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Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Is it the next iPhone 6 killer?

August 11, 2014 by Omar Sohail

Apple's current flagship phone, the 5s is not something to be trifled with. It might comprise of only a dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a mediocre battery but all those specs put together in an optimized iOS operating system would spell disaster for powerful smartphones such as the Galaxy Note 3. Though the iPhone 5s is still beaten by the Galaxy S5 in majority of basic and advanced benchmarking tests, you have to keep reminding yourself that the iPhone 5s is a generation older than the Galaxy S5. The iPhone 6's A8 processor will be a tough chip to beat and since it’s being released later than the Galaxy S5, the S5 will need more than just a miracle to thwart the iPhone 6. Well, it just so happens that Samsung has more than just a miracle; a smartphone called the Galaxy Alpha.

Why the Galaxy Alpha is the next iPhone 6 killer?

Two words; “Technical specifications”

While the Galaxy Alpha might not be armed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801, 805 or any other Qualcomm chipset for that matter, it does possess Samsung's own Exynos 5433 Octacore chipset (possessing 8 cores instead of 4). Now, all of this may seem puzzling but the fact of the matter is that the Samsung’s latest Octacore chipset is capable of beating the Snapdragon 805 chipset, as evidence revealed from the latest Antutu benchmarking result. The Exynos 5433 was also able to beat Apple’s A7 chipset by a considerable margin and only came second to NVIDIA’s overpowered Tegra K1 chipset, indicating that Apple will have its work cut out for it and that the Cupertino based company is going to have to arm its iPhone 6’s A8 processor with a lot more fire power, if it expects the A8 processor to knock out the Exynos 5433 chipset.

Processing power is not the only thing that the Exynos 5433 chipset will be able to deliver in the Galaxy Alpha. With the supplementation of 2 GB of RAM, and running on the official 4.4.4 KitKat operating system, demanding applications such as chrome, gaming apps, and VoIP apps, which were too hot to handle on lesser performing devices, will be a child’s play thing for this chipset and of course the Galaxy Alpha. In order to allow the functionality of web browsing, video streaming and of course making calls through an abundant number of VoIP apps,the Galaxy Alpha is equipped with 2 connectivity options:

  • An 802.11 ac wireless standard adapter (which will be compatible with the previous generation wireless standards as well).
  • 4G LTE connectivity (With a maximum theoretical transfer speed limit of 300 Mbits/second)

As far as the remaining specifications go, the Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7 inch screen size (the same screen size that the iPhone 6 will possess once it finally gets launched) with a 720 pixel resolution, which might not radiate the crispiest of resolutions to be displayed around but at least it will not have an adverse effect on the battery life. Apart from the metallic finish, and the metal outer rim present which makes the Galaxy Alpha take up the appearance of an iPhone, perhaps the biggest perk of owning the device would be the blazing processing power that comes along with it.

Unfortunately, the current pre-order price of the phone is £549 (or $923). When Samsung wanted to make an iPhone 6 killer, the company did not mention that it was going to follow in the same footsteps of its competitor by stamping the product with an exorbitant price tag. Nevertheless, the iPhone 6 will make its debut in September. Perhaps then we shall truly know which smartphone is the reigning device of 2014. 

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