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Galaxy Alpha vs. Galaxy S5 Spec Shootout!

by Todd Haselton | August 13, 2014August 13, 2014 10:00 am PST

Galaxy Alpha vs Galaxy S5

Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Alpha on Wednesday, the first of its phones we can think of in recent memory that actually has a metal chassis, but is it better than the Galaxy S5? That all depends on what you’re looking for and we’re here to help you see more clearly with a spec comparison.

In the chart below you’ll be able to see how the Galaxy Alpha stacks up to the Galaxy S5, spec by spec. You’ll note that the screen isn’t as sharp, and that the storage isn’t expandable, so while the Galaxy Alpha might look better in person, the Galaxy S5 will probably suit most people just fine.

Check out how the two compare below, and we’ll be sure to seek one out for a hands-on as soon as we can.

Galaxy Alpha Gallery

Galaxy S5 Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy Alpha Samsung - Galaxy S5
Display Size 4.7-inch, 720 x 1280 pixel display (312 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (432 ppi)
Resolution X 720 1080
Resolution Y 1280 1920
Display Type HD Super AMOLED FHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4.4 (at launch) Android 4.4.2 (at launch)
Processor Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) 2.5GHz Quad core processor
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2.1MP 2MP
Networks
  • LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
  • LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 1860 mAh 2800mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
Height 132.4 mm (5.21 inches) 142 mm (5.59 inches)
Width 65.5 mm (2.58 inches) 72.5 mm (2.85 inches)
Depth 6.7 mm (0.26 inches) 8.1 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 115 g (4.06 oz) 145 g (5.11 oz)
Colors N/A Black, Blue, Gold, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RV, DivX, Xvid
In The Box N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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