android owns Samsung. Samsung is trying to get away from Android with their own Tizen OS, but have not yet been very successful in getting that off the ground with developer support. Maybe they will in the future, but who knows...
  • Oh, another one of those urban legends, made up by trolls, to be repeated by trolls. Look up for how long Samsung has been developing mobile operating systems. Sounds like you'll be surprised to hear they started before Google was even founded as a search company. They do it to get quicker development of their hardware. The thing they make money off. Sure, if Google are too slow with their stuff, they release hardware with their own OS. They've always done that, since the days of Symbian.
  • And here's Hans to continue his misbegotten crusade of accusing all that don't fall into his Samsung - centric narrative of trolling Posted via Android Central App
  • Again, I'm not trying to disparage Samsung in any way. I'm just saying that Samsung needs Android right now and in the near future. Beyond that, who knows? If they try and push the Tizen OS today and stop making phones w/ Android, I don't think they'll be anywhere as successful as they are with Android, especially at first....unless they somehow make Tizen compatible with Google Play, then they can address the lack of apps and developers right from the gate; but I doubt Google will ever allow Tizen access to the Play Store. If Samsung tried to go exclusively with Tizen, they would most likely experience a drop in sales similar to what happened with Nokia when they moved from Symbian (or whatever they were using) to Windows Phone. That's just my opinion. Keep in mind that I'm not trying to be negative about Samsung, I'm just saying that, for now, Samsung needs Android.
  • You gotta say this for Hans, he is committed and unfaltering in his unfortunate worshipping of Samsung. Posted via Android Central App
  • So, you think your repetitive internet hate of a company you have no affiliation with is somehow a sane behaviour?.... Good for you.
  • So you think your repetitive Internet worshipping for a company that you have nothing to do with... Oh wait, I forgot you and Mr. Yarrell work for them as plants Posted via Android Central App
  • Can you explain that one in non-RDF logics? As I get it, you justify your senseless internet hate of a company because there are people buying their products? Or am I missing something? :D
  • When did I say that I had Internet hate for anybody? Or are you just grasping at straws now? ;D Posted via Android Central App
  • Samsung is not getting away from Android Posted via Android Central App
  • Samsung would be stupid if it tried to pull away from android, that would kill it's profit margin. I'm not a big Samsung fan, but it is doing something right to stay on top this long Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree with this. Many people bash Samsung, but their sales are undeniable, proving that a lot of people like the phones the way they are.
  • Amazingly, your post was quite refreshing after the ones above your post. Thanks Richard, stay classy.
  • I have no problem with the current build quality and I like touch wiz. I'm not pleased with this Alpha phone and hope this isn't the future direction for the S and Note series. Posted from my S5
  • I think it looks similar to the S2. >I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • So you prefer 33% less battery and no expandable memory option? Two steps backward imo.
  • Everyone yelled at me for saying it was gonna suck... Better software, better soc better screens... It will be fine they said... I think the battery is gonna suck too Posted via Android Central App
  • It's not that bad like everyone says. Much better than N4 that I use presently.
  • It is going to be low end compared to major releases this year. Posted via Android Central App
  • Depends on price , as long as its not priced like a flagship this phone could sell very well. Call me crazy but I like the look of the Alpha I like the more squared off corners this phone with a bigger battery would be great. Posted via Android Central App
  • The "improved" build is a step forwards, as is the standard 32GB storage. But going backwards by omitting expandable storage, USB 3.0, and a smaller battery while still keeping the TW bloat? Massive fail, in my book.
    This would have been better as a one-off GPE exclusive or even as a midrange new Nexus.
  • For a nexus this would be high end on most counts Posted via Android Central App
  • Its display is not on par with Nexus.The processor is definitely not Nexus class and the rumored Nexus phablet has a 3500mah battery.The only thing premium about it is the metal build but who cares when the rest off the phone is below average
    Don't really understand why everyone just seems obsessed with this phone.Its specs don't even seem midrange considering 720p is used in Moto G Posted via Android Central App on Google Nexus 7 2013
  • They have put android on an I phone... Posted via Android Central App
  • The phone looks really good and its better then all the cheap plastic but I can't fully disagree with you. Posted via Android Central App
  • The best I can say about it is, it looks more like the old GS2 from years back which was actually my preferred style for Samsung. Having said that, it's still not all that attractive to me but I can see how it's better looking than the god awful GS5.
  • The camera has OIS? Did I read that right? That's a huge improvement over the S5 and should negate the difference between the megapixel count.
