Less than an year after releasing the original Moto E, Motorola has announced an upgraded version, simply called, the Moto E 2015. This budget smartphone comes with slightly upgraded hardware specifications. The new Moto E (2015) features a slightly bigger 4.5-inch qHD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz as against the dual-core Snapdragon on the predecessor. The RAM is still 1GB, but the internal storage is now bumped up to 8GB (as against 4GB on the previous version).
Moto E revolutionized the budget android smartphone segment in India and elsewhere. Android smartphones in this segment were known to lag and provide horrendous user experience thanks to cheap hardware and unoptimized software. Motorola’s decision to run the near stock Android OS on a decently powered device helped the cause as well.
Moto E 2015 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Nothing much has changed in the camera department, as it still carries the same 5MP camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front. The major upgrade is in 4G LTE support and a bigger 2390mAh battery, which should considerably improve the battery performance. This is also the first ever smartphone from Motorola running on 64-bit processor.
Moto E (2015) has a 2390 mAh battery with a 4.5" qHD display. That's more than the 2300 mAh battery on Moto X (2014) with a 5.2" HD display!
— Nikhil Pai (@nikhilpai) February 25, 2015
Interestingly, the new Moto E features Quick Capture which allows users to quickly shoot pictures and Active Display that lets them view the notifications when they pick up the handset. Both of them were exclusive to the flagship Moto X smartphones previously.
Moto E 2015 Specifications
- 4.5 inch qHD display ( 960 X 540 pixels)
- 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card
- 4G LTE support
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera
- 2390mAh battery
The new Moto E 2015 will be priced at $149.99 in the US (SIM-free) and £105 in the UK. It goes on sale from today, and will be coming to over 50 countries in Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia.
There’s also a 3G version of Moto E 2015 which runs on the Snapdragon 200 processor and costs $119.99 in the US. We can expect this version of Moto E 2015 to come to India pretty soon. Stay tuned for more details.
Note: The earlier copy of this article had incorrectly mentioned the price as $119. it has been changed for accuracy.