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How to Choose Between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung are on a roll the release of a steady stream of impressive smartphones. The Galaxy Alpha is one of their latest premium mobile phones to be launched and will certainly appeal to loyal and new fans of Samsung smartphones. Samsung, of course, unveiled their flagship handset the Galaxy S5 earlier this year and there are some similarities between the S5 and the Alpha. Here's our handy guide on how the two smartphones compare.
The most noticeable difference in the design between the Galaxy Alpha and S5 is their size. The Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a larger screen at 5.1-inches compared to the 4.7-inch display on the Alpha. The Galaxy Alpha is smaller and more compact and is very slim at 6.7mm as well as lightweight, weighing just 115 grams. The S5, thanks to its larger display, has a higher resolution 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED screen which offers 432 pixels per inch which compares to the Alpha's 313 pixels per inch 720 x 1280 display.
Samsung have retained their polycarbonate frame design for the S5 which has the added bonus of being water and dust resistant. The Alpha boasts a lovely and sleek looking aluminium design, both the S5 and the Alpha come with the heart rate monitor located on the rear and fingerprint scanner positioned on the front of the handset.
Samsung have gone for a great quality 16-megapixel camera on the rear of the S5 which has autofocus and an LED flash. The Alpha main rear camera has similar features and is 12-megapixels. There's a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for both smartphones for the usual video calls and selfie taking. Both handsets benefit from some great camera software which includes Dual Camera which uses the front and rear cameras simultaneously, Selective Focus and Beauty Face to perfect your images.
Power and Battery
As is fitting for a premium top-end smartphone, the S5 is fitted with a powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor and a very decent 2GB of RAM. There are 2 variations of processor available with the Galaxy Alpha which are a quad-core 1.8GHz CPU or an octa-core 1.3GHz chip, both versions come with 2GB of RAM.
Storage-wise, the S5 has the option of more memory capacity as it has a microSD slot which means you can have up to 128GB of storage. The on-board storage of the S5 is either 16GB or 32GB depending on what handset you have gone for. There's no microSD slot on the Alpha but there's a solid 32GB of built-in storage which will be more than enough for most people.
Thanks to its larger size, the S5 can accommodate a large 2800mAh battery which gives around 21 hours of talk time. The Alpha features a 1830mAh battery which should offer around 13 hours of 3G talk time. Samsung's new Ultra Power Saving Mode is available on both handsets to further boost the battery performance.
Both the Galaxy Alpha and S5 are fantastic smartphones, the S5 pips the Alpha for features and specs whereas the Alpha is a more stylish and compact mobile phone which still offers premium features at a competitive price. For the best deals on both Samsung smartphones, check out our great deals here.