At a press event held earlier today in London, Motorola announced that its popular mid-range Moto G smartphone will now be available to purchase with 4G LTE capability, and introduced a brand new budget model called the Moto E.
Priced at just $129 without a contract, Motorola is marketing the Moto E as an entry-level smartphone for anybody still using a feature phone, and has set up a special “Goodbye Dumbphone” website to promote it.
As you would expect from a budget model, the Moto E isn’t exactly going to set the world alight in terms of specifications, though they are notable when compared to many similarly priced devices. It has a 4.3-inch 540 x 960 resolution display offering 256ppi, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), 1980 mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.
Other noteworthy features include a Gorilla Glass 3 protected screen, a water-resistant splash guard, and interchangeable backs – offering over 20 different design and colour combinations. And, as we have come to expect from Motorola smartphones, the Moto E runs the latest version of Android – KitKat 4.4.2.
Aside from the ability to access faster networks, the 4G LTE-equipped Moto G also sports a microSD slot – a feature lacking in the original model. It will retail for $219 without a contract.
Both of the new phones will be available in more than 40 countries worldwide.
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