As expected, Motorola is updating its low-cost Moto E smartphone by adding more storage, faster mobile data, and a slightly larger screen.

The new Moto E 4G launches today for $150 without a contract. There’s also a new 3G model that sells for $120.

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Both models feature 4.5 inch, 960 x 540 pixel IPS display, Android 5.0 Lollipop software, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. The 4G model is powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, but the 3G version has a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip instead.

The phone features a 2390 mAh battery and has a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and a VGA front-facing camera. Motorola will offer the phone in 50 countries starting today.

The new Moto E comes in black or white, but you can also add some color or protection with a Motorola Band (each phone comes with one, but you can buy a new one in one of six colors for $20) or a $20 Grip Shell.

By comparison, the original Moto E had a fixed-focus camera, a dual-core processor, a 4.3 inch display, a 1980 mAh battery, and 3G data.

The Moto E may not be competitive with the latest iPhone models or upcoming flagship phones from Samsung, HTC, or LG. But Motorola’s line of budget phones offer decent performance, a stock Android software experience, and a low price tag.

If you’re looking for somewhat beefier specs, the company’s Moto G has a higher-resolution display and camera for a not-much-higher price tag, while the $400 Moto X offers a speedier processor, more storage, and other premium specs.

via TechnoBuffalo and ABC News

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16 replies on “New Motorola Moto E does 4G LTE on the cheap”

  1. meh for $150 spend a bit more and get the Asus ZenPhone 2 the Moto E is barely better than the $40 HTC Desire 510

  2. Does it have a card slot?
    They are free from the Goog now, so they have nothing to gain.

  3. The 1st genereation moto g lte has better specs for same or lower price.

    1. In terms of processor..No. Screen depends on preference. I think if the E LTE costs around the same or lower than the G, in terms of specs, it beats on everything except screen resolution.

  4. it’s a great hardware for the price , but the OS (Android) is a problem , it’s not a good OS for low end phones (it consume too much resources )

      1. No they don’t debunk anything.
        I have the moto g and it lag and don’t play games smoothly (I also have the Lumia 535 which don’t suffer from any of that software issues)
        simply in the same hardware WindowsPhone will be smoother and will have better battery life (you can see that clearly when comparing HTC M8 Android and Windows Phone versions )

        1. I agree very smooth OS i use my Lumia 635 and it is just nice I just hope my experience with the Windows 10 beta isn’t an indicator of how the final product will be since that really thrashed my battery life. For $50 you have a solid phone that does it all…now if only it was dual-sim…

        2. gaming-wise, i think its a problem with software optimization with the games. That’s more what’s causing lag, not the OS itself

          1. No , it’s the OS.
            when that happen with every games it’s the OS.
            sorry but Android need very major changes and optimization to make it run smoother using less resources (especially battery) .

          2. I have quite a few games on my phone that aren’t total battery or resource hogs, though

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