Updated on 2015-3-10 Moto E 3G has been launched in India for 6,999 INR, 4G LTE variant will arrive soon.
Motorola has ousted upgraded Moto E 2015 internationally. Since Moto E represents ultra low cost Motorola devices, crafted for emerging markets, naturally the expectations were high. 9 months ago Moto E started a revolution of sorts in sub 10K price range, which has now evolved to extreme intensity. Will the new Moto E be another such revolutionary device? Let’s stack the two against one another.
|Model||Moto E 2015||Moto E 2014|
|Display||4.5 Inch qHD||4.3 Inch qHD|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad Core (Snapdragon 200/ Snapdragon 410)||1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200|
|RAM||1GB ,LPDDR3||1 GB, LPDDR2|
|Internal Storage||8 GB, Expandable 32 GB||4GB, Expandable 32 GB|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 4.4.4 KitKat|
|Camera||5 MP AF 720p Video/ VGA||5 MP FF, FWVGA video recording|
|Dimension and Weight||129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3mm and 145g||124.38 x 64.8 x 12.3mm and 142g|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, USB2.0, GPS/GLONASS, BT4.0||BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GLONASS, 3G|
|Price||$149/ $119||5999 INR|
Display and Processor
The new Moto E has a slightly bigger 4.5 Inch display with the same 960 x 540 pixel resolution. The 4.3 Inch IPS LCD display with same resolution, was one of the primary highlights of Moto E, which most manufacturers couldn’t surpass even months after its release. The new Moto E will be marginally bigger, offering the same quality. If viewing angles, colors and overall quality is as good as original Moto E, a slightly lower resolution won’t matter.
The original Moto E was surprisingly smooth, driving its power from a 1.2 GHz dual Core Snapdragon 200 SoC. The new Moto E adds two extra Cortex A7 cores for the 3G variant, which isn’t expected to contribute to any major day to day performance boost on its own.
The 4G LTE variant on the other hand employs a trendier Snapdragon 410 SoC with 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz, but it seems out of place for a budget phone in price sensitive Indian market. The RAM capacity remains same at 1 GB, but this time Motorola is using LPDDR3 RAM instead of LPDDR2.
Camera and Internal Storage
The new Moto E 2nd Gen is offering a 5 MP AF F2.2 aperture rear camera which can record 720p HD videos. This is definitely an improvement over last year’s 5 MP fixed focus shooter which offered dismal performance and FWVGA video recording. Motorola has also added a front VGA (640 x 480) camera this time for selfies.
Internal storage has been enhanced to 8 GB from 4 GB in the original Moto E. The storage is expandable on both models. 8 GB storage is quite standard in modern budget smartphones, and the enhancement is was a much needed one.
Battery and Other Features
Original Moto E offered a very decent battery backup from its 1980 mAh battery, and Moto E 2015 uses an even bigger 2390 mAh battery. Software is Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The same will also start rolling on Moto E 2014 very soon.
Besides similar set of connectivity options, the new Moto E also adds 4G LTE to the list, but there is a 3G only variant as well, which will arrive sometime later. From the outside, both Moto E follow almost the same ergonomic design language. This time Motorola has provided removable and replaceable side borders. You can peel these off and find the SIM card and MicroSD card slot. The back panel is not removable in Moto E 2015.
The new Moto E LTE has been priced at $149, which translates to around 10,000 INR. In a price sensitive market like India, where even $10 can make or break a deal, this seems slightly expensive even for significant improvement, the 3G variant is expected to retail for the same price and is expected to be well received in India.