Motorola shook up the smartphone space a bit last year by introducing an entry-level smartphone with a low price tag and decent specs. The Moto G has an HD display, a relatively zippy processor, and a starting price of $179 for an unlocked phone.

Now Motorola is preparing to do it again… this time with an even cheaper model. The company’s expected to officially introduce the Moto E budget smartphone soon, but a series of leaks have provided pretty much all the details a bit early.

Update: It’s official. The Moto E is a $129 smartphone with decent features including a Gorilla Glass screen, Android 4.4 software, and a Snapdragon 200 CPU. 

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The Moto E features a 4.3 inch display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. The phone also has a microSD card slot which you can use to add up to 32GB of extra storage space for media, files, and some app data.

The smartphone has a 1980mAh battery, a 5MP rear camera (but no front camera), and Android 4.4 KitKat and supports WiFi and 3G, but not 4G LTE.

It has dual SIM card slots, which would be a pretty good indication that this phone is destined for international markets where customers regularly use a single phone with more than one wireless network… the fact that most of this data came from a prematurely posted sales page at a Brazilian store would be another good indication.

There are still a few details we don’t have yet, including the price tag, the full list of markets where the Moto E will be available, and the display resolution. But given the specs we do know, it seems likely that this phone will be even cheaper than the $179 Moto G.

via Phone Arena and Droid Life

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13 replies on “Motorola Moto E is an entry-level Android phone (leaks)”

  1. Wow! This has an SD card slot – great. This must be Lenovo’s influence starting to appear over Motorola. These would sell like hotcakes here in Indonesia if they were to ever show up. But I doubt they ever will. Indonesia is one of the most overlooked tech markets in the World. Sigh…

  2. nice device. For a low price, this is definitely a better feature phone replacement than the Moto G was already!!

  3. What’s with these budget models not including 4g? If Nokia can make the Lumia 520/521 sell for double digit prices with 4g then why can’t anyone else?

    1. The world is not the US/Western Europe. Many places do not have LTE networks. This phone is being targeted towards those areas with no LTE which generally tend to be poorer places.

    2. The Lumia 520/521 do not have LTE. T-Mobile brands HSPA+ service as ‘4G’.

  4. Definitely going to pick up 2 of these, one for my daughter, and one for a travelling phone. I don’t like bringing expensive phones to places like Mexico or Europe, but definitely love having access to Google Maps, Translator, and Voip services like Fongo. Phones like this make fantastic Ipod Touch alternatives as well. Especially because of the MicroSD slot!

    1. I guess you are from us, i would not go i most us big city suburbs with an expesive phones.

      1. No im from Canada. Im not afraid of my phone getting stolen in Mexico, im afraid I will lose or break it. Its hard to enjoy yourself on a vacation when you have a $700 sheet of glass in your pocket.

  5. It makes sense to get low cost hardware out there when you get back more than the value in collected data over time, which is Big Goo’s bread and butter.

  6. I find interesting a phone with a rear camera but no front camera. Usually it is the reverse, at least with tablets. I am still one of the few who has never owned a smartphone…………….

    1. Most of the first couple of generations of Android phones had rear cameras but no front cameras.

    2. Most non-smartphones with a camera only have the camera on the back.

      A camera on the front is only really useful for taking ‘selfies’, so you can see the expected picture at the same time.

      Even then, seeing yourselves on the screen is not really necessary (and may still be done if the camera on the front is not the greatest…); I remember my Samsung from 2005 had a mirror like thing right next to the camera lens, so you could get a rough idea of what would be in the photo.

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