The Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone is among the latest releases by Samsung in its Samsung Galaxy series.

Contrasting other smartphones in this series that sport a plastic body, the Galaxy Alpha features a metal body. This gives the smartphone a premium look and a more luxurious feel than its counterparts do. For those who are choosy about colors, there are five options comprising charcoal black, sleek silver frosted gold, scuba blue and dazzling white. The following article is intended to provide you with a gist of some good to know features of the pricey and yet catchy Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone launched in August 2014.

Build, Dimensions and Weight

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone finds a place in the medium-sized category of smartphones. Measuring 132.4mm x 65.5mm x 6.7mm (H x W X D), this smartphone is really light in hand. The candy bar form factor representing smartphone weighs just about 115g.With a rugged metal chassis and bezel, this Samsung Galaxy smartphone houses a non-removable Li-ion 1,860 mAh battery and supports a single nano-SIM. The slim design and lightweight feature makes this smartphone stand apart from other Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Screen Display

Like almost any other smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha delivers 16 million colors. It features a fairly decent 4.7 inches screen that integrates the Super AMOLED display technology. The smartphone has a pixel resolution of 720 x 1280 and a concentrated pixel density of approximately 312ppi. Pixels are arranged in the PenTile array format. Additionally, the screen is equipped with a proximity sensor, and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant glass as its display screen. The Super AMOLED display screen produces rich colors and HD clarity that make playing games, as well as watching videos and movies equally memorable.


This Samsung Galaxy smartphone sports a primary rear CMOS 12-megapixel camera with LED flash and a secondary front CMOS 2.1-megapixel camera. The rear camera encompasses a 4x digital zoom and tools for pro-editing. These help you modify your images before you click the actual shot. There are also various predefined settings to make it easy to capture photographs. Images shot in auto mode tend to appear sharp and bright with natural effects. HDR mode is also excellent in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Some other interesting features of the rear camera include smile and face detection, digital zoom, panorama, geo tagging, manual focus, burst mode and digital image stabilization to mention just a few. The camcorder can record 4K videos at 30 fps, 1080p HD videos at 60 fps and 720 p HD videos at 120 fps in MPEG4, WMV, H.263 and H.264 formats while the front-facing camera is capable of recording 1080p HD videos.

Hardware and Software

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone is equipped with an Exynos 5 5430 system chip and an octa-core processor. The octa-core processor is actually two dual-core processors ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz. This ensures that the smartphone renders a seamless performance. As far as memory is concerned, the smartphone comes loaded with 2GB RAM and 32GB ROM. On the flip side, there is no way you can expand the existing memory with memory cards.

As far as software is concerned, the Galaxy Alpha comes loaded with the latest version of Android’s KitKat operating system along with the TouchWiz UI. The smartphone also provides Java support while the browser can load flash enabled websites with ease. A fingerprint scanner present in the smartphone assures you of your privacy.

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