Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Leader of the Pack


Samsung Galaxy Alpha

As you might know, there are so many premium smartphones out there, that it can be a real challenge to decide which one is really what you’ve been searching for. For the majority of smartphone-users, the most important factors that are considered when deciding to get a new device are its capabilities, looks and, of course, its price. Samsung focused especially on the first two and recently launched a very interesting and tempting handset, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
This nice fella sports some top-notch features and keeps them packed inside a stylish and slim body that holds a 4.7 inches display and is aimed at those of you who are seeking for a compact and lightweight device that won’t pose any problem when it comes to handling. Keep reading and see if the Alpha really deserves its name.

Let’s take a good look at it. The Galaxy Alpha measures 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm and has a weight of 115 grams. Yeah, that means that this baby is really light weight, not to mention slim, having some supermodel measurements that are certainly appealing if you need something compact and easy to hold. The handset is made from plastic, but has nothing to do with looking or feeling cheap. A great addition that really brings a lot of style to the Alpha is its metallic frame – which is real, this time, not some plastic imitation. The back cover reminds me about the one found on the Galaxy S5, as it features a similar dotted pattern, which proves itself to be very efficient on keeping fingerprints away and offering a good hand grip.

The Galaxy Alpha holds a 4.7 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 312 ppi. The resolution is kind of uninspiring and could have been better, but if we put that aside, we’ll find out that the overall image quality is great, with some really punchy colors, wonderful contrast and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also excellent, as expected.

In terms of user interface, the Galaxy Alpha comes with the latest and greatest from Android, v4.4.4 KitKat and features the TouchWiz launcher, which is also present on Samsung’s other smartphones.
The phone holds a PayPal certified fingerprint scanner, thus can be secured by fingerprint and enables you to make transactions. It can recognize up to three fingerprints. Through the Private Mode, you’ll also be able to secure your personal files (such as photos, videos and the like) with your fingerprint.
The Smart screen features are also on board the Alpha, so you have Smart Stay for keeping your screen unlocked while it detects that you’re looking at it, Smart scroll for scrolling by tilting your head, Smart pause that stop your video if you’re looking away and so on. Google Now and S Voice are here for offering you two capable assistants that ease your searches and your general daily tasks.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Alpha holds inside an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset, having a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 one, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Alpha is an excellent performer and will deliver a smooth and wonderful user experience which lacks any lag issues, freezes or annoying stuff like that.

At the connectivity area, the Galaxy Alpha has support for quad-band 2G and 3G, Lte Cat6, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR and LE, NFC and microUSB 2.0. Dual-channel connectivity is also offered through the phone’s MIMO antenna.

For capturing stills, the Galaxy Alpha has a 12 MP camera with autofocus that takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 2592 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light cases. The photos taken offer a great image quality, with accurate colors, low noise levels, good contrast and plenty of details.
The video camera is also a capable performer and produces some neat 2160p videos @30fps.

For surfing the web, the Galaxy Alpha provides you with two browsers, the Android one and Google Chrome. The first has been customized by Samsung and has support for Air View, Smart Stay and Smart Scroll. Both of them are very capable and hold a plethora of features and options behind their minimalistic appearance, making your browsing a pleasant experience.

Some other goodies that await you are two great media players, the S Health application for tracking your exercises, a heart rate monitor, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, Google Maps for navigation and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is powered by a 1,860 mAh battery, which doesn’t sound too impressive, but will keep your handset alive for over a day under a heavy usage.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leader of the Pack


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