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Moto E: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

The Moto E is no longer a secret, thanks to Brazilian retailer Fast Shop. The online store posted the affordable Android handset today, along with images of its exterior and a full list of specs. To say that this phone has been created for “all” is not an understatement. This phone, by all means, will likely be priced even lower than the Moto G, a move that will only continue Motorola’s major push into emerging markets.

So what are we looking at? 

Outside of three colors (black, turquoise, and lemon), the Moto E includes a 4.3-inch display with Gorilla Glass (no resolution given, but doubting it is HD), 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera, 1980mAh battery, 4GB of storage (micro SD slot too), 1GB RAM, dual-SIM slots, WiFi/3G/Bluetooth, and runs Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” Its model number is XT1025. The phone can be customized by swapping out Motorola Shells on the backside.

For comparison’s sake, these are the specs of the Moto G:  4.5-inch HD (720p) display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 (quad-core), 8GB/16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2070mAh battery, and Kit Kat.

The Moto E is expected to be formally announced on May 13 by Motorola at a press event in London.

Anyone feel like guessing the price? If the Moto G starts at $179, is this phone going to be sub-$100?

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Via:  Fast Shop
Cheers Tiago!
  • Rob Schoenfeld

    I hope republic wireless offers this device..

  • I’m thinking this is the Moto G Cinema actually.

  • aBabyPenguin

    Even if this thing isn’t sold in America, I’d consider importing one just to have as a media player.

  • airos4

    If that shows up in America, it’s my mom’s next phone. Also has potential as a teen’s phone, so if it gets damaged it’s cheap to replace.

    • ROR1997

      No teen would buy a phone without a selfie cam. And i probably take more care of my phone than my parents do and I’m 16

      • Nathan Borup

        A teen might not buy it… but their parents would

      • sirmeili

        If my teen buys it, they can buy WHATEVER THEY WANT(as long as they can afford it). However, if I buy them something, they don’t get to “choose” what I buy them. They get what they get. I will take their needs/wants into consideration, but I will also take their responsibility and past history with electronic devices into consideration.

        Basically, my teen will (he’s not a teen yet) appreciate whatever the hell I give him, or he can just not have one or he can buy one himself.

        That said, the 1 teen in the house (my Fiance’s daughter), is absolutely horrible with phones. She gets the cheap boost mobile ones (well, she did till she lost that privilege).

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  • Carl Draper

    Excellent, now they just need to add the Moto D, to replace dumb phones

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      im pretty sure this will happen.. i expect it to look a lot like the droid pro.

  • Neil Fujiwara

    I think this is a sign of things to come. I think cell phones will parallel computers infiltration to users and markets. Before hardware that could run multimedia and most functions was reserved for those who wanted to pay a premium. Eventually the hardware became affordable so that 99.9% of computers today can surf the internet, play (some) games, email, and watch video. The average consumer doesn’t really spend as much time concerned with specs like we did in the past because even entry level hardware will meet his or her needs. Smartphones are reaching that point and that is why we aren’t seeing a dramatic increase year to year in hardware/performance of hardware. If Kit Kat can be optimize for these specs, the same specs that struggled to run Jelly Bean, then this will be an example. I don’t think this phone will ever see the light of day on a carrier in the United States, not Aio, not Boost, not even T-Mobile, but it will be take the pulse of the community.

  • These will sell like hot cakes in my retail locations. I’m going to order a dozen and see if they sell better then the BLU phones I have.

  • Foramex

    It would still be better than the Nokia X.

  • Finire

    I feel like this entire post could’ve been avoided simply with “Moto E: Don’t bother.”

    • dizel123

      And yet you bothered to comment

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Why not bother?

  • scotch1337

    This isn’t a phone for the power users. It is a phone for the more tech challenged and cost driven consumer

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      You should start a tech blog.

  • Maruthi VA

    A shameless flop if it lacks a front cam.

    • WickedToby741

      It’s not for US customers. Some countries care more about actually being able to buy a smartphone than taking selfies.

  • mcdonsco

    Here’s to hoping it works on Verizon…would love to get this for my step dad…he’s still using a feature phone and poor guy, my mom texts him like crazy.

    • WickedToby741

      Don’t think this is meant for the US market at all. But there’s always the prepaid Verizon Moto G for just $99.

