Motorola launches Moto E (2nd gen) with bigger screen, 4G LTE and Android Lollipop
In a unique press announcement of the device, Motorola delivered the new Moto E smartphone to some select media organisations overseas. It was previously announced that Motorola would hand-deliver a box to members of the press although it wasn’t clear what would be in the box.
Now we know that it is the new Moto E smartphone. The second generation Moto E has a 4G LTE speed, a 4.5-inch qHD display with 40×960 245 ppi IPS resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The LTE version has a 1.2GH quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and a 400MHz Adreno 306 GPU. It comes with 8GB storage space and 1GB of RAM.
The device has a VGA camera in the front and a 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 720p video recording capabilities. The storage space can be expanded via a MicroSD slot with 32GB limit. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, FM radio, and Micro-USB.
According to Motorola, the Moto E LTE has a 2390 mAh battery which will last a full day. The new Moto E weighs 145 grams.
There is also a 3G version of the Moto E which has 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 32-bit processor and has a 400MHz Adreno 302 GPU. The new Moto E also runs Android Lollipop and Motorola is also bringing personalised software experiences from Moto X to the budget Moto E device.
Users will also have the option of choosing from interchangeable Motorola Bands and Grip Shells. There will be six Motorola Bands in the following colours: Golden Yellow, Turquoise, Blue, Raspberry, Purple, Red. The Grip shells are available in Golden Yellow, Charcoal, Turquoise, Blue, Raspberry.
The company is rolling out the new Moto E in 50 countries starting with the US. The unlocked 3G version will cost $119.99 which is around Rs 7430, so it could cost slightly more when it launches in India, thanks to taxes. The 4G LTE version will cost $149.99, which is around Rs 9288. What is not clear is if the 4G version will come to India because Motorola’s blogpost says that 4G might not be supported in all regions.