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The smartphone will slot between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 mini

It’s getting hard to keep up with Samsung’s smartphone releases this year (so far we’ve seen the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy S5 Sport, Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Galaxy S5 mini, and Galaxy W -- and we still are expecting to see the Galaxy Note 4 in September). Now we’re getting a closer look at another new offering, the Galaxy Alpha, via pictures obtained by SamMobile.
 
The Galaxy Alpha will reportedly fit in between the 5.1” Galaxy S5 and the 4.5” Galaxy S5 mini. The Galaxy Alpha will sport a 4.7” 720p display, and will have a strip of aluminum that wraps around the sides of the device. Details on the processor powering the smartphone are a bit murky at this point, but the Galaxy Alpha will come with a fingerprint scanner and 32GB of storage. Unfortunately, a microSD slot won’t be included for those that need more storage for apps, media, etc.


Galaxy S5 (L) with the Galaxy Alpha (R)
 
SamMobile states that there will also be an LTE-A variant of the smartphone made available that could possibly use the new Exynos ModAP processor.
 
The Galaxy Alpha will reportedly launch next month, although the smartphone likely won’t see a global release due to production constraints.
 
Samsung is releasing its latest smartphone amidst a period where the company is facing reduced smartphones sales and lower profits. It was reported earlier this week that some Samsung managers have even gone so far as to return a portion of their bonuses (totaling about $2.3M) to take responsibility for the shortfalls.

Source: SamMobile



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By atechfan on 7/24/2014 11:28:42 AM , Rating: 5
So now we have the Galaxy Alpha. With a name like that, I'm expecting the best Galaxy yet. Aplha male, and all that. But now, we have yet another mid-spec'd Galaxy. Then we have the S5 Mini, which, contrary to expectations, is NOT just like the S5, but smaller. There is the S5 Sport, which one might expect to be a more rugged S5 for sports enthusiasts, but is really just the S5, with a Sprint branded activity tracking app. But the is a ruggedized variation of the S5, called the S5 Active. At least that one makes sense. Don't forget the Galaxy W, which, surprisingly, is the new flagship, making the S series no longer the real flagship, because the W is flag-shippier.




By Solandri on 7/24/2014 11:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
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So now we have the Galaxy Alpha. With a name like that, I'm expecting the best Galaxy yet. Aplha male, and all that. But now, we have yet another mid-spec'd Galaxy.

Heaven forbid someone give a product a name that's part of a logical sequence like alpha, beta, gamma. What silly thing will these companies do next - give their products numbers like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6?


By atechfan on 7/24/2014 2:57:08 PM , Rating: 3
That would make sense if this were the first phone of a series, but it isn't. There have been a myriad of Galaxy phones so far. Plus, I highly doubt well be seeing a Beta or Delta. Beta means unfinished in geek lingo. No one is going to call a released product Beta.


By Solandri on 7/24/2014 3:51:00 PM , Rating: 2
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Beta means unfinished in geek lingo. No one is going to call a released product Beta.

So does alpha. Yet they've released a product called alpha.


By atechfan on 7/25/2014 5:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
True, but more people who are casual geeks have been in betas of games than the alpha stage. I'd warrant that the term alpha for really, really unfinished software is much less known than beta for unfinished software. This is especially true in this day of FTP games using the term beta to mean "free marketing while our game is still buggy".


By soccerballtux on 7/25/2014 1:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
nonetheless, it looks like an iPhone to me, time to sue it!


By hughlle on 7/24/2014 12:13:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm your average Joe, and alpha in no way clearly tells me it is the best s,all phone in their line up. Not one bit. So if you do understand marketing, then you're agreeing that its bad marketing, as here are already two people, prospective buyers for all intents, who don't understand the name.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/24/2014 2:16:59 PM , Rating: 3
lol so exactly what were they supposed to call it? The Galaxy 4.7"?? The Galaxy Smaller?? The Galaxy Mid?

Apparently you don't get marketing. What does "Accord" say about the car? Nothing. What does "Mach 3" say about how close it shaves? Nothing.

That's not the point. Going by your logic Toyota should change Camry to "Competent if not plain people mover"...

What does "Alpha" say about the phone? It's not SUPPOSED to say anything about it, who cars. The point is it's a GALAXY phone.


By atechfan on 7/24/2014 2:53:42 PM , Rating: 1
Alpha, other than being the first letter in the ancient Greek alphabet, tends to mean "dominant" or "first". Neither of these apply to this phone. It's specs are not dominant is any way, nor is it even close to the first Galaxy phone. It isn't a completely made up word like Camry, specifically chosen for that specific car. It doesn't come with a pre-conceived connotation like alpha does.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/24/2014 3:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
Now you're officially complaining just to complain and being contrary about it. Do you really think Samsung needs to apologize for offering such a diverse selection? I thought consumer choice was a good thing!

