More than six months ago, Motorola introduced the Moto E lineup to the mass market, borrowing some features from the highly popular Moto G midranger. Now, the Lenovo-owned manufacturer has decided to release an updated version.
According to a report by GSM Arena, the mobile manufacturer has just announced the new Moto E (2015) smartphone, a week ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
In the report, the new Android-powered handset runs on a 64-bit processor - no less Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 which is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.2GHz. The phone also packs 1GB of RAM, Adreno 306, 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot.
Compared to the previous version, there is certainly improvement in the storage category, and it also comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.
In the camera department, the Moto E (2015) boasts the same 5MP camera, but it can now shoot 720p videos. It also boasts a VGA shooter.
The battery is now 410mAh more than the previous edition, and the device supports LTE connectivity.
However, there is a 3G only version that comes with less impressive specs. The Snapdragon 410 is replaced by a Snapdragon 200 chip, and only an Adreno 302 GPU.
In the report, the Motorola Moto E is definitely among the cheapest handsets to be available this year given its specs. It is reportedly priced at $150, which follows the initial pricing of the Moto G 2014.
Unfortunately, with all these improvements, the specs may not justify the pricing. And with most retailers trying to make more profit with each unit, consumers may be looking for other "cheaper" options.