  • Sorry. Megapixel count doesn't do sh!t compared to OIS. Nothing can make up for the lack of OIS.
  • OIS is important, especially for videos.
  • 1860 battery? No micro SD slot? Really???
  • No MicroSD slot, no sale. Sorry, Samsung... this isn't a "high-end" phone if you handicap it by ditching a fundamental and critical feature that's been around for years.
  • I agree. This phone is terrible. Posted via Android Central App
  • EVERY single Android-based device Samsung has ever sold, even the absolute cheapest handsets for emerging markets, has a had a microSD slot as a major differentiating factor other than the Tab 10.1 and 8.9 first-gen models, the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 10 and now this one. Ugh.
  • such a tiny,tiny phone..ridiculous.. Posted via Android Central App
  • Your gonna complain about the size? Posted via Android Central App
  • Haha what? ಠ益ಠ
  • The size / form factor fits within the most desirable sweet spot. Moreover, the Alpha looks attractive and may offset, to a certain extent, the upcoming iPhone juggernaut. Good move, Samsung.
  • I.. What... Oh the hell with it.. +1000 Posted via Android Central App
  • Ha ha. That's great!
  • A Galaxy S5 Prime, aggressively priced, and packing the same specs as the LTE-A variant (maybe with a slight bump in screen size) and a new back panel design would have best the most logical offering as a midlife refresh for the holiday season. I expect the end of 2014 to be an absolute windfall for Apple.
  • This is not that, you are up on that fact right? Posted via Android Central App
  • Considering what hkklife posted, I think he/she understand that this is not that. The problem with your snarky response is that there is no literally no evidence that the "Galaxy S5 Prime" or "Galaxy F" ever existed. All of the rumors going around for the last few months have clearly pointed to this phone. Some of the rumors were right, some of them were wrong, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is what we're left with and it is most certainly not the S5 Prime most of us were hoping for. Unless you work for Samsung or have some inside information then I'm not sure why it is you think that there's an S5 Prime forthcoming. And if you do work for Samsung or have inside information, we're waiting for you to share with the class.
  • This phone needs to be a lot cheaper because it lacks the bells and whistles that samsung galaxy s5 has and its also is not totally metal just the bezel thats disappointing though i liked the size and slimness which makes it lighter
  • Lack of SD card doesn't bother me one bit. The battery on the other hand. Just can't imagine that's enough. ಠ益ಠ
  • Not everyone is swimming in LTE or Wi-Fi 24/7. For those folks, cloud storage is not a viable option.
    Personally I'd rather have expandable storage and never use it, than to not have it and need it.
  • Yup >I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • But for me. Like I said. ಠ益ಠ
  • Most people, the way they use their smartphones, would not need more than 32 GB of internal storage. In fact, most use significantly less.
  • The MicroSD slot is not always so much for extra storage as it is for backup storage that can survive a failure of the phone. My phone does a full backup to the MicroSD card every night. The phone can totally die, break, etc but then I can just pop out the MicroSD card, put it into a new phone, restore my stuff and be back on my feet in short order. If you don't have removable backup and your phone doesn't turn on (or the screen is smashed beyond usability), then you're screwed.
  • No good way to backup to the external SD card now with 4.4 unless you root. Sucks.....
  • Yup. But I'll be rooting any phone I own. Have to in order to run the apps I need, like Titanium Backup.
  • If it came with 64GB, I'd agree with you. But 32 GB non-expandable is not acceptable. Posted via Android Central App
  • If this were a flagship I'd agree with you, but 32GB on what is essentially a mid ranger (albeit with a not mid range price) is perfectly fine in my view. 32GB really should be the base option these days anyway.
  • +1 to your last sentence Posted via Android Central App
  • The thought that comes to my mind is that, although this phone's specs certainly don't set the world on fire, neither did those for the Motorola RAZR, but Motorola sold a ton of them. The V551, which, in terms of specs, was a better device, didn't sell nearly as well. Posted via Android Central App
  • The OG RAZR sold well because it looked like nothing else on the market, not because of specs.
  • You're absolutely correct, people had never seen anything like it and it was more aesthetically pleasing than the competition. Still the top selling cell of all time. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's what I'm saying. It was, by all accounts, a sharp looking phone, so it sold well, despite its lackluster specs. The Alpha may do the same. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm looking to get a compact phone. I wish htc m8 specs was in m7 body. Moto X vs Alpha vs Z3 compact vs....?