Tell me, what SHOULD Samsung have called this phone? And do you honestly believe that would make any kind of difference to the consumer?

Also it's just ironic that you're defeating your own argument. Here we are on the very first day this phone has been announced, and you already know everything about it. Why?

Because it's a Samsung GALAXY. And Galaxy phones generate press which translates into public awareness.


By atechfan on 7/25/2014 6:12:54 AM , Rating: 3
Alpha is used widely as "dominant". Just because you don't know about it doesn't change that fact. The alpha wolf in a pack, or the alpha gorilla in a family, for example.

I know about the phone simply because I read this article. If I was just a regular consumer, seeing the names Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy W on a list, I wouldn't know which one was the best. But regular consumer seeing Nokia 530, 630, and 930 on a list would know that 930 is the higher end phone on the list because standard convention has higher numbers being upmarket.

You are confusing brand recognition with the naming scheme within the brand. Of course more people know what a Galaxy is than a Lumia. Samsung has done an excellent job marketing that name, while Nokia has done much less as far as marketing. I think Nokia fell into the trap of expecting people to know about it simply because they were Nokia, while Samsung came into the smartphone market with the knowledge they were a relative unknown in that space and threw their advertising behind changing that. Hopefully, now that Microsoft owns the brand, they will advertise it more.

I don't have a problem with Samsung having a diverse lineup. They have definitely done a better job at hitting various form factors than Nokia has. I only made my original comment to counter comments that YOU have made in the past saying that the Lumia lineup is confusing. Which is inexplicable because, other than the Icon, every Lumia is a simple number system, and there are relatively few Lumias. I am baffled as to how anyone could, when looking at a list of Lumia devices, not figure out the pecking order right away.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/25/2014 9:23:01 AM , Rating: 1
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I only made my original comment to counter comments that YOU have made in the past saying that the Lumia lineup is confusing.


Why would you do that? My god, what is with this obsession you have with me? Your ENTIRE point of making that thread was to address some off the cuff comment I made at some point....just wow.

I made those comments like months ago anyway! I can't even remember the last time I talked about that.

quote:
I am baffled as to how anyone could, when looking at a list of Lumia devices, not figure out the pecking order right away.


I think you're missing the point...I mean do you understand marketing?

Yes we know that generally the higher Nokia numbers mean the phone is "better", but they're generic and lack personality. Also there's a LOT more to a phone than specs.

We know the Galaxy Note is the large Samsung phablet phone, "Note" is instantly recognizable.

For the life of me I cannot tell you which Nokia model number corresponds to the Windows Phone phablet form factor. Not without using Google.

quote:
But regular consumer seeing Nokia 530, 630, and 930 on a list would know that 930 is the higher end phone on the list because standard convention has higher numbers being upmarket.


Again, I feel like you're missing the obvious elephant in the room on this...

Look I don't know a single Android OEM who names phones the way Nokia does, and they ALL outsell Nokia. So maybe, just maybe, that isn't the best way to do things?

- Lumia 520 and 520T

- Lumia 521

- Lumia 525

- Lumia 526

- Lumia 620

- Lumia 625

- Lumia 630 and 630 Dual

- Lumia 635

- Lumia 720 and 720T

- Lumia 810

- Lumia 820

- Lumia 822

- Lumia 920 and 920T

- Lumia 925 and 925T

- Lumia 928

- Lumia Icon

- Lumia 930

- Lumia 1020

- Lumia 1320

- Lumia 1520

Did I leave any out?

LMAO, you think this is more informative and less confusing?

No thank you, I'll stick with Nexus, Galaxy, Alpha, Note, Active, One S, etc etc.

And so will the average person buying phones.


By Krinosy on 7/28/2014 8:51:43 AM , Rating: 3
But they're all Lumias, just like all Samsung android handsets are Galaxies. Nokia (and now Microsoft) has the same consistent parent branding as Samsung, they just haven't pumped the same ridiculous level of money into it (last article I recall from a couple of years ago Nokia spent some $13mil in the US, compared to $400mil for Samsung).

Other than that they use a mostly logical numerical sub-branding, just like BMW.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/24/2014 3:17:10 PM , Rating: 1
Do you speak Greek? Are kids and young adults buying phones intimately familiar with the Greek alphabet and it's meaning?

NOBODY uses the world "alpha" today in casual conversation. Nor will they read it in books, blogs, Facebook, or anywhere else. I can't even remember the last time I came across it...

