The aggressively priced Moto E has been launched – and the entry-level budget smartphone segment of the Indian markets might not ever be the same again. Motorola has loaded this device with excellent hardware specs, yet has been successful in keeping the price tag very competitive, at Rs.6999. The device is expected to conquer the economically sensitive lower priced segment of the market, especially as it offers to the users the opportunity to purchase a device with a complete android experience from a reputed Smartphone manufacturer.

On the other hands, the numero uno manufacturer of the nation by sales, Samsung, offers the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 to consumers in the mid range segment. The device is a successor to the famed Samsung Galaxy S Duos and comes with upgraded specifications and features. Let us compare these two devices and see how they stand up against each other.

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Display and Processor

The Moto E comes with a 4.3 inch IPS LCD display. Along with a qHD resolution of 960X540 pixels, the pixel density of the display comes out to be around 256 ppi, which is outstanding for this price range. Users can thus expect a crisp and clear display, with decent viewing angles. In comparison, Galaxy S Duos 2 is fitted with a 4 inch display with WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. While there isn’t much difference in the pixel densities of the two devices, Moto E does offer a somewhat better display.

The Moto E comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon 200 chipset with an Adreno 302 GPU. Complementing this chipset is 1 GB RAM, and users can expect decent performance. The Galaxy S Duos 2 is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with 768 MB of RAM. The device is good for day-to-day usage and even proves itself good for gaming, but the lack of greater internal memory may hurt while multitasking.

Camera and Internal Storage

To offer a low priced product to consumers, Motorola had to cut costs in some departments, and unfortunately it’s the Camera division which has suffered the most. The front camera is a 5 MP camera much like Moto G and we can expect the same picture quality from the lens. However, noticeably absent from the hardware specs sheet are a front facing camera and a LED flash, which will disappoint those users who click a lot of selfies or those who would need to click Photos in low light surroundings.

The Samsung Galaxy Duos 2 offers a 5 MP camera which takes above average pictures for the price range. With the presence of a VGA secondary camera and LED flash, the Duos 2 scores one over Moto E.

Both devices have 4 GB internal storage, which might seem low to prospective buyers. To overcome this limitations, both devices offer a microSD card slot on the device body, which which allow users to use expandable memory of upto 32 GB in the case of the Moto E, and up to 64 GB for the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2.

Battery and Features

The battery which come comes with the Moto E is a 1980 mAh Lithium-ion unit. Motorola has promised that the device will be good for 24 hours of normal day-to-day usage. The Galaxy S Duos 2 comes with a 1500 mAh battery with a stand by time of 280 hours and talk time of 8 hours. Presence of a smaller battery implies that under ideal conditions, the Moto E’s battery should last much longer than the Duos 2’s cell.

The new Motorola Moto E has been launched with Android 4.4 KitKat and users can expect regular Android updates from Motorola. The Galaxy S Duos 2 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s Touchwiz interface pre installed on the device. Both devices provide basic software features and all the necessary connectivity aspects such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G etc, along with dual SIM functionality.

Key Specs

Model Moto E Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2
Display 4.3 inches, 960X540 4 inches, 800X480
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core 1.2 GHz Dual Core
RAM 1 GB 768 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB 4 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Camera 5 MP, No front camera 5 MP/VGA
Battery 1980 mAh 1500 mAh
Price Rs.6999 Rs.8639

Price and Conclusion

Moto E has been launched at a very competitive price of Rs.6999. At this price range, it proves itself to be a first-rate buy. Lack of LED flash and a front can may turn off some prospective buyers, but this number is expected to be small. Given it’s superior display, lower price and bigger battery the Moto E promises to be a better buy than the Duos 2 priced at Rs.8639 especially as there is not much difference between the chipsets used in these devices. Moreover, Motorola has already established itself as a manufacturer which provides outstanding fluidity on its devices as a result of a near-perfect sync between the device’s software and hardware, and this will further attract users towards the Moto E.