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Moto G with LTE connectivity is priced at $219

How low can they go? Motorola today is taking a stab at the budget smartphone market with the new Moto E, which will be priced at a remarkably low $129 without a contract.
Given its budget pricing, the Moto E has hardware specs to match. That means that you’ll be using a device with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor (paired with 1GB of RAM), 4.3” 960x540 display (256 PPI), 4GB of internal storage (expandable with an included microSD slot), 5MP rear camera, built-in FM radio, and a 1,980 mAh battery. The Moto E also ships with a "pure" version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

It should also be noted that the Moto E’s display is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and the body of the device is water resistant. Motorola is also providing changeable backplates, which it calls “Motorola Shells,” in 20 different colors.

For $129 off contract, there’s really not much to complain about here, so hopefully Motorola will have a hit on their hands as the phone launches in 40 countries on over 80 carrier partners in the coming weeks.
In other Motorola news, it was also announced today that the Moto G has been upgraded to support LTE connectivity. The new LTE-capable Moto G is priced at $219, while the older models sticks around at $179.

Sources: Motorola [1], [2]

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By bug77 on 5/13/2014 9:35:08 AM , Rating: 2
Moto E is a lot of hardware for the money. What I haven't seen mentioned is that it doesn't feature noise cancellation (Moto G does) and it only offers single band WiFi (2.4Ghz, same as Moto G). The WiFi is a "nice to have" feature, but the lack of noise cancelling can have a real impact if you talk a lot while on the move.
I'm trying to say Moto E disappoints in any way (card slot and waterproofing at $130?), but rather that the Moto G may still be a better pick for some.

RE: Details
By Denigrate on 5/13/2014 9:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
The real question about the card slot is whether apps can be loaded on the card, or if a user would be stuck with just the available space on the 4gb internal storage, which is really not enough.

RE: Details
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: Details
By themaster08 on 5/13/2014 11:06:46 AM , Rating: 2
4gb is plenty for the kind of person this phone is targeting.
It simply is not enough if applications cannot be moved to the SD card. For the price, wouldn't usually be a problem, but the SD card restrictions of vanilla Android 4.4 make it a problem.

RE: Details
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: Details
By themaster08 on 5/13/2014 12:47:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yes well we all have Microsoft to thank for that one.
Care to elaborate?

RE: Details
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/2014 1:04:00 PM , Rating: 1
Microsofts trolling of Android OEM's with the FAT32 nonsense forcing Google to move away from SD storage.

RE: Details
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 6:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
"It simply is not enough if applications cannot be moved to the SD card "

Not enough for you... Not enough for me either, but I have 32mb on my phone and am not in the market for a sub $200 phone. I am guessing you aren't in that market either. This is cheaper than the cheapest smartphones in previous years and at its price point, this and the moto G are extremely well spec'd. Not just good, but great at their price range.

RE: Details
By bug77 on 5/13/2014 10:31:53 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not aware of phones that cannot move applications to the SD card. I thought that was a function of Android. Is it not so?

RE: Details
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 10:25:56 AM , Rating: 3
It's a lot of phone for the price. You have to remember it's about 1/5th the price of high end phones. If you are broke, or just dont care enough to spend $650 on a smartphone but want a fully functional phone, this is a great option.

RE: Details
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 10:30:19 AM , Rating: 2

The new MotoG with LTE and SD is a sweet deal too for someone that cares a little bit more.

RE: Details
By bug77 on 5/13/2014 10:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
Oh I know all that. I'm actually pondering whether to replace my Desire S with the Moto E or Moto G. I have a thing against quad-core CPUs on phones, but since the G just got both LTE and an SD card, I think I'll go with that. I'll wait for some reviews first, I need to check the battery life.

RE: Details
By bug77 on 5/13/2014 11:16:27 AM , Rating: 2
And now I see the Moto G LTE is only offered in US version. I suppose it will still work, especially since it has 4G and 3G is supposed to be a fallback only, but it looks like I have more research to do.

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