Samsung Galaxy Alpha will go up against the Xperia Z3 Compact

by XB on 13th August 2014

in News, Xperia Z3 series

Galaxy Alpha ThumbSamsung has unveiled a new phone today called the Galaxy Alpha. It is an important phone for Samsung in many respects as it is the first model adopting “a fresh approach to design”, which we expect to be replicated in future models. The Galaxy Alpha eschews the full plastic body of past models in favour of a metal frame, combined with a soft back cover (minus the stitching effect) and curved corners.

Samsung has launched the 4.7-inch handset to go up against the upcoming iPhone, rumoured to be larger in size. However, it will also go head-to-head against the upcoming Xperia Z3 Compact in the Android segment.

We’ll wait for official Xperia Z3 Compact details before doing a spec comparison, but we already have a good idea of what to expect (4.6-inch display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage and 20.7MP camera). All of this sized into a package very similar to the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 Compact.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7-inch 720p display, Octo-Core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, but no memory card support. It has a 12MP camera on the front and 2.1MP camera in the rear. The handset is let down by a paltry 1,860 mAh battery and offers no water resistance (unlike the Galaxy S5).

The Galaxy Alpha has relatively small dimensions of 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, weighing just 115 grams. With a thickness of just 6.7mm it is also one of the slimmest phones on the market. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will launch in early September in five colours (Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue).

Do you like Samsung’s ‘new’ design with metal sides? Would it make you think twice about an upcoming Xperia model? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Specifications

Display: 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
Chipset: Octa-Core Exynos 5430 ( 4 x A15 cores at 1.8GHz and 4 x A7 cores at 1.3GHz) and Mali T628MP6 GPU [2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 will be used in select countries]
Internal Memory: 32GB (no micro SD Slot)
OS: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)

Battery: 1,860 mAh
Dimensions: 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm
Weight: 115g

12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
Camera Features: Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour
Video capture: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
USB 2.0
LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)

Gyro Sensor
Geomagnetic Sensor
Hall Sensor
Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gesture Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor
HR Sensor

Additional Features
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
Quick Connect
Private Mode

Samsung Galaxy Alpha press pictures

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Via Samsung Mobile and Samsung Tomorrow.

  • walker

    another copy cat phone from nyamnyung !

  • Samuel

    Shitty specs…It is just another mid ranger

  • xynos

    look a like iphone XD

  • David Hvatov

    No, it can’t go up against Z3 compact.

  • MehHale

    Specs are simply useless due to the 1800mAh+ battery. One rather have an average spec with an outstanding battery life.
    Impossible to compete with Xperia Z3 Compact especially if the SONY XPERIA Brand was as well known as SAMSUNG

  • DonRox

    Samsung has blatantly copied the iPhone design with this. It is uber obvious. Seriously, such a shame how a major company can’t come up with a distinguished design and after repeatedly rehashing the same design since the galaxy S3, all it can do is borrow (steal) other companies designs.
    At times like these, i am glad i own a SONY

  • Mars

    I really liked this phone , but then I saw this:

    BATTERY Li-Ion 1860 mAh battery

    What a joke ! :)

  • Aisback

    There is an error with the article about the camera

  • Brian Byron De Guzman

    It cant even go up against Z1 compact

  • Amazed it has cat 6 LTE. That will drain the pathetic little battery even faster. Had it come with a 2600-3000mAh battery it could have been a contender, possibly. Instead I fail to understand who the target customer is. Sony wins this battle even with the Z1 Compact, let alone what it has coming up at IFA.

  • Billy de Fretes

    iphone ???? oh shit this is samsung…

  • Micro

    so nice new iPhone!! Not the whole plastic! Yay!
    oh, wait…

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    1860 mAh battery? 1860??? DEAD BEFORE BIRTH!! And I wondered how could Samsung finally make a great device!

