Most of you are probably still hyped about the recently announced HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 and it’s pretty understandable since both devices are simply Android’s flagship smartphones, but let’s steer our thoughts in a different direction for a moment. Remember the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) that went official last week? Congratulations if you do after all the announcements from MWC event we have been bombarding you this week. If you don’t, certainly no one will blame you. Either way, you will be happy to know that the handset is now available for purchase in the US via the manufacturer’s online store.
Unlocked Moto E (2nd Gen) on sale via Motorola’s official website
As far as pricing is concerned, there is absolutely no surprise and, as expected, the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) is cheap, giving you best value for your dollar. The phone is available in three versions – 4G LTE which is priced at $149.99, 3G-only for US market and global edition both of which will set you back just $119.99. Of course, the device will arrive unlocked so you won’t be limited to just one carrier.
Both 3G and LTE models are virtually identical except for one tiny detail. The 3G variant is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, while the LTE version comes with a more powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip. Other than that there is no difference whatsoever between the two models.
Addition of LTE connectivity is probably the most significant improvement, however, the Moto E (2nd Gen) differs from its predecessor in more than that. Sporting a 4.5-inch display, the new generation is a tad bigger but keeps the same qHD resolution. Motorola also double storage to 8GB and pre-loaded the phone with the latest version of Android Lollipop. Other features include 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel main camera, VGA front-facing sensor and a 2,390 mAh battery. The handset comes in standard black and white color options but can be customized to a certain degree with Motorola Bands.
Summing up, the new Moto E, although includes a few important upgrades over 1st generation model, is still a pretty basic device so if you crave for cutting-edge solutions, you better look somewhere else. If, however, your priority is decent performance at low cost, then the Moto E (2nd Gen) is undoubtedly one of the best options.