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Moto E announced: here's what you need to know

The Moto E is Motorola’s phone that’s “priced for all” and “made to last”. Starting at $99, this solid 4.3-inch device sure looks to fit the description, but what shortcomings will you have to accept for that low price tag?
May 13, 2014
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Motorola just one-upped itself, at least when it comes to the value for cost ratio. We all thought the Moto G was amazing for its price (and massive sales throughout the world prove that customers agree), but the brand new Moto E is even cheaper.

Announced minutes ago, the Moto E is Motorola’s phone that’s “priced for all” and “made to last”. Starting at $129, this solid 4.3-inch device sure looks to fit the description, but what shortcomings will you have to accept for that low price tag?

Let’s take a look at the key details of the Moto E, and stay tuned for a full hands-on post, images, and videos later today.

Moto E specifications

Display4.3-inch LCD, qHD (540×960), 256 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200
Adreno 302
1 GB
4 GB, microSD card slot, up to 32GB
5 MP rear
1,980 mAh
GPS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
AWS 850/1700/1900 (2100) + QGSM 850/900/1800/19000
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
CDMA 800/850/1900

Dual-SIM version
Android 4.4 KitKat
124.38 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm
142 grams
Black, Turquoise, Lime

Moto E features

The Moto E may be one of the cheapest brand name device you can buy, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle with the lousy experience that devices in this class typically offer.

First, the Moto E features Gorilla Glass 3 and is resistant to splashes, hence the “made to last” tagline.

The qHD display is a good proposition for the price. Because of its relatively small size, pixel density is 256 ppi; for comparison, the Moto X offers a 326 ppi density. We haven’t got the chance to assess the display’s quality yet, but signs are encouraging.

The processing package is decidedly unexciting, as are the 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. But again, looking at the entire spec sheet through the price lens, the Moto E still delivers great bang for the buck, especially when considering what $100 typically buys you. You also get a microSD card slot to supplement that puny 4GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 1,980 mAh battery, which should last you quite a while thanks to the no frills screen.

The one gig of RAM is more than enough to run Android 4.4 KitKat, and we salute Motorola’s commitment to keeping it simple. The entire OS is almost stock-like, with the exception of Motorola’s few additions, which include Assist and the Motorola Alert. Motorola guarantees at least one update for the Moto E, to Android 4.4.3 (which hasn’t been released yet.)

The Moto E won’t ever win any beauty pageants, with its bulky 12mm profile and thick bezels around the screen. Design-wise, we’re looking at Motorola’s now familiar language shrunk down to a smaller package, though the Moto E is just a few millimeters shorter than its Moto G sibling. The device is available in black and white, but just like with the G, you will be able to swap covers to suit your tastes. There will be nine color options for the shells, including Moto’s now classic lime, turquoise, and pink.

Price and availability

The Moto E will be available in 40 countries and from over 80 carriers over the coming weeks. The starting price in the US will be $129. In the UK, the device will go for £89. In India, the device will be available through retailer Flipkart for 6,999 Rs.

Official video

Buy or pass?

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