  • xperiaDROID

    1860mAh battery, 720p screen, no option on the storage which is only 32GB and no micro SD card slot…this phone is definitely not going up against the Z3 Compact and even the iPhone 6. Z1 Compact already kicked the Alpha’s ass.

  • Nkansah Rexford

    No no no. I don’t think any phone less than 20MP is good enough for me today! Z2 event beats this thing, so I don’t think it can match up with the z3, unless Sony wants it to

  • jr

    I had to agree both of you cause the battery Wil be its main weakness hope sony doesn’t compromised. 32 gb without microsd well ok but I rather have 16 gb with microsd. As for design a little improvement. But it will never win with sony and htc. Even z1c win this round lol

  • Melfes Wired

    that volcano

  • Rogue

    The battery is a joke but I bet that the 12mp camera at the back will take pics just as good or better than the 20.7mp camera at the back of Z3. Sony always has the specs but it’s software let’s down the hardware.

  • Guest 1

    Galaxy Alpha looks like an iPhone…. man… stop copying samsung

  • Faisal Armand

    Z1 compact never has competition since its launch

  • Jer

    Samdung** ftfy

  • ea

    Master of Ctrl C, then Ctrl V.

  • kabforks

    Very nice phone. I can imagine a lot of people wanting to buy this. I will not. Battery too poor, and not water resistant. Hoped for a 1080p screen, too.

  • Azam

    Omnibalance copy of Xperia.

  • Ankith Rai

    Meanwhile Tim Cook asks his lawyer to prepare for the next battle .. :P Plastic iPhone

  • Anukul

    WOW Samsung looks shit , even in metal !

  • Stanley08

    Let me be the first to call BULLSHIT!

  • Gitarooman

    try again next year samsung.

  • hehehe

    Specs no, looks oh yes.

  • Ray

    Even my Z1 has a better looking aluminum frame than this that has bumps around the corners and near the micro-USB port. Still can’t match the Z3 compact (or even the Z1 compact) in terms of looks and specs but I have to agree that this is the most decent looking phone from Samsung to date.

  • Naos

    I’m afraid sellers will tell people that it has 32GB of memory so they have more space for apps, and it has 720p screen which is even better, because power is not wasted, etc etc. They will always find ways to sell samsung phones :(

    I think Z3 Compact should be 4.7 inch too.

  • Shady

    Well not bad but with this small battery I don’t think it will survive a heavy user or a gamer
    My opinion

  • Vyas Chady

    No I am only interested in flagships and for the first 2 or 3 months after launch.

  • Shady

    I’m Xperia V owner and for sure it’s an old phone and The battery is a slightly smaller but I’m sure it will survive more than galaxy alpha

  • Shady

    Dude even Xperia V is better at least it will not die so soon

  • Shady

    Yep typo

  • P9

    who the f* cares, even galaxy S6 … :/
    I’m glad owning a Sony since my first phone..

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Sony, just take a look to the support you are getting from the customers and especially the fans…… Do respect them, Support them with better customer service !!!

  • Micro

    Video capture: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
    LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
    Battery: 1,860 mAh

  • Sanyam Jain

    Z3 compact will kick this phone’s ass…:D

  • Mac

    “It has a 12MP camera on the front and 2.1MP camera in the rear”

    Are you sure? ;)
    Man it looks like Samsung gonna have a new battle in court with Apple on the other side. But shee, I don’t care.

  • :D

    Shitsung Delta *

  • Kenichi Murakata

    Yay, Apple iphone 6C!!! Wait….. OMG! It’s not iphone 6C, It’s Shamesung Galaxy Alpha from Copycat company!!! JUST ALPHA “Bored. Slim. Still Plastic(!?)”

  • vigneshprince

    looks like s**t, XZ3 compact will be the best compact mobile! nothing can compete with it!

  • Micro

    oh, and BTW, my Sony Alpha A55 feels offended…

  • Vuyo Ncube

    How is the Alpha so thin? Because the Z3 Compact smashed it into the ground that thin!

