The new Samsung offspring for 'younger explorers', Galaxy Express, comes with a boosted 4G facility for faster browsing and speedy streaming. It has made its launch in the US market. The world wide release date of Galaxy Express will be announced during or after the Mobile World Congress. Galaxy Express is Samsung's another Android operates smartphone with 4.5” display with HD quality. It is an upgraded version of Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini. Samsung had recently announced another two devices, Samsung Galaxy Grand Dual Sim phone and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Read a short review of the phone below.
Design and Exterior:
With its long rectangular shape, curved corners, and oval home button, Samsung Galaxy Express resembles Galaxy S3 Mini, though it lacks the premium look. The device has 5.22 inches height, 2.73 inches width, and 0.36 inch thickness. It has approximately 135g weight also. Though it wont be suitable for the front pocket of your jeans, it will be handy and comfortable to be pinned between the ear and the shoulder. It will slide easily to a pouch bag. On the left of the phone, you will find the volume control panel. On the top, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and on the right side, there is the power on/off/sleep button. There is a micro USB port at the bottom of the phone. There rests the secondary camera, near to the speaker, just above the screen. On the rear, the device has a 5MP primary camera with LED flash light. Below the camera, on the right side of the bottom, there are two small slits for the audio speakers. The rear of the phone has a glassy smooth finish, which makes it prone to get imprinted by the user's fingerprints. The rear plate is removable. You can see the battery and the slots for SIM and microSD card there.
The Galaxy Express phone has a 4.5 inches SUPER AMOLED Plus WVGA HD capacitive touch screen which allows multi touch. The display has a resolution of 480×800 pixels with pixel density of 205 and it has 16 M colours. The screen has a strange blue hue when it was watched from different viewing angles. As mentioned above, just above the screen, there is the in-ear speaker and the 1.3-mega pixel camera. Below the screen, there is the physical home button and two hot keys for menu and back that get lighted up in white colour when in use.
CPU and Performance:
Galaxy Express has a 1.5 GHz Dual Core QUALCOMM Snapdragon S4 as its CPU and Adreno 225 GPU for providing better quality graphics and high quality gaming. The phone has proximity, gravity and accelerometer as its sensors.
Galaxy Express has Android 4.0.4 as its Operating System. The OS comes pre installed with a bundle of applications like Gmail, Plus, Local, Maps with Navigation, Messenger, portals to Play Books, Magazines, Movies and TV, Music, and Store, Google Talk, Search, and YouTube. The basic Task Management application includes features like a native browser and e-mail client, a calculator, a calendar, a clock with alarm functions, a memo pad, music and video players, and a voice recorder. The phone has cloud storage application too.
The 5MP camera of the Galaxy Express, which comes with LED flash light, has the features of 4x digital zoom; four shooting modes, four photo effects; 14 scene modes; an exposure meter; touch, auto, and macro focus; a timer; six photo sizes, five white balances; four ISO options; three metering choices; compositional lines; three image qualities; and geotagging. The camera has video shooting of HD 1080 p resolution. The front camera is of 1.3MP, which is meant for video calling.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Galaxy Express phone supports only a single SIM (GSM mini SIM). It supports both 2G and 3G network. For the general 2G network, the phone has quad core frequency. EDGE and GPRS are supported on 2G network. The phone's main high light is its super-fast internet connectivity through 4G/LTE connectivity. The Express smartphone supports Wi-Fi connectivity too. The phone has Bluetooth v4.0 with A2Dp, EDR, micro USB v2.0 port and NFC too. Galaxy Express comes pre loaded with Samsung's Chat On and S Beam. It has GPS support too. The phone has almost all Google's services like Google services like Google maps, Google Search, Gmail, Google play books, Google play store, Google navigation and more.
Galaxy Express has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 5GB user memory and an expandable memory up to 32 GB using the microSD card.
The phone comes with a 2000 mAh battery of Lithium ion polymers, which is removable. The battery is expected to provide a stand by time of up to 312 hours and talk time of maximum 14 hours. With the usage of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi hotspot the battery life will be shorter.
If you are a person who is a fan of the Galaxies and don’t want to spend that much on it, Galaxy Express is the right one for you. As an entry level smartphone, it will provide satisfaction. But if you are the one with more feature consciousness and camera requirements, well, Galaxy Express might not be your cup of coffee.
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Good call quality.
High-speed browsing with 4G LTE.
Bluish hue on screen at certain angles.
Preloaded with too much bloat-ware
Samsung Galaxy Express comes with a boosted 4G facility.
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