Motorola has just introduced the newest smartphone in its growing Android
line, the Moto E. In an effort to continue proving that highly adaptable and responsive phones don't necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg, the Moto E is even more affordable than the already affordable Moto G (which, as it turns out, is receiving a small refresh as well in order to gain an LTE radio).
The Moto E looks a lot like the Moto X
and Moto G
before it, but with slightly slower innards and a surprisingly low price tag. Motorola's tagline here is an effort to finally do away with the featurephone, and it's making a solid point: by charging just $129 with no contract, it's tough to argue that even cash-strapped buyers shouldn't look into the Moto E.
The specifications are honestly fairly stout given the small price of entry: there's a 4.3" (256ppi) display coated in Corning's Gorilla Glass as well as a water-resistant splash guard; a 1980mAh battery that promises all-day life; Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of Android; an interchangeable Motorola Shell backs. There's a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a microSD expansion slot, and a built-in FM radio, which is a huge feature request in developing nations.
Speaking of which, the Moto E will ship to over 40 countries on over 80 carriers "over the next few weeks," and those looking for an unlocked edition can buy straight from Motorola.
If you've held off long enough, the Moto G with LTE is available for $219 (again, off-contract), while the original Moto G can be had for $179.