  • Moto x is a garbage in todays standard. I would go with G Alpha Posted via Android Central App
  • Or wait for the x+1 Since the other two are newer they are gonna be better Posted via Android Central App
  • The Moto X is not garbage at all. It is an amazing phone. It is just as smooth, if not smoother, than all of the major flagships out right now. 
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will be the best of that bunch. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will be the best of that bunch. Posted via Android Central App
  • Is it just me or does the recent agreement between Apple and Samsung to drop all patent lawsuits outside U. S. and announcement of this iPhone look alike uncanny in its timing? If Samsung's marketing moto is to hit every customer basis, then this phone that looks like, talks like, and walks like iPhone makes sense. Posted via Android Central App
  • Its comes with LTE-A out of the box??????? (Heavy Breathing) Posted via Android Central App
  • AMOLED doesn't look all that good on lower resolution displays and that battery absolutely disqualifies this phone from consideration in terms of what I would recommend for friends and family. « Posted via my HTC One M8! »
  • The drop back in screen resolution and size and the fact that there is no MicroSD slot means I will be staying away from this one. Shame on you Samsung. There are other things you could have cut back on and still have the microSD slot. I for one personally don't care that Samsung uses plastic for its phones, so its a shame Samsung feels the need to humor those that complain about the "cheap" feel. Give me a break. I love my GNIII. It doesn't feel cheap at all.
  • Agreed. Can't believe the lack of the MicroSD slot. I'd be all over this phone otherwise.
  • As this is not a premium device meant for the S5/Note customer, why is everyone's panties in a bunch? It is what it is. A Alpha version of what may become Samsung's design change. It will carve out it's own little market.
  • S5 > S5 Alpha
  • I could live with the 720p display, but they pretty much sunk it with an 1800 maH battery. No way this phone will have the longevity of the GS5 and that's extremely unfortunate.
  • the phone is not for GS5 owners. question is will it last longer then the iphone 5 or the GS3.
  • I merely used the GS5 as a point of reference. And, no, it won't last as long as either of those devices. It has a more power hungry processor than the GS3 with the same screen and a smaller battery. Do the math. The Exynos is anything but battery efficient. Not sure what they were thinking. This should have had a 2500 maH battery, minimum. Unless they did some kind of spectacular battery optimization in the hardware, it's a dud.
  • they wants a thing small phone. running at 720p with that processor with the big/little it could be ok. im sure it will last just as long as either of those phones.
  • Will this get Android L? Posted via Android Central App on Google Nexus 7 2013
  • Yes Posted via Android Central App
  • Maybe eventually (for VZW users)
  • This will be and okay phone if priced like the Mid range phone it is.. I personally feel Sammy tried to drop something that wouldn't cannibalize the the S5 which is the case than its kind of said that Sammy doesn't realize people aren't feeling the S5 here in the state side Posted via the Android Central App
  • You know - sometimes it just seems these manufactures don't have a clue what they are doing. In my pea-sized brain, a new phone should be an upgrade of features from an older phone. Instead, you see a mish-mash of upgraded features in some areas while other features are of lesser 'quality', lower grade features. Octocore - great.... lower MP camera, better/fast LTE, USB 2 instead of USB 3.0. Sometimes I just don't understand why they do this... (besides, money, of course!).
  • For those complaining about the specs this phone isn't meant to replace the gs5 but to compete with the upcoming iphone Posted via Android Central App
  • So this is like a souped-up metallic GS3 w/o an SD card...interesting.
  • I think this is Samsung pre-empting the larger iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 will be made of metal and likely have a 4.7" screen (same size as the Alpha). Samsung wants the iPhone 6 to be an Alpha lookalike, not the other way around, so they rushed out the Alpha rather than wait for the SGS6 to go metal. Just my opinion.