  • Justin Jordan

    I’m throwing my guess at $79 USD. Motorola change the game like T-Mobile did!

    • WickedToby741

      Don’t hold your breath for a US launch. “Priced for all” doesn’t necessarily mean “US availability”. This device is clearly aimed at the same markets as Nokia’s Asha phones and Firefox OS phones, neither of which sell here.

  • Simon Belmont

    I’m guessing it’ll be qHD resolution, which doesn’t look bad at all on a 4.3 inch screen (had that on my EVO 3D and I was pleased with it). Sounds like they’re going to use the dual-core variant on the Snapdragon 400, with Krait 200 cores.

    I’m glad to see that it’ll have SD card slot and a front facing camera. A few places weren’t mentioning that and it was causing an uproar in the comments.

    • Ashmedai ♔

      It doesn’t have a front facing camera!

      • scotch1337

        So what

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        So what?

      • Simon Belmont

        Some places say it does. It wouldn’t be a deal breaker for most people if it lacked one.

        The Nokia Lumia 520/521 still sell like hotcakes and they both have no FFC. C’est la vie.

  • Are those dual front facing stereo speakers? Can you say dream phone? haha

  • ROR1997

    Moto x+1 =Moto Y
    As in Moto, Y are you making crappy 2012 phones in 2014

    • WickedToby741

      Missing the point. This phone isn’t made for you. It’s made for people who struggle to afford a smartphone period. Think developing nations.

      • ROR1997

        Was making a joke. I know why this phone is being made. in fact I’ll probably buy one myself to test ROMs on before I put them on my daily phone

        • WickedToby741

          Gotcha. Missed the point on my end then. There are a lot of people hating on this phone though.

          • ROR1997

            Oh no I see your point too. It’s a good move by Motorola

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    With everything they’ve been learning it’s very possible for this to have great battery life. i’m excited to see how far they’ve pushed energy management and things of the sort. I don’t know about you but i love me some software.

  • ROR1997

    Even Boost mobile is looking at this phone and saying “Gross”

  • Rashad

    $89

  • I remember back in the day(like 2-3 years ago maybe) a stock android device with these specs would have us throwing our money at the screen….still nice job for moto for looking out for the little guys i mean what better device can u name at these prices…absolutly none i mean these are top notch phones without the bells n whistles of top tier specs…im sure this phone runs great for the adverage joe shmo and i bet runs better/smoother then the “mini” devices from the top guys right now

  • ETPhoneHomeT

    Micro SD…that’s encouraging…will that be included in the Moto X+1?

  • Sophia Patel

    Google is make best future of Motorola.

    • mcdonsco

      Dude, where you from?

      EDIT: Sorry, Dude’t

      • john

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  • jak_341

    I remember a time we would have all salivated over a phone with these specs. Ah memories.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah, haha. Exactly.

      These are 2011 flagship specifications, but I’m sure the Snapdragon 400 (just guessing it’s the 400) being used will still be more efficient with a smaller die process and probably has a more powerful GPU. Amazing if it comes in under $100 off contract (I’d be tempted to grab one just to play around with it).

      • WickedToby741

        It could be a second tier chip maker. It would help them go further in hitting a low price point.

        • Simon Belmont

          True. But hasn’t it been confirmed that it was at least a Snapdragon of some sort?

          Fun fact about the Snapdragon 400 is that the dual-core variant uses Krait 200 cores. However, the quad-core version just uses straight up Cortex-A7 cores, with no modification from Qualcomm.

          • WickedToby741

            Not sure. Although the Nokia 520 is a very similar phone (no front facing camera, no flash, low end) and it gets away with a Snapdragon 400 without breaking the bank, so it’s possible. Performance would certainly be better.

  • Piqued

    Does this phone actually need its own separate event to be announced?

    • WickedToby741

      Well it may not be a big deal here, but it’s certainly a big deal in countries where people struggle to afford a smartphone. And it’s a big deal to Moto. The G is their top selling phone in their history and they’re aiming this at an even larger group of people. It’s also perfectly timed with the death of Nokia as a brand; a brand that was well known in developing markets.

      • Aiden Richardson

        I think the Nokia brand will continue to be strong in developing markets.

