$129 Moto E gets official alongside new Moto G with 4G LTE and microSD
It’s May 13, so it’s time for a new Motorola smartphone. As it has promised, the formerly Google-owned company has held an event today. During that, as has been anticipated by many leaks over the past few days, we’ve been introduced to the Moto E.
This is now Motorola’s cheapest smartphone, taking that crown from the Moto G which was announced last year. The Moto G will continue to be sold, in fact a new version of it was unveiled too, though more on that in a bit.
Sticking with the Moto E, it’s a rather low-end device that still manages to pack decent specs. Oh, and it has a killer price, just like we thought it would. The phone is priced at $129 in the US and £89 in the UK. Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, we assume the price for the Eurozone countries should be €129 (we’re basing this on what happened with the Moto G). Obviously all of these amounts refer to devices sold unlocked, SIM-free, and without any contract commitments.
So what exactly is it you get for just $129? It turns out that the leaked specs from yesterday were spot on. Furthermore, we finally know the Moto E’s screen resolution now, and even if it’s not HD for that display size it’s passable.
The Moto E has a 4.3-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, microSD card support, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a non-removable 1,980 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is guaranteed to receive at least one Android update in the future. Its dimensions are 124.8×64.8×12.3 mm, and it weighs 140 grams.
The smartphone will become available over the coming weeks in 40 countries across 80 carriers (though none are named). As you may have noticed, the Moto E doesn’t come with a front-facing camera, which can clearly be attributed to cost-cutting. The processor also loses two cores compared to the Moto G, though it has the same architecture and the same clock speed. The Moto E can be bought in white or black, but there will be differently colored back covers offered, and these are coming soon.
Motorola also unveiled the new Moto G with 4G LTE support (pictured below), basically rectifying the only problem some people saw with the original midranger from last year. Interestingly, though, this version of the Moto G also features a microSD card slot, unlike its 3G-only sibling. Oh, and it comes in white (not just black).
The Moto G with LTE will roll out across the next few weeks too, and it will be priced at $219 in the US and £149 in the UK. The original 3G-only handset will still retail starting at $179, as it always has. The LTE-capable Moto G will probably cost €219 in the Eurozone.