It’s not unusual for Samsung to be covering all its bases with a smartphone line-up as wide and diverse as possible, but the past few months have brought such an abundance of new devices that it’s hard to keep track and distinguish all the models.
You have your phablets, your super-phones, your mid-range to high-end devices, portable mid-rangers, entry-level handhelds, dual-SIM phones, and even ruggedized gadgets. Was there anything left uncovered? What about a low-ender with a large screen?
That box is officially checked now too, as AT&T has announced the Galaxy Express will go on sale starting November 16. The 4.5-incher will cost $100 on contract, which is affordable we guess, although looking at the specs of this bad boy, it seems a bit steep.
The Express is not too far off the GS3 in terms of design, but the hardware is considerably downgraded. The 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display only comes with an 800 x 480 pixels resolution and 207 ppi pixel density, the on board OS is Android 4.0 ICS, while the rear-facing shooter is equipped with a run of the mill 5 MP sensor.
At the heart of the hardware there’s a rather promising 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, but we don’t know the maker and model yet, and that’s never a good sign. Sammy and AT&T are also keeping the phone’s RAM and on-board storage secret, though we know there’ll be a microSD card slot. We also know that the battery will be a 2,000 mAh unit, which is not too bad, considering that the S3 only adds 100 mAh on top of that.
All in all, while we wouldn’t exactly call the Galaxy Express an entry-level phone, it’s definitely not a high-ender either, and with Black Friday’s super deals looming, we don’t see why anyone would pay 100 bucks for this.
On a somewhat unrelated note, let’s mention that AT&T will be also launching Novatel’s MiFi Liberate (pictured above) on November 16. The “first mobile hotspot device with a touchscreen display” will cost $50 and sport a “vibrant” 2.8-inch screen offering access to 4G LTE speeds while boasting an 11-hour battery.
Find more details in the press release below and let us know if any of the two devices will be making their way on your holiday shopping lists.
Samsung Galaxy Express and AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate Arrive at AT&T Nov. 16
Dallas, Texas, November 08, 2012
Beginning Nov. 16, AT&T* customers will be able to pick up the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi® Liberate for $49.99 with a two-year agreement and the Samsung Galaxy Express™ for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. For a limited time, customers who purchase a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, including the Galaxy Express, will receive up to $100 off a second connected Samsung device (details below).†
AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate
Developed by Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL), and powered by the nation’s largest 4G network, the MiFi Liberate is the first mobile hotspot device with a touchscreen display. Its vibrant 2.8″ color touchscreen display takes ease-of-use to the next level. Customers can easily connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices. They can also view data usage, manage connected devices, change network and device settings, and more-all directly from the touchscreen.
The MiFi Liberate, which offers access to 4G LTE speeds, boasts an industry-leading, powerful battery that provides up to 11 hours of continuous use. The global-ready MiFi Liberate also offers connectivity in more than 200 countries, making it more convenient to browse the Internet, check and send email, and upload photos while abroad. Customers can also easily access and share files and media stored on the inserted microSD card** from connected Wi−Fi or DLNA capable devices.
Customers purchasing connected devices from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, including the MiFi Liberate. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans.***
Samsung Galaxy Express
First-time smartphone users and people looking to upgrade to a new Android smartphone will find their perfect match with the Samsung Galaxy Express, a 4G LTE smartphone that combines high performance features at a great price. The Galaxy Express is exclusive to AT&T, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and sports a clear and bright 4.5-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus screen. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2000 mAh battery helps users stay productive throughout the day; while the 5-megapixel rear facing camera lets you capture and share images easily through text messages, email and social networks.
With Samsung Galaxy Express, customers can also enjoy some of the popular sharing features introduced in the popular Samsung Galaxy S® III, like S Beam which allows content to be shared between S Beam enabled devices by simply touching them back to back.
For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Express, please visit http://www.att.com/galaxyexpress.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 285 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas.**** With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**microSD sold separately. Compatible connected devices required.
*** Smartphone required. Up to ten devices per plan. Additional monthly charge per device. $15 per GB for add’l data. Unlimited talk and text for phones only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. Access to corporate email, intranet sites and apps available for $15/mo. per device.
****4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network. 4G when used in connection with the Galaxy Express refers to the fact that the device can operate on AT&T’s 4G network.
International roaming data rates apply outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S.V.I. Visit att.com/worldpackages and select Data Plans/Packages to view rates and available discount plans.
Samsung, Galaxy Express and Super AMOLED are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
†Offer available for a limited time while promotional supplies last at participating AT&T locations. Offer valid on second Galaxy handset of equal or lesser value or any Samsung connected device.
2-yr agreement and voice and/or data plan may be required. Restrictions apply. See store for details.