  • costunga

    Apart from the frame the design still looks ugly. This and no water resistance are the only two reasons for me to choose Sony again.

  • z

    looks like an iphone when seen on the side.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Obviously, Z3 will have flagship specs while the Alpha is just Samsungs sad attempt of trying to counter and sweep up the hype from the iPhone 6

  • blitz_arc

    thats a very low battery capacity compared to the screeen resolution.. crappy phone i would say. it was nothing compared to even z1 compact.

  • Micro

    or it’s just an early “alpha” release and we should wait for the beta one, and after that the full version lol

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    In truth though Samsung is going to take a hit, one of the main reasons people would choose Samsung over iPhones was because of a larger screen.

  • Micro

    no, they forgot to change that cheap plaster at the back, so they are unable to even properly copy…

  • mUSICA

    iphone copy = smasung

  • Mars

    I totally agree that the camera will be better , but I would also like to be able to take some pics, make some calls , surf some internet sites , play some games(not much , maybe about 30 minutes for each of these activities) and not have to charge it after half a day…

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Not much else Samsung could do to improve their designs, no matter who they hire it’s still going to look like the S3

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I honestly don’t see how Apple would even consider this a challenge for the iPhone 6. Mid range specs, same cramps fingerprint sensor, uninspiring design, weak battery, no micro SD slot, and it’s not even water resistant

  • Micro

    I tell you how – Apple is gonna find as many patents as they can to accuse Samesung and make even more money, lol..

    And to be honest – I hope Apple finds something and Samesung will learn the lesson the hardest way possible.

    And yeah, I completely don’t get the idea of this phone. All specs but UHD and LTE are at most mid range, and the phone itself with technically no battery in it is a failure out of the box.
    I think its only purpose is to attract some more iPhone users, but again – whoever used the iPhone before if he switch to this crap, will never, ever come back to the Soplasticsung.
    I just don’t get it.

  • Snajdarn

    Very impressive weight.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I thought about buying an iPhone 5S

  • Micro

    they are actually pretty good devices, that’s why seeing cheap crap copied like this is so frustrating

  • Sean

    The battery is ludicrous

  • DStyle

    Looks like iPhone wanna-be.

  • Shamsungsucks

    It’s a iPhone LOL!!! Shamsung at it best (worst?). For Shamsung fanboys and trolls who don’t know any better! Z3 Compact all the way!

  • tri do

    the spec is not that impressive but then the battery is on the weak side, so i would assume it is ok. Seem like they re-use the screen from the s3 line up. There is no way this can compete with the z3 compact but their camera has good reputation so have to wait for that. And for the people said it looks like iphone, look around you people, most phones are look like that nowaday. Xiaomi mi4, huawei p6 & p7. In fact the z1c looks very similar to the older ip4. IT is a nice looking device beside the back still looks like turd. They should have put more thought into the back design too.

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha can never compete with Xperia Z3 Compact. Did you even check the specifications??

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    A metal frame with no water resistant vs metal frane with ip cert by sony.. Hurmmm… Nothing much to talk about sam new alpha… :-)

  • HardyHarHar

    No water resistance – Fail
    No FM Radio – Fail
    Small Battery capacity for an octacore processor – Fail
    No MicroSD Card support – Fail
    No 4k Video Recording – Fail
    No IR Sensor like in the galaxy S5 – Fail
    No Heart Rate Monitor – Fail

    Yeah I know most of those features are useless to a average user. But Sony being able to literally shrink down a flagship with minimal feature trimming completely makes the S5 Alpha a fail in comparison.

  • HardyHarHar

    Ok it has 4k Recording. Still though….

  • robertkoa

    Where Samsung went wrong is they let a silly thing like thin depth dictate the BatterySize.

    IF the Alpha was only about 2 mm thicker , we could have had a 2400- 2600 Mah Battery and an SD Card !

    Solution is to carry a spare-hoping there is a thicker raised backplate/larger Battery for Alpha AND a Galaxy NEO with a thicker form factor and larger battery.