        This looks not bad at all for the price, if it’s around $100. Not bad compared to the Moto G either – http://versus.com/en/motorola-moto-e-vs-motorola-moto-g

        Although I wouldn’t say the G is their top selling phone in the company’s history. RAZR?!

  • yummy

    $19.95

    Get em wjile they last

  • Tee

    Moto doing what they do best. Pushing out low end garbage phones.

    • ToddAwesome

      Dum.

    • WickedToby741

      This phone may not appeal to you, but there are literally millions (billions?) of people across the globe who struggle to afford a smartphone. To them this is like the iPhone in 2007. It’s about making Android accessible and affordable to more people. Android has achieved sufficient success in first world countries. It’s about the next billion now.

      • dizel123

        ^^^So much this!
        And so many idiots who don’t get this. Hint-Making a product that appeals to billions of people instead of one that appeals to millions(or less) is a good thing.

      • Simon Belmont

        Ha. Except this is leaps and bounds more powerful than an iPhone from 2007, so they’re getting an even better deal.

        Honestly, even to first world countries, this is a good deal. I can imagine a lot of first time smartphone buyers like older folks who don’t want to waste a lot of money on a phone just so they can keep in touch with their grandkids on Facebook, would love the concept of this phone.

    • dreadnatty08

      My Moto G works great! Runs KK and with service (I only tried out) on T-Mo, I was surprised how fast 3G speeds were. Granted it’s still just a media player as my G2 on VZW is my daily driver.

    • maxx1987

      you’re an idiot

      • He may be an idiot, but he’s not wrong.

        • needa

          yet the eight month old moto x with two year old specs is still quicker than the gs5 for normal tasks.

          • Tee

            And still is underachieving in other areas like the camera…

          • needa

            i could say the same thing about every single other smartphone camera on the market. since not a single one of them can out perform the moto x in shutter speed. by the way… the moto x takes great pics. they might not be as over saturated as all the rest, but it is still pretty good.

          • Nathan Borup

            lol so true…

  • Kenny Woodard

    I find the lack of a flash on the back to be a disappointment. You also lose the option to use the phone as a flashlight.

    • WickedToby741

      Just remember who the target market for this phone is. The goal is to make this phone as affordable as possible and that means cleaving anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. To you a flash may be a necessity, but to someone in a developing country it may be the difference from being able to afford a phone and not being able to afford a phone. If you want flash, pony up the extra cash for the G.

      • mcdonsco

        But someone in a developing country is also much more likely to need the flash as a FLASHLIGHT due to frequent power outages (or no power at all) in those areas…it was a mistake to leave it out.

        • WickedToby741

          I don’t disagree with you that flash can be very useful, but in a pinch the screen can be used as a makeshift flashlight. If they left flash out, I’m sure there was a reason and that reason was probably price. Just hold judgment until we know a price.

          • hkklife

            Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra doesn’t have a flash and it costs $450 (previously $650) off-contract. And most tablets don’t have flashes.

            I would imagine that a flash and a front facing camera are probably on top of the list for additions to a second generation version

        • Cakefiend

          Exactly — there’s a reason the Nokia 1100 (Nokia’s lowest-end phone until they discontinued it) included a flashlight. Every other non-essential feature was cut to hit a crazy low price point, but they knew that a light would go over well in the target markets. And it did: best-selling phone, in the world, ever.

    • needa

      you still have a screen that you can light up. just saying all is not lost.

    • Andrew Vera

      i find your lack of flash disturbing

  • RXG9

    Please have a removable battery.

    • flosserelli

      A removable battery would increase development & production cost, so highly unlikely.

    • WickedToby741

      For the price of a second battery you could probably almost buy another Moto E.

    • Higher_Ground

      if you can swap out the backs, there’s a good chance you can swap out the battery.

      • RXG9

        Moto G has removable back but not removable battery.

        • Higher_Ground

          Oh well I guess that’s probably a good sign it won’t have them then.

  • Ry Sav

    i love that Motorola is staying with the Moto X design. Keep it up Moto!!!

    • WickedToby741

      Moto’s strategy has been really sound the past year. It’s like they’ve become the Nokia of Android (except the whole dominating OS share thing).

