The Galaxy Alpha wasn’t the only surprise Samsung prepared for this month, because the company has also announced its new Exynos 5430 SoC, based on a 20nm processing tech. As a matter of fact, the Exynos 5430 is the only SoC that’s based on the 20nm process. The 20nm HKMG process technology is perhaps Alpha’s most attractive feature, mostly because the chip is more efficient and thus, it reduces power consumption. Apart for this particular improvement, the Exynos 5430 is basically the same, regarding CPU and GPU. The device still features ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration, with a quad-core Cortex A15 clocked at up to 1.8GHz combined with a quad-core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.3 GHz.
The two cores were maxed out on the Galaxy Alpha, the device getting the best out of the chipset. Regarding the GPU, it features the same ARM Mali-T628 MP6 clocked at 533MHz. The GPU is more than enough to support resolutions up to WQHD (2560X1440) and WQXGA (2560X1600). Among other great features, we can mention a Multi Format Codec with H.265 decoder, dual IPS and a separate co-processor dubbed Seiren, meant for audio decoding. Reducing power consumption seems to be the main focus of the Exynos 5430. Features such as Mobile Image Compression and Adaptive Hibernation Display are only two of the technologies used to achieve a low power consumption.
In conclusion, the Galaxy Alpha is not only the better, metal-made Galaxy S5, it’s perhaps the best smartphone on the market if we consider the improved chipset. The S5 was an amazing device, and the fact that Samsung developed a better one that also surpasses everything the company did so far design-wise, could only mean one thing. Samsung created a masterpiece. The improved chipset does more than support higher resolutions and help the Galaxy Alpha perform better, it also lowers the power consumption, which if we are to be honest, is one of the most important features a customer looks for when buying a smartphone. So, well done Samsung! The Galaxy Alpha just got better than expected.