Without much fuss or fanfare, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Express 2, a slight upgrade from last year’s Galaxy Express model. This mid-range smartphone will be heading for the UK first and has given UK carrier Vodafone an exclusive advantage.

In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 is unimpressive but solid. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, probably a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 1.5 GB of RAM. It sports a 4.5-inch qHD display with a 540×960 pixel resolution. It has 8 GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card. It has a variety of connectivity features, including NFC and, like its predecessor, LTE support. If the specs sound a bit like the Galaxy S4 Mini, albeit with a larger screen, you would not be the only one to think so.

On the software side, the Galaxy Express 2 will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and, of course, Samsung’s TouchWiz custom interface. It will also have access to some Samsung exclusives such as S Travel, Story Album, and S Translator to help users maximize their travel experience. Smart Stay face detection and Group Play file sharing will also be available.

Samsung has not mentioned pricing details but the Galaxy Express 2 will be available in the UK, starting today as a Vodafone exclusive with other retailers to follow. The smartphone comes in a Ceramic White color option, but Vodafone customers will also be able to purchase it in Rigel Blue, also exclusive to the carrier.

VIA: SamMobile