  • Sanchez19

    Finally, a phone that I can convince the older folks in my family to just shut up and purchase. The Moto G was still “too expensive” for them, because they’re used to feature-phone prices. I see you, Moto.

  • santy83

    “Everything you ever wanted to know” ??? What about the most important thing – PRICE ??

  • Droid Bionic specs up in here.

    • Ryan N

      Up in here, up in here.

      Sorry, the dmx in my head narrated your comment

      • AngryBadger

        I don’t think I’m going to lose my mind though.

      • thatdroiguy

        Funny….

    • hkklife

      Not even close. More like a Droid X2. Bionic had 16GB internal storage, a front camera, LTE, a large removable battery, Webtop mode and micro HDMI out. I could still rock a Bionic today and not be ashamed.

      The X2 is a better comparison. It launched almost 3 years ago to the day. DX2 had a weaker SoC than the Bionic, 8GB internal storage (split between programs and int_SD), a hideous ghosting pentile qHD screen, no front camera and was 3G only.

      • Eric R.

        Motos qHD displays sucked.

      • malcmilli

        i’d still rather rock a moto E than a bionic, the phone would still be able to pull down 12mbps, and get you through the day on a charge, and it has a better processor.

  • bibbyboi

    If this phone is $50 I’m buying 3.

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj

    the image does not have any flash light but the Brazil shopping site include flash in specification

  • Hershel

    dat bezzel

  • Ameshican

    A very good backup/temp device. Or for me a good device to use a week at a time just to mix things up. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on one.

  • ki11ak3nn

    This honestly seems like a perfect phone for my father-in-law. All he does is call people and text. Barely uses data. Maybe a little less than 500 MB/mo. If his Alcatel breaks I’ll probably buy him this or the Moto G.

    • jimt

      Moto G is the best step up from a dumb phone. It was a perfect phone for my wife that didn’t want a smartphone. She loves it on Tmo with 500 MB/mo. She doesn’t get close to using that much data. It really is a good phone, your father-in-law will love it.

  • Chewy789

    That micro SD slot though

  • Karan Shrof Karan Shrof

    seems like a good phone, if they can bring the price around $150 than it can be a milestone for moto.

    • George264

      Dude 150 is Moto g pricing. This is going to be 50-70. I might get one of highest, get a launcher to set up with only 5 buttons so she can turn on and speed dial to family.

      • hkklife

        My guess is that it debuts at $120-$130ish then quickly drops to $99

  • valapsp

    moto x+1 leaks please…

    • MotoMan

      5.2″ 1080p display, 13mp camera, quad-core, improved active display, assist, touchless control, etc. What you really should be getting excited about is what is to come in 2015.

      • MotoGP

        what is to come in 2015 we should be excited?
        Moto X+2, Moto E, Moto B, Moto C, Moto H, Moto A, Moto K made in China by Lenovo?

        LOL.

      • The Narrator

        So 2013 specs. 😛

      • Foramex

        Without touchless and active display, these are just G2 specs.

        • malcmilli

          and the g2 is a beast of a phone

      • Grahaman27

        4.7″ OR 5.2″ 1080P screen (you pick :D), 12MP camera, snapdragon 801, slimmer profile, front facing speakers, + something new.

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  • Kenny Woodard

    I’d like to see it at $79.00 Not terrible specs for something that will be focused on emerging markets. Could make a good phone just to have in travel situations. For that price you could almost make it a budget iPod and just store music and videos on it.

    • Ben Murphy

      Since when did iPod become synonymous with Media Player.

      • Kenny Woodard

        There are plenty of cheap, junky “media players” for that price range. I was specifically meaning iPod ( in particular the iPod touch ) because they are hands down the best (non-tablet) device for media consumption, but are grossly overpriced.

      • kidtronic

        About a decade ago.

        • Michael Quinlan

          Unfortunately I have to agree. For the vast majority of people, the name of anything Apple produces quickly becomes synonymous with its entire device category. It’s really sickening.

          • Maxim∑

            iPod dominated the MP3 industry, not sickening.

    • hkklife

      Moto E + 128GB microSDXC card could be a match made in heaven IF it has a decent DAC in it (unlikely).

