samsung galaxy alpha hands-on (1)

The Galaxy Alpha just launched today, and while Samsung shared many details about the device, there’s nothing like real hands-on impressions to get to know a smartphone.

Fortunately, Russian website managed to obtain a Galaxy Alpha in advance and put out a good hands-on review just minutes after the device’s official unveiling.

You can check out the review (in Russian) here. We’ve highlighted some of the most interesting aspects below.

  • The dimpled texture on the back of the device is shallower than the Galaxy S5’s, and as a result, less visible.
  • Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Alpha features a subtle grid pattern on the front, which matches the color on the back.
  • The thin profile and rubberized texture gives the phone a very good grip.
  • Despite the larger screen, the Galaxy Alpha is not much larger than the iPhone 5S.
  • Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Alpha is not water resistant.
  • The space available on the device is about 25GB out of the advertise 32GB. No microSD card slot.
  • Despite the small size of the battery, the Alpha managed 11 hours in a HD video playback test, comparable with the Galaxy S5 Mini (2100 mAh). The review concludes that the Alpha won’t be able to get you through a full day without recharging.
  • The display is bright, with great viewing angles, and good visibility in sunlight.
  • Camera is “decent.”
  • The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first device with a nano-SIM card.
  • The review’s conclusion – good phone, but you can do better for the price.

Are you impressed with the Galaxy Alpha?

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