New Motorola Moto E announced: Android Lollipop and LTE for just $149

New Motorola Moto E announced: Android Lollipop and LTE for just $149
The "exciting" announcement that Motorola had prepared for today is all about a second-generation Moto E smartphone. That's right, Motorola just announced a new Moto E - an affordable Android 5.0 Lollipop handset that comes to replace last year's Moto E.

The new Moto E has both LTE, and non-LTE variants. The handset is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor (a Snapdragon 410 on the LTE version, and a Snapdragon 200 on the 3G-only version), and comes with a 4.5-inch, 540 x 960 pixels display - thus being slightly larger than the 2014 model.

Other features include a 5 MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2390 mAh battery that's "designed to last all day."

While the basic Moto E comes in either black, or white, you can choose to customize the smartphone with colorful Grip Shells, or with Motorola Bands - these are patented bands that "feature a unique ridged pattern which provides an even better grip."

Motorola says that, "starting today", the second-generation Moto E is coming to more than 50 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Prices for the handset start at only $119.99 (3G model) and $149.99 (LTE model). Motorola launched a brand new website to promote the second-gen Moto E (you can access it at the second source link below).

Update: The new Moto E with LTE can already be bought in the US, via Motorola's official website. The handset will also be launched by Verizon (sometime soon).

Here's a video showing Motorola President Rick Osterloh introducing the new Moto E:


 
And here are some official new Moto E images:


What do you think, can the new Moto E be a hot seller and help Motorola have a fantastic year?

sources: Motorola, Start With Moto E website via Motorola Blog

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Moto E (2015)
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2390 mAh

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92 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

So this means that the 2nd Gen Moto E is more powerful than the 2nd Gen Moto G. Hmm...

4. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I don't see that? Moto G is still better

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto E LTE is definitely more powerful. It is using a 64 bit Snapdragon 410 Cortex-A53 quad core CPU. The Moto G is using a 32 bit Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7 quad core CPU. So yes the Moto E is more powerful in terms of processing. However the Moto G has a 8 mp camera and a much better and higher resolution display (1280x720). There is nothing wrong with the Moto G at all and its fast as well. Its just that this new Moto E LTE is definitely more powerful.

23. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Why are you comparing last years midrange to this years low end? Moto G 2015 will be better than Moto E 2015.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto G is better overall, with better specs (camera, screen, internals), but this new Moto E LTE version with the Snapdragon 410 CPU will be faster, and that's a given. I hope they use the same 410 in the new Moto G's when they arrive. I was merely telling him that the 410 is a better CPU compared to the 400. I have 3 Moto G's myself.

35. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

410 is substantially better than 400 (by 30% or more) and qHD display will contribute to lower CPU overhead as well. Camera is now auto-focus thankfully.

41. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I see now. I couldn't find the processor at first. Cool little phone. Might pick one up for my dad.

86. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

90. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I just found out that Phonearena got one feature wrong on the new Moto E specs. Then new Moto E comes with an OLED display instead of IPS. Also the new Moto E comes with active notifications and the quick twist of the wrist to activate the camera. http://mobilesyrup.com/2015/02/25/hands-on-with-the-new-moto-e-a-great-smartphone-at-any-price/

5. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

i think in terms of processing power it is. also is a lower res screen, games will run better than moto g.

11. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Looks like same processors and ram. Moto G has better cameras and screen.

36. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Nah wrong 410 is a much better processor. Will become pretty clear once more testing is done.

64. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I was thinking about grabbing one as a backup (The Skyrocket is pretty dated), but Android Central's initial hands-on doesn't sound promising.

19. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

None of the Moto Es have an LED for flash/flashlight. That has to be the biggest differentiator.

2. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Poor pricing Sony E4 is way better at that price. And of course many chinese phones at lower price are better

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Will never even come close to software support Moto gives to it's devices.

24. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

You mean like the lollipop updated for the 2013 moto x? Yeah, moto is great with updates.

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Hm interesting point. How many devices got 5.0 from Sony? From Moto? Point proven.

32. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

E4 will probably die young without any update beyond Android 4.4.4 . and Chinese OEM's make good phones , but for $150 , you are basically asking for trouble

3. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

No flash, not interested

6. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

So I can buy 5 of these for the price of one iPhone

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Coming to Verizon, prepaid only, or at the lower price of $399, sigh....God knows, they can't have a replacement phone lowered than $399.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So the G doesn't have LTE? Really Motorola?

9. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

The G has LTE

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The second gen does not.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The Moto E was released when the second generation Moto G was, and neither of them had it. However, the second generation Moto G has 4G HSPA. So both the 2015 Moto G and Moto E come with LTE.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's hspa not LTE.

45. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

OK, let me try to explain it to you so that even you can understand. Moto G gen 1 variant 1: 3G only Moto G gen 1 variant 2: added HSPA+ Moto G gen 2: added LTE The 3G and HSPA+ models were the same except for the supported bands, the LTE model is a different phone, with different size and internals than the previous two models. They made different variants for different regions and different carrier needs.

51. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

To correct, the first Moto G model I listed should've been CDMA only, and it should've been the 2nd variant.

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you're confused. The Moto G, the newest one with a bigger screen and dual speakers doesn't have LTE. I'm aware different carriers have different needs but an LTE of the second generation of the Moto G again the one I just described doesn't have LTE.

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