After nearly a month of leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally made things official: high-quality metal phones are a part of bigger plan. Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are finally out. Obviously, Samsung needed to make these phones official, in order to beat brands like Xiaomi and Apple in world's toughest competitive markets: India and China.
More importantly, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 represent Samsung's newly adopted design strategy. Both phones are completely made out of metal and the only handsets from Samsung to have sealed batteries. While Samsung has yet to announce pricing and availability, although Indian users should expect these phones to land in the country sometime later next month.
Samsung last month unveiled the Galaxy Alpha in India, featuring premium design, above average specs, and of course, a Rs. 40,000 price tag.
So how does the Samsung Galaxy A5 compare with the Galaxy Alpha? Read on for a side-by-side comparison.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Vs Galaxy Alpha: Design
The Samsung-made Galaxy A5 is a deadly combination of premium design and effortless engineering. The device is notably slim and boasts an all-metal build. Yes, you heard it right! Unlike the Galaxy Alpha, which has the metal-frame edges, the Galaxy A5 is completely made out of metal. Notably, the back cover is not removable, similar to Apple's iPhone lineup. The new handset measures 6.9mm in terms of thickness and weighs in at 123g.
Going further, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is being promoted as a phone with an edge. The device has a metal edge around the sides of the handset. Despite being a high-end phone, it is still made out of polycarbonate plastic. As far as style goes, it's safe to say the Galaxy A5 triumphs the Galaxy Alpha.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Vs Galaxy Alpha: Display
The mid-end phone from Samsung, the Galaxy A5, has a significantly larger screen than the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy A5 has a 5-inch AMOLED 720p HD screen compared with the Galaxy Alpha's 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 pixels display. That's 294ppi to the Alpha's 312 ppi, for those keeping count.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Vs Galaxy: Processor, Storage and Connectivity
In the processing department, the Galaxy A5 is stuffed with a quad-core CPU (unknown type) clocked at 1.2GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, which can be later expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card.
The Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, has a super fast octa-core processor that is made out of four quad-core processors -- a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex A15 configuration and a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A7 one. The device also has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of fixed storage.
Samsung Galaxy A5 has an array of connectivity options. It has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 and Micro-USB 2.0, among others. The Galaxy A5 doesn't include a heart rate sensor.
The Galaxy Alpha, in the meanwhile, is supported by 4G LTE (Cat 6) connectivity, besides Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS, among others.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Vs Galaxy: Software
Both Samsung-made phone, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy Alpha are running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat with the company's native TouchWiz UI slapped on top of Android.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Vs Galaxy: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a 13-megapixel rear facing with an LED Flash. There's a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies. Both dual cameras are capable of shooting videos in 1080p format.
The Galaxy Alpha comes with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with always-on HDR, auto focus and an LED Flash. There's also a 2MP front-facing shooter. Both dual cameras are capable of recording videos in 1080p format. Notably, the Galaxy Alpha is capable of recording videos in 4K format.
The Galaxy A5's sensor packs in high-resolution (13 megapixels), but as anyone will tell you, megapixels aren't everything here.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Vs Galaxy: Battery, Price and Verdict
The Galaxy A5 has a 2,300mAh battery fitted inside. Unfortunately, you cannot remove the battery.
The Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, comes with a 1,860mAh battery fitted inside. That's removable, though, it is smaller than the one inside the Galaxy A5.
The Galaxy A5 will launch in China in November, followed by other select territories. Samsung Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, is now available across India for Rs. 39,990.
Samsung's first ever metal clad phone, the Galaxy A5, is a mid-end phone. The specifications aren't that great, though, the device has a great chance to get accepted in countries like India and China. On the other hand, the Galaxy Alpha seemed to be an overprized handset with mediocre specs and features.
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