    Z3 Compact is non removable battery but probably wins this Race, although I prefer removable battery.

    Alpha could have been a great performer IF made the same thickness as Galaxy S5 and had a larger Battery.

    Is ” super thin ” Form Factor important enough for ANYONE to kill the battery size like this ?

    Frustrating for me because I need a smaller powerful Android-other than Battery-Alpha would be nearly perfect for me.

  • robertkoa

    Yeah – I will the Beta with 2mm thicker body and 2500 Mah Battery lol.

    Maybe Samsung will Engineer a deeper backplate specifically for this.

    The plastic back will dissipate heat anyway so……

  • SonyXperiaBug

    This phone will eat up all it’s battery power before it takes a single shot plus the Lagsung feature equals truly remarkable fail…

  • lovebmw

    They lost me at 2gb ram

  • YuuriAyano

    “12MP camera on the front and 2.1MP camera in the rear” ?????

  • Jake Lew

    More like competitor of xperia c3

  • Vignesh Raja

    Everything went well, but when I saw 1860mAh battery… Same Samsung Sh#t!

  • Tech Gospel

    Finally a Samsung that actually looks decent! Too bad the specs are half-a$$ed.

  • Fact

    Comments on this post are more active than that of Z3 news…

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    After I bought my Z1 I kind of wanted a 5S, but then I didn’t want to deal with a mirco sim adapter when I switched it back and forth.

  • Mr P

    People you seem to be forgetting that this is not meant to be a top rate phone. It is aimed at the mid range end so stop getting your knickers in a twist.

    Samsung are now moving in the right direction. If they make the next Galaxy S6 along these lines then I think it will raise a lot of eyebrows.

    Once they throw in waterproofing, better camera, battery, processor, chipset etc. to Galaxy S spec, a lot of you will will be thinking twice I bet.

  • lovebmw

    but one interesting detail that has now slipped out was that this is in fact the world’s first 20nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) based chip on a smartphone.

    I must admit that’s impressive

  • naru

    haha lol FAIL. Samsung Design team not very innovative.

  • Joe

    What are you talking about?! Samsung looks like SHIT every way! Think about this, who in the world will come up with a dejected name like Samsung? Then they had to come up with an even more dejected name for their phone line ‘The Galaxy Ass’…. All that has already proven that Samsung is full of shit to begin with!

  • MasterYoda

    Another Samsung fail, it will be pulverised by the Z3 compact.

  • Death Metal

    Wow, the Samsung hate runs deep here, it seems. What did it do to you?

  • Death Metal

    It actually looks pretty good to me.

  • jj

    Style. Slim. Metal.

    I would prefer:

    Sony. Slim. iPhone.

  • OMFG WTF?!??!


  • SAMEsung


  • SAMEsung


  • Guest

    Z1 compact the best phone ever

  • Samsung Galaxy for real

    Whatever! finally, Samsung Galaxy Alpha will outsell all Xperia Z3 series LOL

  • Zorro

    Around of applause for samsung galaxy alpha… the King Of Copycat….pak!!!

  • SamsungFoolishUserKiller

    Yes it will because of foolish customers like you. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yo foolish personalities makes a cheap brand so popular. LOL

  • Mahinthan So

    Lets wait for battery life…. This alpha doesn’t seems to be having water resistant :(

  • Raja

    Guys, don’t try to compare Samsung with Apple iPhone ever… Obviously, SG Alpha is a good looking iPhone-like SMART phone!!! but never like Xperia-devices…

  • BattlePizza

    although Z3C is superior compared to Galaxy Alpha, you have to admit that Samsung does way better in marketing than Sony does… this will really make the difference in terms of sales… i will prefer the Z3C personally, tho, hate both the UI design and how those Samsung phones look.

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  • Shubham Mutreja

    my mini pro sk17i looks more sexier than this alphashit
    even though my phone is fat!!!!!!

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