Samsung Germany has officially announced that its new Galaxy Express i8730 LTE smartphone is available for purchase as of today in Europe – or at least in Germany.
The Galaxy Express has a suggested retail price of €489 (about $630). That’s more than what you have to pay for a (non LTE) Galaxy S III, which currently costs around €410.
Needless to say, it doesn’t really make sense for one to buy the Express instead of the S III (even though the latter is a 10-month old handset).
Resembling the Galaxy Express introduced by AT&T in the US at the end of 2012, the European Express i8730 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features: a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800 x 480 pixels, NFC, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording and LED flash, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, a 2,000 mAh battery, and a case that measures 132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm.
At the moment, the Galaxy Express i8730 is available in only one color version, namely white.
Eruope aside, the new LTE handset will be also launched in some Asian markets, most likely starting very soon.