Smartphones are greatly rising in popularity thanks to ever-dropping prices of capable hardware and the advent of extra-cheap Chinese phones. But so far, the people have not had a good low-end Android option from a respectable phone maker. There was the Moto G but that wasn’t strictly low end. Happily though, it’s Motorola that bring you the new true budget king for 2014, the Motorla Moto E.
The Moto E retains much of the same look of the Moto G, and it should as well. The Moto G was wildly successful, so the masses like it. And there was no need to drive up the cost by developing and designing another smartphone body. What really matters in a budget device is the hardware. First of all, the Moto E has a 4.3 inch screen that’s protected by Gorilla Glass. We normally expect abysmal resolutions in budget devices but the Moto E has a respectable 960 x 540 resolution. It won’t be the sharpest screen out there but for the price it’s spot on.
On the inside, the Moto E is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Granted this phone is not going to be a speed demon but for performing basic tasks it should be O.K. And given that it’s running a near-stock version of Android, there isn’t much to bog it down. Finally, there’s 1GB of RAM which is actually pretty impressive for a bargain-basement Android device. Many of the Chinese alternatives in the same price bracket come with just 512 megabytes of RAM. There’s expandable storage as well, given that the phone only has 4GB of internal memory.
On the back the Moto E sports a 5 megapixel camera which should be adequate for taking Facebook-worthy photos. And there’s a ~2000mAh battery that should give you around a day’s worth of usage. As a package, the Moto E is quite humble. Thankfully, so is the asking price for it.
At just 129 dollars, the Moto E is extremely good value for money. In fact, we’d be hard pushed to recommend a phone other than the Moto E at this price range. The smartphone will be launching in 40 countries in the coming weeks and we can’t wait to get our hands on it for a hands on review. Stay tuned!