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Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview

Introduction


Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview
At first, the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 looks like a myriad of Android smartphones by Samsung that you can barely tell apart. A typical plastic device with that signature me-too Samsung look, it aims to offer good value for the money with a relatively modern version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch screen, and a dual-core processor.

Coming with the feature-packed Samsung TouchWiz user interface, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos and expandable storage, it checks all our bases for an affordable phone. Is it all as good as it looks on paper, though, or are there some other hidden quirks that you should know about? Let’s find out.

Design


The Galaxy Express 2 is a device of reasonable size and a solid build, but it's made out of plastic and its design is not very original. 

Overall, the second generation Galaxy Express is a device of reasonable size, heft and thickness. With its healthy-sized 4.5-inch display, it is not too small, nor too large, and easily fits in a pocket. It’s definitely on the chubby side, though, measuring 9.8mm (0.39”) thick. While that’s not a dealbreaker for us, it’s a thing to consider, and we do wish the handset was at least just a bit thinner.

The Galaxy Express 2 features the typical Samsung style that the company first debuted with the Galaxy S III back in 2012. In case you are wondering what we mean by saying ‘typical’, we’re referring to the glossy plastic body, pebble-like form with curved edges, silver plastic sidings made to look like aluminum, and the single large home key encircled with two capacitive buttons. On the left side of the phone is a volume rocker, and on the right is the lock key.

Overall, the Galaxy Express 2 leaves an impression of a solidly built phone. It’s practical and nicely put together, but nothing more.


Samsung Galaxy Express 2
5.21 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches
132.4 x 65.8 x 9.8 mm
4.73 oz (134 g)

Samsung Galaxy Express 2

Samsung Galaxy Core
5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

HTC One SV
5.04 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)

HTC One SV

Nokia Lumia 720
5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm
4.52 oz (128 g)

Nokia Lumia 720

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.



Display


The Express 2 has a reasonably sized 4.5" display with decent sharpness.

The Galaxy Express 2 features a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. We’ll abstain from passing a judgment about the screen quality since we have a non-final unit, but our initial feelings are that this is a better than average display with very vivid, rich color that does not look washed out. The screen is also fairly sharp for its class at 245ppi, so you’ll hardly see any pixelization except when reading tiny text.

One thing that Samsung annoyingly omitted in the Express 2 is a light sensor. What this means is that the screen cannot automatically adjust its brightness, so you’d need to manually set it lower or higher depending on the conditions.



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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:22 4

1. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


I like Samsung, but I'm getting so sick of them releasing the same phone over and over again seemingly every week...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:24 1

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


let me guess your okay with apple doing it though?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:28 2

3. MrKoles (Posts: 325; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Or Sony, or HTC, or Nokia...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:50 2

6. PorkyBurger (Posts: 234; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Apple is doing it each year actually.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:04 2

9. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


To be fair, Apple releases 1-2 iPhone models a year and that's it - can't even compare that to Samsung.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:06 2

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8627; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So? That's their decision.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:29

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1441; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


So... Blue S4 Mini with bigger IPS screen and worse camera. After Moto G, these kind of devices seem like nothing. Not bad, but uninspiring.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:51 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8627; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Moto G doesn't have LTE and is in the same price point.

Checkmate.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:23 3

12. true1984 (Posts: 592; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the verizon version does...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 15:34

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8627; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's 3G.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/devices/moto-g.html

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:31

5. PorkyBurger (Posts: 234; Member since: 18 May 2013)


So...this phone is bigger, watered down (software wise) version of Galaxy S4 Mini, which uses IPS instead of AMOLED. Really?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 14:43

13. xq10xa (Posts: 131; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Windows phone pretty much has done this since day 1.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 15:35

15. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 154; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


So... Many... Phones!!! *Rips hair out of head* Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait processor
1536 MB RAM
Size5.21 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches
(132.4 x 65.8 x 9.8 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)

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