  • Precisely. A dick move yes, but a wise move nonetheless. Posted via Android Central App
  • I wonder when the wallpaper on the alpha model will be available Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't mind the 720p display or the non expandable storage, but that battery is so small and you know it's going to be priced as high as the s5 which makes no sense. Rather get an M8. At least it's all metal not just a band around the edges Posted via Android Central App
  • Honestly, I think samsung skimped on specs like the resolution, expandable storage, battery, and even screen size in part to minimize the backlash they'll receive by the media and current S5 owners for introducing a new Form factor and their first ever metal device only 4 months after launching the S5. But by getting the Alpha into the market now, they can introduce the new Form factor, and see how it's generally received since these new metal frames are what we're gonna be seeing from samsung for the next year on most major device s Posted via Android Central App
  • And ofcourse, it's also a preemptive strike and direct competitor w/ the smaller iphone 6.....which unfortunately won't even put a dent in apples sales Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm confused as to whether this thing is all metal or plastic with a metal band around the outside?.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would assume this device is to offset some of the sales Samsung expects Apple to get when they release the iPhone 6 around early fall or late summer. This device seems to be of slightly better build quality with downgraded specs. This is not a flagship device in my opinion; Samsung would have done better offering the GS5 in a plastic and metal version with the exact same specs along with their waterproof and dust proof ratings. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ugh this phone annoys me. I just don't see the point. Posted via Android Central App
  • The metal frame of course and it's more squared. From my Note 2 to you
  • How can this carry the alpha name when its clearly not the leader of the pack? Oh wait maybe its a pre final version like alpha and beta testing. Posted via Android Central App
  • Where is this phone better than the S5? It seems that the only reason people would want this is for the metal instead of plastic which I never understood...once you place your phone in a case what difference does it make? Even the "all mighty" Iphone is usually placed in a case. And with this weak battery you're going to need an extended battery regardless.
  • Size for some people as the S5 isn't small. Posted via Android Central App w/G2
  • no sd card and low screen resolution crying babies some are lol
  • This will only make the upcoming Note 4 more desirable. I'm looking forward to September when companies will announce their new phones like Nexus 6, Note 4, and iPhone 6. I'll probably buy the Nexus 6 if all the rumors hold true, though.
  • In others news, Orville Redenbacher stocks are through the roof! Thanks to no other than Android Central...
  • The difference is I will use the case no matter which phone I have so I might as well take the one with the better camera. At the end of the day metal gets banged up easier than plastic. Posted via Ash William's Boomstick
  • Perfect to be my main driver and replace my S4, i do just voice call and tethering of my laptop with it, no need for a HD screen which is most often turned off. Just have to wait to see one in a shop and maybe the S4 will go for retirement
  • Like this phone, not bothered by the 720p screen. Plus 300ppi if fine by me. The only thing that's off putting is the lack of sd card slot..If your going to offer a removable back then just put in a sd slot on there. Posted via Android Central App using galaxy s4
  • Seriiusly, the S5 still blows this thing out of the water Posted via Android Central App
  • Reduced battery life and no 64gb option kills it. Who'd buy this? Posted via Android Central App
  • NO MICRO SD CARD? I hope this isn't something that Samsung is going to do with all their upcoming devices(note 4), or I'm jumping ship.
  • They should have just put the galaxy s5 in this body. Posted via my OnePlus One
  • Or offered both sizes at the same time, but yea.
  • LMAO at this POS phone....
  • The design of the Alpha is so much better.
  • Not trying to "hate", but I really have to question Samsung's decision here. First they release a series of ads knocking the iPhone's battery life, and now they're releasing a phone that looks similar to the iPhone 6, with an undersized battery. It's almost as if they're intentionally trying to sabotage the iPhone 6 by releasing a "meh" device that people will associate with the iPhone 6.
  • It looks more like a slightly updated iPhone 4s; with downgraded materials. Perhaps some people want that from Samsung. The thing that would stop me cold is the small battery, but the rest ruled it out anyway. It seems to be aimed at American iPhone users, who preferred the 4s. I wonder if Apple will think so. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sammy finally built the iPhone they always dreamed of... Posted via Android Central App
  • I think I figured out Samsung's strategy here: once the iPhone 6 is out, Apple will drop the price of it's iPhone 5 and 5s and Samsung is looking to tempt away the iPhone 4 and 4s holdouts who are looking to upgrade to the cheaper 5 series. Similar design and specs with the 5 series iPhone, only running Android... Maybe some will bite! Posted via Android Central App
  • Wait for the Sony Z3 compact you won't be disappointed!
  • So they mock iPhone at airport for not having a long lasting battery life but they put an 1800 mah battery on this 8 core 4.7 inch screen? Battery will be horrible. Thats why the just casually released it to test the demand for it in market. Not much confidence for sammy. Posted via Android Central App
  • wow galaxy alpha would be a lame joke!!!! i got galaxy s5 3G with octa-core Exynos @ 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz, 2GB ram.
    and that phone would be smaller , weaker , and WITHOUT SD SLUT?!? wtf!!! the Galaxy Note 4 would have SD Slut.
    i dont know what samsung think about. Removeing the SD slut from that phone... i hope it's isnt right... but from what info there out they still Keep SD slut in all there new phone but not on Galaxy Alpha, who that buy that model is simply an idiot. just buy the S5... im in total shock!!