Motorola Moto E and Moto G LTE

Motorola Moto E and Moto G LTE. Expected Q2 2014. The Motorola Moto E follows Motorola’s new
philosophy of getting people off feature phones and onto low-cost smartphones, and it follows
on from the success of the Motorola Moto G. The Moto E is a bit more basic than the Moto
G, but priced at just $129 in the US and around €110 or £90 in Europe, the Moto E is definitely
priced to sell. Now, you’d think that you wouldn’t get much
for this amount of cash, but the Moto E has a pretty decent specification. It has a 4.3″
540 x 960 pixel display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with dedicated GPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of
onboard storage plus a microSD slot, there’s a 5 megapixel camera on the back and the whole
package runs Android 4.4.2 out-of-the-box, weighs 142 grams and packs a fairly large
1980 mAh battery. If you are thinking that’s a bit like smartphones
were a few years ago, then you’d be right. It’s not a million miles away from what was
high-end in 2011, but at around one fifth of the price, and unlike an old smartphone
this does run the latest and greatest version of Android. All the usual Android features are here, such
as 3.5G support, WiFi, GPS and GLONASS positioning, plus it has more unusual features such as
interchangeable backs and an FM radio. The Moto E is somewhat water resistant and it
also has a Gorilla Glass coating to protect the screen. The pricing is extremely aggressive, and it
pitches the Moto E directly against things like the relatively successful Nokia Asha
range. Whether or not it will persuade users of flip phones and the like to migrate to
a smartphone is questionable, but that is certainly the stated aim of Motorola. Motorola say that the Moto E will be available
in more than 40 countries with more than 80 carrier partners in the next few weeks. Also announced at the same time is an upgraded
version of the Motorola Moto G, but now with LTE support and a microSD slot. This transforms
the Moto G into a much more serious handset. In the US it will be priced at $219 and will
sell alongside the original Moto G at $179. This will also have similar worldwide availability
to the Moto E. Catering to the value end of the market is
all very well, but Motorola desperately need something new at the high end. The Motorola
Moto X for all its strengths isn’t a patch on things like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC
One M8, although it is a lot cheaper. Perhaps Moto have something in store for the pricier
end of the market?

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