Samsung 'Galaxy Express' LTE Phone price, availability in the Philippines

Korean leading mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung on Tuesday launches budget smartphone armed with LTE capability powered by Android Jelly bean. Express is available in the US since November 2012 and now ready to conquer other countries including the Philippines mobile market this 2013.
Samsung Galaxy Express, LTE budget phone
Photo: Samsung Galaxy Express, LTE budget phone

Samsung said that 'Galaxy Express' device is called ' a value-driven 4G LTE smartphone, designed for the young social explorer'. It is priced 99 dollars in the US but did not disclosed information on the release date and prices for worldwide release.

Samsung GALAXY Express, 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.

Samsung Galaxy Express, LTE budget phone
Photo: Samsung Galaxy Express

The phone is expected to run on 800,900, 1800, 2600 LTE bands and 850,900 and 2100 HSPA+ bands. It has 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and having 4.5” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display. It's camera is 5-megapixel auto-focus and having LED flash and sub-camera of 1.3 megapixels.

Sharing has never been easier with Samsung’s unique sharing capabilities on the GALAXY Express. AllShare Play enables a device-to-device remote sharing to freely share and play content across Samsung Smart TV and Smart mobile devices, ensuring you’re always linked and connected through a single account anytime, anywhere. Moreover, with S Beam, you can easily touch and transfer your favorite movie or the latest songs just by touching another device, to enjoy real-time sharing of the moments that count in such a short time.

Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) is a simple mirroring interface that lets you link your smartphone directly to any HD display for convenient and comfortable viewing. Near Field Communication (NFC) allows auto-transfer of text or data wirelessly to other NFC enables devices, facilitating instant wireless sharing and viewing.
Samsung Galaxy Express product specs

The announcement of Samsung is expected since it's rival Apple releases update on iOS version the same day . iOS version 6.1 of Apple adds LTE capability on iPhone 5 for 36 carriers worldwide including two carriers from the Philippines- Smart and Globe.

According to research firm, Strategy and Analytics, the global LTE smartphone shipments are expected to triple this year, allowing the technology to take off on a grander scale and driving down device prices.

"LTE smartphone shipments will grow from 90.9 million units in 2012 to 275 million in 2013.", the research company said.

June 23, Update: According to the price comparison website PricePanda, Samsung Galaxy Express I8730 LTE  is now available for online purchase and priced at PHP 13,790 (Unlocked, 8GB, White).

TheSummitExpress will update this page for additional information on Samsung Galaxy Express price,  availability and carrier (Smart or Globe or both?) in the Philippines.

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