  • Victor

    Is that front facing speakers?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Ear piece and …..speaker at the bottom? maybe? with phones this cheap you never know where they’ll stuff things.

    • Ray

      It’s a universal phone it works upside down too lol

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m going to assume qHD for that screen. I mean don’t think they can go lower than that. Great idea for the Dual Sim, especially for the world travelers. I’ll take a wild guess……..

    $50? I swear if this phone is $50 i’m buying it right now… Before it’s for sale. Just give me a paypay account email.

    • zmr333

      Hehe… paypay…
      Sorry, everything’s funnier when you’re tired

    • guesshwat

      It will be priced around 120 50$ less than moto g

    • Simon Belmont

      If it was $50, I’d buy two as back ups for my wife and I. Hahaha.

      Also, I agree with your qHD resolution assessment. It’s honestly not a bad resolution for a 4.3 inch screen.

    • wollac11

      I saw elsewhere that the screen will be 720p which would actually look very crisp at 4.3″.

  • Arty McBert

    Good thing they added an SD card, because 4GB will hardly get you anywhere these days. More colors would have been nice, though.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’m assuming the back is removeable and folks can just swap. Just assuming.

    • Nikuliai

      This article states “The phone can be customized by swapping out Motorola Shells on the backside”. So it’s likely that the will repeat the covers and flip covers formula from the moto G

  • cjohn4043

    Motorola is doing great things.

    • M

      if Motorola is doing “great things”, why it’s bleeding money [even without 80% of its 2012 workforce] and sinking?

      Motorola makes low-end colorful mediocrity, let’s be honest.
      And this low-end colorful mediocrity CAN’T MAKE Motorola awesome and profitable.

      • zmr333

        Just because a company isn’t doing well doesn’t mean they’re not doing great things. Look at T-Mobile.

        • michael arazan

          Their low end phones are going to sell like hot cakes in developing markets. Just wait till they start selling them in china and India.

          • Jayant

            G was success in India
            E will also be good!

      • Kyle Pinette

        What about the Moto X? It is not low end. It was one of the most innovative phones of last year. Also, bringing affordable phones to the poorer people of the world is a good thing one would think…

      • At this point it doesn’t matter too much whether they are profitable. They are now a run company by much bigger corporations, still in the hands of Google, getting ready to be handed off to Lenovo. They will continue to keep the brand afloat for as long as they see fit. I think this phone is also another game changer. If it’s less than $100 off contract than that means pretty much everyone can afford a smartphone. It won’t be long before the big guys take notice & bring the competition down to the “E” range.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Because the “high-end” phones have dual sims and run kitkat.

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          • Woe, Is [S]unjay

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      • Woe, Is [S]unjay

        Because most consumers flock to companies like Apple and Samsung while other great companies are not getting any attention.

      • John Davids

        You are just categorically wrong. The Western world is reaching pretty deep saturation at this point. Most people who are ever going to want a smartphone, have one for the most part. However, the emerging markets in other parts of the world that have barely been touched at all (you know, the market this phone is designed for) is a massive untapped potential.

        “low-end colorful mediocrity” You know you sound like a privileged, pompous ass, right?

    • Ghgore

      And Verizon is doing bad things.

    • The Narrator

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  • akellar

    So it’s essentially a Samsung Fascinate

    • Mark Luna

      With KitKat and without Touchwiz to slow it down 😀

    • Matt G

      Except this phone will actually work

      • PoisonApple31

        The Fascinate worked fine until Verizon updated it and put Bing all over the place. After that update, it was garbage.

    • Kazahani

      Aside from having 4.4 kitkat and a larger screen and a larger battery and twice as much ram and gsm compatability and a much better processor and gorilla glass, yes. It’s exactly like the Fascinate.

      • Simon Belmont

        Ah crap. You said exactly what I did above, but I hadn’t scrolled down far enough to see it.

        Well done. Totally agree, and you get my upvote.

    • Simon Belmont

      Except the Fascinate had a smaller screen, half the RAM, half the CPU cores, and didn’t run KitKat out of the box. So, yeah, you COULD say it’s like that, but you’d be mostly wrong. 🙂

      I’m also guessing the Moto E will have a higher resolution screen than the Fascinate did. My guess is qHD, versus the Fascinate’s WVGA. 😉

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