I feel you're honestly being absurd about this, really I mean no offense, but this is just the silliest thing to argue about.

I can only imagine your response if I started bashing Microsoft because they named their tablet "Surface". Well I guess technically a tablet has a "surface", so oh well, that's SO much better than Alpha? Just..lol.

Okay this is silly, really.


By retrospooty on 7/24/2014 3:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
Alpha in a product sense, actually means pre-beta. Virtually untested.

I honestly have no interest in this product, as I prefer a bigger screen, but in no way do I see an issue with it's name. It's just a name. Optimus, Galaxy, X, Xperia, Alpha, makes zero difference.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/24/2014 3:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like Daily Tech did it again lol.

Everywhere else on the Internet this phone is being called the Galaxy S5 Alpha. So to satisfy Atechfans's requirements, this would be the FIRST small phone branded under the "Galaxy S5" moniker. Happy now?

Also I can't find ANY official announcement from Samsung on this phone. So we're having a heated debate over a name that may be entirely different!


By hughlle on 7/24/2014 5:47:52 PM , Rating: 3
What they are supposed to call it is irrelevant. You have claimed that it is clear what alpha means, and 2 users, maybe more now, have stated that it is not clear. So come on reclaimer, reply to the point, don't try and spin off on a different angle. Your very post proves the advertising is wrong.

Oh, and plenty of people know what lumia is, but of course you'll claim noons does, after all, you do utterly dispose ms and worship android..


By Spuke on 7/24/2014 6:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
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I'm your average Joe
No you're not. AVERAGE people don't use internet forums or post in comment sections. Also, if you've ever given tech advice or fixed someone's tech device at any time YOU are NOT average. AVERAGE people don't know ANY of what we discuss here not to mention they think it's borderline weird that anyone does. Not one person posting in DT is AVERAGE. Rec is spot on. People know Galaxy because of all the advertising and knowing people that own the device. It's an instantly recognizable name. Samsung marketing is excellent, they made their Galaxy lineup a household word. NO ONE knows what a Lumia is or a G2/G3. I have a G2 and someone asked me which Galaxy do I have because they've never seen that one before. I told them it was a LG G2. And that person said, I thought LG made refrigerators. I said yes and they also make phones.


By atechfan on 7/25/2014 6:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
You, too, are confusing brand recognition, which the Galaxy is excellent for, with consistent naming, which is not so excellent.


By atechfan on 7/24/2014 2:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously? Sure, they know Galaxy means "Samsung Phone", but who can decipher the dozens of devices stuck with the Galaxy name? sure, you might be able to figure out that Galaxy Mega means a large fricken phone, but would you know the specs are rather meh? It seems to me that some of the confusion is purposeful, like sticking S5 on the mini, making it appear like it should have similar specs to the S5, but be smaller. But it doesn't.

A number based line-up is easy to figure out. 5 series is lesser than 6 series, which is lesser than 7 series. And 630 is newer than 620. Pretty simple. Of course, Nokia did screw it up when they released a 530 that was lesser in some ways than the 520. I'll give you that. But overall, the nomenclature is easy to follow. The icon is an outlier that doesn't fit that scheme.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/24/2014 2:58:07 PM , Rating: 1
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but who can decipher the dozens of devices stuck with the Galaxy name?


That's irrelevant. Marketing names rarely if ever tell customers everything they need to know about a product. I mean..is this some radical new concept I'm hitting you with?

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A number based line-up is easy to figure out. 5 series is lesser than 6 series, which is lesser than 7 series.


Uhhh isn't the Galaxy S5 greater than the Galaxy S4?

How do you know that Samsung won't name the next one a Galaxy Alpha II (2)? They've done it with the Galaxy S and Note lines, and several others.

This is the first Alpha phone but you're trying to make some argument that the name is confusing or not informative enough...I mean wtf? Biased much?

And if you think Nokia is better at marketing or naming, than explain to me why Samsung sells like a million times more phones than them.


By someguy123 on 7/25/2014 3:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
You're not wrong about the good marketing strategy Samsung is employing here, but I can't help but see the irony in you defending such an awful, misleading marketing strategy while bashing apple at every turn.

Samsung knows what it's doing, but what it's doing is along the lines of putting "i" on all of their products. Consumers don't know any better and will just buy galaxy even if the product is crap. Fortunately most galaxy products have decent specs so people don't lose out too much overall unless they're buying legacy phones. Hopefully it stays that way.


By ritualm on 7/24/2014 3:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
Both AMD and Nvidia have illogical naming schemes for laptop GPUs, where new chips are often mixed with older chips (die-shrunk, or straightforward old stuff), and only the top-end model numbers are crystal clear.

