Motorola's cheapest smartphone is about to receive an upgrade

Motorola's cheapest smartphone is about to receive an upgrade
Last year's Motorola Moto E5 Play

Over the years, Motorola has developed its fair share of entry-level smartphones. In fact, since 2014 the company has introduced a total of nine devices as part of the popular Moto E series. And as revealed by Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers, Motorola is currently in the process of developing a tenth model.

Codenamed ‘Surfna’ and set to be marketed as the Motorola Moto E6, the upcoming smartphone will apparently debut with a small 5.45-inch display that boasts a 1440 x 720p resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. This means that, unlike the Moto G7 series and the upcoming Moto Z4, the smartphone should feature pretty thick upper and lower bezels.

Internally, consumers can expect to find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430. This chip was previously found inside last year’s Moto G6 Play and will represent a small upgrade over the Snapdragon 425 present in the Moto E5 line of smartphones. Accompanying the chip should be 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of expandable internal storage depending on the buyer’s preference. 

Completing the smartphone’s setup looks set to be a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper, both of which are made by Samsung. On one final note, Android 9 Pie is to be expected straight out of the box. Like Motorola’s other smartphones, some small customizations to the software experience should be present. 

Regarding pricing and availability, the Motorola Moto E6 is set to launch on multiple carriers and should cost in the region of $150 in the US. It’s unclear at the moment when an announcement will take place, but Motorola currently has a number of other smartphones up its sleeves too. So perhaps the company will announce an event sometime in the near future to introduce them all.

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2 Comments

1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

"...the upcoming smartphone will apparently debut with a small 5.45-inch display..." Lol, even with my affinity for large-screen phones, I wouldn't call a phone of this size small, but size is relative so you're not wrong.

2. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Good for Motorola... at least it has somewhat modernized internals (octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset instead of quad-core Snapdragon 425 or 427 chipset), and 2GB of RAM is plenty in this class of device, for now. Nice to have the choice of either 16 or 32GB of internal memory in this class of device. The low-end and entry-level devices are steadily improving. I will be watching Motorola, HMD, LG, and others to see what they do in this device class over the next couple of years.

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