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Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F) vs Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) XSamsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)06Points
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)
4.7"
AMOLED

720x1280

12
MP

2.1mp

2GB
RAM

32bit Octa

1860
mAh

(Removable)

vs
18PointsSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)Compare Samsung Galaxy Alpha X
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
5.2"
AMOLED

1080x1920

16
MP

16mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)6 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)vsGalaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)18 Advantages Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
+32GB (25GB available)14%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs32GB (22GB available)
+115 grams (4.03 ounces)37%
Lighter
vs157 grams (5.5 ounces)
+6.7 millimeters (0.26 inches)18%
Thinner
vs7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
+4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vsFull HD (1920x1080)
+Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Removable)Advantage
Removable battery can be replaced easily
vsLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
1.8GHz 32bit Octa-Corevs+1.9GHz 64bit Octa-Core58%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
2GB LPDDR3vs+3GB LPDDR450%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
Not supportedvs+Until 256GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
720x1280 pixelsvs+1080x1920 pixels125%
Higher resolution screen
312 PPIvs+424 PPI36%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
4.7"vs+5.2"11%
Larger screen
(back) 12MPvs+(back) 16MP33%
Higher resolution main camera
f/2.2 (aperture)vs+f/1.9 (aperture)16%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
(front) 2.1MPvs+(front) 16MP7 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
Android 5.0.2 Lollipopvs+Android 8.0 OreoAdvantage
Android 8.0 Oreo is newer and safer
(4G+ LTE-A) 150 Mbpsvs+(4G+ LTE-A) 300 Mbps100%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
1860 mAhvs+3000 mAh61%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
4.0 + A2DPvs+4.2 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP is newer and faster
MicroUSB 2.0vs+Type-CAdvantage
Reversible connector, you can stick in a USB-C cable any which way; either side is up.
Not supportedvs+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example

28 Common items in both devices
Super AMOLED
16 million
LED flash
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
EIS: Digital stabilization
HDR photo/video only main camera / HDR photo only main camera
+21 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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📱 Model features

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
ModelGalaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Other model namesSamsung Galaxy Alpha 4G LTE G850F, Samsung SM-G850FGalaxy A5 2017 (LG U+) SM-A520L
Country or region available(Europe)
(Europe)
South Korea
South Korea
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date9/1/20141/13/2017
Depth6.7 millimeters (0.26 inches)7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Size (width x height)65.5 x 132.4 millimeters (2.58 x 5.21 in)71.4 x 146.1 millimeters (2.81 x 5.75 in)
Weight115 grams (4.03 ounces)157 grams (5.5 ounces)
Build, materialsfeature not registeredAluminum frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersNot supportedIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
System versionAndroid 4.4.4 KitKatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Firmware updateAndroid 5.0.2 LollipopAndroid 8.0 Oreo
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Chipset32bit - Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5430 (20nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 (14nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 2 processors:
1.8GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15
1.3GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7
Octa-Core, 1 processor:
1.9GHz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-T628 MP6ARM Mali-T830 MP3
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredfeature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
RAM memory2GB LPDDR33GB LPDDR4
Internal storage32GB (25GB available)32GB (22GB available)
eMMC 5.1
External storageNot supportedUntil 256GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)

📲 Display

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size4.7" inches5.2" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~70.2% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution720x1280 pixels1080x1920 pixels (16:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)312 PPI424 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 4Gorilla Glass 3
Display featuresfeature not registered60Hz

📶 Mobile networks

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbps300/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Tri-Band 900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1900/2100UMTS 850/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600LTE Cat6 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 40, 41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Back camera (main camera)12 megapixels16 megapixels
Main camera resolution4608x2592 pixels4608x3456 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/1.9 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered27mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo/video only main cameraHDR photo only main camera
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Front camera (secondary)2.1 megapixels16 megapixels
Front camera resolution1920x1080 pixels4608x3456 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/1.9 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/3.1" inches
Pixel sizefeature not registered1µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedFM
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, WMV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
USBMicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 Type-C reversible connector
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputNot supportedNot supported
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.2 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNASupportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Fingerprint sensor
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity1860 mAh3000 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging18W Fast battery charging
Talk time autonomy11 hours16 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder
MessagingSMS (Swype), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black, Silver, White, Gold, Blue
- USB OTG On-The-Go
- Dual Shot camera (video + photo)
- Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
- Dropbox 50GB
- ANT+ support
- Colors: Black, Gold, Blue, Pink
- Gorilla Glass on the back
- Samsung Grace UX

☢️ Radiation rate

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520L)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)1.18W/kg (head), 0.75W/kg (body)0.337W/kg (head), 1.07W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.4W/kg (head), 0.506W/kg (body)feature not registered
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