Last year Motorola introduced the Moto E, an entry-level smartphone with a $129 price tag. This year it looks like the company has a new model with more storage space, a slightly bigger screen, and support for faster cellular data networks.

The 2nd-gen Moto E showed up at the Best Buy website this week with a $100 price tag.

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That’s the price for a contract-free phone for use with Sprint’s pre-paid service. But it doesn’t look like you can actually ship the phone or pick it up in stores yet.

New features seem to include 8GB of storage (the original Moto E had just 4GB), a 4.5 inch screen (up from 4.3 inches), and 4G LTE (which is an upgrade from 3G). The new model also ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Other features include a 960 x 540 pixel display, a 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The phone has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

This is still very much an entry-level smartphone. It has a TFT display, for instance, which means viewing angles might not be all that good. And even with double the storage space of last year’s model, there’s not a lot of room for apps and files. But there is a microSD card slot that you can use for removable storage.

via Android Police

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16 replies on “2015 Moto E 4G is a contract-free $100 smartphone”

  1. Seems like an amazing bargain. The improvements over the first model with $30 off the original price certainly make it worth it.
    Now, there just needs to be an unlocked model for that price.

  2. TFT = looks just fine and what do you want for $100! Incredible bargain and if I needed a phone this would be hard to say no to. The worst thing is actually the 8GB but it has an SD slot! solved. And Lollipop! and 4g $100! The old Moto E’s always had some pretty bad drawback like 3g but this one just has no crippling downside.

  3. I will by as a side device. Also its a cheap way to get lollipop and give it a try.

  4. Pretty sure the first generation of the Moto E had no front-facing camera. There are a lot of little improvements, actually, to go with that retail price drop.

    As someone else pointed out, though, the first gen Moto G LTE is a better bargain right now. I doubt this phone will stay at $100 for long.

  5. Are there any LTE capable Moto E or G phones compatible with Verizon Wireless’ post paid plans?

  6. Wonder if you can use it on Freedom Pop. $100 phone, 200 free minutes, 500 free texts, and 500 MB data. But, Freedom Pop only uses Sprint’s 4G LTE network.

  7. The screen is not great… but I will take everything I can get at the low end of the market.

  8. I like my Moto E 2014, but I don’t want a larger device and the TFT screen is downgrade. Lately I’ve been thinking about Windows (Phone), since there are still small devices available . . .

  9. On two years a phone like the S5 will probably be 100 which is OK by me. Go tech go.

  10. TFT! I wouldn’t touch this at all! Be better to get 1st generation moto g lte

    1. It’s less than half the price of a 1st gen moto g lte. You can’t expect a $100 phone to have everything you want.

  11. This would make a great Android version of an ipod touch. If only I didn’t already have a couple of older phones to use for that purpose. While these are very modest specs by today’s standards, it is still amazing what you can get for $100.

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