The Moto E is another cheap phone that wants to change how you feel about cheap phones.


There’s a new Android phone on the block. It’s got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a five megapixel rear camera, 4GB of internal storage, single-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a 4.3-inch 960×540 display. No, you didn’t pass out and wake up in the year 2011—these are the specs of the Moto E, Motorola’s latest play for the budget smartphone market. It costs $129 unlocked, $50 less than the cheapest Moto G. The phone will be available in “more than 40 countries” in “the next few weeks.”
Like the Moto G, it looks like the Moto E wants to provide a decent user experience despite its lowish specs. It includes the same lightly modified version of Android 4.4.2 seen on the Moto G and the Moto X, and it will get “at least one update” to another version of Android. Most phones in that approximate price range can’t say the same—they often run Android 4.0 or 4.1 out of the box, and there’s little-to-no chance that you’ll ever get even a single software update. Look at the phones available at this price from a provider like Straight Talk and you’ll see the kind of competition the Moto E is up against.


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The body of the phone is also similar to the Moto G and X. The back is all smooth plastic with an indentation for the Motorola logo and a cutout for the (apparently flashless) camera lens. The phone’s speaker appears to be mounted on the front of the device, since there’s no cutout for it on the back as there is on the more expensive models. The buttons are on the right side, and the headphone jack is centered on the top—it’s easy to tell that all three phones are related, which isn’t always the case across a company’s entire lineup.
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