Updated on 2015-3-10 Moto E 3G has been launched in India for 6,999 INR, 4G LTE variant will arrive soon. 

Updated on 2015-2-27 3G Variant of Moto E 2015 has been priced at 6,999 INR

Motorola has finally unveiled the upgraded Moto E variant for international markets. The new Moto E 2015 comes with several improvements, following the same upgrade mindset as Moto G. Its fixes what users have been asking for while leaving what works well untouched. But unlike new Moto G, the new Moto E won’t be cheaper than its predecessor.

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Camera and Internal Storage

Camera hardware was the Achilles heel for Moto E 2014, but this time Motorola makes amend with a 5 MP Auto focus camera with wide f2.2 aperture lens which can record 720p HD videos. The sacrosanct front camera is also there. A VGA (640 x 480) camera is present for selfies and video calling.

Internal storage is 8 GB, which is more in line with domestic competition in the same price range. There is option for 32 GB secondary MicroSD card storage as well.

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Processor and Battery

The 4G LTE variant, which will be the pricier one, flaunts 64 bit Cortex A53 based Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, similar to Lenovo A6000. The 3G variant on the other hand offers 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 200 chipset with Cortex A7 cores. Both variants will use 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM.

Battery capacity has been bumped up from 1980 mAh to 2390 mAh, though Motorola hasn’t made any claims about how long this will last. Considering the fact that battery life was quite impressive in the last generation model, the bumped up battery should be good enough for decent experience.

Display and Other Features

The display resolution remains same at quarter HD, and the display size is marginally bigger at 4.5 Inches. You can indeed find sharper and bigger displays at this price point from phones like Huawei Honor Holly and Lenovo A6000, but if Motorola successfully maintains the same quality as original Moto E, lack of pixels should not be a deal breaker.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is also present on top of the display. The handset will be running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The side borders can be peeled off and replaced with other accessory bands. Other features include 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.

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Comparison

New Moto E will compete against phones like Lenovo A6000, Huawei Honor Holly, Yu Yureka and Asus Zenfone 5 in India. Xiaomi will also introduce Redmi 2 in India later in the same price bracket.

Key Specs

Model Moto E 2015
Display 4.5 Inch qHD
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core (Snapdragon 200/ Snapdragon 410)
RAM 1GB ,LPDDR3
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable 32 GB
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera 5 MP AF 720p Video/ VGA
Dimension and Weight 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3mm and 145g
Connectivity 4G LTE, USB2.0, GPS/GLONASS, BT4.0
Battery 2,390 mAh
Price $149/ $119

What we Like

  • Bigger Battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

What we don’t Like

  • Mediocre imaging hardware

Conclusion

Motorola Moto E is a decent upgrade over its predecessor. The 3G variant which should be available for almost the same price as original Moto E should be a good deal at 7,000 INR. The 4G LTE variant will be available for around 10,000 INR where it will meet with stiff competition from phones offering bigger displays and powerful specifications.

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