Motorola has launched a new Moto E smartphone, and this time it comes with 4G LTE connectivity. The official announcement comes after a series of leaks, and a brief tease of the product launch over the weekend. The phone has been updated in several different ways, and here’s what you need to know.
Updated on 03-12-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news of Verizon, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile availability and pricing.
New Moto E keeps things simple
Motorola has increased the screen size to 4.5-inches for the new Moto E, but has decided to keep the same 960 x 540 pixel resolution. It’s covered in a Gorilla Glass panel to keep it safe, and apparently the body has a water repellent coating. That’s not the same thing as the Moto E being waterproof though, so don’t go dropping it in the bath.
The internal storage space has been doubled to 8GB, and a MicroSD card slot will accept cards up to 32GB on size. This is a considerable improvement over the original phone. Motorola says the 2390mAh battery inside should keep the phone running all day, and Android 5.0.2 is installed from the start — so it’s right up to date.
Motorola has added a degree of customization to the phone’s body. Colorful Motorola Bands can be swapped out, and tough Grip Shells can cover it up to keep it safe. The phone will come in either black or white, with the option of adding one of six bands, or five different Grip Shells. The Grip Shells look particularly cool.
A quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon chip powers the phone, and Motorola has added a basic VGA front camera to the spec sheet, joining the rear 5-megapixel camera.
Pricing and availability
Motorola’s going to charge $150 for the 4G LTE version of the new Moto E, but will also sell a 3G version with the updated spec sheet for $120. It’s already on sale in select areas, and will eventually be sold in more than 50 countries around the world. The Moto E is available for purchase for several prepaid carriers, including Verizon, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile. So far, the pricing for the handset itself is the same at all carriers, coming in at $100.
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