The festive season, spanning Dussehra, Durga Puja and Diwali, is a perfect time to buy tech gifts. Now that the festive season is starting, we're looking at new smartphones to be made available onto market. So if you are planning to buy a premium handset, there's a good chance you're looking to pick an Android-powered phone.
The Galaxy Alpha is a sophisticated smartphone with more emphasis on design, rather than just hardware. The HTC One (E8), on the other hand, is a cheaper version of the original HTC One (M8).
Today, we've are going to compare these two high-end Android smartphones in respect of specs, hardware, design and price.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Design
The HTC One (E8) is crafted out of plastic. The curve design gives the HTC One (E8) a prolific look. HTC has also slim down the bezels to adjust the width. At 14.642 x 7.067 x 0.985, 145g, the phone seems light in weight.
The metal frame around the sides of the phone is the real reason why everyone is gaga over the Galaxy Alpha. It weighs in at 115 grams, making it even lighter than the HTC One (E8). Like the HTC One (E8), the Galaxy Alpha is crafted out of plastic.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Display
The HTC One (E8) sports a 5-inch Full HD display (441ppi). Black levels are deep and contrast ratio isn't that bad.
The Galaxy Alpha uses a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720-pixels. The 720p HD quality display is a step down from the FHD screen from the HTC One (E8). The screen is very bright with deep blacks, though, colors tend to look faded at times.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Operating System
The HTC One (E8) is running on the Android 4.4 with HTC's custom Android interface - Sense 6 on top of Android. Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The device uses Samsung's very own TouchWiz UI slapped on top of Android
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Processing output
In the processing department, the HTC One (E8) is stuffed with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, which can be later expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
The Galaxy Alpha offers a 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 Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Connectivity Options
HTC One (E8) has an array of connectivity options. It has Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, DLNA, HTC Connect, Micro-USB 2.0 among others.
The Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, is supported by 4G LTE (Cat 6) connectivity, besides Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS among others.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Camera
The One (E8) houses 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.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Battery
The HTC One (E8) has a 2,600mAh battery fitted inside. Unfortunately, you cannot remove the battery, which could be a big issue for users who are constantly travelling.
The Galaxy Alpha houses a 1,860mAh battery fitted inside. That's removable, though, it is smaller than the one inside the HTC One (E8).
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs HTC One (E8): Price and Early Verdict
The HTC One (E8) is now selling at a price point of Rs. 34,999, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been priced at Rs. 39,990.
To be honest, we think the HTC One (E8) is far better compared to the Galaxy Alpha. The One (E8) not only comes with a 5-inch FHD screen but it also houses a fast quad-core processor. Plus it is also supported by the microSD card slot and, of course, a large battery.
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