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Android One Phones VS Moto E Comparison Overview

After its announcement in June, Google launched its Android One smartphone lineup today in India. The handsets made by the first partners of Google are Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream UNO and Karbonn Sparkle V and they were launched at the event held by the search engine giant. Priced at Rs 6,399, these smartphones would be a great rival for one of the best selling entry-level smartphones from Motorola, Moto E that is also priced similarly at Rs 6,999. Here is a detailed comparison between the Android One smartphones and Moto E.

android one vs moto e

Display and Processor

The Android One smartphones are given a 4.5 inch IPS display that carries a FWVGA resolution packing 854×480 pixels and an average pixel density of 217 pixels per inch. On the other hand, Moto E flaunts a 4.3 inch display with a qHD resolution of 960×540 pixels and 256 ppi pixel density. Furthermore, Moto E has the scratch resistant and protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating and it claimed to render sharp content.

The Android One smartphones employ a MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor ticking at 1.3 GHz clock speed. This is supplemented by Mali 400 GPU and 1 GB of RAM for efficient multi-tasking. In comparison, Moto E uses a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset paired with Adreno 302 graphics engine and similar 1 GB of RAM.

Camera and Internal Storage

There is a 5 MP primary camera at the back of the Android One offerings alongside LED flash for an enhanced low light performance. Also onboard is a 2 MP front-facing camera for video conferencing and clicking self portrait shots. Going by comparison, the Moto E becomes a weak contender as it has only a 5 MP fixed focus primary snapper at its back without LED flash and also lacks a front-facer.

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Micromax Canvas A1 –

Karbonn Sparkle V –

Spice Dream Uno –

On the storage department, both the handsets pack 4 GB of memory capacity along with expandable storage support up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. While you can move apps to SD card on Moto E, the same is not possible on Android One smartphones. This certainly gives Moto E a huge advantage in day to day usage.

Battery and Features

The Android One smartphones are powered by a 1,700 mAh battery, whereas the Moto E features a 1,980 mAh battery. Android One phones don’t impress with their battery backup. In our time with Spice Deam UNO, we struggled to make it through 1 day mark, while Moto E can go this length rather comfortably.

All the devices are fueled by Android 4.4.4 KitKat platform, but the Micromax, Spice and Karbonn smartphones launched with Google are slated to receive the forthcoming Android L update without any delay. Airtel is promoting the Android One smartphones by reducing the date charges providing free OTA updates and 200 MB app downloads for free per month for six months to the Android One users.

Key Specs

Model Android One Moto E
Display 4.5 inch, FWVGA 4.3 inch, HD
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6582 1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB 4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4.4 KitKat Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Camera 5 MP/ 2 MP 5 MP/ VGA
Battery 1,700 mAh 1,980 mAh
Price Rs 6,399 Rs 6,999


On the whole, Moto E and Android One smartphones are worthy entry-level smartphones providing a good value for the money they cost. While the Android One devices appear to have a better camera set and promise of future update, the Motorola handset has a good display and better battery backup. Moto E is also running almost stock Android Kitkat as of now with good chances of future updates as well. Apart from the imaging department, Moto E excels in all other areas.