One Nvidia release:
680 - new
675 - old
670 - old
660 - new
650 - new
640 - mix of new and old
630 and under - old

Back on topic, for Samsung we get the following set:
S5 - original release
S5 Mini - it's a smaller phone, everything else is a downgrade
S5 Active - original S5 plus improved ruggedness
S5 Sport - original S5 plus carrier-exclusive app
S5 Alpha - it's a smaller phone, everything else is a downgrade

On the one hand, Samsung attempts to cover every market segment with a phone release, which is laudable. On the other hand, however, confusion is nigh - only the S5 and S5 Active made any sense to me, while everything else smacks of running in circles like a chicken with its head cut off.


By atechfan on 7/25/2014 6:24:38 AM , Rating: 3
See, here we have another person not knowing what they should mean. One would logically think the S5 Alpha should be a better phone than the S5. Reclaimer is so blinded by Samsung loyalty, that he can't see that this naming makes no sense to people not already in the know.

Before I get accused of blind Nokia loyalty, I already slammed them for having only 512MB in the 530 when the 520 was available with 1GB. That was a purely boneheaded move. 530 should be better than, or at least equal to, in every way.


By ritualm on 7/25/2014 8:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
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I already slammed them for having only 512MB in the 530 when the 520 was available with 1GB.

Check your sources - 520 has 512MB RAM, it's the 525 that has 1GB RAM.


By Cheesew1z69 on 7/27/2014 6:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
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Reclaimer is so blinded by Samsung loyalty
Um, I don't think so.


They gimped a lot more than needed...
By quiksilvr on 7/24/2014 9:43:44 AM , Rating: 2
No microusb 3.0, no microSD. If you can't replace the battery, then this is a carbon copy of the limitations of the iPhone.

Isn't the point of this phone is to be a superior alternative to the iPhone? The back retains the same dotted design that people reacted to negatively on the S5 and the aluminum is so glossy it might as well be plastic at that rate.

What were they thinking?




RE: They gimped a lot more than needed...
By inighthawki on 7/24/2014 12:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
What exactly is micro usb 3.0 needed for on a phone?


RE: They gimped a lot more than needed...
By quiksilvr on 7/25/2014 5:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
Faster charge.


By ritualm on 7/26/2014 5:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
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Faster charge.

400mA more default power is not "faster charge". It's the special circuitry within those USB ports that lets phones charge at 1A+.

Fail.


By ritualm on 7/24/2014 3:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
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No microusb 3.0

Until the phone industry moves from eMMC-based storage to the same stuff used on SSDs, and also massively improves random performance, there are no benefits to be had with USB3 over USB2. Right now all those "NAND" inside today's phones have less sequential read speed than a 4200rpm 2.5" hard drive, never mind writes, and their random read/write are just as dismal as the spinning platter cousins.

Heck, the USB3 connector on the S5 is only used for bragging rights. Writes are a bit faster... and that's all she wrote. The controllers used on those eMMC chips are worse than the JMicron stuff several years ago - cheap and dog slow basically sum them up.
quote:
no microSD

If it comes with at least 32GB, that SD slot becomes optional. Besides, you need third-party ROM mods to be able to use that SD slot since KitKat.
quote:
If you can't replace the battery

The iPhone's battery is user-serviceable , and it isn't all that hard to do. Just two pentalobe screws stand in your way, everything else is standard fare. A full battery replacement can be done in a few minutes.

If the battery cannot be serviced, you're SOL. Unfortunately, many phones are just that. I'd gladly take the Apple approach over some of the sealed-in ones from other companies. Wipe the phone, swap in a new battery, done. Can't do something like that with a phone like LG G2 without a soldering iron.


Naming
By Penti on 8/11/2014 6:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
The naming makes about as much sense as HTC One or Omega Watches, simply symbolizes the first letter in the alphabet whereas Omega symbolizes the last one, just as naming schemes by companies like Sony Mobile with the Z-series also symbolizes the last letter. In terms of science and the cosmos they could as well has named it Gamma. Or Galaxy Uno or whatever, it's just a name. It's not software so Alpha isn't derogatory. It's not named Galaxy Prototype at least.




Hmmmmm
By JackBurton on 7/24/14, Rating: -1
RE: Hmmmmm
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/24/2014 9:56:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, because exactly no one else has done one... oh wait.

http://techland.time.com/2014/02/19/lgs-mini-g2-sm...

And there are others...


RE: Hmmmmm
By retrospooty on 7/24/2014 9:58:32 AM , Rating: 5
Wow... Only you could see Apple as not following the pack in screen size... Considering the GS2 variants were 4.3 and 4.5 and the GS3 was 4.8... Really? how about the aluminum HTC One at exactly 4.7?

