We finally manged to catch up with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the latest mid-range Android smartphone from Samsung, and it looks to be a quite an impressively made device that brings great looking Super AMOLED, good build quality and ample processing power to make it a real force in the middle smartphone tier. Mobile Geeks bring you a detailed first look from the Samsung booth at IFA 2014:
First, some specifications. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a 4.7 inch device that uses Super AMOLED 720p that screams quality. Samsung are ahead of just about everybody when it comes to Super AMOLED panel fabrication, and the Galaxy Alpha is once again testament to that fact. The colors are great, the viewing angles impressive and the lower 720p resolution (we are generally used to 1080p nowadays) does not look so far off Full HD. The processor that drives the device is a Samsung Exynos 5430, big.LITTLE architecture, quad-core processor that packs four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15s plus four 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7s. We don’t have any benchmarks to refer to just yet, but this guys should be a very capable processor, especially at the lower 720p resolution.
The build of the Galaxy Alpha is solid with an aluminum frame around the edge of the handset and a similar finish to what we are used to seeing on the Galaxy S5. Other details include 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, although there is no support for expansion via microSD card. The device offers a 12MP camera on the rear with a 2MP on the front for Selfies. Interestingly for a mid-tier handset, Samsung have implemented a finger print reader, similar to what we see on the top end Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4. Connectivity includes WiFi b/c/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, while the battery is a decent sized 1850mAh.
Watch Roland give a quick tour of the Galaxy Alpha in our first hands on video of the device: