One of the most hotly anticipated devices this time of the year is the Moto E. Codenamed XT1021, Motorola’s rumored entry-level offering is intended for emerging markets, and likewise expected to launch in more mature mobile markets like the US, UK and others. While the Moto E specs are not trail-blazing, what’s so hot about this device is its price, expected to be in the sub-$100 pricing range. A source close to Motorola has shared a few details about the upcoming Moto E with Android Authority.
Our source says the Moto E will feature a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 4GB internal memory, microSD expansion support, 4.3-inch screen, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and digital TV. Moto E will not have a front-facing camera.
The sharper screen category, protected with Corning ® Gorilla ® Glass and splash water resistant layer, aiming at a higher durability, the newest Android ™ 4.4, KitKat ® with guaranteed update; battery that lasts all day and the Motorola Shells, giving complete freedom to be who you want.
A few notable features include the promise of a long-lasting 1,980 mAh battery, as Motorola says the device will have a “battery that lasts all day.” The Moto E has also been given extra durability with Corning Gorilla Glass, plus splash resistance (no idea about the rating, however). The 12.3 mm-thin smartphone can be customized and protected with Motorola Shells. Moto E will ship with 4.4 KitKat. The exact version has not been indicated, although the marketing material says “guaranteed update” which means that either this will be akin to a Google Play Edition device, which either Google or Motorola will ship out the latest Android updates when they are out.
In terms of pricing, our sources from Brazil have shared that SRP in the country is 599 reais, which is about $270. However, knowing that smartphone prices in Brazil are exorbitantly jacked up due to government tariffs — sometimes coming out twice or thrice the price — it’s likely that Motorola’s “priced for all” Moto E will be sold at sub-$100 prices in other markets. At the very least, it is expected to be priced cheaper than the Moto G.
Motorola is making a formal announcement this May 13th, and Android Authority will be on the ground to do a hands-on of the Moto E. Be sure to stay tuned for updates. Do check out the gallery below.