A big reason for the large screen sizes were seeing on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is Samsung. Samsung has lead the phone market on producing larger and larger screens on our cell phones for years. Between the Galaxy S3, S4, S5 and Galaxy Notes which are 5+ inches diagonally, Samsung has owned the large screen market. Apple has had no choice but to play catch up, while the biggest change for Samsung on the Galaxy Alpha is the metal frame. The 4.7” screen is par with Apple’s 6 but what lurks beneath is what we really care about.
The batteries are comparably sized units as well. The Alpha battery weighs in at 1860 mAh compared to the iPhone 6 at 1810 mAh. Processing duties are the responsibilities of a Exynos 5 Octa 5430 SoC, a quad core 1.8 GHz Cortex A-15 and a quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A-7. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T628 clocked at 600MHz and the Alpha is the first to have the 20nm chips. This is also the first phone to use Intel’s PMB9933 LTE chip for truly global connectivity.
The Intel PMB9933 is accompanied by a Maxim Integrated MAX77804K PSoC and Skyworks 7851 0268. Handling any incoming GPS and Audio signals is a Broadcom BCM4753IA1 and Wolfson Microelectronics WM5110E low-power audio system.
On the front side of the board is the Samsung S2MPS13 power management system and a SKC TI 45I AHCX. Followed by a SWKT GRG78 Antenna Switch Module and Intel PMB5747. As a sum of its parts, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha seems to be aimed squarely at retaining customers that it converted from Apple.
At last, Samsung appears to be joining Apple and HTC in building phones with metal chassis. They always had the firepower processing-wise but their phone felt cheap. Now they have the product to be able to draw customers back to the Android fold.