Samsung Galaxy Express smartphone

Samsung has announced another smartphone before Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy Express.

Although it may sound like some kind of intergalactic shuttle service, the Galaxy Express is Samsung's latest smartphone. The Galaxy Express aims to bring 4G LTE to consumers on a budget. See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, specs and rumours

Samsung said the Galaxy Express is: "a feature-rich multimedia powerhouse that makes 4G LTE’s dazzlingly fast network accessible to everyone. The Galaxy Express offers great performance, connectivity, easy usability and a superior battery to enhance life’s everyday pleasures."

Although the Galaxy Express is said to be affordable, Samsung hasn't released any pricing information. The handset will launch in the UK in the first half of the year. We expect it will be on display at MWC next month.

See also: Samsung announces Galaxy Xcover 2 smartphone.

In its design the Galaxy Express looks like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 mini. Size-wise it sits in between its comrades with a 4.5in Super AMOLED Plus display. It will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Other specifications include 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), NFC, a 5Mp rear facing camera and 1.3Mp front facing camera. The Android Jelly bean OS will be accompanied by Samsung TouchWiz interface with features such as AllShare Play, S Cloud and S Beam.

Samsung said: "The Galaxy Express is a value-driven 4G LTE smartphone, designed for the young social explorer. Faster multimedia streaming and downloads mean less waiting time and more enjoyment! Internet browsing is super-fast, and video and text chat sessions flawlessly stable and reliable via the 4G LTE network."

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