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Images of Moto E Leak Ahead of Announcement

Photos of the Moto E, Motorola’s cheaper alternative to the Moto G, appeared on Motorola’s Mexican Facebook page and on HelloMotoHK yesterday. The above image from Facebook (Moto G on the left, alleged Moto E on the right) shows a clean and minamalistic phone without many sensors. In fact, it even seems to lack a front-facing camera, which could be a cost-cutting measure.

Given the ubiquity of the front shooter on even the cheapest of smartphones, though, some may question the wisdom of eschewing it. 

The HelloMotoHK photo reportedly shows the reverse of the device, and also reveals a few potential color choices – white, red, teal, and yellow models are apparently in the cards. Whether or not all will be available at launch, is another question.

It is widely speculated Motorola will officially unveil the Moto E at an event in London on May 13.

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Via: +hellomotohk | Android Police
  • John Davids

    “Given the ubiquity of the front shooter on even the cheapest of smartphones, though, some may question the wisdom of eschewing it.”

    Not those who are buying and using this device. This product is *NOT* for the mainstream. This is the type of device that developing nations’ populations are buying. Most people using this device will have it as their ONLY computer and ONLY connection to the internet. Think of 2-5 of these being the only source of computers and internet connectivity for a remote village in the Congo. Thats the type of market these things are going to.

    Plus, not everyone is as narcissistic as Americans who need to take selfies 20 times a day 🙂

  • bibbyboi

    If it’s under $100 I’m getting one for my kids and then I can use theirs just in case I ever need a replacement.

  • Godzilla

    Bye the time they get to the Moto Z it’ll just be an old Startac found in a warehouse.

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  • acashe42

    $100 off contract.?

  • yummy

    Ubiquity and eschewing in the same sentence? Someones been using the vocabulary toilet paper I sent them for the holidays

  • Hershel

    reminds me of older iphones.

  • Matt G

    If they hit that $50 price point i see no reason why it wouldn’t be successful

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj

    Moto E to go on sale on flipkart in India from May13th http://www.gadgetgossip.info/2014/05/moto-e-would-officially-go-sale-on.html

  • Ameshican

    I think people are missing the demographic this device is aimed at.

    • Big EZ

      Yep. “Bezels are too big! No FFC.” Even if it had these features the people complaining wouldn’t entertain getting it, so why does it matter.

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  • Kurt Weber

    Can’t tell which has less bezel, this or the g2.

  • poxitee

    side bazels are too big.. may be a cost cutting measure

  • teevirus

    Cant wait till the Moto B is leaked, featuring a new clam shell flip to close action and a numeric dialing pad for quick number input.

    • NameMe

      and Moto 8000X, a smart brick.

      Motorola is sinking.
      Lenovo wouldn’t help.

      • John

        THEY ARE AMAZING! Just hope they regain their brand recognition 🙁

      • michael arazan

        Remember, part of Google’s business plan is to get as many people as possible to use Google services and create ad revenue based on & for their users.

        For Google this is a step in the right direction.

  • Jprime

    its not that ugly, razr and razr hd are way uglier

    • Mike Aurin

      I prefer the squared off industrial look over this minimalistic rounded phone. It just screams cheap…like the old resistive touch screen feature phones of yesteryear…

  • Akiih

    I dont like the desing too much, not as simple as G. But, when my dad bought my SG Gio 1,5 years ago, it cost 90-100 euros.. And if the price is similar, nice! Anyway, going to buy Moto G soon.

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  • Shawn Spring

    Excellent use of “ubiquity” and “eschewing” team DL!

  • Pdewet

    Yikes that iphone like bezel right there

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    Not at 100 bucks. My expectation for a front facing shooter drops dramatically

  • landon

    This is obviously a phone for emerging markets, or as a low cost phone. I don’t see why people are hating on it >.>

    • Big EZ

      For people that can’t afford a Moto G, the fact that it’s not the best looking phone (but still far from the worst) and no FFC won’t matter. If this thing comes in at the rumored $50, it will be a huge hit. If it were available on Verizon (don’t even expect it to be) I would buy one as a backup, just in case one of our phones is lost or broken.

  • dmagicp

    The camera and light sensors are right there to the left of the earpiece housed in the same window.

    • Cesar

      It looks like just the light sensors to me. Its shape is the same as the light sensors on my Moto X.

  • flosserelli

    No front facing camera? What will the selfie generation do? Think of the children!

    • Big EZ

      Those people care way to much about their image to buy a budget phone anyway. I do think it would be nice for the families who are split up across the world. There are lots of Asian and Hispanic people who work here, but can’t afford to bring their families. For those people video chat would be a great thing to have.

    • LightofHonor

      They’d go old school and take their picture in a mirror.

  • Maxim∑

    I hope the price is so low that this phone would be disposable ….

  • enigmaco

    No front camera is cool with me. I don’t use my front camera

    • The Narrator

      I wouldn’t want to see the potato shots that camera would put out anyways

    • archercc

      Youve never done a video call or Hangout?

      • enigmaco

        Nope not much of a people person.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    does Ugly start with an E an any language?

    • eagletrippin

      lol. Have never been a fan of Motorola’s designs…

  • Looks like a cyclops phone from the back

  • The Narrator

    holy sh!t that is ugly.

  • Guest

    Kinda Ugly

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Moto Eh?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Leave Canada out of this.

  • NeilOMalley

    Lets hope they sell a ton of these. Not only help get decent quality phones out there, but to also fund some of their higher end future phones.

    • The Narrator

      this is not the solution

    • Motorola_DROID

      to make ugly LOW-END phones to be able to manufacture HI-END phones?
      Write a business book on this concept.)

      Motorola does something really weird. #sad

      • Jason B

        There already are business concepts based on that. Most manufacturers use volume models to pay for their more niche models. Happens all the time when a volume auto manufacturer wants to make a supercar.

        If you can sell millions of them, you’ll turn a profit. The key is pure volume. They plan to saturate the low-end market where no one is playing.

      • thatdroidguy

        Look at the specs and the pricing. This phone is geared for the prepaid arena. Cheap disposable and when all those senior citizens and lil kids get tired of their iphones, it will make a good gateway to android.