The Buyer's Guide

Find it, buy it and tell us how you really feel.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

78
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Alpha is Samsung's first phone with a metal frame, and it's the most aesthetically pleasing Galaxy phone we've ever seen. Unfortunately, it's priced at a premium and doesn't have the same set of features that you can get on the Galaxy S5 for the same price.

Pros
  • Beautiful and elegant
  • Wonderful performance
  • Compact size makes it comfortable, easy to use
Cons
  • Priced too high
  • Lacks several features found in the Galaxy S5
  • Battery life is nothing special
Read Full Review

Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

80
cookmik
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
climb74
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
zagna
This is a very good phone, incredibly fast and lag-free at any time and in any...read more
Write a Review

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.722
Internal memory
321
Camera
Yes
Carriers (US)
AT&T
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1860 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (12 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

Processor make
Samsung
CPU
1.8 GHz
RAM
2 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Fingerprint

Other features

NFC or RFID payment
Yes