Motorola Moto E goes official with a killer price

Motorola has just taken the wraps off the Moto E, an entry-level smartphone that ups the ante with decent specs and a killer price.

The Moto E continues on the design legacy of the Moto X and Moto G, with a similar slightly chubby, curvy form with a dimple on the back. It ships in black and white only, but you can add more color with Motorola’s interchangeable colorful shells, with 9 color options. In terms of pure dimensions, the E is 0.48-inch thick (12.3mm) and weighs in at 4.94oz (140g).

The handset comes with a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels (qHD). This might sound low on paper, but on this small screen, it works out to the very sharp pixel density of 256ppi.

Best of all, the Moto E runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, and Motorola (soon to be Lenovo) guarantees future updates, and that’s quite the rarity for such a low-priced device.

The little new Moto features a Snapdragon 200 system chip with 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7-based processor and an Adreno 302 GPU running at the respectable 400MHz. There’s 1GB of RAM, and a scarce 4GB of internal storage (only 2.2GB available to end users!) that you can, luckily, expand via microSD cards. It’s clearly not a super powerful setup that one buys to play the heaviest games at maximum detail, but it is still above the average for the ultra-affordable class the phone belongs to.

It’s also got a 5-megapixel camera (no flash in sight) capable of recording videos with 480 x 854-pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. Nope, there’s no 720p HD video recording capability, but that’s one little compromise that is expected for this kind of money.

In terms of connectivity, the Moto E is well equipped with both a single and dual-SIM models. It also supports 3G with downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps, single-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM Radio.

The Moto E has also got a 1980mAh battery that Motorola claims can last a full day.

In conclusion, we can say that The Moto E gives the low-end market a good shake-up with its price. It is even cheaper than the already affordable Moto G. It’s actually so cheap that Motorola wants to use it as its weapon against feature phones, often sold for similar prices.

The Moto E release date is set for the coming weeks and it will be available in more than 40 countries and from over 80 carriers across the globe. In fact, the phone is already available for order in the United States for $129, and it arrives on May 19th in the UK for a retail price of £89. Its biggest target market, however, seems to be India, where it launches on local etailer Flipkart for 6999 rupees ($117). Are you getting one?

source: Motorola

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Moto E
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1980 mAh



1. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

ROFL. Lumia 520 killer. Thought it'd never happen.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

It just did ;D

11. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

next up micrsosoft announced the Lumia 430

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not much of a difference really, the 520 has some advantages imo like the 8gb internal vs 4g with (2gb) usable. No 720p recording. Really comes down to $70 vs $120. From the sounds of the article it supports only 3g but then on their spec page it shows 4g.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Might be a mistake....I just came from the Moto site and there a lil blurb about pre ordering a Moto G LTE and the Moto E is listed also., as in its separate phones.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The moto e has 1gb of ram vs 512mb for the 520, the moto e has a dual core 1.2ghz CPU vs the 520 dual core 1ghz CPU, the moto e is water resistant and has gorilla glass. The 520 has no water resistance and no gorilla glass. The moto e is dual Sim vs the 520 is not. The moto e has a higher resolution display vs the lower resolution display on the 520. I always loved how people would compare the 520 to the moto g. The moto g was superior in every way compared to a 520. Just like the moto e is superior to the 520.

43. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

lumia 520 has 1ghz cortex a15 b(krait) vs cortex a7 1.2ghz. lumia 520 is twice superior interms of processor. dont look at clock speed (ghz) loook at processor type, if you want 1 gig of ram there is lumia 525. if you want to see how powerfull lumia 520 is go to youtube and check how it handle gta san andrea (2.8gig game) about screen moto e 256ppi vs 233ppi there is no much difference and lumia 520 has adreno 305 compare to adreno 302 of moto e

50. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol dont tell me lumia 520 handled san andreas with 512mb ram, even my laptop which had 512mb ram back then, stuttered and had extremely low framerates. It must be 525 with 1gb ram.

55. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The Playstation 2 only had 4MB of ram and handled it fine. And the last gen consoles have about 512MB, and look at the games they put out.

60. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

cortex a15? no, just, no....

56. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Was gonna reply but Hemedans did so for me. Point being is that the processor is weaker in the moto, including the GPU. The a7 dual 1.2 is not the same as the a15 krait in the lumia. With the nokia cam app, i would take low light photos any day in the 520/21 over the moto, imo that is since we havent seen pics yet. No water resistance, oh a splash guard, great, i will wait for the calls to come in about the person who doesnt know what that means. Gorilla glass is nice, yes, then again my 521 has survived drops and a 2yr old, so no worries there. Higher resolution display? By such a small amount you will never notice. Camera in the moto g doesnt even have 720p capture, it has less onboard memory for starters. 2gb vs 6gb. And when you do want to start, since 8.1 now supports everything to the sd, it will double the capacity what the offical moto e can do, and would garner that it might even be able to detect 128gb. Superior in every way? Uh no, superior in about 2, glass and screen. Dual sim? meh for me, and other options imo out do this device. It is a good device, but imo in no way superior to the 520 which is now cheaper.

14. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Lumia 520 has got dual core 1ghz Krait processor and adreno 305 gpu which are much better in terms of performance and gaming... Plus it has 720p video recording...

29. Adithya7184 unregistered

Moto E got android...hell yeah...#GodOfMobileOs

44. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you mean os wich doesnt have cortana

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It has Google Now, which is more relevant than Cortana.

49. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

i said cortana not google now, i just want to show him not everyone wants android

57. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

about as relevant as a more expensive device with a less powerfull option, and less memory, and probably (going out on a limb) a worse camera too...

59. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Oh, and I thought that Google now is something like a shortcut for the search engine.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Nice but I wanna see the moto x+1

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Moto is getting killer n killer.

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah, nice and cheap, according some sources. If you work in the Texas facility, start looking for another job. This, is going to be produce in China to cut cost.

52. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

What does that have to do with the Moto X? They only produce the Moto X at that facility, and I think it might be only the ones sold in the US (I don't know for sure about that)

4. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

time to buy a secondary phone!:D

5. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Not a game changer,imo aside fromguaranteed sw updates.

7. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

omg !!it has android , 540x960 res, microsd and colirful interchangable shells this ofically killed nokia most selling range ( loweer end ) lumias lol long live motorola ! teach manfucerers this is how low end smart phones are made :-)

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$129 when you can get a Moto G for $99 or $119...

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think the price is based off the Moto website price. The Moto G is listed as 179 there. If you can get the G for 99 to 119....expect this to be even lower from a carrier.

25. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Where can you get an unlocked Moto G for $99? I can't even find a used one for $150.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I can find a brand new GSM Moto G for about $100 lol. I know people.

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