Now lets look at the 5.5 size. LG, Samsung have had phones at that size as do others, yet here comes Apple at that size, and you somehow twist this into Apple being copied? LOL. You are a riot man. WTF is wrong with you?


RE: Hmmmmm
By Spuke on 7/24/2014 10:35:30 AM , Rating: 4
JackB is like the local down syndrome kid that tells jokes. Hilariously sad.


RE: Hmmmmm
By retrospooty on 7/24/2014 10:40:12 AM , Rating: 2
This is almost as bad as Nortel, who insisted that Samsung copied Apple by using 16, 32 and 64gb storage sizes. I kid you not, he posted that here. LOL.

This is why Apple fans get the stigma of being tech illiterates. Sooooo many of them are like Jack and Nortel. They put defending Apple above logic, and facts... It's just laughable.


RE: Hmmmmm
By Spuke on 7/24/2014 6:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
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This is almost as bad as Nortel, who insisted that Samsung copied Apple by using 16, 32 and 64gb storage sizes.
I actually remember that. LOL! I swear to God these two are just the same dude with two accounts. There was a guy here back in the early days before DT spun off and maybe shortly thereafter that was similar except he was hilarious (wish I could remember his name). These guys are just sad. LOL!


RE: Hmmmmm
By xti on 7/24/2014 10:40:33 AM , Rating: 1
thats a lot of anger in 1 post.


RE: Hmmmmm
By retrospooty on 7/24/2014 10:59:39 AM , Rating: 2
Anger? Not at all, I am just laughing at Jack's post. There is a history there, not his first go around.


RE: Hmmmmm
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/24/2014 11:25:32 AM , Rating: 2
You are blind if you think anything in his post looks angry...


RE: Hmmmmm
By JackBurton on 7/24/14, Rating: -1
RE: Hmmmmm
By retrospooty on 7/25/2014 8:18:36 AM , Rating: 4
LOL... Is that your new MO now Jack? You post something incredibly narrow and shortsighted, a dozen people jump on it and point how incredibly narrow and shortsighted it was and you somehow claim some internal victory? That is hilarious. Yay Jack, you go. Nice job.

What did you do today honey? - "I posted some really dumb comments online and got corrected and I am so proud".

- justtrollythings.


RE: Hmmmmm
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/25/2014 10:10:24 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Notice I didn't even mention Apple. :)
And yet, everyone knows that who you were talking about... because, well, you are an Apple tool.


RE: Hmmmmm
By bug77 on 7/24/2014 10:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
I think you've hit the nail right on its head: Apple's high end is about the same as Android's mid-range.
(Yeah, yeah, I know it's not, I just couldn't resist.)


RE: Hmmmmm
By piroroadkill on 7/24/2014 10:43:33 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, my RAZR MAXX HD is 4.7" too. I guess Apple copied Motorola.

Wait, no, it's a screen size, and they're perfectly entitled to choose whatever screen size they want.


RE: Hmmmmm
By retrospooty on 7/24/2014 10:57:25 AM , Rating: 4
No, that is where we are all wrong. All those 4.7 inch phones made over the past 3 years were all "Pre-copying" Apple because they knew Apple would go 4.7 eventually. Under no circumstances can we ever say different as Apple has now invented the large screen phone at 4.7 and 5.5. Anyone else at that size is a failed copy.


RE: Hmmmmm
By GulWestfale on 7/24/2014 11:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
Yes retro is right. They brazenly pre-copied apple 3 years in advance. But apple cannot sue them because the android folks were smart about it- you'll note that all 4.7 inch android phones have screens that do not feature roinded edges at all. They are perfectly rectangular!


RE: Hmmmmm
By LRonaldHubbs on 7/24/2014 1:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that company was LG.
They called it the Nexus 4 and released it back in 2012.


RE: Hmmmmm
By flyingpants1 on 7/24/2014 5:27:39 PM , Rating: 2
Jesus, can anyone just STOP pointlessly freaking out, and look at the TRUTH value in his post?

He's absolutely right. The Galaxy Alpha is made to compete with the new iPhone, that's why the screen size and features match.

So what?!!? There is nothing wrong with competition all across the board. Honda makes a Civic, but nobody says they're copying the Corolla. That's reeeeally not the point.

The Galaxy Alpha is a great move.

You're all insane.


RE: Hmmmmm
By atechfan on 7/25/2014 6:27:01 AM , Rating: 2
Should have called it the gPhone. ;)


RE: Hmmmmm
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/27/2014 6:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
that's why the screen size and features match.
Except, the size has already been DONE... it's not a NEW size.


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