Motorola Beefs Up Its Entry-Level Moto E With A Quad-Core Processor & LTE

Just like you, we can’t wait to get our hands on one

Motorola unveiled its second-generation budget superstar Moto E smartphone just yesterday, and we’re both excited as well as little disappointed.
The device is now more powerful, features a few goodies that were missing from last year’s model and comes with support for high-speed 4G LTE bands. However, the company has stuck to its no-nonsense styling that we’ve been seeing for the past two years, and that’s a real risk.
When it comes to firepower, the Moto E now features a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, that’s better than the one of the current Moto G! Motorola has stuck to offering just 1GB of RAM, and considering that it runs the latest version of Android Lollipop, performance should be breezy.
Welcome upgrades include a front-facing camera for taking those selfies, while the rear module has stuck to its 5MP resolution. The screen is now larger, measuring in at 4.5-inch but isn’t going to be breaking any records with its 960 x 540 (qHD) resolution. The battery too is slightly larger at 2,390mAh instead of the original one’s 1,980mAh module.
The biggest upgrade however, and the one that should get most people excited is the 4G LTE capabilities of the new Moto E. While there are already a few devices in its price bracket that feature support for faster net connectivity, few devices are as well rounded as Motorola’s.
Now for the bits that we’re a bit ticked off about. The design of the new Moto E while different from its predecessor, doesn’t stray too far from what we got to see over two years ago. It’s one of the best design languages we’ve seen, but it is getting a bit boring now. (Take cue from Samsung – doing the same thing over and over doesn’t work.)
Initial word on the new Moto E is that it’s built a bit sturdier than the old one, probably thanks to a design where only the plastic rim running around the device is detachable rather than the entire back. That also means only the accents of the device can be customized in a variety of hues, unless you go in for one of those popular grip shells.
The external memory and SIM card slots now lie beneath the removable rim, while internal storage has been bumped up from 4GB to 8GB now. The face of the device too has been cleaned up a bit, doing away with the chrome speaker slot at the bottom. Pricing in India isn’t known yet, but the E will retail for $119 (3G) and $149 (4G) in the US.
Overall, the new Moto E is a big upgrade over its predecessor but not when it comes to the design. Hell, if Motorola were to make big amends to its design language, it would probably debut that on its flagship Moto X, so lets keep our fingers crossed for now.

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