We were expecting Motorola to launch a sub 10k phone, but Moto E (Initial Hands On review)has been magnanimously priced at 6,999 INR and for now it does seems to be the best in its class. At the launch event today, Motorola compared it to some big names and also mentioned that they expect to sell half a million units in the first batch after the sales begin tonight at Midnight on Flipkart. Let’s take a look
Camera and Internal Storage
Imaging hardware isn’t the standout feature here. Motorola has provided with a 5 MP camera unit at the rear without LED flash. We were skeptical about it when the leaked info started pouring in, but considering the price range, perhaps it wont be a deal breaker. In our hands on with Moto E, the camera quality was disappointing.
Moto E has also left out on front camera unit which might be a deal breaker for those interested in Video calling. Most domestic manufactures offer 5 MP camera due to the limitation so MT6572 chipset popular in this price range, but if you are aiming for a higher MP count, you could try phones like Zen UltraFone 502.
The Internal Storage provided is standard 4 GB. You also get the option to expand it by another 32 GB using MicroSD support. This is the best you can hope for in this price range. We would have loved to see more on the storage front, but that would be being greedy.
Processor and Battery
The processor used in 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 Dual Core most likely belonging to MSM8X10 series. The chipset is one of the latest in Snapdragon 200 line up and is fabricated on 28 nm power efficient process technology similar to most other modern chipsets and comes with Cortex A7 cores. The chipset is also assisted by Adreno 302 GPU and 1 GB RAM.
Lava Iris 406Q is another smartphone in the same price range which offers 1.2 GHz Quad core snaprdragon 200 unit with 1 GB RAM, most other phones will offer you MT6572 dual core SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz.
Battery capacity is another standout feature of Moto E. Motorola claims full 1 day of backup can be extracted from 1980 mAh batter packed inside. Similar claims have tested positive for Moto X and Moto G in the past and the battery backup does make Moto E stand apart from other entry level crowd.
Display and Other Features
The display is a bright IPS LCD panel 4.3 inches in size featuring 960 x 540 qHD resolution. The pixel density of 256 ppi is the best you could hope for in this price range. The display is made more durable by the presence of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top – another first in this price range. If a bigger display is your priority, you can opt for phones like Karbonn A18 Plus.
The Dual SIM Moto E is the first phone to bring Android 4.4 KitKat update to budget price segment. Motorola also guarantees update to a later version. Although, Motorola is no longer owned by Google, it will take advantage of its proximity to Google to provide timely updates.
Moto E is the most feature loaded phone in its price segment and it will compete against popular phones like Lava Iris 406Q, Micromax Canvas Mad, Xolo A510 and Xolo Q700S. According to us Moto E will offer better Android experience compared to its competitors.
|4.3 Inch , qHD
|1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200
|4 GB, Expandable
|Android 4.4 KitKat
|5 MP, no front camera
What we Like
– Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
– Latest Android 4.4 KitKat
– Decent Battery Back up
What we don’t Like
– No LED flash
– No Front Camera
Conclusion and Price
In our initial Hands on with Moto G, the device felt quite solid in hand and did feel quite impressive, especially for the price tag it carries along. If you are looking for optimum Android experience at a subsidized price, it will be your best bet. Moto G will be available for purchase starting from 14th May 2014 Midnight and Flipkart is also offering 50 percent discount on Moto E cases and 8 GB Transcend MicroSD card. We expect the stocks to drain out pretty fast, so you better make up your mind by midnight.